Quick Note For Posterity

As of about an hour ago, November 2011 is Whatever’s most-visited month ever, beating out February 2010 (which had the Great Amazon/Macmillan Fracas in it). w00t! Nice to know in these crazy, Twitter and Facebook-laden days, that people are still visiting good, old-fashioned blogs. Even when they don’t regularly feature wanton, egregious nudity! So, thanks, folks.

To show my appreciation, as is the custom of teh Intarweebs, here’s a picture of a cat.

You’re welcome.

27 Comments on “Quick Note For Posterity”

  1. Congratulations! And that’s a great picture of Her Loveliness.

    BUT the “posterity” in the headline, followed by a moody, shadowed picture of Ghlaghee — well, if that gave me momentary pause, can you imagine what that did to Chang Who Is Not Chang? Does he have a defibrillator?

  2. D. Paul Angel – I am in my 40’s (the new "20" they say!), am originally from California, and now live in Portland, OR, but would eventually like to "retire" to Hawaii. I am, most definitely, a “Nerd’s Nerd.” I can recite huge tracts of Monty Python, can force Star Wars quotes into nearly any conversation, find serenity amongst fireflies, enjoy hitchhiking to the beach with my towel in hand (remember the Hawaii bit), have found precious little to dislike about Tolkien, and find any argument favoring Picard over Kirk to be both fascinating and most illogical. My foundation in Science Fiction began with Asimov, but Heinlein’s wit brought it to the front of my conscious. Although I am still recovering from the amount of time spent wheeling through Jordan and Sanderson’s epic, I have found long series, such as Scalzi’s, no longer make me feel like an old man (The new 20, right!?). I've always had a love of comics, particularly the far side of Bloom County where Calvin lived, often casting pearls before swine whilst doing the foxtrot over the hedge. Even though I already have 2 puppy-dogs I love, Zack and Satia, I can’t help but think how awesome having a magical creature would be; even if I do worry that caring for it would leave me feeling hagrid. I am more comfortable tweeting than facebooking, and I'm not athletic enough to be a tumblr. I'm also an airplane nerd and a licensed, albeit non-current, pilot. I've travelled enough to know I want to travel more, I've read, cover to cover, The Bible, Koran, Book of Mormon, Science and Health, and a smattering of Eastern philosophies, and I was one of the early board members of Cerimon House. I can bake bread from scratch, grill, and cook; and I've failed, miserably, in learning at least 4 different programming languages. I write, commit photography, and am learning the ins and out of drawing and illustration. I have long straddled that shady realm between the wholly physical and utterly imaginative, and I'm working towards taking up residence in the latter. I'm an expert in all forms of philosophocating, but find it is best done with open eyes, compassion, and humor; preferably with pleasant company, snacks, and an ample supply of delicious beverages. I have also been known to make the occasional pun.
    D. Paul Angel


    I also kinda sorta submitted your Smeagol Dubstep page to Fark, for good or for ill, and it hit the Geek links page this morning. Be interesting to see how that skews the stats :-)

    All the best,

  3. Like Galena, I think the Advent Calendar probably played a big role in the high traffic. It really was a great series.

    Out of curiosity, does Whatever’s traffic follow a generally upward trend? I would expect that to be the case since new people must discover it all the time and a certain percentage must become regulars.

  4. While the Thanksgiving Advent Calendar helped a bit, the big posts for the month were the Omelas State University piece, the piece on Klout and the memorial thread for Anne Caffrey.

    Dave Branson:

    Yes, the site shows an upward trend over time, although how much varies from year to year.

    D.Paul Angel:

    I’ve noticed the spike. Thanks.

  5. Definitely worth boosting your visitor count. The Internet was made for pictures of cats, after all, and this one is a doozie.

    We do, however, need a way of subtracting visitor ounts for wanton, egregious human nudity. Or for clothed cats. Both are unacceptable. Except for bacon in strategic locations.

  6. Bob Portnell – Sparks, NV USA – In no particular order: Husband, parent, child of God, technical writer, stargazer, gamer, and in no particular order.
    Bob Portnell

    Rasputin42: All cats want to eat your face. All of them. Without exception. Some are better at disguising this desire than others. John just caught Lady Gh. in an unguarded moment.

  7. Even when they don’t regularly feature wanton, egregious nudity!

    I’m not sure what to make of the implied possibility of non-wanton, non-egregious nudity.

  8. Woot indeed.
    It may be time for a piece on traffic. I kinda remember reading a daily traffic number but have little confidence in it.

  9. @gelena -I suspect this has a lot to do with the Advent Calendar, which was a fantastic idea and a joy to read every day!

    This this and more this.

    That cat is rolling its eyes at you.

  10. Peter Cibulskis: Dunno if she’s actively rolling her eyes, so much as expressing “Dude. I’m bored. I think I’m gonna have to shed on something soon to break the monotony. And not just normal shedding, oh no. Vast, copious amounts of my lovely long hair! That is all. Move along. Thank you.”

    That’s what I got from that look, anyway.


  11. O Great Scalzi, what an excellent picture of Her Most Glorious Shimmering Radiant Perfection.

    About time. This may be the longest drought of Magnificent She we have ever suffered. If the Executive Committee ever concludes this was due to malice rather than sheer incompetence, we shall have to take severe action.

    Luckily for you, your prior history and Her Weary Expression argue strongly for the incompetence position.

    The Official Ghlaghghee Fan Club

  12. I only discovered your old-fashioned blog this year. There’s a lot of territory to be lost in out there in the wilds of the interwebs. And while I don’t usually return much to most blogs yours has remained thoughtful, entertaining and remarkably lacking in gratuitous nudity. And ya got a lotta cute family & pets.

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