WordPress Plugins and Kontera
Jon's Showoff Rankings (lower right side) – This simple plugin allows you to display your Google Page Rank, Alexa and Technorati rankings. Besides the “showoff” aspect, I thought it would be handy to have these stats easily accessible once I'm on the road, and don't have the benefit of a customized browser.
Kontera – I had noticed Kontera's in-text advertising on many other blogs, however to qualify, they require far more page views per month than I am currently receiving. The application's lowest option is “Less than 500,000.” However, through a partnership John Chow has set up with Kontera, lower trafficked sites with quality content can be accepted into the program. I am going to evaluate the service for 30 days, before deciding whether to commit to it for an entire year (which is a requirement in the fine print). I care very much about how this type of advertising affects readers, so please share your opinion by casting a vote on my poll on the left side.
My Week in Review
If you've been wondering why I haven't mentioned my travel writing assignments lately, it's because I've been procrastinating big time! Now that my tutor, Jerry, is back from Croatia, I have a Memorial Day deadline.
On Monday, I met up with an old friend, Chris, to watch Spiderman 3. I rarely see movies in the theater, however I certainly enjoy them when I do. On Tuesday, I went out with my family for a belated Mother's Day dinner. We ate at Ruth's Chris (a steakhouse). It was also the last time I was going to see my brother Jon before he shipped off to Iraq. I learned he'll be stationed on a base about 50 miles west of Baghdad, in Al Anbar province. He'll be there by early July for a 7 month tour. His job as “data Marine” sounds like the equivalent of working an IT Helpdesk job in a war zone.
Next week I'll be down in Richmond, VA for the first week of leadership/management training. Luckily, I have a laptop at work which I can bring down with me. I'll be heading straight from Richmond next Friday to New York City for the holiday weekend. Another old friend (of 20 years) named Chris is getting married, and we'll be tearing up the town in the name of his lost bachelor status!