2010 Blog Winners – Kevin Smith, Superchunk, Jimmy Pardo, Beastie Boys and Rizzo the Rat

Thanks to WordPress.com for providing the following summary.  It was a fun first year (well, half year) for One Good Minute.  I still do not understand the Internet’s obsession with Rizzo the Rat.  Here’s to more great stuff in 2011.

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

Featured image

A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 7,300 times in 2010. That’s about 18 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 202 new posts, not bad for the first year! There were 61 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 12mb. That’s about a picture per week.

The busiest day of the year was November 2nd with 1,226 views. The most popular post that day was Kevin Smith’s “Red State” Poster is very Non-Kevin Smith … in a good way (Updated).

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were twitter.com, mergerecords.com, videogum.com, stumbleupon.com, and facebook.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for rizzo the rat, rizzo, beastie boys short film, jon wurster, and rizzo rat.

Attractions in 2010

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


Kevin Smith’s “Red State” Poster is very Non-Kevin Smith … in a good way (Updated) November 2010


My Fake Jimmy Pardo T-Shirt Design November 2010


Superchunk Singles – The Singles’ Singles Album (now with less singles!) August 2010


Superchunk Album History – Part 2 [1993-1996] September 2010


Beastie Boys Short Film Starring Seth Rogan, Elijah Wood and Danny McBride? December 2010

My Personal Analysis

Looking at these results and some of the underlying data, I am a little surprised at the various ways in which people found the top posts.  There is not one clear winner in terms of referral type.

  • First place comes from Twitter thanks to a Kevin Smith shout out.  Given the power of Twitter I am surprised that it did not dominate the rest of the spots.
  • Traffic for number 2, 3 and 4 came primarily by way posting to message boards.  A good chunk (pun intended) of number 3 also came from a Twitter shout out by Superchunk.  This plus the first spot all make sense, given that people are monitoring these avenues for specific topics that I posted on.  This sort of targeted promotion beats out any of the more generic promotion blasts to places like StumbleUpon, Digg, etc.
  • The biggest surprise for me has been search traffic.  The number 5 spot was almost fully driven by search results hitting my site.  This, plus the whole Rizzo the Rat phenomenon, is not something I expected given the lack of time spent on SEO.

Random Historical Shout Out – Louis Pasteur

Ever wonder where the term pasteurization came from.  Well, it came from this guy.

He discovered the way to keep things like milk and wine from making people sick.  Great job, totally useful.  Without him I would have to stop drinking wine.

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Social Media Part 9: Google AdWords

This one unexpectedly fell into my lap.  I received an email offering $100 worth of ads free, which I dismissed immediately.  But the idea kept spinning around in the back of my brain and when I received a second email about the promotion I jumped on it.  Now that the campaign has run its course I am looking at the results to determine the level of success from my $100 investment.

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Social Media Part 5.1: Twiends Follow Up

As I indicated in my post from last week about Twiends I am looking at the results of a small burst of Twiends activity after one week.

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Social Media Part 8: Twitter

I have already touched on Twitter in past articles, but there is one particular aspect of Twitter that has become the Holy Grail: the celebrity tweet.

It is a pretty obvious concept that something tweet by a popular twitter user is going to be seen by a lot of people and therefore have some sort of impact. I never really thought much about it in the past as I do not really care who else is listening when @PFTompkins tweets something funny or @superchunkradio posts a link to a cool new live video. It is of interest to me and so I continue to follow these people.

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Social Media: Part 7 – Forums

My participation in forums has always been inconsistent. I tend to read a lot more than I write, but then I will go through little bursts of increased participation. Ultimately my activity has never been to the level of being recognized as a regular or “one of the gang”, but I do enjoy being a part of these forum communities that are focused on similar interests.

My first kick at this can was an overt attempt to attract attention. The comment sections at Videogum are a fun place to hang out, so I wrote a series of poems about Videogum and posted a link in the comments. This currently sits as the #11 viewed page of all time.

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Social Media: Part 6 – Technorati

I have looked at a number of blog directories, most of which appear to be akin to writing your message on a penny, throwing it into a wishing well and then waiting for someone to find it and respond.  In other words, they do not inspire a lot of hope that they are going to do anything to help get your blog out there.

Despite my lack of optimism I am determined to try some of them out and see what happens, but rather than blindly submit to every one I find I am being selective and methodical so that I can determine how successful I am being with each one.  The first I have submitted to is Technorati.

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Social Media: Part 3 – Blog’s Early Days

One of the big decisions I made when starting this blog was to not announce it to my friends and family.  I did this for two reasons.  First, if I am to truly learn about blogging and self promotion it will be easier to gauge my success if I am not giving myself a “head start”.  Second, I was interested to learn who might come across One Good Minute on their own, how they might find it and how they might connect it to me.

Actually, there was a third reason.  I didn’t need my dad clogging up the comments with “great job, son”, though I do appreciate his support.

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My Social Media Experiment – Part 1

Part of the reason for starting this blog is to investigate and understand the world of social media.  Posting my thoughts to a blog that nobody reads is not going to hold my interest for very long.  I know because this is the fourth blog I have started, none of the other three seeing more than half a dozen posts before being abandoned like a used plastic spork.

This time around I put more thought into the what, why and how before even getting started.  My basic goals when starting this blog almost two months were as follows:

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1000 Visits – Time To Party (and exploit my kid)

My blog has reached 1000 visits in about 6 weeks.  Not too shabby considering I have not told any friends or family about it.  Thanks to you for the visits, be you friend, random visitor, follower of celebrity tweet or spam-bot.  Drinks are on me.

She doesn't like beer but she likes posing for photos.

Here’s to me becoming an Internet blogging sensation and quitting my job to write full-time (which I expect will happen right about the time that the Internet retires).