The Deets Turns 8 Today

Eight years o bloggin’.

Here are the most popular posts from the past 365 days based on views by Minnesotans to The Deets:

  1. Minnesota Vikings Now #1 Most Arrested Team in the NFL
  2. Minnesota’s Anti-Gay Senators
  3. Don Allen, Poopgate, and $15,000 from Minneapolis Schools
  4. Marley Danner Added to White Collar Crime Map
  5. Was Paul Koenig of PAMIKO Properties at the Johnny Northside Trial?
  6. Hidden Cameras, Puppy Mills, and Pork
  7. A Plea to Andy Post of Minnesota Democrats Exposed
  8. Does Joe Soucheray Read His Own Paper? #Vikings Stadium Wilfare & Property Taxes
  9. Vikings Stadium Myths Exposed, Exposed
  10. Jim Bratz = Josh Hewitt: A Militant Zygi Wilf Welfare Supporter #vikings

TheDeets.com’s 5-Year Anniversary

Five years ago today, I wrote my first blog post. The Deets wasn’t called The Deets yet, but the previous blog’s posts have been rolled into this blog.

Here is post #1:

Hugh Hewitt Shuts Down Rational Arguments

I was listening to Hugh Hewitt tonight on The Patriot AM 1280 in Minneapolis when Hugh was attempting to break down the Howard Dean interview on Chris Matthews. I turned in late, but apparently Hugh was attempting to make some point about Howard Dean not being a veteran and trying to use this against the doctor/Governor. Hugh seemed to be trying to make a point that Dean is not qualified to discuss international affairs because he isn’t a veteran.

Somehow a caller managed to make it past the screeners and pointed out that our current president, George W. Bush, managed to avoid the Vietnam War due to some influence by his father, and apparently decided not to show up for a good portion of his Texas Air National Guard duty.

At this point, the bumper music started and Hugh Hewitt went to commercial as he told his caller he’d follow up with him after the break. So I stayed with Hugh through the commercial to find out how he’d address this clearly hypocritical behavior by his liar in chief. What did Hugh return to? Unbelievably, he simply dropped the caller and moved on to another subject.

What a conservative coward! This is becoming a typical response from the right. If you are not on the right side of an argument, simply shut out the opposing views.

Looking back at that, I think I know why I started blogging. I have a habit of flipping through channels on the radio or reading things on the web that I don’t always agree with. Sometimes that gets me worked up. And just because I’m worked up about something doesn’t mean Carly or someone else close to me wants to hear about it.

So, instead, I started publishing them to a blog called “Define Conservatives vs Liberals“. Lame name? Yes. However, it had a purpose. I planned to write primarily about politics and differences I saw between left and right-wing issues so the name fit.

I didn’t tell anyone about it for a while since I wasn’t really writing it as a way to stay in touch with friends. It was just a way to vent and possibly connect with people on the web who shared similar ideologies. Of course, this was before blog comments were a common feature so connecting was a bit tougher than it is today.

Over time, I became less interested in national politics and more interested in what’s happening closer to me. That’s when I set up TheDeets.com and started taking on different issues that interested me like pizza slicing preferences, tp folding in hotels, local media changes, and Craigslist escorts.

I already owned the domain TheDeets.com and figured that would do the trick. And I get off of Blogger and onto WordPress so I could have more control over features.

Here are a few random observations:

Top-5 Topics That Drive Traffic
1. Sex
2. Restaurants
3. Food
4. Local Media Commentary
5. Pictures of Random Stuff

Filtering for people visiting TheDeets.com from Minnesota, here is What TheDeets.com regulars find interesting:

1. The Bulldog Restaurant
2. Paul Douglas
3. The Strip Club Restaurant
4. MinnPost
5. Jucy Lucy’s

One theme I see is a great response to posts where a spreadsheet was used to generate some of the content. I call those “quantified observation” posts.

This is the 2028th post.

There have been 7691 comments, not counting the comments that didn’t make the transition from previous blog commenting systems like Haloscan.

Top-5 Cities of Visitors to The Deets
1. Minneapolis
2. St Paul
3. Eden Prairie
4. Hopkins
5. Burnsville

Top-5 Operating Systems of Visitors (November 2008)
1. Windows 82.18%
2. Macintosh 15.61%
3. Linux 1.21%
4. iPhone 0.54%
5. Android 0.07%

That’s all I’ve got. Peace out.

New Feature: Events Calendar

I’ve created an events calendar for The Deets. You can find a link to it from the header.

It uses Google Calendar. Basically, I created a new calendar for events (no, it’s not my personal calendar) and set it to Public view. After that, I generated an iframe view of the calendar and built that into a new page.

It’s a little thin now, but I’ll work on that.

You Talk, The Deets Listens: Recent Comments

Aaron backed me into a corner at the Calhoun Beach Club to tell me how much he hated the “Recent Commentors” feature in the sidebar of The Deets.

He explained how stupid it was that it showed who the most recent commentors were but didn’t mention which post they had commented on. He gave me a stern look and said, “You can do better.”

Or, something like that.

Whether that happened or not is water under the bridge. The important thing here is that “Recent Commentors” has been changed in a variety of ways. It now mentions who commented, on what they commented, is followed by a list of “Recent Trackbacks” which lists who’s been writing about posts on The Deets and which posts drew their ire or praise.

There is still at least one bug in the current system. But rather than point it out, let’s see if you can guess what it is.

Screw Delaware and West Virginia

According to Google Analytics, the two least cool states in the US of A are Delaware and West Virginia. Why? Because they’re the only states that didn’t visit The Deets in June:

Visits by State for The Deets

Delaware and Virginia: I hope you’re listening. You have no idea what you’re missing out on, but that’s probably because you’re not listening.

Minnesota obviously dominated the traffic to The Deets. Here are the top-5:

1. Minnesota
2. California
3. Florida
4. New York
5. Texas

The bottom five, which include DE & WV, are New Hampshire, Idaho, and South Dakota, with only one visitor each.

Size seems to matter, but what else may be in play here?

The Deets #1 for The Deets

It’s official. The Deets has gone to #1 on Google for . . . The Deets.

The Deets on Google

It seems like only yesterday that The Deets was battling with a post on Jossip about the deets on Kathy Griffith’s divorce. Boy, how times have changed.

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