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My Top Ten Posts of 2013

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With it being New Years Eve, I like to take the time to reflect on how my blog progressed over the year. Despite having Jetpack installed and running via WordPress, I still go through Google Analytics when pulling up this info, as it’s much more accurate. I will admit that I didn’t have high expectations this year as I had a lot of other stuff going on that distracted me from posting regularly, but I still wanted to take a look at some stats.

  • My site had 83,749 unique visitors in 2013 (41,622 less than the 125,371 visits I had in 2012)
  • 44,579 visitors were from the good ol’ U.S. of A, 5,767 came from across the pond in jolly old England, 5,408 visitors were our neighbors to the north, the came the French at 4,836 and the Germans at 3,493.
  • The average user spent 32 seconds on each page view…not exactly great stuff. Though it’s an improvement over last year’s average view time of 31 seconds!
  • Chrome continues to be the main browser of choice, with 31,355 people viewing my blog through it. Second are the sad iPeople, as 18,562 views came via Safari. 15,961 weirdos are still using Firefox and 9,608 dinosaurs used Internet Explorer (I’m looking at you, mom & dad)
  • Google Analytics now tracks devices as well, so I could see that 60,665 people used their PCs, 26,305 used their phones and 6,189 used their tablets when viewing my site. I will say that my blog is very smartphone/tablet friendly for your viewing purposes when on the go.
    • To go even further, Google Analytics even tracks each device. The top mobile device used to view my site was the iPhone, followed by the iPad, the iPod, and then the Samsung Galaxy S III. Not only am I surprised by this seeing how low in the totem pole Safari is, but I’m especially shocked to find that more people access my blog through their iPods than and Samsung phone. That doesn’t sound right to me at all.

Now that the nitty-gritty is over, here are the Top Ten most popular posts of the year. To make this more of a New Year’s thing, let’s do it count-down style instead: Read more

I Finally Got a Tablet

 

I was never in a rush to get a tablet, especially with the smartphone. I didn’t really have a need to have a little tablet while on the couch when my portable laptop was ten feet away in the next room, or my smartphone was right next to me in my pocket. Plus the price tag is pretty intimidating! But this is coming from the guy who also swore he would never need a Kindle and wanted to keep reading actual books only. Things change, and I eventually saw how a tablet would be useful, especially when traveling. Yet they are pricey, so I kept my distance for awhile. Then the other day Amazon made me a deal I couldn’t refuse.

Amazon Local’s Sunday deal was for 20% off a variety of refurbished Kindle Fire models. Now I had been interested in the Kindle Fire from the getgo based on how it was one of the cheapest tablets on the market, and now not only was there a refurbished one (so it was cheaper initially) but I now had a 20% off promo code. This, on top of the Amazon credit I had banked in my account from the Amazon Rewards card, meant that I could get a 7″ Kindle Fire HD was just $35 out of pocket. I was sold, and today my newish tablet arrived.

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Dealing with the “Geniuses” at the Apple Store…

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I don’t go for the iPhone or iPad, but the iPod has always been a desirable gadget to me. The ability to have all my music presented and organized in an appealing package is indeed something I fell for, and I’ve probably had two or three iPods over my time. The last one I got was an 8GB 4th gen iPod back in 2010 as a birthday present from my parents.

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It’s served me well up until a couple of months ago when it kept losing power quickly after being fully charged…and I wasn’t even using it! I poked around online and it seemed that after a couple of years the battery starts to go on these things. With some big trips coming up the idea of being without music was frightening enough to get me to stroll into the Apple Store down at the mall. I don’t like going to the Apple Store, and my most recent visit didn’t do much to alter my views at all. Read more

Swag From Santa 2012, Part 2

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I just got back from visiting my family and friends in Middletown, NY, and that means I collected on some overdue gifties:

  • “Voucher” for plane tickets to visit my sister in Colorado (not shown)
  • Epson Wireless Printer (not shown)
  • The Simpsons Season 15 Bluray
  • The Walking Dead: Compendium Two
  • Pateros Creek Employee T-Shirt (thanks to my bro-in-law, the head brewer)
  • Pateros Creek Beer Glass
  • Six-pack Beer Holder (for buying those single bottles at the store)
  • Wii U Nunchuck Controller
  • Simpsons Calendar
  • Rangers Pajama Pants (not shown)
  • Swiss Army Knife Keychain
  • Puzzle Cube (not pictured)
  • Undertaker and Kane Children’s Book…COMPLETE WITH TEMPORARY TATTOOS!!!
  • Beef Jerky
  • Candy
  • Toiletries (thanks to “Santa Mom”)
  • XBLA Points Card
  • Cashola

 

Swag From Santa 2012, Part 1

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Christmas morning has come and gone, and the wrapped packages have been torn asunder. Here’s what was waiting for me under the tree:

  • Foscam Wireless IP Camera
  • Star Wars: The Original Trilogy Bluray
  • WWE: Undertaker- The Streak Bluray
  • Meatloaf: Hang Cool Teddy Bear CD
  • The Walking Dead: Compendium One
  • Bigfoot Casebook: Sightings and Encounters from 1818 to 2004
  • Jelly Belly Machine
  • Rubik’s Cube
  • Cable Monkey
  • New York Rangers Keychain
  • Android Vinyl Figure
  • Super Mario Hat
  • Assorted Chocolates
  • More Jelly Bellys
  • Starbucks Gift Card
  • Best Buy Gift Card
  • Cold Hard Cash

 

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