And so I’m kinda stoked again. I mean, half a million views of my photos is still small potatoes in the grand scheme of the vast internet of trillions of pieces of information, but the fact that my vacation has become something of a definitive Iceland experience, at least for people visiting virtually via Google Maps, is kinda cool.
A few years ago I (pretty much randomly) sat down and wrote this great big list of things kids should see, do, learn, etc before they become teenagers. It was just my personal opinion, compiled on a quiet afternoon, and posted to the net. Oddly enough, that silly list has become the most popular (by far) page on this site, gathering regularly dozens (but sometimes even hundreds) of hits every single day. To date, it’s had almost 40,0000 views, many of them from people searching for just that sort of list. Do I know if anyone is following my ideas? I gotta think at least a few people have made use of it in a practical way. But at the very least, I have: I posted a couple more of our check-boxed items (horses and supermarkets) that I’ve been working on during my early morning productive-time, and I’ve got a couple more which should be ready in a day or so… all of them thanks to our Iceland vacation. Someday, maybe I’ll come across someone else who is logging all this stuff from my list (it’s possible, right?) but until then Claire and I have about six more years to work our way through our own.
It’s that time again. Halloween, when for second year in a row my blog traffic spikes because geeks around the world are searching for pumpkin designs and hitting my modest narrative recap of carving a Minecraft-style pumpkin in 2011. In that post (which you should read because it’s insanely popular and generates a lot of great, sticky traffic for this blog) I also make sure to link to the stencil pattern I used downloadable free from ThinkGeek, credit given because it’s not mine. And, in writing this, it makes me think I need to seriously consider a repeat performance, not just because the subsequent blog post would surely generate even more interesting traffic this year and next, but also because in 2011 Minecraft was this little-known eclectic game and my pumpkin was a weird, squarish design no one really got. This year: fame precedes the carve, to be sure.
Update: The 2013 edition is now online.