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65. Wiphey.com referrals March 20, 2007

Posted by Matt Fleming, PsyD in Uncategorized.
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I have much gratitude to Kristin Pishdadi, the creator of Wiphey.com.

She was kind enough to post this comment on her blog: “SparkBugg is quickly becoming one of my favorite wordpress.com blogs. I really enjoyed this one here that has a camera & frame attached to a kite to take aerial photography.”

Her comment alone is more validating then hundreds of hits.

But because of her post, I have also gotten about 100 referrals from her site. This also indicates how popular her blog is.

Thanks again!



64. Sunday Source Phone Message March 19, 2007

Posted by Matt Fleming, PsyD in Uncategorized.

This was a funny phone message a good friend of mine left after I was mentioned in the Washington Post’s Sunday Source article. The clip is 28 seconds long.


63. UniqueDaily.com March 17, 2007

Posted by Matt Fleming, PsyD in stats.


The cool website UniqueDaily.com featured one of my posts (#207: the Concealed Towel Shelf), and it resulted in a massive influx of new visitors (660-680). Thanks so much! I have no idea how they found my blog.

Peculiarly, they linked to SparkBugg’s posting of the towel shelf, despite the fact that the same shelf was being featured in many other more popular blogs. Thus, I consider UniqueDaily’s link to SparkBugg.com even more fortunate.


63. Positive Feedback March 12, 2007

Posted by Matt Fleming, PsyD in Uncategorized.
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On SparkBugg.com, I recently got this comment from a Joanna Watts: “Hi, your homepage looks really good and gives great information! Anyway, nice job. Keep it up please!!! My best wishes to you all!”

Awww, shucks. That made me feel nice inside…these countless hours spent producing my blog are worth it.

Then I got this comment from Shelley Wright: “Hi, your blog looks really good and gives great information! Anyway, nice job. Keep it up please!!! My best wishes to you all!”

Wow, this validation is so…hey, wait a minute, here: those are remarkably similar comments. Joanna is from allbikeparts.info, and Shelley is from allcellphones.info.  With such generic-sounding names, these ladies/spambots sure fooled me.

And to think, I was so close to replying to them to thank them for their kind words.  But I still have to smile at how creative and crafty these spammers are getting.


62. Google RSS Reader March 7, 2007

Posted by Matt Fleming, PsyD in Uncategorized.
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I finally tried RSS (Real Simple Syndication).  I ended up with Google Reader, and it is terrific.  Like Tivo and caller ID, I am kicking myself for waiting so long to check it out.

I read a bunch of blogs as I search for Bright Ideas.  With Google Reader, I just check that one website to constantly see updated postings from these blogs, in real time.  No need to routinely check all the blogs to see if there are new postings. Most of the blog postings also have their images and pictures included (which was a pleasant surprise).  I love it.

I also realized that my posts on SparkBugg.com will get sent to RSS readers as soon as I initially post them.  This means I shouldn’t keep going back to edit my bad grammar and spelling; I need to get it right the first time.

If you haven’t signed up for a free reader (aka. aggregator) and you read lots of blogs, I highly recommend Google Reader (get it HERE).


61. Sunday Source Mention March 7, 2007

Posted by Matt Fleming, PsyD in Uncategorized.
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As mentioned in SparkBugg.com, I was fortunate enough to be in the Washington Post (check out the posting HERE).

As a result, my hits increased.

Post Hits

I am also glad that there was not much of a drop off (i.e. maybe people are coming back).  That is great. Gotta keep on posting.


60. The Washington Post Express Mention March 3, 2007

Posted by Matt Fleming, PsyD in Everyday Edisons.
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How is this for the Law of Attraction: on Thursday, I was handed the free Post Express for the first time in months while passing by a metro station. I wondered that it would be cool to have SparkBugg mentioned in the Express.

The next day, I get an email from a friend saying the I was mentioned in the Friday Express. I went out and got a copy, and sure enough, there I was: amazing! Julia Feldmeier wrote a great article. And I may still also be in the Sunday Source.


The cover has this written across the top: “Bright Spots: Local inventors – the few, the proud, the paranoid. Page 14″

Page 14 is a full page article titled “Genius in a Bottle: For budding Edisons, the big idea is only a small part of success.

Starting with paragraph 5:

” …most beginners do not understand that an idea is an just an idea.

Matt Fleming [me!] is an exception. At the casting call [for Everday Edisons], the 32-year old Arlington resident played his unpatented tabletop game in plain sight, because, he says, “I don’t have the patience or money to hide my inventions.”

Fleming, a clinical psychologist, is the man behind SparkBugg.com, a blog about ideas, based on his belief that – surprise! – ideas beget more ideas. Which is why he’s not overly concerned about someone stealing his.

Besides, he says, “it needs to be your own baby to really run with it, to really believe in it.”


Thanks to the mention, SparkBugg had it’s best hit day ever, with 155 views beating the old record of 147. See the peak below. Leading up to that day, there had been a steady rise, as well.

Express Stats

Thanks, Julia!