The amazingly popular Illacrimo now comes in a Widget ready version for all to download. I am not a big widget user myself, but the demand was out there for us to get a Widget ready version out, and while there are some limitations, I think it will allow people to modify the two sidebars considerably.
Check it out on LifeSpy.com.
I have a little bone to pick with a variety of people. It seems their blogs have been converted into nothing more than a rolling list of their daily “twitters” from Twitter.com.
Some of the bloggers might not have written articles every day, but when they did write on their blog, they were some great posts, and now I find myself seeing half conversations and silly, short messages about people’s cats or getting the mail. I am really not impressed by this trend, and wish that this wasn’t becoming a replacement for blogging for some people.
I also wish that someone would develop a plugin that would stop these daily tweets from showing up in the RSS feed, as I don’t want to see them. I only want the real articles that site owners have put time into.
Is that so much to ask?
Another reason to love Google, and their acquisition of FeedBurner is the news that came out today that FeedBurner Pro is now free. This opens up two major tools for people including the TotalStats and MyBrand tools.
FeedBurner Stats PRO
PRO is feed analytics taken to the next level. You will now have access to the number of people who have viewed or clicked individual content items in your feed and â€œReach,â€ which estimates the daily number of subscribers who interacted with your feed content. You can turn this on by signing in to your account, navigating to the Analyze tab and heading to the FeedBurner Stats PRO section. Click the “Item Views” checkbox to activate these PRO features.
The MyBrand service (also PRO-level) is located under the “My Account” tab after you’ve signed in. MyBrand lets you maintain consistency between your feed address and your hosted website’s domain, if matchy-matchy is your thing. For example, rather than using feeds.feedburner.com/MyFeedName, your MyBrand-ed feed address can be feeds.myexcellentdomain.net/MyFeedName. To get started with MyBrand, sign into FeedBurner, click the “My Account” link in the upper left-hand corner, and then click “MyBrand”. Nota Bene: You must be comfortable playing around with DNS entries and own the rights to the domain whose DNS entries you’ll be playing around with in order to successfully activate MyBrand.
While it was cheap before, making it free just goes to show how far Google is willing to go to make their applications accessible to all.
If you can’t tell, I am super happy about this move, and hope it stirs up a new wave of competition between the popular FeedBurner and others out there doing similar things.
Check out the news on FeedBurner’s blog.
Matt Mullenweg has released the June statistics for WordPress.com, and even more interesting than the raw stats is the information posted below them.
He mentions things like the fact that after English, the top languages using WordPress.com are Spanish, Turkish, Brazilian Portuguese, Italian, and Indonesian.
Another interesting fact is that the most popular desktop blogging client for WordPress.com is Windows Live Writer. Is it really that good?
And the last super interesting fact on the June update is that WordPress.com uses 3 terabytes of bandwidth a day. If you are a technology guy, let that sink in for a second. That means WordPress.com is pushing 90 terabytes of transfer a month.
Of course there is the usual stats which include some impressive information.
- 122 thousand blogs were created.
- 135 thousand new users joined.
- 4,039 support requests.
- 1.7 million posts and 687 thousand new pages.
- 2.5 million comments.
- 28.2 million spam comments blocked.
- 2.2 million logins.
- 240.8 million pageviews on WordPress.com, and another 71 million on self-hosted blogs.
About half a month ago, I put a call out on Blogging Pro for Amazing Bloggers. Bloggers that are unsung heroes, bloggers striving for more with their blog, and I got many great responses. I have only replied to one person so far, and that is our first Amazing Blogger, a fellow Canadian, Vivien of Inspiration Bit.
Vivian has been blogging for a little over six months, having launched her blog in December of 2006. She notes that she didn’t get serious with it until a month later in January.
Like I, and others have said before, it is not about how long you have been blogging, but bringing something new, amazing, or different to the world. Vivien has done this on a few occasions with posts like:
I also asked her two key questions in an e-mail interview. First, I asked what is her best memory is in relation to blogging?
I don’t think I can pinpoint one best memory. I have several of them and they are all tied with my blog readers. The turning point for me was the day when I got my first 10 RSS subscribers after only two weeks of blogging and not much promo. I was motivated and inspired, it made me to become more aware of what kind of topics I should write about on my blog.
The best blogging feeling I had came with a realization that somehow I managed to build a loyal community of readers on my blog. From then on practically all my blog posts receive feedback and comments. This made me to be more conscientious about my blogging habbits. My recent survey made me very happy with the awareness that I shouldn’t worry too much about the occasional periods of silence on my blog – my readers stick with Inspiration Bit because of its content and style, not the number of posts per week.
And secondly, I hit upon the key thing that I wanted to know, which is where does she see from her blogging efforts.
I hope it will bring me many more opportunities to meet and get to know some fascinating people that I would’ve never had a chance to meet in the offline world.
One of my initial intentions for blogging was to interview some famous personalities who inspire me with their achievements and post them for my blog readers. Right now it’s practically impossible to set up such interviews. Looks like most weblebrities and celebrities don’t like wasting their precious time on giving interviews to some unknown blogs like mine. So I hope that my blog receives enough recognition to allow me such interviews.
I would love to see Inspiration Bit to become the inspirational oasis of the blogiverse. After all, Knowledge comes from Inspiration – one bit at a time.
Note: If I haven’t contacted you back yet, that doesn’t mean you haven’t been selected. I have been quite busy, and will be replying as I select people. Also, there is still time to put your name in. Read my previous post on Blogging Pro, and contact me.