9/1/12

1500th Post!


Retrospace is now four years old, and we've reached our 1500th post! I just want to say thank you to all my readers - I would've quit long ago had I not received such a positive reaction from you guys.  I've said this many times: Retrospace is a labor of love.  I don't get paid a nickle for this - all money from ads goes into the blog itself.  And I don't regret a single minute I've spent doing it.

I'm proud that we've reached 1500 because I like to think that Retrospace has very few 'throwaway posts'.  And with each month, the number of visitors grows and grows.  But my proudest achievement isn't the number of visitors, it's how long the average visitor stays on Retrospace.  Once they land here, they seem to linger.

So, thank you again to my loyal readers.  I'm celebrating right now with a glass of Belgian white ale, and hoping that in 2016 we can all commemorate post 3000 together.  Cheers!



Now, there's a few rather boring updates and news I have to share.  This will not interest many of you, so I won't be offended if you leave.  Thanks for dropping by.


1.  My blogger name has been Gilligan since 2008.  I signed up for Google+ and it required a full name.... so I haphazardly chose "Boogie Pilgrim" (from a yearbook and Elton John song).   Unfortunately, when I tried to opt out of Google+, it tried to delete all the posts I had done while enrolled!  So I'm freaking stuck.  And it won't let me change my name..... so, we'll see how that turns out.  Damn Google+.

2. I would like to get feed back from you on the amount of content within each post.  For instance, when I have a album cover post, it typically has over thirty images; Miniskirt Monday posts will have over fifty.  I do wonder sometimes as to whether 'less is more'.  In other words, just 5-10 per post may be plenty for readers to digest and comment on.  I wonder if I'm sometimes bombarding my readers with too much.  This isn't a book, it's a blog - something that you can just check in on quickly.  For instance, would you rather have 5 album cover posts with 5 albums each, or one album cover post with 25 albums? Many blogs just hit you with one at a time.  Drop me a comment or email and let me know.

3. You'll notice I don't often reply to comments on this blog.  That's a violation of Blogging 101, I know.  However, my job has me at home two weeks and then on the road two weeks.  I hate commenting on the road via my phone (it's a pain in ass) and when I'm at home I like to spend time making posts rather than replying to comments.  But I want you to know that, while in airports across this great land, I am reading each and every comment.

4. A great way to attract a search engine to your site is to specifically name your pictures.  In other words, the picture below should be named "magician" or "magic trick"...


....but it's not because I use shitty Flickr. Instead, it's name is "6144/6002470369_650f665bd7_b.jpg". Thanks a lot Flickr.  You suck.

Problem is, I've been using Flickr for 4 years, and to change would essentially mean all images on Retrospace would go bye-bye.  I could probably spend a week transferring them over somehow, but it's not worth that kind of headache. Why do I bring this up? No reason other than just to vent.

5.  A similar problem is my damnable URL.  I've bitched about this before.  When I started back in 2008, I didn't opt for the $15 URL without that annoying blogspot.com extension. I didn't think I'd be blogging four years later..... Indeed, I didn't think I'd be blogging four days later! This site should be simply retrospace.com..... instead it's my-retrospace.blogspot.com.  WTF? It's horrible, and far too late for me transfer over.

Well, I suppose I could go on, but this appears to have digressed into trivial whining.  I'd like to end on a positive note.  Thank you once again for visiting Retrospace.  I am so thankful to have this creative and therapeutic outlet.  Your time spent reading and commenting is much appreciated, and I hope you stick around for the next four years.  There's plenty of retro shenanigans to explore. Hasta maƱana!

29 comments:

  1. A couple of years ago I had the idea to do something kind of like this (but not this clever) and I blogged for a week and called it quits. I don't know how you do it.

    I stumbled on this this site a few months ago and loved it. I used to read Failblog everyday after work to wash away the tension; now it's Retrospace. It's a great site. I posted anonymously a few times, and then actually got an account so I could post my drivel with credit! Thanks for the site!

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  2. Great news on reaching 1,500! Just the other day I was visiting here and wondering about your webstats. Apparently they're pretty good; it doesn't surprise me that people spend a lot of time digging through your site. Its freakin' addictive.

    I've sent a few people this way thanks to your album covers posts - the current size of the posts are perfect, to answer your question. The length, number of images, amount of text, are easily digestible yet deep enough to appeal to a more passionate reader.

    Also, about your domain name - it used to be possible to buy a 'redirect' for a url for not much $$, not sure how much things have changed, but it should be possible to create the address you want, have people type it in or link to it, and then once they are there they are simply moved seamlessly to your current .blogspot.com url. I've been out of the web game for years however, so this might not be so easy any more - if so, sorry. Anyway, great site!

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  3. Google crawls Image 'alt' tags - in your html for the image add 'alt="magicians assistant with gorgeous boobs"'

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  4. You can never have too many miniskirts!

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  5. Great job on reaching a nice, large, round number! I read faithfully via Google Reader.

    On Flickr: While they retitle the filenames, their embed code should include the Title and Alt fields, which will default to whatever the title of the photo you assigned it when you uploaded. Make sure those fields are present in the photo code when you post.

    On domain names: I'm pretty sure you can still register a domain name and then just set it up to redirect to this site. Any good domain registering service should allow you to do this. In fact, the Blogger platform allows you to do it...just register whatever URL you want (I don't think it costs much), and then go to your blog's settings on Blogger and under "Blog Address", click to "Add a custom domain name".

    Best of luck and keep on going!

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  6. Congratulations! And thanks. This is one of those rare websites that restores my faith in humanity rather than undermining it.

    As far as I'm concerned, you can never have too many pictures. There will always be some I like better than others, but I know you always have something good in your arsenal, so the anticipation of scrolling through them is half the fun.

    In that vein, you know there's no way I'm not going to comment on the preppy 80s vibe in today's cover picture. Pure bliss.

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  7. Congratulations on the milestone. I've been reading your blog for a year or so now, and whenever I find a post that I really love (which is often), I try to send people along to see all the awesome stuff you come up with.

    Kudos to you, and thanks for making such a great blog. And you can never have too many photos in a post, especially when you're talking mini-skirts.

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  8. Yours is the most 'right on' and 'with it' of all the blogs out there on the information super highway.
    Keep on truckin'

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  9. Love the site, I enjoy guess the pancake pics especially, keep serving them up!

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  10. 1. B'oh!
    2. I say post as much as you want! If someone's interested, they'll keep scrolling. If not, they'll look at another post. *shrug*
    3. Understandable.
    4 and 5. Well, you have over 4.7 million views, so it seems to be working regardless. ;)

    "I would've quit long ago had I not received such a positive reaction from you guys"

    I dig. I would probably still be plodding along on my vinyl blog now, but at a MUCH less regular pace, if not for the mentions you've made of it here for me, so many thanks again for that. (still wish more people would comment, but you can't have everything)

    Keep up the good work! :)

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  11. I'm a new guy but here's to thousands more!

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  12. Congratulations from a faithful Swedish reader!

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  13. Congrats! My only feedback regarding pictures is that I'd like to know the source. For example, WHERE did you get the magician pictures above? Thanks and keep it up!

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  14. Don't worry about quantity. Variability is part of the appeal of a blog, as opposed to a weekly newspaper column that always fills exactly 10 column inches. If some days leave us unsatisfied, that's likely to keep us coming back so we don't miss the "oversupply" days.

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  15. Congratulations! Retrospace is superb viewing & awesome listening (just wish I could get your downloads to work). And thank you for the Paco Camino love--a lot of Paco's blogsite traffic comes from Retrospace. Here's to your next 1500 posts.

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  16. Congratulations & Thank You so much for all the great stuff. One of my all-time favorite blogs is this one here. :)

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  18. Congrats! FYI - If you purchase your domain at GoDaddy.com, you can redirect to your new name with one click. It's super fast and easy. I have no affiliation with GoDaddy, I just think Blogger users should know how easy it is to get their own domain.

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  19. Boogie Pilgrim Gilligan - I love everything about your site. I always read, rarely if ever post comments, but usually laugh my ass off at your own hilarious commentary to your pictures (laughing so hard that I'm crying)...best blog on the net. Keep going as long as it's fun for you!
    best,
    r/e

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  20. Congratulations and a big giant THANK YOU for your sense of humor, insights, and fantabulous pics. You are one of the "musts" in terms of daily faves I visit on the web.

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  21. Thanks for all the hard work!

    Al Bigley

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  22. No matter what, you'll always be Gilligan to me...

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  23. Kudos Gilligan, many happy returns and thanks for all the hard work !

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  24. Retrospace has become part of my daily routine and the subject of many conversations. So congrats, and thank you for your services, sir.

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  25. Congrats! I don't know how you do it...but I hope you keep on doin' it!

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  26. CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I've been reading for months but have never commented but couldn't resist on this momentous occasion. I hope to be enjoying your blog for years to come. Cheers and thanks for the memories.

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  27. I don't want you to get a big head, or something, but I think you're a damned genius. This is the only "blog" site I ever check out, as most bloggers just whine on about their lot in life and their generally baseless opinions about everybody else. Who needs it? And yes, experience is something you get immediately after you could have used it, perhaps the cheesiest of all the cheap tricks Fate has masterminded for us. But I can't really come up with much to suggest; you've got a good formula, and even if you croak tomorrow, there's hundreds of posts I haven't seen yet. Once in a while, I pitch a buck or two of my drinkin' money into the tip jar, and I hope others do, too. When I'm no longer a student and go back to actually making money on some corporate job, I'll toss in more and more often (maybe from my "private jet" or "hi-class escorts" money). Great work. Keep it up. And don't croak tomorrow.

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