Category Archives: Blogging

WordPress 2012 Review of 21st Century Boy


The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

About 55,000 tourists visit Liechtenstein every year. This blog was viewed about 1,200,000 times in 2012. If it were Liechtenstein, it would take about 22 years for that many people to see it. Your blog had more visits than a small country in Europe!

Click here to see the complete report.


How do I break into Greenland?


by Jake McMillan

Hoorah! WordPress have introduced country statistics into their impressive blog statistical analysis facilities so you can see where in the world your blog is being read as well as by how many. Google’s Blogger service has had this facility for some time and so it is great that WordPress offers it too.

It’s only be live for a couple of weeks (i.e. that’s as far back the data will go), but it has been fascinating to see where people have been accessing my blog. I was amazed to discover that people have been reading this blog from 103 different countries around the world (see above image displaying stats for last 7 days). It was not a surprise to discover that the majority of visitors come from the United Kingdom and the United States, but it was unexpected to see that the third highest number of visitors came from Italy! I was also surprised to see Finland, Croatia and the Philippines in the top ten (6th, 9th & 10th respectively).

There are some big gaps on the world map though, but some are to be expected, such as China, Central Africa, Mongolia, Iran, etc. However, I was disappointed that there were no visitors from Greenland. I’m not sure why I should be disappointed as although Greenland is huge, it only has a population of around 57,000 people making it the country with lowest population density in the world. Nevertheless, now that we have country stats with WordPress, I am going to make it my mission to infiltrate Greenland and bore the people there with my silly theories about life, dating and toilet issues.

If you know anyone in Greenland, please direct them to this blog.

UPDATE:
I have now ‘broken into’ Greenland! As per Redbeard of Oz‘s comment below, here is an updated WordPress world map based on visitors to this blog:


3 Years Blogging


by Jake McMillan
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Wow, this blog has now been going for three years. October 2008 seems like such a long time ago, but 150-odd (and I mean odd) posts later and its still going strong.

A big thank you to all those who stumbled upon this site and even larger thanks to those who have commented and added their views (particularly those who have shared their IM Nail experiences as this has been really appreciated by others).

I haven’t followed the rules of successful blogging. They say you should have a niche and write about a very particular area, but I have blogged about many different aspects of life from dating, films (including an increasingly out-dated obsession with James Bond), social etiquette as well as the irreverent, silly and just plain dumb.

It all started with the controversial post ‘Let’s Face it Ladies, You are Rubbish’ which was published in the now defunct (nothing to do with me) free newspaper ‘The London Paper’.

For a reason I really do not understand, ‘How to be a Sock Genius’ has been one of the most popular posts on this blog? I think some are curious and others may just be looking for photos of socks.

I was pleased to learn that people enjoyed ‘The Relationship Evaluation Sketch’ which is meant to be a humourous sketch about a couple who use a spreadsheet to assess how their relationship is going.

Several of the dating posts have included some of the rather stupid things I have said on dates with ‘A New Low in Ridiculous Things to Say on a First Date’ being the worst. It is completely true, I’m ashamed to say. You may like to know that the Period Worm Girl is actually now a friend on Facebook.

Not all the posts are silly and the ‘Jack the Ripper Murder Sites’ is a serious and useful post outlining the current locations of where the murders took place and what they are like now (it includes Google Street View links).

My idea of ‘The Ultimate Dream Island’ seems to polarise opinion, with those who say it would be amazing and others who say it would not be possible to achieve. Dreamers Vs Realists.

One of my personal favourite posts of recent times is ‘Silly Ideas for Children’s Books’ which was actually a practical joke I played on my friend Hayley who is an Author’s Agent. I submitted to her, using a pseudonym, 10 increasingly silly and inappropriate ideas for children’s books.

Another favourite is ‘The Trauma of Stool Samples’ which is a practical but also fun guide to the rather humiliating and disgusting process of having to give a stool sample for a Doctor.



Top 10 Search Terms

The following are the most searched terms to have reached this site:

1 – Socks
As mentioned above, ‘How to be Sock Genius’ is a very popular post. Why, I don’t know?

2 – Nicole Scherzinger
A lot of people stumbled to my site searching for Nicole, so I made a special page about her just so they were not disappointed.

3 – Sophie Marceau
She appears in the Top 10 Bond Girls list.

4 – Pussy
I am sure people are looking for a different sort of pussy, but the only one on my site is Pussy Galore played by Honor Blackman who appears in the Top 10 Bond Girls list.

5 – Eva Green
Another popular lady who appears in the Top 10 Bond Girls list.

6 – James Bond
There are number of posts relating to 007.

7 – Indiana Jones
He appears in the Top 10 Movie Characters list.

8 – Nikita Verevki
This is a post about the visually impressive video for Verevki, a song by Ukranian group NikitA (Dasha Astafieva  and Julia Kavtaradze).

9. Beard
2009 was the year for the Pogonophile. That sounds rude/wrong, but is just someone who likes beards.

10. Cushions
Many women I know have OCD – Obsessed by Cushions Disorder.