I found out last week that the Amazon Associates program has been re-opened for Illinois residents! In 2011, under the state’s Main Street Fairness Act (also known as the “Amazon Tax Law”), a merchant’s physical presence was redefined to include its affiliates. This law was aimed at companies like Amazon, in an attempt to force them to collect state sales tax on items purchased through regional affiliates (effectively making some online sales cheaper than local brick and mortar stores).
Sorry for the interruption – my host suspended my account, due to my sites taking up too many resources on the shared server where this site, and all my projects, live. We’d been having server issues for the past few months, but last night I was told that my sites were using over 11% of the shared server resources –…
I decided to get a set, but to customize them a bit more – making it more likely that I’d want to carry them around and pass them on to others. So I decided to get some fancy cards from MOO, which I’d heard a lot about but never really used.
As I mentioned, things get a little crazy around here when Pi Day (3/14) rolls around. Most days, I’ll fire up Google Analytics and use the “Real Time” feature to see who’s currently *on* my site at a particular moment. For the most part, I’ll average 3-4 people at any given time during the day, viewing some page on avoision.com.
At the close of every year, I look back on the past twelve months and try to identify my favorite ten days. I’ve been doing this for a while now, and there’s an entire section of my site dedicated to this called Ten Best Days. As of this post, I have a full decade’s worth of days listed.
So… the new website is up and, hopefully, running fairly smoothly. I’m using a theme called Surplus, so a majority of the heavy lifting was already done for me.
I decided it was time to make the site a little more mobile-friendly, and to have a place to better show off the stuff I’ve done, personal info, etc.
A funny thing happened about a week ago: my blog turned 10 years old. It kind of happened without me realizing it, and when I started to add up the time… I realized I’ve made a decade worth of daily blog entries.
When I first started blogging, I had a particular goal in mind: post something, every single day. I started things up in 2002, and even back then… the web was filled blogs that never updated. I found this kind of an annoying thing, and decided to make a pact with anyone who visited my site: you swing by, I’ll make sure to have something new every day.
I’ve been having a lot of uptime and availability issues with my host, HostRocket, lately. They’re the first hosting company I ever signed up with… and I’ve stayed with them ever since I started this blog (some 9+ years ago).
Over that time, there’s been some periods of spottiness… but I’ve generally been happy with them, until a few months ago. Starting early November, I’d start to see my sites go down with some degree of frequency.
Amazingly, I got a check the other day from Google. Way back in 2009, I decided to begin placing Google Adsense ads on the site. It’s still something that I feel a little weird about, even to this day. But ever since… I’ve gotten a few clicks here and there, a few pennies every day or so.
A day or two ago, Google updated their Google Analytics interface with a “Beta” feature that allows people to see real-time traffic on their sites. I’ve been keeping this window open for most of the day, and it’s kind of fascinating/mesmerizing to see folks pop in and out. Not only that it’s great to see what pages they’re visiting, where they’re coming from… and what search terms they use to arrive at my site.
Hello world! I was working last night on transferring all the content from my old blog over to my redesigned blog (around 6,000 entries). I had in mind that I’d test things out to see how the content would look, and ended up just going through with republishing everything, and making it all live. There are a few kinks I’m…