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Jude’s Threshold: 2012 in review!

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 37,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 9 Film Festivals

Click here to see the complete report.

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Written by Jude Cowell

December 31, 2012 at 3:12 am

Jude’s Threshold: 2011 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Syndey Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 43,000 times in 2011. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 16 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Happy New Year–and Thanks, WordPress for all you do! Jude

Written by Jude Cowell

January 3, 2012 at 6:50 pm

Poll: Are Bloggers Journalists?

Though I’ve been blogging since 2005, there are no illusions here as to whether my years of blogging have magically turned me into a journalist (they haven’t–plus, no paycheck for blogging going on around here), and I want to spotlight this story about a Seattle District Judge who ruled against a blogger, Crystal Cox, and leveled a $2.5 million decision against her.

As the 99% would expect, the judgment was in favor of the corporate litigant and against an individual citizen who was spreading inconvenient info!

The question, Are bloggers journalists? has grown whiskers and gone gray around the muzzle but it’s still on the reptilian minds of big gorilla corporations–and the US government–so if you’re a blogger or care about one, you may want to snoop like a journalist into the rest of the story.

Additionally, there are the concepts of citizen journalism and user generated content made possible by the rise of the Internet.

Where do you stand on these issues? Get it off your chest by answering the poll (up to 3 choices) or add your opinion in a comment.

Oh, and…blog on, everyone!

Written by Jude Cowell

December 8, 2011 at 2:59 pm

Jude’s Threshold’s 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 Wow.

Crunchy numbers

Featured image

Madison Square Garden can seat 20,000 people for a concert. This blog was viewed about 62,000 times in 2010. If it were a concert at Madison Square Garden, it would have performed about 3 times.

In 2010, there were 212 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 1,405 posts. There were 33 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 6mb. That’s about 3 pictures per month.

The busiest day of the year was January 15th with 675 views. The most popular post that day was Jan 15, 2010 Solar Eclipse 26Cap.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were starsoverwashington.com, en.wordpress.com, globalastrologyblog.blogspot.com, juliedemboski.wordpress.com, and twitter.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for erotic art, flowers of india, august 6 1991, cardinal cross 2010, and freemason presidents.

Attractions in 2010

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

1

Jan 15, 2010 Solar Eclipse 26Cap August 2009

2

Cardinal Crosses of 2010-12~Mayan Calendar May 2009

3

Winter Solstice Dec 21, 2012 August 2008
10 comments

4

A drawing ~ Flowers of India ~ November 2009
2 comments

5

August 6 1991: first-ever webpage online March 2010

Written by Jude Cowell

January 3, 2011 at 10:17 pm

Posted in blogs, WordPress

New Astrology Blog by Mary Plumb!

Now this is getting good: Mary Plumb, whom you’ve read in the most excellent American astrology magazine, The Mountain Astrologer, has a new blog called A New Day.

In her recent post, Mary has kindly mentioned one of my blogs (thanks, Mary!) but that’s not the reason I post this: it’s partially meant as a shout-out to Mary’s new blog and partially to give one blogger’s view on the state of Astrology blogging 2010.

George Bush had been crazily ‘re-elected’ when I began writing my first blog in October 2005 using Astrology as a microscope to squint upclose at squirmy Politics, and there were a lot fewer blogs available offering or using Astrology than there are now. In 2010, you can toss your browser (as if you still use one!) in any direction on the Internet and find a wide assortment of them at your disposal – and most with free content.

Some of the earlier blogs I once read have fallen away or been discontinued and that’s understandable: sometimes real world involvements interfere with my blogging time as well. Or perhaps an author’s interest wanes for this time-consuming task or their work schedules change.

My interest doesn’t wane as much as fluctuate for though having four planets in Capricorn (the sign of Politics, Government, Law, and Business) sometimes I’ve simply had all the politicians my craw can stand for a day or two and a mental health break is necessary. (The 24/7 cameras have only made them worse!)

So when I find that an astrologer the caliber of Mary Plumb will be blogging regularly, I take note – there are insights galore and learning afoot! No one astrologer can study all the charts desired by any audience or required by any topic so I am happy and encouraged that Mary is adding her measured voice to the online symphony of astro-information.

May the venerable art continue to bring its telescopic and microscopic abilities and talents – and the element of timing – to the Web!

~:~

Update Nov 9: the above post may have been published too eagerly since I followed the lead of a blog unknown to me which called Mary’s blog ‘new’ – mea culpa. Please pardon, if so! jc

Written by Jude Cowell

November 9, 2010 at 3:20 pm

Odd referral links to this blog!

Why in the last few months am I seeing ‘odd’ or unrelated referral links to this blog in my Referral list that shows from whence people clicked to reach Jude’s Threshold? I’ve taken a chance and clicked on a few of them recently and see no reason why my blog is being ‘found’ from those sites which all seem to be selling something (like “cordless phones”, “sex”, etc.)

And none of the referring sites relate in the least to Astrology, Art, or Politics that I can determine. Am I missing something here?

Anyone know whas’up with the WordPress referral link feature and how this weirdness could be occurring?

Written by Jude Cowell

October 16, 2010 at 3:56 pm

Google charges for blog domain 15 days early

Yesterday one of those freak robot emails arrived saying that on such-and-such a date, Google would automatically charge my account with the annual fee for my Stars Over Washington blog. Well, okay then. That time already? Where does the time go?

But as it turns out, I happen to have a copy of last year’s payment in my records and the date Google selected to dun me in October is 15 days earlier than last year’s fee. Am I being scammed by big rich Google? Could they possibly bo so hard up for cash that they pull this – and perhaps scoot up the date so it steals from the last annual fee?

Is paying for a year of hosting really a year of hosting minus two weeks? Will the fee come earlier next year?

Well, is there another explanation for Google’s behavior? I’ve written blogs with them for over 5 years and their action seems thievish and sneaky even if it isn’t (by some quirky twist of their rules – like slamming a price increase on bloggers without having to call itself what it amounts to.)

Just wondering if anyone else has noticed this kind of practice.

I mean, it’s not as if you can actually contact a human being at Google and have a nice discussion. Right? So Do Not Look Behind the Curtain. For there might be all manner of October deformities hiding in the shadows.

Written by Jude Cowell

September 20, 2010 at 5:37 am

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