I’m too lazy to write anything at the moment. Since WordPress was so nice to sum up my blog activities in 2010, I’ll just post them here.
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:
The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Fresher than ever.
A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 3,400 times in 2010. That’s about 8 full 747s.
In 2010, there were 28 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 62 posts. There were 115 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 71mb. That’s about 2 pictures per week.
The busiest day of the year was December 16th with 86 views. The most popular post that day was Dessert, Breakfast and Dinner..
Where did they come from?
The top referring sites in 2010 were facebook.com, maddruid.com, nathandulce.blogspot.com, tvrizor.com, and digg.com.
Some visitors came searching, mostly for rajan rishyakaran, wanton mee, lode runner, rajan rishyakaran accident, and fried bee hoon.
Attractions in 2010
These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.
Dessert, Breakfast and Dinner. December 2010
Conversations With Rajan Rishyakaran (1986 – 2009) January 2010
New Year 2010. January 2010
When old PC games were The Shit. October 2010
Singapore Noodles Does Not Exist In Singapore August 2010
Two things caught my eye. The first was the top referring sites in 2010. The first three referring sites were pretty understandable. I frequently post my blog entries on my Facebook wall and that is where I get the majority of the traffic. The second, maddruid.com, is a friend’s blog and is also the same guy who got me the Secret Santa Christmas’ present. The third is another friend’s blog and I get traffic from there since he links up my blog in his blog. However, I have no clue how my blog ended up on tvrizor.com and digg.com.
Come on, I’ve only been to Digg a few times and that was purely out of curiosity since the people at the site I frequent often, Reddit, often take potshots at Digg.
So how my blog ended up on Digg is a mystery, unless a reader is a Digger. Then all I have to say is join Reddit (enter at your own risk)!
Reddit – reducing productivity since 2005. (That’s not their actual motto. Pic taken from Reddit.com)
I first encountered that site a few months back on my blog. I had no fucking idea what site it was, but deducing from the name, I assumed it was some television site. True enough, it was some site where they stream TV shows. I haven’t tried watching any of the shows though, mainly because they asked me to download some sort of bullshit free premium content in order to watch the shows and also because I’m not a very big fan of TV shows (only a very certain few).
The second thing that caught my eye was that the top two posts that got the most views were, coincidentally, written at the beginning and the end of 2010.
The post written in January 2010 was a tribute to my friend Rajan and at that time, I had no idea how well-known he was on the Internet and Malaysian political forums. Somehow, the mutual friend at maddruid.com found my post and linked it in his blog. So the majority of the traffic came through maddruid.com.
As for the December 2010 post, it was the first time a shitload of people was interested in what I was eating. I guess that’s why food blogs are so popular.
I have a theory that people like reading food blogs because most of the time they want to judge the blogger’s cooking skills (if the blogger cooked). This judging of a person’s cooking ability has always been the norm but it has recently increased nowadays and this is due to the proliferation of cooking shows and networks like the Food Network.
It also produced a certain set of people who say: “I watch MasterChef, therefore I am a master chef.“
Well fuck them, I hope they stick a big, fat cucumber up their pretentious assholes.
I’m not saying everyone who watches MasterChef is a pretentious asshole nor am I saying judging a person’s cooking skills is bad. It is normal, it is a human instinct to protect our stomach from potential diarrhea and all of us judge a chef’s ability the moment we taste his/her food. This inherent comparing and judging is present in all humans. It’s why Harold and Kumar went to White Castle instead of eating at Burger Shack. It’s why some people walk through the drunken crowd in Sydney’s CBD during New Year in order to find a Hungry Jack’s. It’s why people have different favourite restaurants, cafes, hawker stalls….
But to assume just because one watches MasterChef and learns all the useful tips and amazing recipes makes one an incredi-fucking-bly great cook (even if one only touches the stove a few times) and therefore feels validated to dispense lectures on the cooking ability of another person, well, fuck you.
Anyway, I’m going off tangent here.
I’ll put up more posts about food, but in no way will this become a food blog, partly because I can’t be bothered to arrange the food in some eye-catching pattern and partly because the moment I transfer from the food from the wok to the plate, I want to eat. I cook because I’m hungry (well, most of the time).
Anyway, that’s it for this post. I’ll probably post my reflections of 2010 and my resolutions for 2011 soon. If I get around to doing any reflections and resolutions.