I was preparing a long term bleg/budget bill to figure out exactly how much the blog needs to generate to keep me in pixels and in my house for next year when I looked at the bills and saw that with the latest oil bill there simply isn’t the money to pay it and the reserves just aren’t there. Continue reading “Quick Emergency Bleg Update: $230 down $370 to go”

I’d like to thank all of my readers and listeners for the last two months on the blog.

December is traditionally a slow month for bloggers but I was just 35 hits below my January 2010 numbers (the Scott Brown Election coverage).

January 2011 was even better. Last January was my second best month ever with over 30k hits. As of this morning (when this post is being written I am 700 hits shy of doubling those numbers).

None of this is possible without you. Thank you all very much.

You know when you go door to door selling ads for your radio show it’s sometimes hard to explain to a business why they should invest their advertising on you. Lucky for me WordPress has done the work for me today with the following e-mail summary:

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

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The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 270,000 times in 2010. If it were an exhibit at The Louvre Museum, it would take 12 days for that many people to see it.

In 2010, there were 2592 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 4680 posts.

The busiest day of the year was January 5th with 11,320 views. The most popular post that day was Boy is the news boring today….

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were pajamasmedia.com, theothermccain.com, michellemalkin.com, hotair.com, and Google Reader.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for mattie fein, da tech guy, across the universe, datechguy, and sexporn those guys must have been disappointed with what they found here..

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

1

Boy is the news boring today… January 2010
54 comments

2

Morning Joe religious and holiday double standard December 2010
22 comments

3

Free NBA admission for all! May 2010
22 comments

4

First report from the Obama rally today UPDATE Photos, video and Instalanche! UPDATE 3000 supporters bussed in October 2010
28 comments and 1 Like on WordPress.com,

5

Never bet against a hacker October 2010
13 comments

Thus ends the Summary produced by WordPress. Let’s put it another way:

My show premiered in Nov of 2010. From November 1st to today (Jan 3rd 2011) over 50,000 people have been to this website. 1 minute of advertising on my Radio show broadcast with 50,000 watts throughout NE and beyond if purchased for 4 weeks currently costs only $49.50 per week.

And if you are a small blogger 15 seconds over the same period can be had for $18 a week.

The question isn’t why over 83% of my ad time is currently taken, the question is why you don’t have a piece of that other 17%? e-mail us here to change that. Or leave a comment and I’ll contact you with more information (current rates here).

Speaking of which if you are a Massachusetts-based conservative blogger who lives within 45 minutes of Worcester Massachusetts we need to talk, really soon.

I’ve been so busy with my show I missed my two-year Blog anniversary on Nov 29th, but I was wide awake today when the Blog crossed the 300,000 hit plateau. Of the 300,192 hits as of about 6:30 a.m. 244,845 have come since January 1st of this year.

Thanks to every single one of you who have gotten me to this point. Those hits led to the radio show and the ads I have been able to sell. So every one of you are the reason why my mortgage is paid.

I won’t forget it.

The more people on the left who feel the need to counter me, the more likely I’m being effective.

I am very proud to be compared to Jim Hoff who I’ve met and interviewed and is a fine Catholic Gentleman.

I look forward to the other side continuing to spend time attempting to counter me. I trust my readers to cut through the noise and see what is there.

One of the things religion gives you is the concept that reality exists, and no amount of smoke is going to change it.

Today I have reached 100,000 hits for the year thus far.

That is nearly double my total hits for all of 2009. It’s not quite Stacy McCain’s 1,000,000 hits a year but we are certainly heading in that direction.

I want to thank all of you who have stopped by this year so far. I’ll do my best to keep it worth your time.

Maybe it’s just me, but if you are looking for publicity for a candidate or a cause, doesn’t this make the whole: “Have Fedora will Travel” bit a pretty good investment?

Today I have several meetings and events here in GA to hit put an evening with friends, I hope to schedule a few posts in between and get the data loaded.

I see the advantage of Smitty the co-blogger very much these days.

It is a very hard balance on location because you have to balance the getting of data with its presentation.

