Wednesday Afternoon Link Fest: Warm Fuzzies Edition


Wednesday, May 7th, 2008 — 11:28am PST
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With fun and exciting things happening all around me it’s a wonder how I can get so down sometimes. There are people who struggle a lot more than I do in this life but everyone has their good days, their bad, and sometimes you just need to share some love and hope some of that comes right back at ‘ya. Even if it doesn’t, the warm fuzzy feelings accumulated from sending out the kindness should be enough to brighten your day, even if things simply aren’t going your way. Like Raul noted, “The darkest hour is just before the dawn.”

  • First off, Dan Lilly is awesome.
  • Second, it’s TrevorO’s birthday today. But he’s not getting old… he was old LAST year (har har).
  • I recently wrote a post about Cyberbullying and on that note, my good friend Keira-Anne has been the target of several online attacks lately so she shares some thoughts. Sure, she’s a big girl and can take care of herself but I know (trust me, I know) that it really sucks to wake up to a nasty comment or blog post written about you.
  • Concerned about privacy online although you still want to be able to use the internet to share photos with trusted friends and family? Check out Kinzin (makers of some great Facebook applications), Megan recently caught an episode of BlogTalkRadio where they give a shoutout to Kinzin and talk about their solutions.
  • In 2009 the Maritime Museum will be closing its doors and the St Roch will need to find a new home. I had many an interesting school field trip at the MM, it’s always sad to see something like that disappear.

  • Photo credit: John Biehler on Flickr

    As a side note Google recently reevaluated their Page Rank system and many blogs received a boost in ratings. Mine on the other hand, stayed the same (however the site I built for my company got bumped up to PR6). This, combined with a waffling Technorati rating (which I think they calculate sometimes using a dartboard) are things that I rarely look at in terms of how successful my blog is, unless specifically asked by a potential sponsor.

    One thing Duane told me is that if your links OUT to links IN ratio is off-kilter that can effect you meaning that my link fest posts could in fact be harming my rankings and ratings. I pondered several options to work around this then I realized, the reason folks must come to my site is for the content. If I didn’t continue to do what I love, spread the link love and be a part of a great social community on and offline, what’s the point. So essentially what I’m saying is despite the fact that geeky internet brownie points may be working against me, the link fests will never cease to be.

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    5 comments

    1. Duane Storey says:

      I spent about two weeks thinking of ways I could rearrange my site to improve page rank and traffic, and then ultimately I just realized that my content should stand on its own. I wouldn’t worry about link fests either — after a few days they fall off your main page anyways. And while google updates it’s “public” page rank every 3 – 6 months, they actually update an internal one daily, so I wouldn’t worry too much about it.

      Time to camp.

    2. Ghosty says:

      I used to put so much thought into how to improve page rank, but page rank is honestly just that. A rank per page and not the site.

      As a result I’ve found there to be a large fluctuation in terms of the rank Google gives for the main url of blogs fluctuating anywhere down to a 0, however popular indivdual posts always tend to have a PR that fluctuates less.

      Then again the content you write and things you do on your blog are what give it personality and the draw that keeps people coming, so I wouldn’t change a thing in my opinion. ๐Ÿ™‚

    3. Raul says:

      Just for the record, last night I googled “Vancouver blog” and you were top spot. Just saying ๐Ÿ˜€ And I’m with Ghosty and Duane – why change what’s working? If it’s not broken, don’t fix it. Now, in my case… I *do* need a lot of fixing! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    4. MM is closing? Thanks for letting me know. I’m sad! ๐Ÿ™ Any idea why it’s closing? (Don’t tell me it’s to build a shiny glass tower condo building there.)

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