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

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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.

My Fake Jimmy Pardo T-Shirt Design

I do not design t-shirts, but if I did this would be what I did today at work.  Obviously inspired by Jimmy’s never ending quest to land Monster Energy Drink as a sponsor for Never Not Funny.

I think I find this ongoing bit so funny because it is akin to much of what I write on this blog.  Posting about bands, movies, podcast, etc. that I like has a definitely promotional aspect to it.  I am more than happy to promote great things, but what if I hit them up for compensation?  What about it, NNF, want to sponsor my blog?

I guess at that point I would have to show some sort of return on investment, which is not likely to happen, so forget it.

I you would like to order this t-shirt drop me a line and I will get into the business (as soon as NNF says I can).

Ways to spend $19.99

Twice a year I need to make a decision on how to spend $19.99.  Here are some of the options I am considering (click through for full product details and purchasing options).


Classy ... perhaps too classy


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People are funny and talented

Bonus episode of Never Not Funny this morning.  Jimmy Pardo hosting the You Fascinate Me show at the UCB Theatre earlier in the year with guests  Pat Francis and Danielle Koenig (who are both tied to NNF in many other ways).

The show, as expected, is very funny and entertaining and it just makes me realize how many funny and talented people are out there that the general public never really knows about.  Who the heck are Pat Francis and Danielle Koenig and how could they possibly be funny?  Toss this aside and get me an Adam Sandler movie.

Forget about the Dane Cook’s and Jay Leno’s of the world.  There are many faces of comedy but there are so many more people pushing comedy forward in so many ways that don’t get the fame and recognition they deserve.

So today I say thank you to Pat Francis and Danielle Koenig, whoever the heck you are.

When Funnies Collide

As I sit here listening to the latest episode of the Doug Loves Movies podcast (well, technically I shut it off and threw on some tunes ’cause I can’t listen to them talk and type my own words at the same time) I feel compelled to share a Venn diagram of funniness.  Of course, I can’t be bothered to create an actual Venn diagram so you will have to print this off, cut out all the words and construct the diagram yourself.  Really, you should do that.  It’ll be fun and you can send me a picture.

This is not the requested picture, this is just some circles

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Podcasting History / Best Of

As I kid I remember being flabbergasted at the fact that my father would almost exclusively listen to talk shows when in the car, as opposed to music.  I just couldn’t see the appeal of listening to a bunch of boring people talk about boring things.  I still don’t see the appeal (who would) and I haven’t found anything on the radio that doesn’t adhere to this description..  My car radio has not been on anything except my FM transmitter station since I bought it.  The second car I owned didn’t have a working radio in it for over 3 years.  So lets just say I’m picky about what I listen to.

Now it turns out that there are a lot of entertaining “talkies” out there but as with the music I like it is not to be found within the constraints of mainstream media / radio.  Oh podcasting, what would I do without you?  Here is my Brief History of Podcasting and Nothing Else:

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