2010 in review

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:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meterâ„¢ reads This blog is on fire!.

Crunchy numbers

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 3,800 times in 2010. That’s about 9 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 32 new posts, not bad for the first year! There were 43 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 4mb. That’s about 4 pictures per month.

The busiest day of the year was June 21st with 209 views. The most popular post that day was Welcome — I am Mr. Great Lakes.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were mlive.com, facebook.com, freefromeditors.blogspot.com, jeffkart.wordpress.com, and twitter.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for used syringes, syringes, black flies, fried egg, and gypsy with crystal ball.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


Welcome — I am Mr. Great Lakes June 2010


A Year Since Copenhagen, And No Great Lakes Wind October 2010
1 comment


Buy a Dolphin, Help Clean the Gulf, Give Props to Larry King June 2010
1 Like on WordPress.com,


About June 2010


Were government flies released to combat caterpillars? June 2010


Michigan Giving Away Magic Stones to Job Seekers

This is no joke, and comes straight from my “old work box.” That’s the box that sits in my home office with the stuff I collected over the years as an environmental newspaper reporter guy. In the box, deposited earlier this year or so, is a small plastic baggie that contains four magic rocks, or maybe you could call them shiny stones. These are (were) being given out by Michigan Works!, the state employment agency with an exclamation point.

Allow me to quote from the card inside: “Enjoy these special gypsy stones to improve motivation, stimulate wealth, and relieve stress.”

Gypsy stones? Don’t you need a permit for that?

It goes on: “We’re not psychic, but we’re pretty darn good at helping employers recruit, retain, and retool their workforce.”

On the other side of the card, there’s a fortune teller gazing over a crystal ball and the words “Is Success ‘In The Cards’ For Your Business?”

Inside the white ball is a subtle white Michigan Works! logo.

I thought government types didn’t have a crystal ball? The next time you hear someone say that, tell them to call Michigan Works! for help.

Anyway, enjoy my little observation. And let me know if these magic stones have (or haven’t) worked for you.

Michigan’s current unemployment rate is 13.1 percent.


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