RTT: The End Is Nigh, Date Night and Geeky Troubles

Random Tuesday Thoughts

My goodness – three Random Tuesday Thoughts in a row; I’m on a random roll.  You know the drill – click the link, visit Stacy, read more Random.

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OMG – just 3 more days, then the Whole30 is over.  If you’d asked me on August 1st what I thought my chances were of completing the entire 30 days, I wouldn’t have given you very good odds.  But, by golly, I’m going to make it – I’ve been really tempted to relax “the rules” over the last couple of days, but I keep saying to myself, “It’s just a couple more days; why not just do it?”

And I have.  Even more amazing, I’ve made a conscious effort to exercise every day.  Last night I got on the treadmill with my Kindle Fire, and before I knew it, 2 chapters of the book I’m reading and 35 minutes had passed.  If I can’t swim, I’ll take that as my exercise any day of the week.  Every day of the week, if I can swing it.

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That all being said, I’m so looking forward to Friday I can barely stand it.  Since it’s a holiday weekend here in the U.S. (Monday is Labor Day), and since it’s been officially forever since we’ve taken any time for ourselves, Beloved and I are taking Friday and Tuesday off from work.  Friday we’re taking a leap of faith and leaving Scooter and The Young One on their own overnight while we drive to Columbus to visit our very favorite restaurant in Ohio:  G. Michael’s Bistro.  I will absolutely avoid sugar and gluten, and do my best to avoid dairy (they love butter and cream at this place), but other than that, all bets are off (we are definitely having a cocktail…or two).

Hey – if you were confronted with a menu like this, you’d agree: this is no place to diet.  Oh, the Game Duo and Pan-Roasted Duck Breast are calling our names…

Saturday, we’re going to go a bit out of our way and head over to Athens, Ohio and visit their farmer’s market, which is the oldest and most well established in the state before heading home.  I absolutely cannot wait.

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If you’ve been receiving the Whole30 motivational emails, you’ve seen this, but it certainly is worth posting here for those who haven’t.

New England Journal of Panic-Inducing Gobbledygook
New England Journal of Panic-Inducing Gobbledygook

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Suzanne, better known to her large and loyal following as Twenty-Four At Heart, is back from her vacation on the island of Kauai – today she has posted one of the most beautiful photographs of a rainbow I’ve ever seen.  Go, look, and ooooh and aaaaah a bit.

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I’ve been blogging for 4 1/2 years now, and since I began blogging about the change in our diet, traffic to this site has simply exploded.  In August 2011 I had 15,553 unique visitors (up from 6,036 in August 2010) and 83,852 pageviews.  So far this month I’ve had 38,648 unique visitors and 157,271 pageviews, and August isn’t quite over yet.  I’ve been more than doubling the traffic to this blog every year since 2010, and have had to increase my bandwidth three times this year alone.

At present, I have 65GB of bandwidth, and I will come very close to using every bit of that up by the 31st.  If you know anything about websites and webhosting, you know that bandwidth costs money – the more you need, the more it costs you.  Most of the bandwidth used here is from legitimate traffic (my advertising stats/revenue back this up), but some of it – more of it than I’d like, frankly – is from people who come here and link to my images on their sites, giving them content they do not have to host on their own webservers.

Hotlinking is effectively stealing, both my images and my expensive bandwidth, and once most people realize this they stop doing it.  Others, though, could care less – they view the internet and its content as one great, big free-for-all.  So in the interest of my bandwidth (and my wallet), I’ve had to add hotlink protection to my site.  For most purposes, like the recipe sharing sites (Chowstalker, Foodgawker, etc.), this isn’t a problem because I upload the photos to their servers.  It is a problem, however, with RSS feeds and search engines.

Please, let me know if you’re having trouble viewing the images in my posts in your RSS readers, or if you run across a link to a recipe on this site without an accompanying photo during a search engine search.  Bandwidth and image thieves are annoying, but far less important that the readers of this blog.  If you’re having trouble, I’ll find another solution for my hotlinking problem.

Have a lovely Tuesday, y’all.

18 thoughts on “RTT: The End Is Nigh, Date Night and Geeky Troubles”

  1. have a great foodie weekend. congrats on the traffic bump. i know you can correlate the time when your your traffic went up but why do you you think so many more people are now interested? i am kinda fascinated by this stuff.

      1. Absolutely, and I’ve been looking at WordPress plugins for that very function, among a few others. A major blog redesign is also very possible early next year that will make it much more fluid and organized.

    1. I can tell you exactly why I’ve seen such a spike in traffic, especially lately:

      1. A concerted effort on my part to improve search engine optimization

      2. A concerted effort on my part to promote the blog via recipe sharing sites and social media

      3. An increased interest in gluten-free and, to a lesser extent, the paleo, GAPS and SCD diets

      4. An increased interest in local/sustainable/grass-fed, etc.

      The blog has become timely, no doubt about it.

      1. glad your work is paying off. i have been following for over a year. look forward to your new book. (wink, wink)

  2. I would say that the times are catching up with you! Of course, I’m most interested in, Kids, look way, the time I get to catch up with you on our date night! WOOT WOOT!

  3. I’m pretty sure that 1650 of those unique visitors are me, looking up that brussels sprouts recipe I love and never remember to print out.

    Congrats to making it through your Whole30 thing. You totally deserve a cocktail…or two.

  4. I’m glad your blog is now timely otherwise I wouldn’t have found you in a search. Your photos aren’t coming through google reader but I usually click through anyway to read all the comments.

    1. Thank you, Barbara – I appreciate it. I guess I’ll have to work on the hotlinking issue some more, dang it.

  5. WooHoo! You’re on the home stretch! 3 more days…3 more days…3 more days… 🙂

    Bandwidth stealers are annoying, aren’t they? And look at you grow! 🙂 You’re growing and shrinking at the same time…heh! Get it? 😉

    Have fun on your getaway – I completely forgot about that restaurant you mentioned when we came through Ohio – maybe next time. And if we had been heading home when we went past/through Athens, I totally would have stopped at that Farmer’s Market. 🙂

  6. OMG. The other day, because of YOU, I bought a jar of coconut oil at the Trader Joe’s. 16 oz. for about $3.50, which I’m thinking is a great price, not to make you jealous about the TJ’s. Anyway, tonight I used it for the first time with some fish and eggplant and DAMN if it wasn’t the best thing EVER. Jimmy flipped out. Now…though you have been espousing the merits of coconut oil/milk for a while now, I can’t remember the details of why it’s good for us, and don’t know how to explain it to Jimmy! Please explain.

    1. That IS a great price! Give me a bit, and I’ll email you some info about the benefits of coconut oil.

  7. When your 30 days are up, are you going to introduce foods to see your body’s reaction to them as suggested in the whole 30 book? If so, are you going to share the results?

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