Link Leak Virus Attack and a New Record Is Set!

Tueday Comment Night Hits 464 Comments

Yeah, there we were. It was open comment night. Lots of new friends had come to see what the whole thing was about. We were chatting our hearts out about everything we could think of when . . . The deadly link Leak virus hit again. The Link Leak Virus is a special strain of the indie virus with blogtipping mutations that occur in threes.

Cool links were shared.

Then there were the weird things that we talked about.

Hanging Around

Susan Reynolds Says:
August 8th, 2006 at 7:12 pm e
Get rockin with the song “Hang Out” for the theme @ Lloyd Arnold McCollough. Born 1935 in Memphis

Scorpia Says:
August 8th, 2006 at 7:15 pm e
Books? Hah! No, I’ve never written a book. I do, however, write reviews and other articles on PC gaming. Been doing that a long time.

Joe Says:
August 8th, 2006 at 7:16 pm e
Where’s HART???
He was just over at my place, I thought he took a short cut to get here…

Rick Says:
August 8th, 2006 at 7:27 pm e
I listened to the song. It made me wish I still a vinyl record player so I could pull out some Chuck Berry. Hanging out with friends listening to music has always been one of my favorite passtimes.

Chris Cree Says:
August 8th, 2006 at 7:28 pm e
Games I understand.

But emoms? Wendy do they have in home virtual mommies now? I don’t have kids, but I could see how that might be a good thing to have!

Wendy Piersall Says:
August 8th, 2006 at 7:30 pm e
Virtual in-home mommies?! Where can I get one of those! I need one!

ME Strauss Says:
August 8th, 2006 at 7:33 pm e
I know exactly what you mean. When my big brothers when to college they left me all of their 45s and then I started my own collection. Music is like a time machine.

Joe Says:
August 8th, 2006 at 7:41 pm e
Hey Starbucker…
You were the First to host the (I hear) code-writing donkey, how was he as a guest???

Starbucker Says:
August 8th, 2006 at 7:43 pm e
Hi Joe – well, Basil was a handfull. I took him to Boston with me and I lost him; turned out he ran into “Donkey” from Shrek and they had quite the weekend before Basil managed to get back to Connecticut

cat Says:
August 8th, 2006 at 7:49 pm e
Hi Chris. Hi Rick!

Liz, Akismet must have known the week I’m having and just wanted to rub salt into these poor wounds.

Off I go to fiddle with the wp-config.php … wish me luck …

Ben Yoskovitz Says:
August 8th, 2006 at 7:52 pm e
Joe — Basil’s costing me a fortune, if that’s what you mean…how he managed to nab my credit card on the way out the door, I’ll never know. Donkeys aren’t known for their stealth.

Chris Cree Says:
August 8th, 2006 at 7:55 pm e
Ben, How much traffic did IGNFY get from your Real Estate Rant? I saw you were on the front page of Reddit for about 24 hours! Whoah!

Joe Says:
August 8th, 2006 at 8:02 pm e
Susan here is the link…
I hope it helps a little.

Big Roy Says:
August 8th, 2006 at 8:03 pm e
It’s a niche blog for sure…about the Imus in the Morning Show…he has millions of listeners on the radio and tv (MSNBC) so there is a potentially large audience.

Starbucker Says:
August 8th, 2006 at 8:03 pm e
Wow Ben, how awesome – 3,500 hits! I must say you did hit the nail on the head with that post. I’m new to this Reddit thing – who put the post there?

Service Untitled – Douglas Says:
August 8th, 2006 at 8:03 pm e
Hey everyone.

Ben, what caused traffic to jump?

Chris Cree Says:
August 8th, 2006 at 8:03 pm e
You know the exact same thing happened with my “3 free Web Tools” post last week. Just about as many page views too. And still counting.

But like you said, no real traffic increase because it was off topic. For me it was more an exercise in Headline writing after last week here.

Ben Yoskovitz Says:
August 8th, 2006 at 8:06 pm e
Doug — traffic boost was due to reddit.

Chris — I put it there.

I didn’t think it would take off like that, but I was curious. I think the last time I checked it had 70+ boosts on it and nearly 20 comments.

I think I hit a nerve with it somehow.

I considered it my “Monday Morning Musing” where I go a bit off topic to talk about something funny, nagging, etc.

