Performancing Metrics

Performancing came out with a free public beta of a blog tracking service earlier this week, called Performancing Metrics. I haven’t used it a very much yet, but it looks very promising. Most statistics services and packages are bloated with useless data. PM gives bloggers access to the data they’ll need most often and it works great. The site responds quickly and stats are updated every hour. Best of all…you can track multiple blogs from one account!

Big Error

I just found a missing { in single.php of my theme, which was causing all of my single post pages to error out. No wonder my Google traffic fell off the charts in the last couple of weeks and the number of comments I’ve received has been non-existent. All should be fixed now.

A Service to Replace all Others

Yesterday I discussed my struggles to find a service for links and feeds. Today I found one. My Yahoo!

Not only can I store all of my links/bookmarks and keep track of feeds, but there’s a ton of other information. In your My Yahoo! account you can create several different pages. I’ve created a total of four pages so far. My first page is called Main and has just a ton of information. In the left column I have all of my bookmarks broken down into categories. The second column starts of with my Yahoo! calendar which I also started to use today. It’s a great service for birthday reminders, appointments, and scheduling in general. Below the calendar I have a scoreboard of my favorite pro and college teams. Under the scoreboard I have content modules for Weather, Package Tracker, Yellow Pages, Maps, and Hot Jobs. Finally, a wide column along the right starts off with feeds for ESPN and CNet News. Below those feeds are TV listings for my 6 main channels, movie showtimes in the area, and the white pages.

In addition to this main page I have three other My Yahoo! pages that are all accessed by the click of a button. Page 2, titled Personal Blogs, and page 3, titled Poker Blogs, both containing feeds in their respective categories. The 4th and final page is Web Tools, which contains feeds for sites such as the WordPress development blog and Weblog Tools Collection.

I set out looking for a service to manage bookmarks and feeds, but I found so much more. My Yahoo! is a great service. Beat that Google!

Blogworthy

As you may have noticed, I haven’t been on a regular blogging schedule here on MtDewVirus. I didn’t feel all that great a few days this week and ended up taking 1.5 sick days. That doesn’t really have anything to do with my lack of blogging though. I’m not quite sure what it is. I keep asking my self what is and isn’t “blogworthy.”

I also think I’ve been going through a weird time in my life. To use a poker term…I feel “stuck” in more than one way. What exactly does that mean? Well, I don’t feel like I’m going anywhere right now. Sometimes I wonder if I’ll ever get out of here. I haven’t had the motivation to do much of anything lately. I’m just going through the motions of life at times. I ask myself what I want and I don’t have a concrete answer. I do know that I want something different than this, whatever this is. You’re probably as confused as I am now.

In other news, I’ve had some exciting things going on over at Poker Chip Tricks and the traffic has sky-rocketed since Christmas. I recently took 10 whole days off from poker. I didn’t play online at all during that time. I was struggling with my game and needed a break and to do some reading. I read two books and I’m glad to say that I found my game again.

I also haven’t been playing Xbox. I jumped on the other day and played Halo 2 for the first time in probably two weeks or more. I talked to my brother the other day and he was yelling at me, asking when I was going to play again. Let me tell you, 2 weeks away from playing Halo 2 online and I’m rusty! I was to the point where I was dominating other players at my skill level and when I played the other day I was struggling to stay in the middle of the pack.

That’s all for now…

Read Feeds

Do you use a feed reader/service to keep track of blogs that you read? Currently I just jump on my sites and check the link list to see which sites have recently updated…pretty dumb way of doing it. I know there are countless sites out there that will store your blogroll and let you see which ones have updated recently. I want to know which are the best, so speak up…

Blogiversary

1 YEAR!

It was a year ago today that I made my first post here using WordPress. I want to give a special thanks to Matt who suggested the little known project of WP to me when I asked him about his web site. Also big thanks to the other main developers and contributors that make WP possible. I still remember installing version .7x. It didn’t have multiple categories, plugins…in fact, I can’t even really remember what it did have so much has changed since then. All I know it’s a great piece of software.

Thanks to all the readers who stop by to read my words and thanks to those that voice their opinions and make this enjoyable to do.

Here’s to many more years…