Monday, June 26, 2006

INSIGNIFICANT

I've added the Truth Laid Bear blog ranking on my site. As you can see, as of this posting I'm an Insignificant Microbe! WOO I RULE!


Mostly I did this because I thought it was funny, and because people never seem to have their TLB ranking up unless it's some respectable level. Not me.

The cartoon here is from the syndicated Pearls Before Swine strip. For those less internet-savvy: click on it for the full four panels!
-Christopher Taylor

13 comments:

Anna Venger said...

Hey! If you're a microbe, what am I? I must be boring people to death or something, which in the blogosphere, is a worse sin than ticking them off.

Anna Venger said...

Found you on the list. At least you are above "Knitting is Fun!". I'm just goo hoping to become a microbe one day and maybe becoming as much fun as "Knitting".

Christopher Taylor said...

I suspect you're probably bigger than my blog, being around longer. It's really hard to tell though, because some of the biggest, most influential blogs get few comments except on some topics.

Anna Venger said...

No, I'm really not bigger. Trust me. And I don't think I've been around longer. April 11? A week and a half doesn't really constitute longer in my thinking.

How did they rank, anyway? By comments or hits?

Anyway, congratulations for making the list. You're doing a great job, and you're moving on up.

[pat on back]

Anna Venger said...

CT,

What we were discussing on rwn--can that be done with mine or is mine safe?

(Feel free to delete this comment after responding if you wish.)

Christopher Taylor said...

I don't know, I doubt it. Most IP's are very careful with their information after people were hacking in and getting data they weren't supposed to. There are tracer programs that will let you look at a great deal of information on people that are on the net, and it's really hard to keep them from tracing at least the town you live in and what company carries your internet.

I'm not really an expert on this, all I know is I've seen people do it online when I used to chat a lot.

Anna Venger said...

CT,

The site meters give lots of info as it is. Not identities or addresses, of course. However, it's not hard to figure out what city a commenter is coming from and which company they use. Otherwise there are just bits of info, such as, someone came from treasury.gov in Alexandria, VA at such and such time from this IP address, right? Or someone came to your site via another site. I hope it doesn't ever get more specific than that. It's all Big Brotherish enough as it is, if you ask me.

Of course, you are The Phantom, so I think you have lots of answers up your sleeve. :) Sure glad you're friend, not foe. ;) (Seriously, I appreciate all your support these last few weeks. You're a good guy.)

Christopher Taylor said...

The easist trick for being protected on the net (aside from avoiding really obvious trouble spots like porn sites and places popup ads tell you to check out) is Webwasher. It's a simple program that you can run and it stays up in your system tray (the bottom right hand part of the window) and eats up cookies. It prevents many popups as well.

Running Netscape browser such as Firefox helps a lot too, many pernicious programs aren't written for it's code yet and it simply ignores those scripts.

Programs like Lavasoft's AdAware and Spybot will find and eliminate bad stuff from your system as well, and so will Trend Micro's online virus scan.

Anna Venger said...

Thanks, CT. :)

Anna Venger said...

Oh, and how did they rank you and the other blogs for their list? What criteria, I mean?

Christopher Taylor said...

I believe it's by number of visitors over a given time period. I average around 50-70 unique visitors per day, at least that it can count.

Anna Venger said...

Pretty cool. You must just be more interesting than I am. Anyway, I'm happy for you that you made the list.

My visitors tend to be regulars, I think. I see the same towns over and over, again (though I never see yours!). They tend to come from the same referring sites also. But my numbers aren't very high. But faithful, I guess. I'm glad you come. I need you around.

Christopher Taylor said...

It doesn't take anything special to make the list, you just sign up and they track you and put you in their numbers. Most of my big hits come from me commenting on other blogs and I've been successful sometimes by emailing links to my essays to a few sites. The Oily Politics one showed up on about 10 blogs that way, I really hit the gold mine with that one.