Wendy Piersall Says:
August 8th, 2006 at 8:09 pm e
*note to self*
*Find out what the heck Reddit is before the next comment night so I can sound like I know what I am talking about*

Very Cool Ben!

Ben Yoskovitz Says:
August 8th, 2006 at 8:11 pm e
Hi Sasha! Welcome aboard! It’s great to see a handful of new faces already this evening…

Reddit is a social bookmarking site like or digg (and others). It’s the only one that’s generated any real traffic for me.

Ben Yoskovitz Says:
August 8th, 2006 at 8:12 pm e
Oooh…on Sasha’s blog she mentions a skinny jean giveaway.

Do you guys know how GOOD I look in skinny jeans? Wow.

Basil can’t really find a pair of jeans that fit…

Sasha Manuel Says:
August 8th, 2006 at 8:12 pm e
Perhaps this is a good place to ask how to make a great traffic-generating headline, huh?

Excuse me if you’ve already answered this bit but the 100+ comments is difficult to keep track of. Hahaha.


Chris Cree Says:
August 8th, 2006 at 8:12 pm e
Wendy, Don’t feel bad. None of us really know what we are talking about, except perhaps our esteemed hostess. I’ve found this bunch to be a very forgiving lot.

Ben Yoskovitz Says:
August 8th, 2006 at 8:15 pm e
Sasha — best I can recommend is Brian over there is the master headline writer.

My few bits of advice (in no particular order):

1. Use numbers: 5 Ways to Wear Skinny Jeans and SNot Look Ridiclous

2. Make Bold Statements: Guaranteed Skinny Jean Secrets

3. How-to’s: How to Find the Best Fall Fashions Cheap!

4. Be Funny / Shocking / Attention-Grabbing

Big Roy Says:
August 8th, 2006 at 8:19 pm e
This was the first headline for a post on my blog:

Is Tom Cruise’s Baby Ugly?

Becky McCray Says:
August 8th, 2006 at 8:39 pm e
Oklahoma–also known for oil, cattle, James Garner, Reba McEntyre, Garth Brooks, Indians/Native Americans, wheat, the Chisholm Trail, the Trail of Tears, (I could go on all night)

Advice Librarian Says:
August 8th, 2006 at 8:42 pm e
Uh, hi, sorry I’m late- I had to get a batch of bread out of the oven and then my computer decided now would be a good time to run 9 different MS updates…

Chris Cree Says:
August 8th, 2006 at 8:48 pm e
Hey AdLib! I missed you sneaking in. Didn’t realize you had one in the oven.

Wendy Piersall Says:
August 8th, 2006 at 8:50 pm e
Holy cow, I can’t believe I’ve been doing this for almost two hours! I have to get to work!

Chris Cree Says:
August 8th, 2006 at 9:01 pm e
Liz, I don’t know why y’all had so much trouble with him [Basil the Donkey]. He’s been the model of behavior with us. Of course it could be partly a result from Gorgeous overdosing on the The Dog Whisperer while she was under the weather. That guy does some amazing things with those dogs!

Basil seems to respond well too. It’s all about expectations and being in the moment…

Rick Says:
August 8th, 2006 at 9:02 pm e
Okay, Joe! I signed up, Ben. My wife says never turn down free labor (assuming he doesn’t eat all the popcorn).

Chris Cree Says:
August 8th, 2006 at 9:04 pm e
Rick, I think you can distract Basil from the popcorn if you get him thinking about waffles. I’ve never seen anyone eat waffles the way he does.

ME Strauss Says:
August 8th, 2006 at 9:07 pm e
Keep Basil away from IHOP. He knows that they have waffles. Once he knows there’s an IHOP around, he’ll start hanging out there and making a scene to get them to make him extra waffles. It can get really embarrassing.

Susan Reynolds Says:
August 8th, 2006 at 9:07 pm e
Liz – Awww shucks; stop.
I’m also thinking of taking Basil to Wolf Trap to see ballet when he’s here in northern VA but I’m afraid he might get taken with tights and tutus and want to take lessons. Where would Ben find toe shoes for the big galoot?

ME Strauss Says:
August 8th, 2006 at 9:08 pm e
And oh yeah, don’t go near a Taco Bell. They have his picture up in all of them, because of the incident in California, when he mistook a burrito for a sandwich made from a small burro. it wasn’t pretty.