For those of you who have been here awhile you are aware of the “I’ll do it myself Tucker Fund” that doubled as a CPAC jar in the quest to send me down south.

Things remain up in the air for me but now that the readership has once again increased post CPAC post factor I am going to make this offer once again but not just to Tucker Carlson.

In my old job I was making $800 a week. (excluding overtime) I am more than willing to write for anyone at that wage on the condition that I am writing from here. If it is desired that I cover an event beyond my regular range, I would want expenses (travel, a room and maybe $30 a day for meals).

If anyone is out there who is looking for someone to write or film under those termss just give me a heads up in comments. If someone is looking for a part time writer I can adjust the rate accordingly, with the understanding that I will keep trying to find something to make up the rest or to get the whole shabang at once.

If someone wants to hire me on a temp basis a particular campaign etc, I wouldn’t mind that either. I can live on extended unemployment, but I’d rather not, I dislike the situation and would like to change it. If you can help I promise to give a solid effort and earn the funds I’m paid.

And of course if you are a reader and just want to kick in I certainly won’t turn down any hits to the I’ll do it myself Tucker fund.

If you want something you have to ask, so I’m asking. I’ll provide the Fedora.

…prevented a lot of posting. By the time it was up I was packed up and on the way to the Bloggers party where I had no net access. I hope to make it up to you tonight before I hit the sack and schedule the interview posts I’ve done asap.

BTW my firefox browser is suddenly not displaying any of my youtube clips in my posts, (all is well in IE from what I see) I’ll have to have Smitty check on his system to see if that is an issue all around.

That the results of our “4 horsemen of the Ablogoplispe poll” back in January carried the following results:

As of today: Glenn Reynolds is first with 18%, Michelle Malkin is at 17%, Robert Stacy McCain is at 13% and the following bloggers are EXACTLY tied with 7%, Iowahawk, Victor Davis Hanson, Powerline, Captain Ed, and Bill Whittle.

Sorry Valley of the Shadow, Pam Geller and Gateway Pundit didn’t place, not even a single write-in (Ace led the write-in’s with 1%)

The poll is still open if you want to vote and give us a solid 4th horseman.

…telling me I would be hearing from him this morning concerning CPAC blogger credentials.

That however is quickly becoming a moot point. I am $800 shy with now 4 days to go and the only reason why I’m that close is that a guest room has been offered to me.

In the last 7 days the “CPAC” fund has been as successful as Eric Idle’s attempts at Camel spotting.

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When Robert Stacy stayed here my wife referred to it as “my summer camp”, there was a fair amount of work that it entailed and a lot less sleep than I’m used to, but it was an awful lot of fun. Continue reading “I heard from Eric Erickson from RedState concerning CPAC credentials”

from the Conservative Forum of the Commonwealth.

The meet on the 3rd Tuesday of the month but I’m not going to be available this month, however I do plan on attending next month.

They have apparently been out there for some time but there is nothing like a win under one’s belt to get thing rolling stronger.

Question: What is the ultimate expression of wishful thinking?

Ah the people at Breitbart’s Big Journalism prove that mindless optimism is not confined to myself and Lt. George:

While it is true Mr. Johnson did not use the precise phrase “white nationalist convention” as was noted in Weigel’s article, he said something very similar in the comments of his blog. In this case, Mr. Johnson does not attribute his claim that O’Keefe attended a “meeting of white nationalists” to anyone.

We hope that Mr. Johnson, an influential presence in the blogosphere, will issue a retraction without playing the semantics game with the words “meeting” and “conference,” but just in case, from dictionary.com:

In addition, his claim O’Keefe was “a friend” of Marcus Epstein is false. In an interview with BigJournalism.com, James O’Keefe denied Mr. Johnson’s claim, which, again, is unattributed. As was hashed out here, there is no factual basis for Johnson to imply a close link between O’Keefe and Epstein:

They did manage to notice that the action at Charles’ blog is often in the comments, not in the articles.

