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Getting all 1999

The internet has become a mass of click-bait bullshit and other crud.

Have you noticed that? Do I need to make a list of the 10 different examples of how the internet sucks now?

I’m sure it is just nostalgia, but man, I feel it is too easy to publish stuff on the web and make it look slick now. Because now, making it look slick is what it’s all about.

That late Bill Hicks lamented that it seems that “shilling” for products, like Doritos, seems to be the highest aspiration of anyone these days. I agree with him, and reject that non-ethic of marketing evil.

So I’m working on a new site that is hand-coded in a text editor, uploaded by FTP, uses Server Side Includes to create the header and footer, has the absolute minimum formatting, and just looks really bare-bones.

This new site will be, of course, about skateboarding. It is to be a back-to-the-basics webpage about back-to-the-basics skating.

It will have no social media tie-in. No “like” buttons. It will have no advertising. It’s videos will not be available on youtube. They will be hosted on my server. (I do have a test youtube video in there right now, but it will be removed).

My only concession to the modern age will be the use of Google Analytics to track my site.

Can a non-linked site that doesn’t participate in social media, accepts no comments, and has only an email address for communication actually get an audience in the age of tumblr, twitter, and facebook? I have no idea. It’s an experiment.

The new site is This is the only link I will ever up up for it, anywhere.



How to get lots of web traffic.

Here are a few ideas about getting lots of traffic on our blog/website. Now, I’m not talking about some big corporate site. I’m taking about “small” sites, created by one or a few people, without a bunch of money backing them. How can you get more than a few readers a day?

1) Be famous,once famous, semi-famous, or an opinion leader. For example, the great Steven Cohen, law librarian and conference speaker, is sort of an opinion leader. He gets readers. Granted, his blog is on a corporate site, but I’m going to still give him the benefit of the doubt and say he’s a one-guy with a computer blogger. Former child star and cast member of Star Trek the Next Generation Wil Wheaton has been blogging for years, and seems to have some readership. He seems to be pretty cool guy, writes fairly well, and people know him.

2) Have compelling content that is in demand. My other site, Bob’s Trick Tips, used to get about 15,000 – 25, 000 page views a day. I’ve written about this before, but that was before user-generated content via sites like Google made video posting really accessible to the masses. Back in the old days, my site was one of the only places you could see skateboard trick videos. Now the content is the same, and it still gets several thousand page views a day, but there’s just more competition.

3) Post outrageous stuff. I’ve notices on WordPress that by posted outlandish, sensationalist, or reactionary stuff, blogs get temporary spikes in usage.

4) Create community. If you can get a community going, and then maintain its momentum, you can get pretty good traffic. Also, participating in other online communities seems to boost your traffic.

5) Useful/unique information. I’m separating this from “compelling content”. The more actual, non-opinion information I post on this blog, the more hits I get. It doesn’t equal thousands per day, but it has grown. The story I posted about the chair I inherited, along with links to patent information, etc, company history, etc., gets traffic every day.  Really, I’d rather have someone find this blog useful for something like that than to attract them because I posted some crazy political opinion.

So, any other ideas? I welcome your comments on this topic.

Bob’s Tricktips is back up

For those of you who have been using the BTT videos here on, I have got working again. Check it.

I decided to  use the Moveable Type blogging system for BTT, running on my rented server space at While I like WordPress a lot, I find Moveable Type to be a bit easier to format, and I like the way it handles categories. I’m still working on modifying a nice black, white, and gray theme I found, and I’ve still got to fix the pages with the videos on them, but everything is there and it works.

Back on

OK, after thinking about it for a couple of days, I’ve moved this blog back over to, using the same redirect that I’m using on (the redirect described in this post). The advantages of using the WordPress free service are just too great. Sure, you lose the ability to tweak your style sheets and templates (unless you pay), but for this kind of blog the advantages far outweigh that slight disadvantage. It isn’t like I was doing anything creative with the template design anyway.

So if you are one of the 1 or 2 sites that actually links to, you don’t need to change anything. My scripting genius (i.e., the script I found in 5 seconds with a web search) has taken care of that for you.