Category: Blogging


2010 in review

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 This blog is doing awesome!.

Crunchy numbers

Featured image

A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 2,600 times in 2010. That’s about 6 full 747s.

 

In 2010, there were 2 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 17 posts.

The busiest day of the year was May 13th with 63 views. The most popular post that day was 中秋節.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were twitter.com, facebook.com, hello-bye.blogdrive.com, danns-nobody.blogspot.com, and freeliketrees.blogdrive.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for graduation clip art, graduation cap, graduation cap clip art, free graduation clip art, and graduation clip art images.

Attractions in 2010

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

1

中秋節 October 2009
4 comments

2

Embracing braces May 2009
2 comments

3

Profile October 2008
3 comments

4

Archives November 2008

5

Ice skating April 2010
2 comments

 

Of course, the fact that I wrote just one blog post in 2010 is rather pathetic. Sorry folks, it just seems I’ve been snowed over by so many things… I’ll try and write more in 2011!

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WordPress vs. Blogger

The blogging wars!

The blogging wars!

As suggested by a techno-geek, I kept two blogs from both wordpress and blogger to get a feeling for both and select the one I preferred. In the end, wordpress won, but you may think differently. There is a nice article comparing the two blogging services on: http://blog.awakenedvoice.com/2006/04/01/hosted-blog-comparison-wordpress-vs-blogger/, and http://www.searchforblogging.com/index.php/2008/03/11/blogging-wars-wordpress-vs-blogger/, but here’s my own list of all the pros and cons of the two blog platforms with less technical jargon and focussing more on the experience.

Blogger is probably easier to navigate and use. WordPress is quite technical.

Blogger has less attractive templates, and a lot less choice. WordPress templates are very attractive and lots of choice.

Blogger categories have number indicating how much it was used. WordPress doesn’t (unless u move mouse over it).

Blogger has only one level of ‘categories’. WordPress allows for as many ‘levels’ of categories you like, eg. within the Music category, you can have a sub-category of Jazz, and a further sub-category of Blues.

Blogger can’t attach videos from the internet, but wordpress can.

Blogger allows you to add more widgets, wordpress allows very limited range.

Blogger has no tracking of stats of blog views, but wordpress does.

Blogger’s links to other blogs also include a snippet of the latest post, but for wordpress there is no preview, just a list (unless u move mouse over it).

Blogger lets you edit all the little gadgets, like your bloglist, right from the blog, no need to go somewhere else, whereas for wordpress, you have to go to some other webpage (not your blog) to edit gadgets.

Blogger’s blog lists are convenient in that they are arranged in order of the most recently updated blog, whereas wordpress is just alphabetical.

Blogger allows you to change the font and size of the text easily. In WordPress the style of the text is dependent on which theme (template) you choose.

Blogger lacks the tabs of ‘pages’ you see at the top here. WordPress has them.

Blogger doesn’t show the history of your editing of posts, wordpress has a page showing the history of the time you edited which post, what you commented etc.

Blogger has several standardised choices for the font colour, wordpress allows you to customise the colour to any that takes your fancy.

As you can probably see from my random post below, wordpress has emoticons, but blogger has none (it stays as : D rather than 😀 )

Really, both blogging services are exceptionally professional, and I would recommend either. Both allow for multiple blogs under the same person (what I wanted), and both are lightyears in front of Windows Live. But I ended up being drawn more to wordpress because, okay I’ll admit it, the template themes are just so stunning and beautiful compared to the amateur-looking designs at blogger. For ease of use (for beginners like myself) and familiarity (who doesn’t love gmail or google?!), blogger gets my vote, but wordpress is more sophisticated and diverse as a whole.

Happy blogging!

Emoticons

🙂 : )     : -)     :smile :

😀 : D     : -D     :grin :

😦 : (     : -(     :sad :

😮 : o     : -o     :surprise :

😯 8 O     8 -O     :shock :

😕 : ?     : -?     :??? :

8) 8 )     8 -)     :cool :

😡 : x     : -x     :mad :

😛 : P     : -P     :razz :

😐 : |     : -|     :neutral :

😉 ; )     ; -)     :wink :

😆 :lol :

😳 :oops :

😥 :cry :

👿 :evil :

😈 :twisted :

🙄 :roll :

❗ :! :

❓ : ?:

💡 :idea :

➡ :arrow :

:mrgreen: :mrgreen :

Preamble

A blog is a personal online journal that chronicles one’s personal thoughts through their journey in life. Which is essentially what Musings of Bonnie will be about. This is a continuation from my old blog http://idonthaveagoodname.spaces.live.com/, a migration from the incompetent Windows Live Spaces.

In here you’ll find the occasional bouts of elation, mumbling, nostalgia, commentary, and whimsical thoughts on news, abstract ideas, or the humdrum of daily life. Art, nature, science, psychology, culture, the humanities, language and all things beautiful and worthy of contemplation will feature here, as will the observations of mundane existence. From the perspective of an idiosyncratic, enigmatic, dreamy, withdrawn, self-absorbed, analytical, intuitive, authentic, imaginative girl.

In addition to this personal blog, I also host a food blog Ten Thousand Taste Buds, at http://tenthousandtastebuds.wordpress.com, which will present stories on wonderful recipes, particular foods I love, gastronomical adventures, interesting facts on nutrition that I may have learnt… Anything related to food, really!

I hope you will enjoy reading about the thoughts I share here and leave your own imprint here about an issue you feel passionate about via commenting (if you wish!)!