Posts Tagged ‘Blogging’

Eight Years . . . and Counting!

June 24, 2016

Happy Friday, and Happy Anniversary!  Eight years ago today I started blogging and began my journey with The Gun-Carryin’ Librarian.  This endeavor began as a learning opportunity when I undertook the Special Libraries Association’s “23 Things” self-paced course of study.  I had no idea what blogging was and was quite behind the curve on all things Web 2.0.  And, while I am still not an early adopter when it comes to new things/technology, I’m not completely afraid to try them either (thanks to SLA’s 23 Things).

Over the past eight years, I’ve managed . . .

  • more than 3,080 posts
  • more than 255,000 views
  • more than 39,100 visitors

My most popular date — June 14, 2012 (1,091 views).
My most popular day of the week — Thursdays (18% of views).
My most popular hour of the day — 5:00 PM (8% of views).



Three Thousand, and Counting!

March 29, 2016

My blog has reached a new milestone today . . . my 3,000 post!  A journey that began on June 24, 2008, as a learning opportunity in concert with the Special Libraries Association’s “23-Things” Web 2.o initiative.  A journey that has continued for just under eight years (and counting).

To date, my blog has had . . .

  • 3,000 posts
  • 37,688 visitors
    • day with the most views: June 14, 2012 (1,091 views)
  • most popular day: Tuesday (17% of views)
  • most popular hour: 2:00 PM (7% of views)
  • visitors from 64 countries — the top ten countries by the number of visitors for 2016: U.S., Canada, U.K., Germany, France, Australia, India, Brazil, Netherlands, and Spain.

Historically, 2012 was by far the best year statistically with 371 posts published and 59,303 views . . . but the blog goes on.

Weekly Frequency!

June 7, 2015

I’ve been blogging for nearly seven years now and even though I post content every day, I have instituted a couple of regular monthly posts: e.g., “Necktie of the Month” and “Cheesecake of the Month.”  I have also instituted the occasional series of hebdomadal posts, especially around the college football and basketball seasons.  Aside from that, the production schedule, while structured to a certain extent, is quite varied and flexible.


\ heb-domuh-dl \,
taking place, coming together, or published once every seven days;weekly:

a weekly magazine, newspaper, etc.


October 22, 2014

This is the name of a blog that I recently discovered as a result of the book I’m currently reading (A Homemade Life by Molly Wizenberg).

This is one of the books selected for the “Let’s Talk About It, Oklahoma” program (sponsored by the Oklahoma Humanities Council) that our institution is participating in this fall.   I am having a delightful time reading through this book and drooling over the many recipes that Molly includes . . . Molly started her  blog back in 2004 and even has an index to all of her recipes which I am bookmarking for future reference.

Getting back to the blog, the officially translated definition of orangette (from the French) is:  bitter orange ; strip of orange and chocolate.   I will be visiting this site on a regular basis and if you are a food lover, I would highly recommend this site as well.  Bon appetit!



The Horrors Of It All!

February 1, 2014

When it comes to pleasure reading, my favorite genre would have to be either crime or mystery/detective.  But every now and then you just can’t beat a good horror story.  And, while I’ve read more than my share of Stephen King and Dean Koontz, I have not even scratched the surface of the many authors writing in this genre.  But allow me to give a shout out to Jeremy Price who has started a blog where he reviews horror fiction.  Check out his reviews and give some of these authors a read, you just never know what hidden gems are waiting to be discovered.

2013 in Review!

January 4, 2014

Allow me this opportunity to offer my most sincere thanks and appreciation to all of you who have followed my blog.  Here is an Annual Report of my blog’s activity for 2013 (prepared by The stats helper monkeys).  Enjoy!

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 25,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 9 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

The Value of a Blog Post!

August 10, 2013

When answering this question, a lot would depend on the specific blog and/or the author.  Take this blog as an example.  I am under no delusion that the content I post is of any real value to too many people.  My blog is a collection of eclectic stuff that at times can be informative and sometimes even entertaining, but these posts hardly stimulate great debate or discussion and this is okay.  But what if you are an academic, seeking tenure, in a “publish or perish” environment? Will blogging ever be taken seriously?  I ran across a blog post in The Chronicle of Higher Education that addresses this very thing (who’d of thunk?).

“Which ultimately does more good–an article or monograph that is read by 20 or 30 people in a very narrow field, or a blog post on a topic of interest to many (such as grading standards or tenure requirements) that is read by 200,000? What if the post spurs hundreds of comments, is debated publicly in faculty lounges and classrooms, and gets picked up by newspapers and Web sites across the country–in other words, it helps to shape the national debate over some hot-button issue? What is it worth then?”

Here’s a link to the entire blog post.  Unfortunately, academia may never recognize this value (but I hope I’m wrong).

Two Thousand, And Going Strong!

July 16, 2013

Today marks my two-thousandth post to this blog!  Wow, what an adventure this has become.  From my humble beginnings with SLA’s “23 Things” (which I started a little over 5 years ago), I’ve managed to stay the course and still find myself enjoying this activity.

And now for some shameless statistics . . .

To date, of my 2,000 posts I have had

    • 2,826 views in 2008 (the last six months only)
    • 42,412 views in 2009
    • 53,973 views in 2010
    • 37,149 views in 2011
    • 59,303 views in 2012
    • 15,867 views (so far in 2013)
  • 104 average views per day
    • 15 views per day in 2008 (the last six months only)
    • 116 views per day in 2009
    • 148 views per day in 2010
    • 102 views per day in 2011
    • 162 views per day in 2012
    • 81 views per day (so far in 2013)
  • Month with the most views: June 2012 (9,236)
  • Day with the most views: June 14, 2012 (1,091)
  • Month with the highest average views per day: June 2012 (308)
  • Categories utilized: 29
  • Number of tags utilized: 5,746
  • Number of “followers”
    • 55 blogs
    • 237 twitter
    • 614 facebook

It ebbs and it flows, but it continues to be a lot of fun.  The “Gun Carryin’ Librarian” will blog on . . . for now.

Different Types of Wine!

June 27, 2013

How often do you find yourself “out of Boskydel” and having to possibly select a new wine to try?  Here is an infographic (courtesy of that helps organize by taste and by style nearly 200 different types of wines.  Good luck, and have a great journey.  Next time you find yourself in Leelanau County, be sure to stock up on Boskydel to save yourself from these types of dilemmas in the future.

Original Source: Different Types of Wine

Abandoned But Not Forgotten, Number Eight!

June 24, 2013

Kerry Way_IrelandBefore I get to this week’s location, allow me a quick “Happy Anniversary” on completing my fifth year of blogging!

This week we travel to the Kerry Way walking path between Sneem and Kenmare in Ireland.  Nature certainly seems to be reclaiming this structure quite nicely.  What I did not know previously, the Kerry Way is one of Ireland’s longest signposted walking trails (over 130 miles, beginning and ending in Killarney) and that those wishing to walk the entire trail should plan on taking about a week to nine days to complete.  The beauty of the area would certainly make this trip worth the effort.

Here is a link to all sorts of activities to do and see in Ireland (this particular link takes you to the “walking tours” information).  But you can certainly access other activities from the tabs at the top of this page.