Oddly Enough Blog

News, but not the serious kind

The very best of June…


SOCCER-WORLD/My blog’s traffic statistics for June are in, and the lesson is very clear. Readers are embracing the blog’s shift from pure humor to “news you can use,” as they seek information to improve their lives.

They loved our career-enhancing tips on summer dress codes for the office, our piece on what cologne to avoid if you’re going into the jungle, and our efforts to brainstorm a new tourism slogan for violence-torn Mexico.

Readers also liked our exclusive new information on those pesky Government Death Panels, and our Father’s Day tribute to dads everywhere.

But the top two items for June were from the ongoing World Cup, as we met some Fans from Hell, and featured an attractive set of cell phone holders.

Best of May: stormy weather and bygone romance


It’s time for the official statistics revealing this blog’s most popular items for May, and I’m proud to note that readers didn’t just go for cheap yuks, they went for the high-class stuff, too.

CANADA/Like for instance, my hard-hitting piece on the Census folks’ search for secret apartment houses, and the one about increasing food supply by growing rice in brassieres.

Most popular posts for April…


Come on, Blog Guy, it’s like May 1st. Time to tell us your 10 most popular blog posts for April, so we can collect on our bar bets!

Yeah, okay, I’m just opening the sealed envelope from the firm that does the official tally. Wow! Turns out, the number one item was my report on the lavish festivities celebrating the 10,000th member of my Facebook blog network.

10,000 strange and dangerous people…


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Hey Blog Guy, what’s with the big grin on your face?

TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO/Great news. My Facebook Blog Network just hit 10,000 members, which is a pretty big deal. I guess that’s just about everybody on the Internet.

Hearty congratulations, Blog Guy! What did you do to celebrate?

We had a gala formal party under a tent. People strutted in their finery.

There were goat races. Sumo wrestlers lined up to high-five me. The Eagles played live and there was a telegram from Mamie Eisenhower…

Nine gifts that keep on giving


Let’s face it. I am never going to run out of goofy photos. Our photo service issues more than 1,500 pictures a day, so new stuff keeps on coming. And yet, looking back over the three years I’ve been doing this blog, there are certain old friends that keep returning for encores.

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Bonnie, my blog’s archivist, did some research and she tells me there are eight photos that I’ve used here four times each. Each one is unique in its own goofiness.

My March Madness: best of the month


I got the March traffic stats showing the most popular items  for this blog, and the trend continues. Readers flocked to the more educational posts offering information they can use.

march best 240Like, you know, careers to avoid, how to spot a government Death Panel when it comes for you, places with bad public toilets, and so on.

Top 10 things about the blog in February


This was a very good month for the blog. I tried doing a few items in list form, and it paid off in page views. I did this for 10 reasons, but I don’t remember what they were.

USA/The most popular post of the month, by far, was Top 10 things I learned in the blizzard.

Five people I don’t want to meet…


Readers often say to me, “Bob, in your line of work you must meet lots of interesting people,” and I say to them, “No, not really.”

In fact, I tend to keep an up-to-date list of folks I DON’T want to meet, under any circumstances. It changes often, but right now these are the LAST five people on earth I want to see.

January’s top blog posts: a time for learning…


The traffic statistics are in for January, the first month of the new, slightly more educational, grown-up version of this blog, and clearly readers are coming along for the ride.

toiletead combo january 200The ten most popular posts for the month found readers enthralled by Canadian history, a serious look at improving airline security and an attempt to come up with the worst travel idea ever.

Tops for December: blog enters the steam age?


Sorry, this one is a bit anticlimactic since I’ve already posted several lists on the top blog posts for 2009, but for legal reasons involving off-shore gambling accounts and so on, I still need to identify this blog’s most popular posts for December.

december best eagle 280The stats show that December’s readers flocked to items about home improvement, gift ideas, exotic travel and the effects of cold weather on the human body.