Daily Archives: January 2, 2011

Are you a WordPress blogger? Do you want to blog more in 2011?

It’s a good New Year’s resolution, but the next question is: how? Well, check out this blog: The Daily Post at WordPress.com | Post something every day. WordPress.com put it together to help inspire to blog more. It’s already off to a flying start. If you want to keep up with it, you can also follow WordPress Daily Post (postaday) on Twitter. Or if you want, you can put it in your feed reader, too. Lots of choices. Good luck!

(From the flickr photostream of poka0059, Paul Oka, who has some great photos of typewriters. See the link for rights.)

My blog: 2010 in review via WordPress

(WordPress generated this review of my blog and made it easy for me to post. Never one to turn down free content,  I decided to post it! :))

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 helper monkey made this abstract painting, inspired by your stats.

The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 120,000 times in 2010. If it were an exhibit at The Louvre Museum, it would take 5 days for that many people to see it.

In 2010, there were 501 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 1945 posts. There were 11 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 2mb. That’s about a picture per month.

The busiest day of the year was August 17th with 586 views. The most popular post that day was So how many mosques are there currently in Manhattan, New York City?.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were facebook.com, google.com, twitter.com, Google Reader, and search.conduit.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for art nouveau furniture, zara suits, slow cooker roast, zara suit, and effects of facebook.

Attractions in 2010

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


So how many mosques are there currently in Manhattan, New York City? August 2010


Why I buy suits from Zara September 2008


The social effects of Facebook June 2007


From furniture to art. August 2008


How to pronounce Gewürztraminer, Viognier, and all those other wine associated words April 2009

A great New Year’s Resolution: get cooking better meals

Anyone who doesn’t cook or feels their cooking is poor owes it to themselves to read this article: Sustainable Food – Three Recipes by Mark Bittman – NYTimes.com. It’s more a manifesto than an article, but it is very practical and something even good cooks should read.

Bittman does two things in this article: 1) demolishes the notion you should eat junk beause you don’t have time or you can’t cook or you can’t afford to cook good meals for yourself. 2) Presents three recipes which are more like three lessons on how to cook dozens of meals cheaply, easily, and simply.

It doesn’t matter if you are an omnivore, vegetarian or vegan: these recipes will work and provide you with lots of variety. Plus they are  “nutritionally sound and environmentally friendly”. Just as important: these meals are low cost. Rice, beans, lentils, cabbage, carrots, and onions can be some of the cheapest ingredients in a grocery store. If you are really tight on cash (e.g. a college student), look for vegetables being sold off in your green grocer or supermarket. You might find peppers, zucchini, greens, or squash being sold off, and while they might go off in a few days, if you prepare them that day, you can have a good and tasty and cheap meal.

If you only need to cook for one or two servings, the recipes are easy to cut back from the 4-6 servings listed. Cook one serving for yourself tonight, and put a second serving in your fridge for lunch the next day. Better yet, why not invite a friend or neighbor over for dinner?

(Great photo of lentils from photobunny’s photostream on Flickr. Creative Commons license: see photo for details)

Got $100 and a ticket to New York City? Then you are all set to go!

You might think that is mad, but as this article show, The $100 New York City Weekend – Frugal Traveler – NYTimes.com, you can do it and have a wonderful time. The trick is all in the planning. But if you plan well, then you can see some amazing sites, eat in some cool places, and generally have a fabulous trip. Indeed, even if you did not want to go to NYC, I think you could use this article as a template for how you could visit other big cities cheaply, be that city Toronto, Chicago, San Francisco. If you do that, please let us know what you did and how you did it!

Don’t forget to read this acompanying article: My $100 Weekend in New York: Where the Money Went – NYTimes.com. The comments are also very good. s