Another Boring Look at Blog Stats

Stumbled upon this table on my stats page. I can’t believe I started this thing way back in 2008. As you can see, I did not really post regularly until 2016.  I’ve already posted more this year than I did in the entirety of 2010 and 2011. I’m happy to see that my average comments and likes per post are steadily rising. It would be sad to write more and not get more likes and comments. My average words per post this year seems low, but I have done a couple of the photo challenge posts, so that could explain that.
I know I’m the only person who actually cares about all of this, but I like to see numbers that show that I might eventually get better at this.
Also – Less than 200 words in this post. That won’t help that average.
Annual Site Stats
Year Total Posts Total Comments Avg Comments per Post Total Likes Avg Likes per Post Total Words Avg Words per Post
2008 35 23 0.7 2 0.1 7481 213.7
2009 24 21 0.9 0 0 6094 253.9
2010 8 6 0.8 2 0.3 1867 233.4
2011 15 5 0.3 3 0.2 3606 240.4
2012 42 28 0.7 18 0.4 9159 218.1
2013 51 49 1 18 0.4 14370 281.8
2014 56 27 0.5 25 0.4 14300 255.4
2015 32 45 1.4 31 1 11121 347.5
2016 101 176 1.7 246 2.4 37957 375.8
2017 159 411 2.6 958 6 51320 322.8
2018 18 62 3.4 177 9.8 4799 266.6

Photo Challenge – Beloved

This week’s photo challenge prompt was Beloved. This is an easy one for me. The most important thing in my life is my family. I can’t imagine life without my kids. They are what keep me going in the darkest of times. This photo is a combo of two of my favorite photos of my kids when they were little. I found them recently when scanning old pictures. They are 21 and 17(almost 22 and 18) now and I am close to an empty nest. I miss these days.



via Photo Challenge: Beloved

Some Quick Tater Thoughts

I don’t seem to have it in me to write a long thought on anything lately. Here are a few quick thoughts on random things.

Blog Envy – I follow a few blogs that have existed for a year or less and they have posted that they already have thousands of followers. I’ve been posting regularly for over a year(the blog has existed way longer) and I still have not even hit 200 followers. Obviously, I am not good at building an audience. I don’t foresee that changing. I will continue to be happy to hit 500 views for the month That seems a reasonable goal for me.

Teenagers – I used to work with a church youth group. I was in my 20’s and 30’s and had no teens of my own. I taught middle school Sunday School, went to and sometimes led the youth group meetings, went to summer camps and winter retreats, etc. I then took a long time off after we changed churches and my kids entered youth group. I have chaperoned a youth trip each winter now for a few years and just did it again this past weekend. It is very different going as a parent and not knowing most of the teens on the trip. It’s more fun when you know the kids well and they want to spend time with you(or at least pretend they do)

Winter – We keep getting little nuisance snows. I have not had a snow day yet. I got to go home early one day. I really need a snow day. This winter is not cooperating.

Super Bowl – I will watch the Super Bowl. I always watch the Suer Bowl. I will be cheering for the Eagles this year not because I like them, but because I really don’t like the Patriots. I will be more interested in the commercials this year than the game. I hope they don’t disappoint me.

State of the Union – I never watch. I read the speech the next day in the paper. I will do the same this year. I will be watching Kentucky basketball instead.

That’s all I’ve got. Off to work.


Cut The Cheese

I’m not sure why this popped in my head yesterday, but since it did I will write about it.

I hate getting my picture taken. It doesn’t matter if it is a formal portrait setting or a more informal thing. I hate the way I look in most pictures and I especially hate the way I look when I smile so I don’t smile in posed pictures. I’ve been this way my entire life. Two examples, senior picture and more recent one:

I would have shared the one from my high school reunion, but I didn’t want to deal with asking people in the photo if I could put them in my blog.

Every time a picture of me gets posted on social media I always get the same responses:

“Smile, Alan!”

“You look so thrilled”

“Why don’t you smile?”

It is rather annoying. I’m never going to smile in a posed photo. I might be smiling in candid photos and then you can have the chance to post annoying comments about how surprising it is that I’m smiling.

I don’t like posed photos. I don’t like my smile. Your comments won’t change that.

