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72. Another coincidence… October 20, 2007

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For the first time in months, I decided to read my horoscope on my Excite start page. It said…”You have the exceptional ability to understand the fancies of marketable ideas.”

Interesting, I thought. The next thing I did was check my Google RSS reader for possible postings for SparkBugg. I had 108 postings so far for today. Which I thought was interesting in light of the last paragraph of my posting #71 below, from last night.

And today is the one year anniversary of SparkBugg. Yay for me.

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71. The Grand Debate October 19, 2007

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It is hard to continue with SparkBugg. Discipline is a chronic problem for me…I can’t exercise, play the guitar, or do anything on a regular basis. But I have done SparkBugg for one year now, and recently in therapy, shed a tear of pride that I was finally able to stick with something.

But life goes one, and the pull of posting feels like an obligation. There is slight growth in readership, but nothing close to my grandiose fantasies of thousands of adoring fans. I have a few, like Luke and the Birdman, and that may be enough for now.

But am I doing this for others, for validation? Maybe not. It is my own record of bright ideas, a record that happens to be public, perhaps. It is for myself, as inspiration as I one day form a invention house and need to spark more ideas.

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Tonight, I saw that there were 108 hits for the day. Earlier today, I was waiting behind a fire truck, with that number 108, and it reminded me of the tv show Lost (see the Wikipedia post here), and I thought the possibility that there may be cosmic coincidences in life. It may be for this reason alone, that I continue posting. Some sign for me that there may be meaning there. That reason, and the support of Hechter, Birdman, and Luke, of course.

68. I made it to Everyday Edisons, Season 2 May 9, 2007

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Wow. I got on the PBS show, Everyday Edisons (EE), Season 2. I am so excited and blessed. My table-top game was one of the 12 inventions picked from about 10,000, for development, marketing, and production via EE and Bouncing Brain (BB) Productions.

To start at the beginning of my EE journey, click HERE.

To simply read a lengthy post about the announcement this past weekend, click on…

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66. Everyday Edisons Update April 7, 2007

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Yesterday, I got a call from Louis Foreman, the head of Enventys and one of the judges for Everyday Edisons (the PBS invention show). He informed me that I am one of the remaining 25 auditioners vying for 12-14 spots for season 2 of EE. I was honored, excited, and in shock. I was also a little discombobulated since the call came during the unpacking chaos of the first day in our new home. So that evening, surrounded by boxes and newspaper, my wife and I drank champagne in front of our first fire and had two great things to celebrate.

EE will be in DC on May 6th, and it will be then and there that they announce those selected for the show. It has been an amazing journey and I anxiously await the final word. No matter what the outcome, I am even more determined than ever to fully pursue my dream of being an inventor.

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For the announcement and outcome, click HERE.

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65. Wiphey.com referrals March 20, 2007

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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!

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64. Sunday Source Phone Message March 19, 2007

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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.


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63. Positive Feedback March 12, 2007

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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.

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62. Google RSS Reader March 7, 2007

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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).

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61. Sunday Source Mention March 7, 2007

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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.

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59. Stats Mystery Solved (kinda) February 28, 2007

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(Warning: this post may be a little bit dull and technical. It is for those interested, as I write about my new adventures in blogging).

As you may recall, I was beginning to get worried that I was losing readers, after a massive spike. My fear is that my content was turning people off, and/or that I was getting boring. Sparkbugg.com’s hit count tended to average about 65 hits a day, then it dropped to about 40 for several days (incidentally, today it came back up to 75). See below.

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Turns out the massive spike, and the drop may be a result of some search engine change I don’t fully understand. Thanks to Manu for directing me to this link (summary: something about Google now taking into account RSS feeds). Later searching on WordPress.com (which hosts my blogs) indicated that feeds were now being registered differently by WordPress (who provides these data charts) and being more accounted for. See my Feed Stats below:

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In summary, WordPress is now accounting for more readers via feeds, so it will take it away from the regular hit count (I think).

For blogging neophtyes like myself, read more about RSS Feeds HERE. I get the basic idea, and will post more about RSS Feeds once: (a) I start using feeds from other sites for my own blog reading; this will include finding what best feed aggregator to use, and (b) making my blogs more RSS feed friendly, mostly by incorporating the appropriate buttons on my sites.

I have been putting this entire RSS thing off out of laziness and feeling intimidated.  But I guess it is time, and I don’t really think it will be all that complicated.

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