Misc. Gone Fishin’ Will BRB

I’m currently traveling in the US, so activity here at will likely be sporadic for the next few weeks.

I’ll be posting some dispatches on Twitter from time to time, though, so you can look for me over there.


Back after Songkran

I won’t be posting anything here until Monday, April 20. Songkran — the Thai new year — fast approaches.

As ever, for updates on events here in Thailand, you can consult Google News, the Nation newspaper, or the Bangkok Post.

See you soon.

Misc. Gone Fishin’ gone fishin'

I won’t be posting anything here until the middle of next week.

See you then.

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Misc. traffic stats for 2008

A quick look at my Google Analytics traffic stats for 2008 reveals the following:

Visitors and Page Views
31,480 people visited this year (an average of 2623 per month) for a total of 50,901 page views

— Visitors from 162 different countries came to during 2008. The top ten countries were the United States, Thailand, the UK, Canada, Australia, Singapore, India, the Philippines, Malaysia, and Indonesia. And folks from small countries, like Tuvalu, Palau, Bhutan, and Kiribati also came to the site.

Traffic spiked ((The dip in October occurred when I changed the site’s design and neglected to include the Google Analytics traffic code, resulting in a lack of data for a time.)) in late November, as you can see in the graph above. That’s when anti-government protesters shut down Bangkok’s airports, leading to a flurry of folks finding the site via Google searches for news about the situation.

Most Popular Posts
Some of the most viewed pages were:
Jalapeno Hands: A Cautionary Culinary Tale (10,104 page views). This post, about my friend C‘s cooking accident ((Moral of the story: always wear kitchen gloves when peeling jalapenos!)), ranks highly in a Google search for jalapeno hands and jalapeno burn. Judging from the 179 comments on the post, this epidemic has been simmering in the cooking world for some time…
Waffle coated hot dog: Consumed in Kanchanaburi, Thailand (1,321 page views)
Ecuadorian slang (1,220 page views)
How to use Skype: A Tutorial: (1,054 page views)
About me (888 page views)
Bangkok airport closure: Fri. update (872 views)
Journalism — my page of clips (560 page views)

Other Posts
Some posts from 2008 (and a few from 2007) that I like — but which haven’t attracted as many eyeballs — include:

Our Northeast India Trip: Top 10 Images
How to Learn Thai
The Asus Eee PC: 10 Things You Need to Know About the World’s Coolest Gadget
Why I Love My Grandmother
Best Burger in Bangkok
Audio Slide Show: State of Emergency in Bangkok Exclusive Video: November in Bangkok
StateStats: Analyzing Google search patterns
My Favorite Podcasts: Updated

RSS, Twitter, and Facebook
— According to Feedburner, which I use to manage my RSS feed, has 692 subscribers. But I reckon that a glitch has inflated this number artifically, and that the actual number of subscribers is in the neighborhood of 250. (Not a subscriber? Grab the feed here.)

— I’m happy to report that my recently-launched Facebook page has attracted 51 fans in just a couple of weeks.

— And Twitter, which I began using in 2008, has quickly become indispensable for me. I have 183 followers. You can find me on Twitter here.

Thanks to all of you for reading. If you have any suggestions for how I can improve the site, please leave a comment on this post or email me (newley [at]

Misc. now on Facebook

A brief, self-promotional note: You can now become a fan of on Facebook.

That is all.

Back to our regularly-scheduled programming.


Gone Fishin’

I won’t be posting anything here until Mon., Oct. 27.

See you then, mis amigos.

See You in a Couple of Weeks Will BRB

I won’t be posting anything here for a couple of weeks. In the meantime, feel free to peruse the archives or fall in love with my most popular posts all over again.

And hey, amigos — turn those frowns upside down. I’ll be back before you know it.

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A New-Look

UPDATE (August 18): I’ve done some additional tweaking and settled upon a design. Finally. I invite RSS subscribers to click through and view the updated in all of its newfound graphical glory.

UPDATE (August 9): I’ve changed the design. Again. Sadly, not everyone shared my passion for the ultra-minimalist layout I was using a few days ago. And alas, dear readers, I ultimately strive to serve you. So I’ve adopted something a bit more exciting (yet still understated). Hope you like it.

As you can see, I’ve tweaked the design of It’s not a major overhaul; I’ve just made some minor changes here and there. Usability, clean lines, and white space still reign supreme.

I’m still fixing some bugs, so if anything seems amiss, please let me know. And if you’re viewing this from from an RSS reader, please do click through to the site and give me your thoughts. Comments for this post are turned on.

More soon… Will Return on Wednesday Will BRB

I won’t be posting anything here until Wednesday. See you then, friends.

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RSS in Plain English

You may recall my friends Lee and Sachi, who I met up with here in Bangkok last year. They’ve finished their year-long round-the-world trip and are back in Seattle working on social design and online community issues. And they’ve just created an informative video that explains RSS in plain English. Check it out.

And if you’re not already subscribed, grab my RSS feed! Paste this URL into your favorite RSS reader (I prefer Google Reader) or click the RSS feed button over there on the left, below the search box.

RSS has fundamentally changed my interaction with the Web, and I’m eager for more folks to take advantage of the technology, too.