Perennial Favorites: Traffic Dos and Don’ts


Originally posted on The Daily Post:

One of the most frequent questions bloggers ask us — and themselves — is how to get more readers. In this post I wrote a year ago, I went over some of the basic things you should consider when trying to grow your audience. While there’s no secret magic formula (do share if you’ve found one!), I hope it gives you some fresh ideas to try out. And, if you’re looking for a more in-depth look at traffic and growth, you’re in luck: we have a free ebook devoted exclusively to that topic.

One of the main reasons bloggers stop blogging is lack of traffic: at some point, they get tired of being the proverbial tree in the forest, making sounds nobody hears.

We’re here to help. No list of advice can guarantee your blog’s success, but it’s important to be aware of the most critical elements at play…

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Man Wins Police-Sponsored Doughnut Eating Contest And Then Gets Arrested


Originally posted on TIME:

O sweet, sweet sadness! A North Carolina man, Bradley Hardison, was arrested this week shortly after winning a police sponsored anti-crime doughnut eating contest at the Elizabeth City Police Department’s National Night Out Against Crime, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Hardison, 24, consumed eight doughnuts in two minutes, winning over a group of local policemen and firefighters. A day later he was arrested—apparently, the Camden County Sheriff’s department had been attempting to interview Hardison (for nine months!) about his connection with two break-ins.

A local report brought Hardison to the attention of Lieutenant Max Robeson:

Robeson said they brought Hardison in for questioning on Wednesday.

“I said, ‘Congratulations on your win last night,'” Robeson recalled, before arresting the man on criminal charges of breaking and entering and injury to real property.

Justice = sweet.

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Hackers Unveil Their Plan To Change Email Forever


Originally posted on TIME:

The creator of an ultra-secure email service once said to be used by Edward Snowden unveiled his next project at a major hacker conference Friday: He and others like him want to change the very nature of email forever.

Ladar Levison, creator of the Lavabit encrypted email provider, was forced in August of last year to give investigators access to an account reportedly used by Snowden, the National Security Agency leaker, after a tug-of-war with federal authorities. But rather than compromise the privacy of his other 400,000-plus email users, Levison says, he shut the entire project down. A similar encrypted email provider, Silent Circle, took heed and shuttered its own service to pre-empt any federal authorities that might come demanding information from it as well.

Out of those ashes, Levison and others launched the Dark Mail project, which is developing Dime, a set of new email protocols its creators hope…

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Walkin and Talkin


Originally posted on Tootlepedal's Blog:

Today’s guest picture, sent by my daughter Annie, makes me think that she might have been taking part in the Ride London event today along with one or two other cyclists.

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We thought of having a pedal ourselves today as the weather was very pleasant but the combination of my dodgy joints and a very brisk wind persuaded us that a short walk might be a better idea.   With this in mind, I mowed the front lawn very gently while Mrs Tootlepedal did some hard work in the garden.  I took the camera out while she slaved away.

It is amazing that this rather burnt toast looking object….

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…should turn out to be this multicoloured charmer.

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I got a close up.

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Before I got a good camera, I never thought of butterflies as furry.

I was just getting ready for lunch when a pair of blackbirds caught my eye through…

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50 Great Books That Will Change Your Life


Originally posted on TIME:

Real Simple asked renowned authors from every genre in the bookstore to name the title that moved them most. Here are the works they passionately recommended—from classic to obscure, wisecracking to wistful—and the discoveries that they found inside.

Here are the first 5 of the list:

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Hawaii Governor Ousted In Surprise Primary Loss


Originally posted on TIME:

The Hawaii Democrat Party is making Republicans in the state look unified and organized. In a primary season dominated by GOP strife, Hawaii now has its own brand of drama. On Saturday, voters went to the polls and decisively voted out incumbent Gov. Neil Abercrombie. State Sen. David Ige got 66% of the vote to Abercrombie’s 30.9%. Abercrombie is the first sitting governor to lose a primary since 2010.

Abercrombie probably wasn’t helped by a pair of storms that have ravaged the islands just before voting. Abercrombie’s reputation for mismanagement and poor preparation were highlighted as Tropical Storn Iselle and Hurricane Julio passed through the islands, leaving the final week of campaigning and voting Saturday in chaos. He could’ve postponed the primary but chose not to. Ige isn’t a shoo-in, though. He now faces Republican Duke Aiona, a former lieutenant governor, and Independent Mufi Hannemann, a former Democratic mayor of…

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Watch Jake Gyllenhall in the Nightcrawler Trailer


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An extremely-thin, bug-eyed Jake Gyllenhall leaves a creepy impression in the premiere of the Nightcrawler trailer. The 33-year-old actor lost 20 pounds for the role.

Gyllenhall plays a TV crime reporter who is the first on the scene of car crashes and murders to catch footage for the news. It’s not long before Gyllenhall takes things too far and is slamming his hands against a mirror and crying out. “My motto is, if you want to win the lottery, you have to make the money to buy the ticket,” Gyllenhall’s character Lou Bloom says in the trailer.

Eek.

The movie is set to hit theaters on Oct. 17.

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17-Year-Old Pilot Haris Suleman’s Tragic Quest


Originally posted on TIME:

A close family friend says that 17-year-old Haris Suleman’s attempt to circumnavigate the world in 30 days really wasn’t about breaking any records. “He said that he would not be in the U.S. if it wasn’t for the education that his father got in Pakistan,” says Azher Khan, a close family friend. “And he wanted to raise awareness about impoverished children there.”

Haris was in the final days of his whirlwind journey intended to do just that when the single-engine plane he was flying went down in the Pacific Ocean between American Samoa and Honolulu. Crews recovered Haris’ body after a crash late Tuesday and are still searching for his father, Babar Suleman, a 58-year-old amateur pilot who accompanied Haris on the trip.

If the two had completed the trip, Haris would have set the record for the fastest circumnavigation of the world in a single-engine plane, and he would…

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