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2011 in review December 31, 2011

Posted by Mike C. in Commentary, Internet, Jazz, Media, Music, News, Personal, TV.
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The following is a WordPress post for my blog, edited by me with editorials (like this one) in italics.

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 8,300 times in 2011. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 3 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report (link removed).

Why did I remove the link?  It drastically slowed down my browser (Firefox) and repeatedly crashed it.  I’m finishing this post in Internet Explorer.  Here’s the text I copied and pasted, saving in multiple drafts between crashes:

WordPress.com presents

The Mike Chimeri Blog

2011 in blogging

Happy New Year from WordPress.com!

To kick off the new year, we’d like to share with you data on your blog’s activity in 2011. You may start scrolling!

Crunchy numbers

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 8,300 times in 2011.  If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 3 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

In 2011, there were 43 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 225 posts.  There were 861 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 1gb.  That’s about 2 pictures per day.

The busiest day of the year was August 21st with 236 views.  The most popular post that day was Bolder & Fresher Tour at Westbury recap.

How did they find you?

Some visitors came searching, mostly for joyce cooling, empty stage, wwe headquarters, ken navarro, and steve scales.

What is people’s fascination with a picture of an empty Parsons Complex auditorium stage that I put in my 2008 Smooth Jazz for Scholars recap?

Where did they come from?

Most visitors came from The United States. Canada & Italy were not far behind.

Here are the stats I screencapped before Firefox crashed one time too many:

People also visited from other continents, but I can’t risk crashing my browser again to see their stats.

Who were they?

Your most commented on post in 2011 was Bolder & Fresher Tour at Westbury recap
These were your 5 most active commenters:

Perhaps you could follow their blog or send them a thank you note?

Thank you, even if you disagreed with me.  And thank you, Johnny Dollar, for linking to the recap.  It was the only one online.  Not even Newsday wrote about the show.

Attractions in 2011

These are the posts that got the most views in 2011.

Some of your most popular posts were written before 2011. Your writing has staying power! Consider writing about those topics again.

I don’t know why that FBN post continues to get attention.  Cablevision added it in November 2009.

As always, thank you very much for visiting.  Happy 2012!

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A NICE gesture December 25, 2011

Posted by Mike C. in Commentary, News, Personal, Travel.
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The cherry on top of this Christmas and sixth night of Hanukkah was learning that the new Nassau Inter-County Express (NICE) bus–the private replacement of the MTA (Metropolitan Transportation Authority) Long Island Bus–will be accepting MetroCards on their buses.

More from Newsday (subscription needed):

… [T]he MTA ironed out details of a “memorandum of understanding” with Nassau that will allow the bus system to continue using the MetroCard fare payment system.  Under the agreement, the MTA will receive 1.75 cents per MetroCard swipe.  The agreement also will allow for free transfers between NICE bus and MTA subways or buses.  [Incoming NICE chief executive Michael Setzer] called the agreement “a big win for both MTA and NICE riders.”

Also, according to the NICE website, the routes and schedules will remain the same.

I’m ready to make NICE, starting next Sunday, New Year’s Day 2012.

Smooth Jazz for Scholars 2012 date/lineup December 25, 2011

Posted by Mike C. in Jazz, Music, Personal.
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Two days ago, I visited keyboardist Jay Rowe’s website to see if there was info on the 2012 Smooth Jazz for Scholars, the tenth overall.  There was:

I am pleased to announce that next year’s Smooth Jazz For Scholars show featuring Paul Taylor, Nick Colionne, Chieli Minucci, Nelson Rangell and Shilts will be held May 5, 2012 at the Parsons Complex [auditorium] located at 70 West River Street Milford, CT. 06460.  Tickets are now on sale for $40 each and the first 200 tickets sold will be reserved seating.  Tickets can be purchased by sending a check or money order payable to Smooth Jazz For Scholars Inc. to P.O. Box 3723 Milford, CT. 06460.

This will be my sixth year in attendance.

Here is how the 2011 show went.

5/7 UPDATE: This year’s recap is up.

30,000 views! December 18, 2011

Posted by Mike C. in Internet, Personal.
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Overnight, The Mike Chimeri Blog reached 30,000 views.  It’s all because of you, the viewer.  Thank you very much.

My 30th December 6, 2011

Posted by Mike C. in Personal.
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A few weeks ago, on November 17, I became a tricenarian (I looked that word up).  I turned 30 years old.  My mom put this milestone birthday banner up in the upstairs hallway of my house:

There was also a regular Happy Birthday banner put up in the living room downstairs.

Throughout the day, hundreds of birthday wishes came in on Facebook, through text messages, phone calls, and greeting cards with either gift cards or checks.

I didn’t have a party, but I went out to dinner with my parents and sister.  Back home, it wouldn’t be a birthday without my favorite: ice cream cake, this one from Carvel: