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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

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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

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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!


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

Posted by Matt Fleming, PsyD in Uncategorized.
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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.


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:


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.


58. SparkBugg Logo February 27, 2007

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So my creative brother taught himself Flash and some HTML in the past few weeks.  He started his website, and also helped produce a dynamic logo for future SparkBugg video clips.  How lucky am I.  I told him that the logo is going to look better than the clips themselves.  But again, I am not complaining.

Thanks, Bro.  You rock!

Check out his website and the dynamic (i.e. not static) logo HERE (click on “video”).


57. Washington Post Update February 27, 2007

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I got an email from the reporter, asking me to OK a photograph. Not only does it show my wife, but the invention as well, and me looking dorky. Go figure. But I am not complaining. She says it will be the cover story for this week’s Sunday Source. Booya-shacka.

Sunday Source

And Everyday Edisons finished up their final audition (in San Diego), so it could be any day now that they let inventors know if they are going to be on the show. Keeping my fingers crossed and sending out positive vibes.


56. Post Article Delayed February 25, 2007

Posted by Matt Fleming, PsyD in Uncategorized.

Turns out the Washington Post article on the Everyday Edisons auditions may have been delayed.  It was not in today’s Sunday Source, as predicted.  Since the Post seems to have put a lot of work into this potential article (photographer and reported on site; reported following up), I doubt it is canceled permanently.   My wife thinks the theme of today’s Source is glamour and beauty, and that matches well with the pending Oscars tonight.

I will let you know if I hear anything more.  Thanks for staying tuned.


55. American Inventor Auditions February 23, 2007

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Though I am more of an Everyday Edisons‘ fan, I still wanted to remind inventors and ideators out there of the upcoming American Inventor auditions. Here are the cities and dates:

Los Angeles – March 19th
San Francisco – March 25th
Chicago – March 30th
New York City – April 4th
Orlando – April 9th
Houston, TX – April 13th

More info HERE.


54. David Brent Music Video February 23, 2007

Posted by Matt Fleming, PsyD in video.
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I just found this clip today, and it is near perfect for me. Why? Because it is of David Brent (Ricky Gervais) from the original The Office (British Version), someone who I think is a comedic genius, AND the clip is a music video, which I have been making myself lately. Check it out below; it is pretty funny (and 4 min long).