Chris Cree Says:
August 8th, 2006 at 9:09 pm e
Susan, I’m not so sure. I saw something that looked suspiciously like a donkey sized tutu in Basil’s luggage. Honestly I didn’t even want to ask…

Ben Yoskovitz Says:
August 8th, 2006 at 9:10 pm e
Right. Basil and Taco Bell do not mix. They’ll just toss him out of there. It’s all tied to Liz bringing him to San Jose, mixing with some feminist bloggers, getting arrested. It was messy

ME Strauss Says:
August 8th, 2006 at 9:12 pm e
How was I to know that Basil would start reading the signs over my shoulder. If we hadn’t been with those feminist bloggers. I think I could have talked him out of the protest.

Joe Says:
August 8th, 2006 at 9:47 pm e
The shootout at El Dorado is about 12-18 comments, whereas the Shootout at the OK Corral is between 25-30 comments.

Advice Librarian Says:
August 8th, 2006 at 10:03 pm e
What, you’ve never seen “Monthy Python and the Quest for the Holy Grail”? That’s one of the many, many priceless scenes in the movie where the peasants in the anarcho-syndicalist commune criticize the basis of Arthur’s kingship…

He gives them the flat of his blade for their insolence of course, at which point you can hear cries of “Help, help, he’s oppressing me!”, and “Come see the violence inherent in the system!” interspersed with liberal amounts of “ouch!” and “Oww!”

ME Strauss Says:
August 8th, 2006 at 10:05 pm e
I still like the rabbit with the 3 pointy teeth the best of all.

HART (1-800-HART) Says:
August 8th, 2006 at 10:07 pm e
~waves // Hi Everybody … in no particular order .. Liz, Joe, Susan Reynolds, Wendy Piersall, Scorpia, Rick, Chris Cree, cat, Starbucker, Ben Yoskovitz, Big Roy, Service Unlimited – Douglas, Sasha Manuel, Becky McCray, Advice Librarian, Mr. Prime Minister, Mr. President, Queen of England (who I hear reads this blog all the time), and of course all the lurkers out there. (did I miss anybody?)

Advice Librarian Says:
August 8th, 2006 at 10:08 pm e
I’m rather fond of Sir Robin’s Minstrel and the songs he sings about Sir Robin’s bravery…

“When danger reared it’s ugly head
he bravely turned his back and fled
Brave, brave Sir Robin…”


Joe Says:
August 8th, 2006 at 10:08 pm e
The KILLER Rabbit…

Ben Yoskovitz Says:
August 8th, 2006 at 10:09 pm e
I’ve see Holy Grail many times, but it’s been a long time since I’ve seen it. I remember the scene you’re referring to, vaguely, but didn’t catch that.

I was probably…hmm…13-14 if not younger when we watched Holy Grail a hundred times.

The rabbit was great too. Now THAT was a crazy rabbit.

I liked the knight that refused to give up fighting even after being chopped to pieces.

Advice Librarian Says:
August 8th, 2006 at 10:10 pm e
Which brought us the Holy Handgrenade of St. Atilla among other beauties…

ME Strauss Says:
August 8th, 2006 at 10:10 pm e
“I’m not dead yet.”

Joe Says:
August 8th, 2006 at 10:12 pm e
The armless and legless knight who still wouldn’t give… the Best.
The Worst…
The Life of Brian. UUuugggghhhhh

ME Strauss Says:
August 8th, 2006 at 10:15 pm e
Three questions to cross the bridge

Dwayne Melancon Says:
August 8th, 2006 at 11:14 pm e
It’s tough to get here in time when you’re a left-coaster. But, on the off chance anyone is still lurking, one place I used to love to hang out when I was a teenager was on the levee of the Mississippi in Baton Rouge.

We’d get a group together, go hang out there and drink Strawberry Hill and “P&Q Beer” if anyone knows what that was. Money drove our selections, but we had fun.

HART (1-800-HART) Says:
August 9th, 2006 at 12:19 am e
Whenever I see IKEA .. i pronounce it .. “ick-ee-ay” .. just to annoy my wife Usually while I’m pronouncing everything I see – as it’s spelled .. for example..

Alzheimer’s Notes – “ahl-ze-hey-i’m-err-snow-tes” … stuff like that.

Dwayne Melancon Says:
August 9th, 2006 at 12:22 am e
Excellent, Hart! The graphic on your banner is very unconventional (and way cool).