Tater Talks Television

My wife recently decided that our FIOS bill was too high and called to see if we coud get a better deal. I thought I was going to lose HBO and possibly other channels to lower the price. I know it’s cool these day to cut the cord, but I’m a TV guy and I need my cable. It turns out that by agreeing to a two-year contract we can reduce our price significantly and upgrade to the better DVR and faster Internet speeds.  I’m happy to upgrade, but that means we will lose everything currently on our DVR. We have a month to catch up on shows before they are gone. This made me think about which shows I care the most about. So, today I will go night by night and pretend I have to choose only 1 hour of TV to keep from the broadcast networks and tell you my choice. Very exciting right?

Sunday – This is an easy one because we really only watch one major network show on Sunday night – Madam Secretary. If it was on any other night it would lose. If I was also including cable networks it would lose to Walking Dead. My daughter loves it, though, so we watch it regularly.

Monday – We watch a few shows on Monday night. The Gifted and Supergirl are both very good, but they can’t come close to beating Lucifer. I love this show. The basic premise is Lucifer has left Hell and is living in LA. He ends up acting as a police consultant. It is a police procedural with an overlying story of Lucifer’s conflict with his dad, God.

Tuesday – Another tough one. I really like Flash and Legends of Tomorrow is getting better. I still love The Middle and Brooklyn 99 is one of the best comedies on TV. They all lose to Lethal Weapon. When I heard they were making a TV show based on the movie I was skeptical.  I was wrong. It might be my favorite show on broadcast television. The Wayans and Crawford and great as Murtaugh and Riggs. The supporting cast is very good. It is well written and very funny for a cop show.

Wednesday – I love the ABC comedies Speechless and American Housewife. Riverdale is very good. Blacklist is OK, but getting old. I would still choose Survivor. I still love it after all these years. I will miss watching it every week with my daughter when she goes to college.

Thursday – The NBC comedies are very good and if I was choosing on current quality alone I would keep Superstore and The Good Place, but I have been watching Grey’s Anatomy since the beginning and I will stick with it until the end at this point. I also life SWAT and Chicago Fire, but I”m sticking with my doctors.

Friday – An easy one. I only watch Blue Bloods and SHIELD and I would not be sad if SHIELD was canceled. I know Blue Bloods seems like an old person show, but I’m old, so…

Saturday – I got nothing.


Why I am in jail

Stumbled across this post from 10 year ago(I can’t believe I’ve had this blog for 10 years!) about how I ended up in libraries and specifically jail. I thought I would repost because no one was reading the few posts I would write back then. I thought the people who have started following me over the last year when I really started doing this might be interested. Enjoy!

The World's Common Tater

I was tagged by Beth Tribe to expand on a FriendFeed  thread about how we ended up in libraries.  So, here’s my story:

I’ve always loved reading and that likely explains why I like libraries, but has little to do with why I am here.  I decided when I was in 6th grade that I was going to be a teacher.  After that decision was made, I never really thought about doing anything else.  I went off to the University of Kentucky and declared elementary education as my major.  The first couple of education classes were great.  I enjoyed the hour here and there that I spent in the classroom and had good grades in the education classes.  When I got to the semester before student teaching, I was spending 2 days a week at an elementary school.  I quickly realized that I didn’t like kids enough to spend all…

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Congress, The Bad Employee

Congress works for the American people. They are our employees. We have hired them to run our country. They are terrible employees. Here’s a little play to illustrate.

A company hires someone to run things. The company is America. The boss is us The employee is Congress.

Boss: Congratulations. Based upon your resume and the ideas we discussed in the interview, you’ve been selected to run the company.

Employee: Yeah, I lied in the interview. I’m not actually going to do any of that stuff. I just said it to get the job.

Boss:  OK. Here is our ideas for how to make the company better.

Employee. Nope. I’m smarter than you so I’m just going to run the company my way and ignore you.

Boss, at the annual review: You are really bad at your job, but I’m going to give you an extension because I know you and the unknown is scary. Please try to be better at your job.

Employee continues to ignore the boss and do a terrible job running the company.

Boss, next review: You are still terrible at your job, but I’m still not going to fire you.

Employee: I’m shutting the company down!

You wouldn’t keep an employee like this in a business. Why keep an employee like this in charge of the country? Let’s fire them and try to replace them with people who might actually care about what we think.