links for 05 May 2006

what has Google Analytics done?!

It seems that Google Analytics has launched some new features including – hoorah! – the ability for people NOT in the US to see their stats in local time. Very nice, thanks for that Google. BUT! every since then I’m finding my poor old blog is taking AAAAGGGGEEESSSS to load, while it waits, and waits and waits for Google Analytics. Not sure about you, but that’s probably the number one reason for getting rid of stats code. In fact, that’s almost enough to make me stop dreaming of Measure Map.

Come on Google. Pull your finger out already. Let my blog load quickly again!

(Waves to the lucky people who read via RSS!)

do you read OK/Cancel yet?

do you read OK/Cancel yet? I love how they can say things that I’ve been thinking and could rant about for post after post, using humour and a 3 frame cartoon.

I *love* their most recent cartoon. It illustrates beautifully the problem that we who work in design (be it visual, experience, information, interaction) have to deal with all the time. The fact that *everyone* thinks that their ‘opinion’ counts.

I’m a fan of plain English, making things as non-technical as possible. But sometimes I can see how making things sound v. complicated and difficult would make one’s life much more simple. Either that, or becoming a developer!

blogging milestones (3 months)

Gaping Void - Your Traffic

Can you believe it? It’s around about the 3 month mark since I started blogging. It’s been an interesting kind of month so I thought I’d share some thoughts/highlights with you. All very Guy Kawasaki, isn’t it. Don’t worry, I don’t intend to do this every month. Now that I’ve hit my first quarter, I think I might hold out until six months for the next update!

I kind of feel like the 3 month mark is a significant milestone in blogging. This is probably because Technorati told me so. In their recent ‘state of the blogosphere‘ post they reported that:

75,000 new weblogs [are] created every day, which means that on average, a new weblog is created every second of every day – and 19.4 million bloggers (55%) are still posting 3 months after their blogs are created.

Must be kind of like small business. I wonder, with the recent ‘retiring’ of Dave Winer (well, he *talked* about retiring) and Russell Beattie, I want to hear more about how many bloggers who start out are still blogging in 12 months, 2 years, 5 years etc. (Isn’t it something like 90% of small businesses have folded in 5yrs?)

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