News and changes from the various Planet Bods sites.
Depending on how you read blogs, you may recognise one of the two following scenarios:
1. You know when you read an interesting blog, and it's good and you keep coming back to it. But over time you realise that there's just not as many posts as there used to be. And so you visit it less. And less. And then one day you realise you haven't visited for months. Or more realistically, have forgotten all about it?
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Sometimes I write a blog post that I think is fantastic and the world seems to just shrug, and it disappears with barely a murmur. But then sometimes it's actually a slow burner, and over time it wriggles its way up in popularity.
Which is why, at this time every year, I dig in to the web stats tool I use and take a look at the most popular archive posts of the year! So let's pass you straight over to Bruno Brookes to do the countdown!
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Looking back at which posts were most viewed on this blog in 2012.
If you’ve been wondering what I’ve been up to of late, the answer can be found over at Rambling Man where I’ve just relaunched the site.
This is an admin post. And it’s about blog comment spam.
Every year I do a Top 10 Archive Posts list. A list of older blog posts that still seem to make the grade. Why are they so popular? Who knows. But they are.
It’s that time of the year when it’s time to look back at what’s gone by, and that naturally means looking at what content has been popular over the last year.
Stay tuned. Cos I’m back.
As you may have read on 10 June I left the BBC after 11½ years. And when you leave after that long, and you leave at that time of the year, just what do you do? Take the summer off!
Looking back at Fancy a Brew over the years is a bit like taking a time machine and exploring the past. So pop on those old fashioned clothes and prepare to head back to 1997…
Sadly it is time to say goodbye to Fancy A Brew.
Crack open the Top of the Pops theme tune cos we’re going chart and table crazy!
So every year I trawl through Google Analytics and seek information… information… information… And that information is about what people read on this blog. And then I make some pointless blog posts about it that probably no one cares about. So welcome dear readers to the Top 20 Archive Posts of 2010! That’s the Top 20 old posts that you’ve been looking at! Woo!
So every Christmas time I do a series of blog posts basically called Bods’s Review of the Year where I do a Top 20 of popular blog posts of the year. And I ummed and ah’d about it this year as I wasn’t entirely sure whether to bother or not, but I thought, stuff it. I don’t actually care if anyone else is interested cos I am. So I fired up Google Analytics and took a look. And I realised, Houston, I have a problem.
I have a very good spam filter installed on this blog, plus I pre-moderate all comments before they go on the site. But every now and then the filter goes wrong and sends to me a comment for approval that shouldn’t. And some of them are amazingly wonderful to read. They are almost zen-like. I think they’re wasted on my spam folder.
Well it’s coming to that time of year when pointless lists are made. Normally on this blog I contend myself with useless ones about “how popular some of my blog posts have been” or equally tedious tripe (incidentally, join me tomorrow for my Top 10 posts of the year!) however in the spur of the moment, I decided to compile an even more pointless list.
In amongst all the talk of me archiving bits of Planet Bods, I completely forgot to mention the latest addition to my website family - The Good Columbo Guide - an episode guide for the mighty TV show Columbo.
For the last few months we’ve been evaluating Planet Bods and how we look to work for the future. As such, we’re here today to announce the results of the Planet Bods Strategy Review.
Outragous I know, but the BBC recently sent me on a training course. No idea why - someone muttered something about “investing in staff” and then ran away. It was a training course in Flash, something the team is increasingly going to be using as it starts appearing in set top boxes and TVs.
How about set up a Twitter account that publishes updates to this blog? So I did.
If I was to write a list of all my unfinished projects, it would probably take up several volumes. As I type, I’m surrounded by them - CD singles un-digitised; VHS tapes not converted onto DVD; Christmas decorations not put back in the loft… Oh and a host of lofty web stuff type ambitions never finished.
So as there’s nothing really to do in January, I thought I’d take that chance to sort out my inbox and answer all the emails that have been building up over the last twelve months!
Last year I did a little Chart table to show the views of archive posts have changed over the years. It was fun in a “I like pointless stats” kind of way. So I decided to do it again.
Now it’s time to look at which of the older posts have cut the mustard over the last twelve months!
And here’s the all important top 10!
As is traditional, here they are in reverse order - starting with number 20.
November 25 in the year of 2008. A date worthy of note and regard. Why? Well because it was the first day I published Daily Links on this blog. Amongst the first links, a comment about milkmen, blog comments and Columbo eating chilli. So if that is not a milestone to celebrate, I do not know what is.
Does a post that has the “lasting factor” for one year, have it for another? Well as I did one of these chart rundown things last year, it’s possible to find out.
So we’ve gone through the Top 20 posts of 2008 - but that only tells half the picture. What posts have got the long tail? The lasting factor? We’ve done 20 to 11 - now it’s time for the Top 10.