Meanwhile Pam Geller (who looks incredible in a Fedora) knows what the score is:

This is what Johnson does. He has gotten a great deal of publicity for his announcement about how he parted ways with the Right, but the real story of Charles Johnson is not even that he changed his mind or his politics. Little Green Footballs today is not a political site. It’s an attack site. He has set about to destroy the most effective voices on the Right. But in fact, he destroyed himself.

Then again that mindless optimism post from Jan 6th was about the fact that Scott Brown’s chances weren’t all that good so you never know.

Well today has been an interesting day in that regard. Yesterday I found myself at just under 9% of the goal set to get me there.

Since then three people have kicked in, including to my surprise a local businessman who I had just told the story to in passing. That has boosted me to just under 28% of the goal with 11 days to go.

Is there any chance of making up the other 72% by then? I have no idea, but to those who have kicked in a little and to those who have kicked in a lot, I am very humbled by your support. This is your hard earned cash and the fact that you are sharing it with me really is something. I won’t forget it.

If you would like to help drop that remaining percentage click here and follow the relevant links. Please specify CPAC on the comment line in PAYPAL if you are specifically giving to that end. I’ll be keeping you informed on how the progress goes as the days go by.

As always to those who kick in and to those who do not thanks for reading and spending a portion of your day with me.

…and there are quite a few of them these days. As a rule I post less on weekends since that’s when the wife and kids have off. So you will see scheduled posts of Amazon reviews that I do during the week. Under the old system I’m a top 1000 reviewer (730 or so), under the new system that they started recently to encourage more reviews I’m around 1300.

Since I’ve been reviewing for a while If I get behind no new things to read I will on occasion link to an old pre-blog review as well.

So feel free to check out the various things, I particularly recommend the Big Finish Dr. Who audios, but for them check out Mike’s comics to my knowledge they have the best prices on them online.

…when they saw American Glob’s post in response to Stacy McCain’s and Smitty’s pleas to send me to CPAC. If they were anywhere near my laptop it would be shorted out and finally give up the ghost as it’s been threatening to do for months.

I’m flattered by the attention, but Made of Awesomeness? It’s almost as big a complement as being called a terrific gentlemen by the charming Roxeanne.

When I put up the “I’ll do it myself Tucker fund” it was an experiment to see if I could support myself though readership, basically a card to play as the countdown continues. CPAC was not on my mind When Stacy suggested it while I was here I confess I didn’t take it very seriously.

But a few people have already hit the jar with the express purpose of sending me to CPAC so what can I say?

I don’t do much traveling, Stacy does. He says $1600 will do the trick. If that can happen (and my wife is rolling her eyes at the possibility) then I will certainly go and do my best to be worthy of your support.

If enough is not raised I will of course refund any person who gave with the intent of sending me.

Either way I thank all of you for your support of the blog, financial or otherwise.

Update: American Gobs’ link to the “I’ll do it myself Tucker Fund” produces an error as did the link above which I have pulled.

However the links from the “Tucker” Page continues to work. I have tested it with the following browsers and versions:

Firefox 3.0.17, Internet Explorer 7.0.6000 16945, Safari 4.0.4 531.21.10,
Netscape Navigator 9.0.0.5, Maxthon 1.5.07 (build 82) and Mozilla 1.7.3

Until I can resolve the issue go here and follow the links there.

This is a good time to mention that you should ALWAYS have a least two different browsers on your system as a simple control. Is a web site failing? Is your connection failing? A secondary browser helps determine these things. I’m also a big fan of the idea that you can assign different functions to different browsers to make things easier.

But I owe Peg and Sicilians never forget:

Here is Peg’s post on the subject:

Still, I think it very sad when people have an attitude like Maha seems to have about the world. As much as I disagree with some of the positions liberals take, I just cannot reason from that that millions of my fellow Americans are awful, stupid people. They are not. I may think that some are naive, or haven’t been exposed to some of the experiences that conservatives and/or libertarians have, etc., etc. But terrible people? Nope. And further – possible that I am wrong about some of my reasoning and my opinions? Sure! But if the discussion stops, how will anyone ever know?

