Oddly Enough Blog

News, but not the serious kind

Top 10 stupid blog posts for July

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I just couldn’t be more proud.

VIETNAMFor July, readers of my blog continued to reveal their well-rounded, eclectic and sophisticated tastes by clicking in large numbers on a wide variety of useful topics.

They went for the arts – our item about Hell’s Orchestra – and travel, for our exposé of brutal forced shopping in Hong Kong, and a God-awful idea for a tourist attraction.

They flocked to our gadget news, as we showed a prison that makes its own electricity, and we gave valuable advice on making your new iPhone work.

But above all, my readers are savvy climbers in the world of business, hungry for advice on how to handle those team-building corporate retreats.

The very best of June…

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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.

Top 100 reasons I’m not on the list…

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Blog Guy, have you seen the Time Magazine list of the 100 Most Influential People in the World? I’m surprised you’re not on it, you know, what with your blog, your Goofy Face Museum and Doughnut Shop, your radio talk show, your tap-dance video….

time cover 240Don’t EVEN get me started on that! It turns out I was number 101!

Golly. To come SO close!

Tell me about it. I got the famous Time Magazine Consolation Letter:

“Dear Bob, we regret there wasn’t room for you on our Top 100 List because we had to include such household names as Dominique Strauss-KahnRecep Tayyip Erdogan, Sheik Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nahyan and Sandra Bullock.”

Nine gifts that keep on giving

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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.

Stuff that annoys me, if I must say so…

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USA-STARBUCKS/Blog Guy, I know you have opinions. What kind of stuff really irritates you?

Gosh, the usual. War, poverty, the Dutch…

No, let me stop you right there. See, those are the big things that you HAVE to mention. But what about little annoying things in the course of your own daily life?

I’m pretty much a live and let live, roll with the punches sort of dude. Great life, no complaints.

My March Madness: best of the month

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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.

The mother of all wardrobe malfunctions?

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Class, welcome to Wardrobe Malfunctions 101, where we’ll see what can go wrong if you try to cut corners in the high end fashion design  process.

fashion wardrobe vertical 2 180We’re going through this stuff quickly, so please take notes and pay attention.

Ten stupid things you shouldn’t do with cameras around

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A very famous person writes, “Bob, what can we celebrities do to improve our image? Please reduce your advice to 10 simple rules, because we have other stuff to do.”

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Well, celebs, thanks to my background in damage control and image consulting, I can tell you it doesn’t matter a bit what you do in private, but when there is somebody around with a camera:

Ten jobs you’ll avoid if you’re smart

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A reader writes, “Bob, I’m looking for a career, but I get bored reading all the fine print in online job postings. Are there any shortcuts?”

jobs combo 200 this oneWell sure. What you do is set up a filter so that job descriptions containing certain words or phrases just don’t show up at all, thus freeing up much more of your time for watching “Starsky and Hutch” reruns. The trick is to block just the right stuff, so use my list, which is based on years of career advice.

Top 10 things about the blog in February

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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.