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In 2009 people came to Floating Life after searching for…

  1. angels 2,619 visits
  2. english tests with answers 2,083
  3. serenity prayer 1,357
  4. conflicting perspectives 504
  5. english test with answers 458
  6. migraine aura 409
  7. nude children 369
  8. wilhelm von gloeden 269
  9. golf polo 260
  10. most interesting blogs 254
  11. orientalist paintings 251
  12. von gloeden 246
  13. young lesbian 221
  14. conservapedia is a joke 207
  15. how good is your english 202
  16. felix mendelssohn 188
  17. orientalist art 176
  18. angel kiss 173
  19. kiss 166
  20. bill henson 144
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Posted by on December 23, 2009 in amazing, blogging, site news, site stats


Summer Solstice – transitional doublepost

Frequently Unasked Questions


1. What does that title mean?

Well, that’s the date here in Surry Hills, and it marks the turning of the year. It’s transitional too between Floating Life and Neil’s Second Decade. It’s a doublepost because it appears on both blogs.

2. Why are you starting yet another blog?

Reviewing the decade of blogging for the twelve Blogging the Noughties posts several things struck me.

  • I found myself re-presenting personal posts in the main and decided future blogging might be lighter than Floating Life has sometimes been.
  • A decade seems to have a kind of shape to it; ending Floating Life now seemed better than just going on “forever”.

3. So the new blog will be trivial?

Not entirely. Just lighter.

4. Aren’t you assuming something in the new blog’s title?

It’s true I reach my three-score and ten in the coming decade. Who knows what the future holds?

5. What can we expect on the new blog?

Who knows? Book reviews, of course. I am tossing around a Mary Mackillop post at the moment.

6. What about the National Library?

As some of you know, Floating Life is now archived at the National Library in Canberra. Whether the new one is remains to be seen, but the link to it will be archived at least.

7. What should your regular readers do?

Adjust their links and feeds, I hope. 🙂

8. What have you done to coordinate your blogs?

The only public blogs that will be ongoing are Neil’s Second Decade, Neil’s Sydney Photo Blog, and English/ESL. The first two will have a feed each to the other prominently displayed in their side bars. They also have matching “skins”. On Neil’s Second Decade (which has only two extra pages) there is a page listing all my blogs back to 2000 with month-by-month archive links.

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Posted by on December 22, 2009 in blogging, decade, site news


New blog now up: Neil’s Second Decade.

Yes, the successor to this blog is now public, launched in December just as this one was in December 2007.

I will conclude the year here as well, and then new entries to Floating Life will cease. The Blogspot photoblog is also going into recess.

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Posted by on December 21, 2009 in blogging, site news


Mid-month Saturday stats – this blog only

Noticing a spike here yesterday (249 views) I thought I’d review how this blog has been going so far in November. The monthly total so far turns out to be better than last month: 185 compared with 165 per day, but still lower than the first half of 2009. There have been six referrals so far from that National Library listing.

Old favourites dominate the top twenty individually viewed posts in the past 14 days. * = recent posts.

  1. How good is your English? Test and Answers 216
  2. Australian poem: 2008 series #9 — 138
  3. Australian poem: 2008 series #8 – Indig 85
  4. Dispatches from another America 74
  5. The Great Surry Hills Book Clearance of 2005  71
  6. Australian poem 2008 series #17: "A 41
  7. Links 41
  8. Australian poem 2008 series #10: Peter S 40
  9. * Aunty Beryl story – South Sydney Herald 35
  10. Maurice O’Riordan’s view on nude children as art 33
  11. Postcard from Patagonia 26
  12. Kevin Rudd as art critic 21
  13. Liberal – Conservapedia: this is not a joke 20
  14. * Adrian Phoon in The Age 20
  15. Delia Malchert – Migraine Aura – Scintillating Scotoma 16
  16. Mendelssohn Bicentenary 15
  17. Australian poem 2008 series #12 – Judith Wright 15
  18. About 14
  19. Friday poem 13: Emily Dickinson 14
  20. Conflicting perspectives 14
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Posted by on November 14, 2009 in blogging, site news, site stats


Pandora (National Library)

Now indexing this blog. 🙂

The confirmation email arrived two days ago.

Blogged with the Flock Browser
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Posted by on November 13, 2009 in site news


I’m back!

Did you miss me?

Yes, computer trouble again. You see there was this system bug notice over the past week or so every time I booted up. I figured it wasn’t very important, but after a while I thought I would do something about it.

So I conscientiously backed up yesterday morning using the Windows backup tool, and a couple of others which proved as useful as tits on a bull, as they say in the country.

I then backtracked to before the bug started using System Restore. Then I figured I would install the backup.

Fine, the bug has gone. But some things didn’t work, so there was a spate of reinstalling programs yesterday. Sadly I still can’t get Live Writer to work though Live Mail and Live Gallery both work fine.

So here I am on an old friend, Flock — just to see how it goes. I used to use it a few years back. It has improved.

Back to serious posting shortly. But maybe I will go the whole hog and install Windows 7 after all… ??

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Posted by on November 6, 2009 in computers, personal, site news


Saturday stats again

Thomas noted a spike in his visits just before the HSC, so I thought I’d check today. English/ESL seemed the first place to check:


Yep, there sure is a spike!

On Floating Life the most visited posts so far this month are:

  1. How good is your English? Test and Answers 270 views
  2. Conflicting perspectives 121
  3. The Great Surry Hills Book Clearance of 2005 111
  4. Dispatches from another America 88
  5. Maurice O’Riordan’s view on nude children as art 87
  6. Australian poem: 2008 series #8 – Indigenous 78
  7. Liberal – Conservapedia: this is not a joke 78
  8. Australian poem 2008 series #17: "Australia" 70
  9. Australian poem 2008 series #10: Peter S 60
  10. Australian poem: 2008 series #9 — 58
  11. Afghanistan – on the dollar trail 35
  12. Kevin Rudd as art critic 34

In my opinion the best post I have done all week – indeed for a while – is Communication, Education, Respect – and it’s also original!

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Posted by on October 24, 2009 in blogging, site news, site stats