So we’ve gone through the Top 20 posts of 2008 - but that only tells half the picture. What posts have got the long tail? The lasting factor? In part 1 of two posts, we find out!
Between Christmas and New Year is traditionally the season for loads of “Reviews of the Year” - endless boring lists that no one in their right mind cares about. Except this one obviously. Welcome to Bods’s Blog’s Top Twenty Posts of 2008! And this is part 2.
Between Christmas and New Year is traditionally the season for loads of “Reviews of the Year” - endless boring lists that no one in their right mind cares about. Except this one obviously. Welcome to Bods’s Blog’s Top Twenty Posts of 2008! Part 1.
Regular readers of this blog will probably have noticed by now the arrival of Daily Links.
When I look at it now, it’s hard to believe this blog has been going for over six years, given when I started, I didn’t think it would survive beyond a few months. But this blog is a testament to my unnerving ability to rant and moan and complain about things.
Most of the time, the comment spam I get from my blog is pretty ordinary junk - sex sites, MP3s, etc. Then there’s the “posting almost-geniune looking comments but with a hidden agenda to promote a commercial web URL” - which seem to have a strange focus on buying houses, double glazing and, for some reason, a lingerie blog.
When it comes to keeping track of comments on blogs, well frankly it’s a pain in the backside. I never remember where I’ve posted anything, and I rarely know if anyone has ever replied.
Because I like being transparent I have decided to publish my policy on the decisions which are made about comments and their publication on this website.
Ah, I thought. A false positive. A rather crap comment true, but one which presumably was in response to the whole comment spam issue.
Well you’re a right bunch of miserable people. Not one email to keep me company whilst the comments were down! Tsk! What do you think you’re playing at? Call yourself blog readers… Anyway, they’re back up now following some intensive hunting to find the cause of spam comments somehow making it on the site, despite all comments being pre-moderated.
An observant person might notice that comments on this blog are currently turned off. There’s a very good reason for this - today I logged into Movable Type and found that over the last few days, 44 spam comments had somehow gone live on the site.
Riffling through the bin of ridiculousness… Yes it’s time to answer more emails from the bulging post bag, and we had a batch delivered that were sent in 2005! Royal Mail’s getting better all the time.
Following on from the top 20 posts of 2007, I had a look at what posts prior to 2007 were still making it big, big time.
Well everyone else is doing it, so why shouldn’t I? (And no, if Martin and James jumped off a cliff, I…
But regardless, it’s that time of year when the old website gets its Christmas finery - with some new, seasonal graphics. And baubles.
And congratulations to Kirk who became the first ever person to post a comment on this blog.
I hadn’t actually loaded up Google Analytics for a while, so I thought I’d pop in and have a look at how everything on Planet Bods is fairing. Not that I’m hugely fussed generally about hits - it’s just nice to watch them over time stay, well, pretty much the same.
Something I’ve been meaning to do for goodness knows how long, is now done. If you wish to subscribe to posts from particular categories in this blog, rather than the full thing, you now can.
Sometimes website ideas work, sometimes they don’t. They can fail for all sorts of reasons - from being too ambitious, or just not attracting any attention.
Analysing stuff is great.
Your illustrious editor thrusts his hands deep into his bulging inbox… Oooh, err, matron.
Over the last few weeks my humble email form has been getting a slowly increasing amount of spam emails sent through is - usually with Japanese email addresses for some reason. Now as the web form just gets sent to me and doesn’t go near the web site so I just sighed and put it with the rest of my spam.
You might have noticed that the decorators have been in.
After months of thinking about it, I finally got round to setting the file names that Movable Type publishes out,…
The inbox is bulging. Let’s take a peak!
The Babylon 5 Tube Tour never actually happened - it’s a bit difficult to do a tube tour that takes in just two stations (Morden and Arsenal). That’s not a tour. That’s just a single journey. But it gave the idea for something with just a bit more potential. A Star Trek themed tube tour. It launched on Planet Bods on 30 September 2001. And now it’s been completely redone.
Oh yes, it’s time for another dip into the wierd and wacky world of Andrew’s inbox as we take yet another exciting trawel through the Letters to the Editor!
It’s with a sense of trepidation that I today reactivated the first of my PHP built webforms since the email injection attack on my site nearly three weeks ago. Ever since then, I’ve had an ever increasing number attempts on the Hitoplive based forms which remained. None successful of course, but it’s meant that I’ve been a little cautious about unleashing my new script on the world.
Today sees a new look for this humble blog. After over three years of the purple and blue, in one form or other, it’s gone. In its place, a simpler, more subdude design, with a photo at the top. And why not?
Well all good things must come to an end. After over three years, I’ve finally moved Movable Type over to using mySQL instead of the old Berkley DB database. Wiith several hundred posts in it, things were just getting a little too slow to work with, so it had to go.