Shades of the RedNeck stuff. I confess when it comes to Peg I’ve VERY Biased and left this comment:

Well you know us evil conservatives, we turn up in the most unlikely places to spread our cause to destroy the world, strangle puppies and generally wreak havoc.

Banning Peg, that’s Charles Johnson territory, but hey your blog, your rules.

but there are two sides to every story so in fairness to Mahablog, here is the entire thread. Read it and make up your own mind.

(Mind you the Glenn Beck joke is pretty good.)

Q: Can I replace that $800 a week job I used to have blogging?

Robert Stacy McCain seems to think I should start a tip jar around here to see if I can make a go of it since I’ve had little luck on the job front since I’ve opened the blog.

So starting today you will see a page to the right called the “I’ll do it myself, Tucker” fund. This is in reference to my repeated offer to Tucker Carlson of Daily Caller fame to give him 40 hours a week work for $800.. So since Tucker is not willing to pony up I’m going to see if I can manage it from the blog itself.

I live pretty cheap, I don’t spend a lot of money on things I don’t need (cell phones, flat screen tv’s etc) and I get my insurance through my wife’s job. $800 a week and I can support myself and the family without a problem.

If you feel so inclined then feel free to click the link to the right and give to the “I’ll do it myself Tucker” fund. ( A PayPal account or Credit Card will be necessary) If I discover that I can average that $800 a week over the course of two months then I’ll stop worrying and just blog full time.

If you don’t want to bother leaving this post to kick in, just click here..

I’ve had a full nights sleep that hasn’t been preceded by a drive out of Boston for the first time in days. When I came downstairs Robert Stacy (I’ll sleep when I’m dead) McCain was still typing at the dining room table, has there ever been a person who works so hard for such a small amount of cash?

I took him for a quick cig run to Tedeschi’s market (that took over the store 24 in Fitchburg) and ran into the mother of a friend of mine who does Janitorial work at the Post Office and the Hospital. She said people were very happy in both locations, but for liberals the anger was extreme, but apparently not all of them.

The worst is that I can’t help but feel like the main emotion people in the caucus are feeling is relief at this turn of events. Now they have a ready excuse for not getting anything done.

Four days ago I told a certain Mr. McCain who happened to be sleeping on my couch that democrats in congress were hoping for an upset to give them an excuse to get out of yet another vote that could push them off the cliff. I thank Mr. Marshall for proving me right in print (well in pixels anyway).

Stacy is picking a bad time to leave Fitchburg. The front page of our local paper is that Planned Parenthood is about to open an office here. The must think the timing is good with 4 Catholic Parishes due to close by June.

It is in fact exactly the opposite, it’s not only bad it’s really bad. The natural anger that the closing would have generated at the church, combined with the anger over the economic and employment situation now has a place where it can be re-directed. The large Hispanic (I hate that word, what does it mean?) population here is very Catholic as well.

The only good news about this? With such a new opening perhaps the Charming Roxeanne will be in town to blog about it a bit and I can introduce the young lady to the wife and kids. My oldest is active in right to life, they should get along like a house afire.

Well the train beckons so I must go. It’s been a great week, but like Cincinnatus I now prepare to return to being just another guy looking for a job (that elusive $800 a week) in Massachusetts who runs a small blog where I talk about things that interest me.

Thanks for joining me for the ride, and if you like what you have read you are welcome to stop by to read anytime.

with Stacy and Dan Collins to take our promised seats on blog row.

Late report from the RightWingGammer, in Newburyport, normally he would expect D+15; today it’s too close to call.

He also has some good advice:

DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT think this is in the bag! Go, vote, then celebrate, but no earlier than 7:00PM please. Make the liberals there think differently. Catch them by surprise.

Update finally tally from Newburyport: Coakley by 1

…so has the spam.

I’ve found that my spam over the years (counting the hiwired blog) has gotten smarter and smarter, to the point where the filters will catch one but miss a nearly identical one.

The phony names, semi generic messages etc are getting better too.

I’m sure other bloggers see more of this than me, but considering how prevalent it is I’m shocked that there are some sites that still don’t moderate comments.