Hello Surf Reporters! I hope your day is going well. I’m returning to work in an hour or so, but had two full days away from that place. And man, it was nice. Usually my work/home balance is: I work all the time, and sleep at home. But I resisted social pressure, and took two days off in a row. It was fantastic.
Today’s update is going to be questionable, at best. But I do have a few quick items for you guys.
First of all… I’ve started raiding the archives of the late, not-so-great Suggestaholic site, and moving the stuff I think is worthy to the Surf Report. The first one is an old post about Jean Shepherd. I updated it a bit, and you can read it here.
There were a few other halfway decent things there, and I’ll move them over as time permits.
I completely lost the Suggestaholic domain name a few years ago, and GoDaddy was trying to charge me hundreds of dollars to get it back. But I waited them out, pretended not to be interested, and eventually snagged it again for nine bucks. Hell yeah. The site itself, however, is long-gone. I’ll repost the so-called good stuff at TheWVSR.
Next on my domain name wishlist: mockable dotcom. Oh, I can be verrrrrry patient. I’d also like to have wvsr dotcom, but that one is in use, and probably out of my reach. Oh well.
A few days ago I was looking at the site stats. I used to be fully obsessed with checking them, and would do it multiple times per day. Now? I don’t even think about it. I’m not sure why, but it’s not something that interests me all that much anymore.
But I looked at them recently, and there are some interesting things going on.
Ads vs. Reality is still the most popular page on the site, except for the homepage. But two relatively new pages receive an inordinate amount of traffic, month after month. This one, and this one. Both receive a semi-shitload of visitors, as a result of Google searches. The Bill Burr piece also gets a fair number of comments.
I had no idea. Apparently I need to start putting more names of celebrities in my headlines? Those two updates are among the most popular pages on the entire Surf Report site, and have been for months. Crazy.
Over the past few days I’ve been answering interview questions from my friend Mark Maynard. He’s doing a series at his blog called The Untold History of Zines, and has interviewed three of us old-school zinesters so far. It’s a great idea, and I look forward to reading more of them.
My interview was posted last night, and I think it turned out fairly well. There are some embarrassing photos, along with some embarrassing stories. Please check it out. It’s a long, detailed interview. And if you’re interested in zine history, you’ll want to read the two previous entries, as well.
Finally, I’d like to get some reports from the motherland, about the chemical spill. Holy shitknuckles! Days on end with no water? Tell us what’s going on down there. How are you holding up? It seems like things are finally improving a bit. What was the most surprising pain in the ass? Please bring us up to date. And good luck, my friends! Hopefully it will be over soon.
For a Question, I’d like to know what sounds drive you up the wall. I hate any unnecessary mouth sounds: lip-smacking, teeth-sucking, teeth-clacking, etc. But what about you? What sounds cause your whole body to go rigid? Use the comments link below.
And I’ll see you guys again soon.
Have a great day!