Martin Says:
August 9th, 2006 at 12:28 am e
IKEA … ahh the memories. When I left the nest all those years ago (’87) I filled out my apartment with IKEA goodies.

Now have you tried piecing the stuff together from the instructions half tanked with friends popping over at all hours?

Ay, the memories…

Ron Says:
August 9th, 2006 at 1:37 am e
grapplings fine. still breathing. came across this because of Sasha. Got to get some coffee in my system.

John Richardson Says:
August 9th, 2006 at 4:27 am e
Wow Liz… this is pretty cool. I found your link from a couple of SOB’s down the blogway. Over 460 comments in one night… this must be great for inbound links and search engine traffic. Even the best comment spammers have not hit my blog with anything near this volume.

The other cool thing is the quality of the conversation… I picked up a few tips and found some great blogs. Just one thing… clicking the “notify me of further comments via e-mail” could result in a really full inbox!

I’ll be checking back for more SOB’s in the near future… John

Remember… Success Begins Today… but wait… it’s tomorrow already… Oh well… a new day and more success… er uh … today!

ME Strauss Says:
August 9th, 2006 at 5:52 am e
I’m sorry to hear they ate all of your nachos. You should know where I keep a special stash. I’m like my mother. I never run out of the staples. There’s always more for you around there. (Pssst they’re with the crayons.).

ME Strauss Says:
August 9th, 2006 at 5:57 am e
Hi John,
I’ve read your site. I like. I’m delighted that you’ve made it over and even more delighted that you might find your way back here. We’re a good bunch of intelligent folks who know how to communicate. We’d be pleased to have you.

You’re not a stranger now. You’re a friend.

–ME “Liz” Strauss

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  1. says

    You’re too kind.
    Ya ‘no, for all the people who said they signed up last night, only 3 followed through and only HART and rickc actually wrote anything.
    Go figure.
    All in all it wasn’t bad for being the first day, huh?

  2. says

    Sorry to hear you are not feeling well Liz – this too shall pass. Good gosh, 464 posts – you are creating quite a monster here! I can’t wait for the “Open Mic” conference in the spring (remember?). See ya next week.

  3. says

    Chicken soup, woolen socks, aspirin, and a comfortable bathrobe – and a medical checkup if your american medical system wasn’t so utterly mismanaged. (Did you know that the VA is actually 70% MORE efficient than any ten private for-profit medical organizations you’d care to name? Despite this, the Bush congress is doing shameful things to the funding of VA hospitals. What happened to taking care of our own? As much as VA can suck, it’s still better than nothing. Which is what an awful lot of people are going to get with the latest round of proposed cuts.

    Yeah, I used to be in the military over here. )

  4. says

    Hi Starbucker!
    It was a fun night ideed. I think we did a good job of getting to know each other. I was glad to see so many new faces around. Sorry we didn’t dance though.

  5. says

    Liz… you are an inspiration. This wildly commented post gave me an idea. I have searched for the ultimate definition of “success” for over a year now. I have read many books, explored many quotations, and tried lots of word-smithing. I can explain success but I haven’t found the right words yet… the words that truly say what success is.

    I picked up a book a while back at a speakers symposium entitled “Celebrating Success”, by Gerard Smith. This 170 page paperback compilation has “Inspiring personal letters on the definition of Success” by famous people from all over the world. With over 100 contributors and widely differing definitions, I though I would come away with something that would sum up my beliefs on the subject.

    While there were many great ideas, nothing really stood out. The thought came to me last night that bloggers may have the true definition. Why not open my blog up for people to leave their definitions of success, compile them in a book and sell it via Lulu on the internet? Then give all the profits back to help young people become more successful.

    This may actually work and it would be a great way for bloggers to get published. For each definition, I would also have a small blurb about their blogs and publish a link to their sites.

    I would like your take on such a project… It would probably take at least 100 to 200 bloggers to compile enough material for a book and probably a month or so to capture that many quotations.

    I think bloggers and some of your SOB’s may have the true definition… Maybe I can put this together this weekend… Hmmm…


    P.S. I hope you feel better soon…

  6. says

    Hi Ann,
    Sorry I got interrupted by your phone call when I was reading your comment yesterday. But today I’m still laughing about your blog-reading dogs. especially the Great Dane. I can just picture them pushing you out of the way of the computer to get to their favorite blogs first. :)

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