WordPress is kind enough to prepare a little report telling users about their traffic, stats, etc. I try NOT to pay attention to that, but one stat — most popular posts — bemuses me. You never can tell what people will be most interested in, can you?
1. If you can’t afford an editor, you shouldn’t be publishing — 435 views. When I first posted this, I was very cranky about the lack of editorial polishing I’d been seeing in epublished books, and the authorial shrugging about readers who quibbled about such immaterial things as spelling, punctuation, etc. I didn’t expect it to get that much attention.
2. Black Wade: The Wild Side of Love – 421 views. This is a review of an erotic graphic novel that I did back in 2010, but it seems very popular.
3. SBD: Bared to You by Sylvia Day — 167 views. I didn’t care for this book and made it pretty clear in my post. But for some reason, web searches on the hero’s penis size and anal sex in the book bring readers to my blog. I’ve forgotten, was there anal in that book?
4. Groupon’s Ad Fail – 160 views.
5. Bear, Otter and the Kid review — 123 views. Another negative review, which contrasts to the general glowing reviews about this book. The review was written in 2011, so I’m guessing the traffic is a function of the comparison to the movie Shelter.
6. BOATK/Shelter comparison — 107 views. Yes, I thought they were extremely similar.
7. Barcelona: a city I’m going to want to visit again — 87 views. My travel summary of my February 2012 holiday. Had a lovely trip.
A while back I added Mike Randolph’s photos of Spain to my feed. I especially loved the photo of the Tio Pepe sign. I think I mentioned in my travel recap post that the sign was missing from the Puerta del Sol in Madrid on my trip this past February; the roof of the building looked oddly naked without it, despite being shrouded in scaffolding. Apparently may not be reinstalled after the renovation of the building.
Anyway, going through my personal photos, I found this older photo of the Tio Pepe sign:
Tio Pepe sign in the Puerta del Sol
Taken February 2009
And here is the same building this past February, signless. Apparently I didn’t take a photo of the naked building, although I definitely remarked upon it in my travel journal.
I’ve got a photo of the Mezquita in Cordoba in black and white that I took a while back (maybe in 2002 or so?), but it doesn’t look nearly as good as his — imagine that! Hmm, I should find the digital back up of the photo (not on this hard drive but on disc, I think).
Filed under spain, travel
1. Check out the first rough draft of the next Kate Daniels’ book by Ilona Andrews, posted as part of a bribe.
2. I’ve found the links and articles posted by The Arabist to be very helpful in giving a less western-oriented MSM perspective on political events in Egypt, North Africa and the Middle East.
3. Have you checked out Courtney Nguyen‘s reporting on the French Open in Beyond the Baseline for SI? She loves and knows tennis, it’s clear in her writing, but her voice is fresh and irreverent, which is welcome among some of the more conservative sport journos (Neil Harman, I’m looking at you).
4. La Tienda has a post up on coffee in Spain. Personally, I don’t drink much coffee unless it’s been
ruined adulterated diluted almost beyond recognition by a great deal of milk and sugar, but I have been known to enjoy a morning cafe con leche while on vacation in Madrid or Barcelona. (FWIW, the blog post is also available in Spanish.)
5. Dear author: why would you have someone drive from Baltimore to Dulles to catch a flight to New York? That’s an hour drive at best and closer to two at worst. Government employees traveling from Baltimore to NY would either fly out of BWI or take the Acela, which drops you in midtown in 2 hours. In a pinch, they might fly out of Reagan, maybe. But Dulles? No.