One of my favorite things about having my own blog that brings in a little bit of traffic, is the weird and inane search terms that bring people the boxofwhine… none of which are my name. Here are some of the all-time front runners for search terms:
A couple that didn’t make the top list, but still have a warm place in my heart:
- Jinky Wells II
- Funny Cow
I thought that I would make use of this post and get a couple of different things into it.
First off, here is a picture that was captured at one of our home games, I’m assuming it was earlier in the football season as it was starting to get dark earlier at the later part of the season. I’m pretty sure that was taken when I was running over to the whole team with the linemen after their group warm ups:
Second item on the agenda; I’ve decided to run a 5k this Saturday. I’ve been running pretty regularly for the past couple of weeks. The race is call the Jingle Bell run which is put together to help support the Cottage Grove Jog Club as well as a charity here in town. Believe me, I have no intention or want to (nor believe that I could) win the race. I’m looking for a steady pace and a finish.
Emphasis on the finish. Luckily, I’ll be running with at least two other teachers from the high school. Their pace is little faster than my natural gait but I can easily keep up, hopefully keep enough energy for a kick at the end. I’ll post the results here.
Like I said, I’ve been running consistently, three miles here, four miles at other times. I’ve ran with Jess, my mom and co-workers… and I haven’t had a bad run yet, even though I have had to scare away a couple of dogs. As for today’s run, I couldn’t find a partner so I ventured off on my own, which was a first. I was worried that I would lose my motivation to keep a pace and finish without stopping if I didn’t have others to pace me or compete against. But I was wrong, I plowed through nearly four miles. Here’s a Google Map view of today’s run:
My buddy Ricky, who is the long-distance coach for the track team, sent me a wonderful site that has helped me map out my routes and tracking what I have done. You can find a link here. Using Google Maps, it allows me to click out my path, giving me mileage counts and even elevation. As well, I can save my routes for later use or look up other saved routes to give me a variety of runs.
Ricky also gave me an immense spread sheet that charts absolutely everything. Mileage, Year-to-Date mileage, Life-to-Date Mileage, average pace, heart rate, how far I’ve ran in a particular pair of shoes and even tracking my progress to the moon or around the world. Twenty-eight miles down. Hopefully, I will be diligent and keep track of my progress.
To help me do so, even when I’m away from my spreadsheet I’ve added the WPss plugin to Box of Whine. This allows me to intergrate spreadsheets into this site. If you haven’t notice, there is a new section to the top of the post and to the side that says “Running Log”. Here, you can see my progress, when I’ve done well, when I’ve slacked. This is just a parred down version of Ricky’s spreadsheet, but nonetheless, it helps me track and I can add to it from any computer with internet access.
We here at Box of Whine like to beleive that our content is wide and varied, as well as entertaining. With that, here are the top three search terms for 9/24/2008:
“Chris Pratt, the truth running from from is so small, racquetball taglines”
It’s kind of sad when people searching your friend’s name brings more traffic to you site than your own… even when you have the same name as a famous Ohio State Runningback. Damn you Chris Pratt, damn you.
Seeing as all those partaking of Box of Whine are diligently observant (especially with my typos) you’ve have surely noticed the little icons appearing throughout the site. These are gravatars, gravatars (as I’m sure a lot of you know) stand for Globally Recognized Avatars. The ones you see when I post or when I comment are connected to my email address. Many other sites use gravatars and so my icon is the same across all of them. You may asking yourself, “Self, I would surely enjoy having my own gravatar so that when I do comment on Box of Whine, my icon may appear in all of its glory.” To answer such deep-seated questions, here is the solution: go to http://www.gravatar.com and sign-up. It will associate a picture that you will have uploaded with your email and then sites, such as this splendid venue, will proudly showcase your icon of choice.
Of course, adding a new feature to this site has never been easy, something always goes wrong (I have learned my $150 lesson), therefore I always backup when there is a new version of WordPress. After installing, activating, and customizing the latest plug-in to have gravatars, I started getting messages that the database for this site was nowhere to be found. There was at least 15 good minutes spent panicing and cursing myself for once again hobbling my site. Thankfully, I think the server was just having a hiccup episode, not long after everything started to come back, but not before my blood pressure spiked. I don’t see how people can do this stuff for a living, it’s hard enough as a hobby.
Just a quick update; I’ve installed the plugin “Tagline Rotator”, which (surprisingly enough) rotates the taglines seen above next to the title. Hypothetically, when you visit (I’m sure at least five times a day) it will display a different tagline.
If you have any suggestions for any other taglines, comment below.
Just a note to let you all know that you can now contact me through Box of Whine, if you took to the top of the page, as well as on the right hand side, you’ll see “Whine Contact”. Click on that, fill out the information with your message and the interweb sends it on to me.
Fancy, I know.
The top search queries that bring people to Box of Whine are:
- whine photo
- biceps pain racquetball
- what is the residue left on hands by oranges?
Ok… the first one I can understand, even the racquetball search I can rationalize because I have made a bunch of racquetball posts. But the last one, that’s mistifying. I don’t think I’ve ever talked about the reside left on my hands by oranges. I think that’s called orange juice, isn’t it?
Well, it took me a little over two days but the transition from the old Box of Whine to the this new one is finally complete. Cataloged, indexed, tagged, and sorted–all of the previous posts are now in order and you can search through them by the date, topic, tags, or almost anything else that seems to move you.
You’re bearing witness to the rebirth of a website. Box of Whine has seen many changes in its days since its inception about 7 years ago. A big thanks to Derek Rose for his previous design and how well it ran. By updating the website and making it look new, hopefully it will encourage me to post more often.
As time goes on, I’ll be importing the old posts from the previous version… sorry, I’m not so committed to trawl through the comments and repost them, but it was a nice thought. Thanks for asking.
Once in a while I like to take a look at the stats about your dearly beloved Box of Whine and here’s what I’ve found:
Top referring site: EatMeJustEatMe.com
According to the ‘Search Queries’ this is how most people find my site (in order of most used term):
2. hermione granger
3. box of whine
5. seventy second
6. i surrender myself
7. the camden mushroom company
8. kiss me i’m danish
9. tyler durden coolest movie characters of all time
10. australian sheppard pups
11. impossible leila ali
12. best james taylor song
13. andrew bekken
15. mario borthers
Most of you come here between 11:00pm and 12:00 am, usually on Mondays… and you do so most of the time with a Windows operating system, but one of you came here with an Amiga operating system (I wonder if that was on an Amiga computer, I can only hope).