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…Zen Habits is the best?

Zen Habits

Leo Babauto’s Zen Habits is a true Cinderella story of the blogging world.

In less than a year, ZH has gone from two readers (Leo’s wife and mother) to over 26,000 subscribers, and is now among the top 100 blogs on Technorati’s list.

If you’re not yet one of those 26K, then be sure to give a look through the Best of Zen Habits in 2007 post, as it’s filled with what makes ZH one of the best blogs out there, and is a great way to catch up on what you’ve been missing.

Congrats Leo; I can’t wait to see what you’ve got in store.

[Zen Habits – Best Of Zen Habits In 2007]

…It’s April Fools’ Day?

Today is one of the Internet’s favorite holidays. Though I’m not going to try and trick any of the DYH readers (I promise), I am going to be covering the hoaxes and pranks that appear around the net. Here are some of the better ones:

Google Paper

Google announced Gmail Paper, a permanent archive service that prints your emails for free onto paper that is supported by giant ads that are printed on the back. It handles attachments, is good for the environment, and there is no limit on the number of times you can use it.

Google TiSP

Google announced TiSP, a free in-home wireless broadband service that taps into your toilet. The service is supported by the use of “information gathered by discreet DNA sequencing of your personal bodily output to display online ads that are contextually relevant to your culinary preferences, current health status and likelihood of developing particular medical conditions going forward”.

Random Crap

Woot sold a $1,000,001 bag of crap. When users clicked on the picture of the bag, they were given a coupon code that knocked the cost down to $1.

Fucked Company

Tech Crunch, a site that focuses on Web 2.0 startups, announced that it had acquired Fucked Company, a site that focuses on Web 2.0 shutdowns.


ThinkGeek announced “stuff for smart asses”, including a WiiHelm(et), an 8-bit tie, inhalable caffeine stix, and a lonely guy dream vacation digital photo frame. (They also announced that the iPhone was now shipping, but that’s just cruel.)

CollegeHumor GoDaddy

CollegeHumor made it look as if their domain had expired and was now for sale through GoDaddy.


Technorati switched around their letters and renamed their site haterTonic.

Tinfoil Hat

World Of Warcraft introduced a new item called the Tinfoil Hat. “Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they’re not out to get you”.


CrunchGear gave their entire site a 1999 redesign, complete with flashy gifs, a horrible background, and a no structure (though it still reminds me of a lot of current MySpace profile pages).

[Wikipedia – April Fools’ Day]

…Technorati wants to know WTF?


Technorati launched a new service today called WTF (Where’s The Fire, not the other popular acronym), designed to tell you what’s hot and why. Anyone can write a “blurb” about any topic, and then users vote for the best explanation. Though it’s an interesting concept, and is obviously trying to gain some initial awareness with its very “catchy” name, I don’t see how this is going to work out in the long run. Are people really going to want to explain why something is hot to other people? Do products like the iPhone even need an explanation? It seems like an idea that caters to the lowest common denominator, and one that requires explaining the unexplainable. WTF Technorati?

[Technorati – Where’s The Fire?]

…This is DidntYouHear’s 1000th post?


I’ve reached an epic milestone in my journey to make DidntYouHear everything I want it to be today with the writing of this, my 1,000th post. I can’t believe it. I’ve done the impossible. One thousand little tidbits of information that I hope you found enjoyable, enlighting, or at least entertaining. Though DYH is still small, it’s growing by the day, and I only have the readers to thank. In just five months, DYH has gone from 0 readers to an average of 400 readers per day, Technorati ranks DYH as the 54,399th most linked to blog with 91 links from 63 other blogs, 60 people subscribe to the RSS feed, and Alexa says DYH is the 509,158th most visited site on the Internet. Though by blogosphere standards, these numbers aren’t exactly staggering, keep in mind that DYH has only been around for five months, and is still a relative baby in the eyes of the Internet.

Enough stats though, I’d like to use this post to thank the readers. Without you, DYH would be nothing. I hope that I’ve given back to you in some way, and that you’ve found information and opinions here that you would never have found anywhere else. In the future, I will continue to grow and improve DYH. Look for a design update as soon as I can get a grip on my WordPress coding skills, and more and better games, contests, and prizes as part of TGI Friday. Also, I’m looking to bring you more exclusive content that you won’t find anywhere else, so be on the lookout. It’s been a great journey so far, but it’s only just begun, so sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride.


Cory O’Brien

…The blogosphere is growing?


Technorati Founder and CEO Dave Sifry posted his State of the Blogosphere report on Monday, a quarterly report about the growth of the blogging industry. In summary:

  • Technorati is now tracking more than 57 Million blogs.
  • Spam-, splog- and sping-fighting efforts at Technorati are paying dividends in terms of the reduction of garbage in our indexes, even if it does seem to impact overall growth rates.
  • Today, the blogosphere is doubling in size approximately every 230 days.
  • About 100,000 new weblogs were created each day, again down slightly quarter-over-quarter but probably due in part to spam fighting efforts.
  • About 4% of new splogs get past Technorati’s filters, even if it is only for a few hours or days.
  • There is a strong correlation between the aging and post frequency of blogs and their authority and Technorati ranking.
  • The globalization of the blogosphere continues. Our data appears to show both English and Spanish languages are a more universal blog language than the other two most dominant language, Japanese and Chinese, which seem to be more regionally localized.
  • Coincident with a rise in blog posts about escalating Middle East tensions throughout the summer and fall, Farsi has moved into the top 10 languages of the blogosphere, indicating that blogging continues to play a critical role in debates about the important issues of our times.