The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
London Olympic Stadium holds 80,000 people. This blog was viewed about 690,000 times in 2011. If it were competing at London Olympic Stadium, it would take about 9 sold-out events for that many people to see it.
In 2011, there were 57 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 713 posts. There were 189 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 41mb. That’s about 4 pictures per week.
The busiest day of the year was August 27th with 8,271 views. The most popular post that day was Snooki Made Simpler.
This Beach Called Life, the blog you are reading, finally received one million visits a few hours ago but this feat took over 3 years to accomplish. Some blogs do 1,000,000 visits in 3 months but this blog is not that type of blog despite efforts to become one. There isn’t much to say on reaching a million only that the second million will depend on even more luck as the competition for blog space and corrupt minds grows. A million is just a number and like eight inches, might seem big, small or typical depending what you are familiar with.
A casual and even formal look at the visits per post shows that Victoria’s Secrets models are very popular and a Topless Latoya Woods did not do too badly considering the amount of time she was exposed for in this blog and in front of photographers. I am particularly happy for Zoe Saldana’s Star Trekking ways, Freida Pinto’s Pretty Face, Megan Fox’s Sex Symbol and the nudity shown by Jessica Alba and Kate Winslet. I am always amazed at how Lose Women in Tight Jeans and local porn can get people to come.
This blog contains 635 post so far and if you are one of those who are curious which are the most popular post, here are the top 45:
- Victoria’s Secret – Models Exposed 104,433
- Megan Fox Sex Symbol Revealed 47,966
- Nude Body Painting 38,003
- Jesssica Alba and Kate Winslet – Nudity 29,909
- The Bikini in 2009 – Still Almost Naked 28,311
- Michael Jackson – “This Is It!” 27,140
- Life on Mars and Halle Berry25,583
- The Dark Knight’s Dilemma 25,100
- Sexiest Women Alive, Really20,632
- Trinidad Carnival 2009 Pictures 19,155
- Freida Pinto – More Than a Very Pretty F 18,317
- Angelina Jolie vs Jennifer Aniston 16,338
- Porn in Trinidad and Tobago – Something 14,900
- Zoe Saldana – Star Trek 14,171
- Maxim Models 13,564
- Lady GaGa Wants to Take a Ride on Your D 11,579
- Iker Casillas and Sara Carbonero – Spain 11,191
- Some Women Would Rather go Naked 10,032
- Everything You Wanted to Know About aka 9,640
- Fast and Furious – Loose Women, Tight Je 9,414
- Time Traveler’s Wife – A Male Butt Movie 8,659
- Rihanna – Umbrella – The Song To Change 8,581
- The Dark Knight vs Titanic 8,517
- The Photography 7,716
- Trinidad Carnival 2008 Pictures 7,303
- Sex, Celebrities and Sex Tapes – Why Lif 6,853
- Movie Taglines – The Untold Story…So F 6,080
- Latoya Woods Topless 5,754
- Porsche Cayenne – Hot Like Pepper 5,466
- FIFA World CUP 2010 – Waving Flag – K’na 5,101
- Miss Trinidad and Tobago Universe 2010 - 4,763
- Trinidad Carnival 2010 Photos3,996
- Psychic Predictions For 2009 and Beyond 3,724
- Why Golf Makes Men Horny 3,711
- Desirable, Sexy, and Beautiful Women 3,691
- Who Is The Iron Man And Do You Really Ca 3,465
- Latoya Woods – The New Miss Trinidad and 3,329
- Seven Pounds – A Weighty Movie 3,124
- Maria de Lujan Telpuk and the Playboy C o 2,981
- Aya Sugimoto Would Rather Go Naked… 2,824
- Kindle now available in Trinidad and Tob 2,656
- The Quest For The Golden Ratio 2,626
- Sex Tape – Trinidad and Tobago Style 2,601
- France Wins World Cup Exit 2,587
- Beyonce Good for Trinidad and Tobago 2,573
- Trinidad pair to be tried in U.S. over airport fraud (reuters.com)
- Williams, Pinto raise money for Agassi’s charity (topinews.com)
- Zoe Saldana, Lea Michele make People best-dressed list (omg.yahoo.com)
- al gore scheduled to talk about “thinking green” in trinidad and tobago (greenantilles.com)
I drew the picture about 5 or 6 years ago while learning to draw using the book, Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain by Betty Edwards. It was my attempt to reproduce a drawing from the book Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. I wished I continued to learn since it is a skill I admire in those who can draw well. I also admire people who can write and those who can eat a wrapped chicken roti while standing without the roti suffering fatal structural damage and leakage.
Recently, I saw a painting by the late Pablo Picasso and like the rest of the non-art world, I said, “What?” I have been saying “What?” about Picasso’s work since I have been seeing Picasso’s work. I suppose my reaction is typical and it is why he is considered a great artist though my reaction was initially one of “You call that art.” I am not here to argue if Picasso is great since popular opinion and auctions have settled that. I am only writing this post to encourage me to learn to draw as it will be my fallback position if this blogging thing doesn’t work out.
Art is never finished, only abandoned ~ Leonardo da Vinci
People start blogging for many reasons but I think the main reasons are (a) because everybody is doing it, and (b) it’s cheaper than a short skirt. Soon, however, if we persist, we get very attached to our blog and it becomes a part of us just like our chiseled abs or our “Beyonce in a short skirt” desktop background. We worry about not posting and we assume once we write a post it becomes a significant part of the blog universe. We believe people read out blogs and hope it becomes a source of inspiration and envy just as our Nissan Almeras and women have become. Posting to our blog then becomes our fix.
There is nothing bad about being addicted to blogging except it changes the way we look at the world causing us to go through life looking at every thing and every situation wondering if this could be our next blog post.
With this in mind, and in order to try to get a better understand the blogger’s mind, I developed a blog survey. I posted the questions below because I needed a fix but if you seriously want to help move blog science forward, then do the actual survey by clicking here.
1.0 Why do you blog?
(a) It will be my legacy
(b) I need attention
(c) I need an outlet for my frustration
(e) I am turned on by comments
2.0 Do you plan to sell the rights of you blog to a movie company?
(b) Once the price is right
(c) Only if Megan Fox agrees to the lead
(d) Yes, but the movie must contain no nudity during the intermission.
3.0 How many visits does your blog receive per month?
(a) Over 30,000
(b) 20,000 to 30,000
(c) Less than 20,000
(d) Less than 100
(e) What is a visit?
4.0 How often do you update your blog?
(a) I am a freak of nature so I update daily
(b) Less than 20 times per month
(c) Whenever I feel lonely
(d) Every time the government decides to build a smelter
5.0 Does your blog contain photos portraying tasteful or disgusting nudes?
(a) It’s the reason I blog
(b) No, I don’t believe in nudity so I shower with all my clothes on.
6.0 Will blogging ever replace parliament?
7.0 Do you sleep in the nude or have arm pits?
(a) What is pelau
(b) What is Angostura Bitters?
(c) No, since it makes the pelau taste like orange juice
(d) Yes, since it possibly has small amounts of deadly poisons which can enhance the taste of pigeon peas and some bloggers
9.0 Have you ever blogged while eating?
(b) Does food count?
10.0 What is your favorite blog?
(b) All of the above
Megan Fox become a sex symbol seconds after she opened the bonnet of the old, yellow, American car that was overheating in the movie Transformers. This bonnet-opening scene has since become a classic and permanently featured in the dreams of those fabled creatures called decent men. It was also the scene which pushed Angelina Jolie from the top of the sex symbol list and to get a tattoo upgrade. There were no special effects or cryptic back tattoos in that scene but only raw, sensual curves shot from all the right angles. If there was ever an ad to promote sex symbolism it would be the Megan Fox Transformer overheating engine scene and nothing to do with Angelina Jolie’s back . I would argue that Transformers was successful only because of the hot Megan Fox and not because of the guy who also starred with her. His name fails me right now.
For a girl to become a sex symbol there must be consensus by the mass media and especially by that new mass media called blogs. Fortunately, this blog overwhelmingly votes for Megan Fox, not only to be a sex symbol, but to be the #1 sex symbol of 2009 and constantly in my wildest dreams.
I don’t think there is any one reason why the masses find Megan Fox sexy but certainly her easy to read tattoos help. Some women have their sex appeal enhanced by tattoos while others turn to body piercings and silicone. I would estimate that 90% of a woman’s sex appeal she is born with and 10% comes from highlighting the natural 90% on the screen, in night clubs, on the beach and in blogs. The paparazzi and blogs have contributed in a big way to the popularity of the modern celebrity and “leaked” photos and sex tapes have become part of the hype building.
It is pointless. It is fun. It is one line. It is real-time. It is emotion. It communicates. It connects followers. It has no leaders. It encourages cleverness. It is stupidness. It is short. It is sweet. It is tweet. It encourages slackness. It condenses thought. It can be global. It can be local. It is the new order. It hurts the head. It numbs the brain. It causes migraine. It kills spam. It is spam. It’s made by man. It informs. It misinforms. It promotes. It is a craze. It is a maze. It may stay. It may go. It shreds language. It is a new language. It passes time. It wastes time. It is addictive. It is restrictive. It is vast. It is personal. It is public. It is sexy. It is loose. It bonds. It is low-fat. It is light. It is life. It cures lice. It kills mice. It has no ticks. It can play tricks. It never shaves. It never bathes. It talks back. It is not a cat. It is freedom. It is jail. It cannot get bail. It can make love. It needs no protection. It cannot glow in the dark. It cannot take out a shark. It’s on a Blackberry. It’s not a cherry. It can vibrate. It is sometimes late. It can be great. It can start a war. It can be more. It conquers all. It’s like talking to a wall.
Pro Max finally took off his Speedo that he wore the whole time he was on his Mediterranean cruise and got down to writing his subjects a sorry letter. Ever since he heard how the people who paid his salary, but did not elect him, were calling for his head while he was on vacation, he thought of ways to keep his job. It was the best job he ever had and he wanted to keep it so bad. He loved his job even more than the country since it allowed him to vacation at the country’s expense. Pro Max thought if he wrote a three-page “I am sorry” note that he didn’t plagiarize he could get people to believe he wasn’t stupid. Stupid people write blogs not apologize, he thought.
Pro decided he would send the note after The Enquiry start back since people cannot feel two sets of pain at the same time. Pro couldn’t understand why the people were calling for his head since every other institution in the country was falling apart. Was he being victimized, he wondered. Pro Max thought even though he looked like The Guilty, sounded like The Guilty, and quacked like The Guilty, he would be seen as The Innocent once he admitted to being human. If all else fails admit to being human, was his motto. Pro Max felt if he avoided major issues like plagiarism and promises and instead talked about the next time and systems all would be forgotten. After all, he was having fun in Europe and didn’t want to come back home.
Pro Max would blame his blunders and dishonesty on a few scapegoats and claim it was the dawn of a new era and debate. People always liked to hear about new eras almost as much as they liked hearing about booms and aluminum. Pro wanted to say the sky was not falling but that would be plagiarism. To appear humble while being arrogant is what Pro Max really wanted to do. That, and to wine up on his subjects.
Pro Max finally finished his sorry note and signed it. He hoped the people would understand that even though he never said it, he was a Party Man and the Party ain’t done yet.