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State of the Blog

Well, and it’s State of the Blog time again. Since the last time I totted up the notes, I had the big move in July (17 notes) and August (26 notes), and then bounced up a bit higher than normal with 37 notes. Books remained fairly steady (7 in July, 13 in August, and 13 in September), which indicates that if I’m not blogging, I’m still reading. Maybe I read more when I don’t blog. Maybe that’s preferable.

Anyway, the big SotB news was September’s comment explosion, with 142 comments from 18 different Gentle Readers, not counting my own comments (42 of those) or the 134 spam comments I deleted. However I count it, that’s a record for this Tohu Bohu. I think my previous high was 121 (in December 2004) which would have included my own comments and any odd spam. I didn’t have much spam back then, though.

Jed (thank you) made a nice little change in the way I receive comment notification in July, which allowed my to separate out spam and self-commenting in tracking, and encourages me to spend even more time examining numbers. In July, by the way, there were 58 real comments and 24 spam comments; in August, there were 40 real comments, 11 self-comments, and one hundred and sixty-two spam comments.

The other news of note in TohuBohuville is that for (I believe) the first time, this Tohu Bohu has been put onto a blogroll. That is, I do have some very nice old college buddies who have been kind enough to link to me, but Matt over at Holy Chao has not only dropped by and commented (thanks, Matt!) but added this spot to his “Friendly Links”, along with the likes of Gentle Reader Dan P, David Moles, where I lurk and occasionally interrupt, and Benjamin Rosenbaum, who has some brilliant kid-stories recently, and a bunch of people I’ve never heard of. I must say that being on a blogroll is a bit of a kick, in exactly the way I didn’t expect it to be.

Anyway, Your Humble Blogger is clearly back from Summer Recess, and so are the Gentle Readers. Shana Tova, all: a good year, a healthy year, and a sweet year for all of us. We could use it.

chazak, chazak, v’nitchazek,