Finally decided to leave the world of Movable Type v2.661 behind and embrace the world of version 3.2. It has a nicer interface after all, and plugins are good.
Quick apology for anyone on the full text feed - I managed to break it when I reinstalled by PC last week, and I’ve only just noticed. It should be fixed now and the person responsible flogged as punishment.
For some time now, I’ve been keeping a small web page about pubs in London which sell mild. It’s called Mild In London and it’s just been relaunched as it’s own site, complete with reviews, photos and a chance for people to comment.
Yes it’s time for yet another of our trawls through the old inbox, as we present another edition of ‘Letters To The Editor’.
Well it’s taken a year and I’ve finally fixed most of the issues with the CSS on my sites, and Firefox not displaying it, thus leaving the site looking plain and white until you refreshed.
Good golly Miss Molly, it’s been three years since this little old thing went online. Blimey.
Those of you using the Atom or RSS feed might have noticed that I’m now sending through 25 items - quite a sizable increase on the 8 I was sending through before.
For some time there’s been a hidden RSS feed for this site - an RSS 0.91 feed of the blog headlines and summaries. And now there isn’t. But the two people who used it, should not fear as you should be using a different feed instead. Automagically. Honest.
The articles section of this site has always been a bit of a mishmash. It liisted some articles by category and some just were dumped on the front page. So yesterday I redid it.
over the last few days, Planet Bods has changed. The times of serious stuff about Mark and Lard, and pointless stuff involving cartoons of pipe smoking trees are other… Sort of.
Wow! Has it really been a year since we answered your mail? No wonder the sack in the corner of the room is bulging more than the arm of a wrestler on steroids! Well lets get straight to it with a letter from Doncaster.
I know, I know. I’m behind the times. But the announcement that Yahoo were opening up APIs to its search engine got me thinking that I could finally replace the Atomz search on this site, with something that doesn’t force me to have crummy ads on it.
Well here it is, Bods Central v3.0. It’s only really a re-skin of the content but the old design had been in use since November 2002, and I’ve been itching for a change for a while.
Oh, the holly? Well it is that time of year.
I was in the process of deleting the site search for Planet Bods when I discovered that this site hasn’t actually been indexed by the search engine since August 2003…
Broken (and fixed) CSS, broken (and fixed) email forms and some PHP thrown in to boot! Yay!
If you’re using Mozilla Firefox 0.9.x - and if you are, you’ll probably know it - you might be looking at a very plain webpage without any proper colours or styles on it.
The letters to Planet Bods keep pouring on in! And we keep answering them Oh yes!
Incidentally just because I have become very sceptical about RSS (Really Simple Syndication) and done my latest feed in Atom, doesn’t mean the existing RSS 2.0 and RSS 0.91 feeds are going anywhere.
There’s a new full-stories feed for your pleasure. If you use an aggregator to view the site, feel free to give it a try.
I’ve been looking at the hierarchy for categories in this the site for some time and have been less than impressed with what I see.
It’s taken me a long time to realise, but I finally have. The meta keywords tag in HTML is now very pointless.
Being bored is dangerous. It means I tend to mess with things. And lo, there is now a third theme to the site.
About the ‘Mild In London’ section.
It’s 2004, and what better way to continue with this proud year than by responding to some of your Letters To The Editor from the last couple of months. Or year in some cases…
The theme switcher now works properly. Honest. Believe me. Please?
A new, and rather pointless theme chooser has been added to the site. Enjoy!
I’ve updated my biog. Woo. How exciting.
We’re a year old! Get out the balloons and pass your plate for cake!
Cynthia Says is a web site accessibility validator, and this is some information on it.
Big fix for Internet Explorer 5 and this site.
New look Planet Bods out now - take a look and let me know what you think.
Yes you guessed it, it’s time for more Letters to the Editor, where you the reader, get to communicate with me, the bloke who runs this site.
Small bug fix to Bods Central’s design means Mac IE5 users will see it properly. Should they care anyway.
Couple of minor changes to Bods Central - nothing to serious! Honest!
Yet another silly RSS error. Will they ever end?
BodsCentral now meets the strictest web accessibility guidelines, as set by the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines.
More changes to the RSS feeds - this change should be the last. Honest.
It all went horribly wrong. But now it’s right! Hurray!
RSS feeds for this site now available. Should you want them.
BodsCentral has had a minor redesign to make it more accessible. Find out some details of the changes.
If you’re a Mac IE5 user, this site looks a bit rough. Sorry, but it’s not my fault! Honest!
Welcome to January’s edition of Letters to the Editor, where you the reader, get to ask us, the people who run this place, lots of questions, and make worthwhile comments.
Welcome to Letters To The Editor, where you the reader, get to ask us, the site maintainer questions about this site.
We’ve had a redesign. Find out more…
About the Bods Central accessibility and web standards policies.
What is Rant ‘n’ Rave?