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Back Up And Running

Well after a lot of hard work, a lot of learning, a few pitfalls, SQL database patches, data exports and imports, here we are on our new host server, and hopefully better protected against the evils of the virus that forced us to take all our sites offline in the last few weeks.

I am hoping you find this better, faster, and easier to navigate than before.

Right now most things are working, but I still have to set up the sidebar options correctly to add more links etc.

Please feel free to comment if you find any problems with the site not loading or displaying properly.

Next Task: Our other sites “The Laughline” and “Squidblogs” will receive the same treatment.



On Our Way Back

We unfortunately got hacked a few weeks ago and a malicious script infected our sites.

The good news is that we are on our way back up, and all posts have been restored.

Please bare with us while we add back all the belle and whistles that make the site complete.

Problems you may see right now:

  • Videos do not display
  • The sidebar appears below the posts not alongside them

You should see things get back to normal in the next few days.

If you do experience any strange problems, like blank pages, or other content missing or behaving badly, please leave a comment on this post and let us know.

My Ten Worst Performing Articles January 2011

As a writer, I hope that each article that I publish will not only be well accepted by fans of my work, but also head off into the ether and get recognition in the wider world. As we all know, however, that doesn’t always happen. January 2011 has been one of those months where I have tried to write what I feel are interesting articles, and they were ones that I enjoyed writing as well.

Based on the comments that I have received from those who have read them, they really enjoyed the articles, and yet so many articles this month just failed to launch, just like the proverbial paper aeroplane that gets thrown into the air, but instead of soaring high, just plummets directly into the ground.

Maybe it’s the subject matter that is the result of the lack of traffic, and maybe it’s my bad choice of wording in the opening paragraphs that are the root cause of the problem.

Maybe I just need to go back and tweak the wording, to change a phrase here and there, and then just maybe, like making a minor change to a paper aeroplane, those articles just might take off and fly like the wind, giving me the traffic and visitors that I hope for with every new article that I write.

But as of right now, the final day of the month, my last opportunity to publish an article that gets a lot of traffic, and to have a shot at remaining one of the Hot 500 writers on Associated Content, so many articles remain lacking in popularity, with no less than 6 having less than 100 page views, and 12 more having less than 200 page views in total.

My dilemma right now is of course, do I go back and tweak these articles, hoping that the tweaks will make a difference, or do I just focus my efforts on one or two new articles, on the final day of the month, and hope that one of them makes the grade.

Since tweaking might make a difference, but is unlikely to be reflected in the search engines for a day or two at best, and some stories have already lost their popularity, I think for today that I am better employed writing new articles, rather than in editing older ones, but that might be worthwhile later in the week.

So without waffling on any more about what to do, these are my 10 worst performing articles of the month, with total page views as of 30th January:

Just when You Thought that Cities Couldn’t Get Any Bigger
Those of us who have lived in a large city know about the overcrowding, heavy traffic, air pollution and other problems, but now China plans to create a mega city of 42 million people, and to spend billions on infrastructure to achieve it.

One Hundred Years Ago Today – 28 January 1911 – Horses Crash into Fish Shop
We take it for granted today that we can go everywhere and do everything in motorized vehicles, and yet it was only 100 years ago that these were in their infancy, and horse drawn transport was still the most common way of getting around.

Does Mario Kart for the Wii Live Up to Expectations
Mario Kart has been one of the most successful Nintendo driving games that has been launched across all their games consoles since the SNES (Super Nintendo). How does Mario Kart for the Wii measure up.

London Art Exhibitions March 2011
There are always good art exhibitions in London, and March is no exception, with exhibits that include Afghanistan Crossroads Of The Ancient World, Ai Weiwei, Modern British Sculpture and the British Art Show.

News from a Weird World – Offbeat News 26 January 2011
In this edition of News From A Weird World, the Miami Piano Mystery, Smell Of Rotting Flesh, Invasion Day Protests, The Perfect Companion, A Strange Addiction and more

Actor Tom Hanks is My Hero
If I had to choose a celebrity who always seems to be enjoying what he does, who plays a wide range of fun and challenging roles, and has had more hit movies than you can count on your fingers and toes combined, then my hero would be Tom Hanks.

What Makes a Rock Concert Memorable
When anyone looks back at the best rock concerts that they have been to, is it just the music that made it memorable, or is it the atmosphere, the interaction with the audience, or the audience participation that made it an event to remember.

Problem Causing Skype Extension for Firefox is Blocked by Mozilla
If you use the Mozilla Firefox browser and have been experiencing slowness and a lot of crashes lately, it could just be that it’s the Skype extension for Firefox that has been causing the problems.

One Hundred Years Ago Today – 21 January 1911 – Journey on a Branch Line
Travelling by train today you visualise high speed locomotives rattling along at over 100mph, with few stops and your destination being just hours away. One hundred years ago, in the age of steam trains, travel by train was a far more interesting journey.

Before the New Year Diet Comes the New Year Binge
The New Year begins with a diet for many people, but if you are like me you can’t diet while the holiday goodies are still around, and so before you can diet, you have to eliminate those items that prevent you from losing weight

The sad thing is that these articles did all get good comments, and they were all submitted to Digg, Facebook, Twitter etc, as well as written about on my personal blog, and yet still something didn’t click to make them rank higher in the search engines.

Although there is a lot of skill involved in writing articles with good SEO, I firmly believe that a certain amount of luck is also involved, since you can’t predict the phrases that people will use to search for something, and you can’t predict how your articles will be indexed either.

Maybe, just maybe, January was a bad month for me as regards traffic, but February might be a better one. I did after all have other things on my mind for a lot of the month, with my wife being in hospital for surgery, but at the same time, I did my best to try and publish articles that I hoped would be popular.

So dear friends, wish me well for next month, as I try to bring the traffic back to my articles and to get back on track.

This article was originally published on Associated Content, and also as a review on Best Reviewer.


One Hundred Years Ago Today – 28 January 1911 – Horses Crash into Fish Shop

We take it for granted today that we can go everywhere and do everything in motorised vehicles, and yet it was only 100 years ago that these were in their infancy, and horse drawn transport was still the most common way of getting around.


This article on Associated Content shows gives one example of just how much our lives have changed in the last 100 years.


Originally published by Tony Payne – Featured Contributor on Associated Content in Arts & Entertainment.  Tony Payne is a freelance writer who lives on the South Coast of England with his wife Debbie. He has worked in the IT Industry all his life, and has been writing on various sites for the last 10 years….

It’s Karaoke Time On Squidoo – Get Your Song Lyrics

Everyone has those moments when they just want to sing along to a favorite song, but don’t you get frustrated when you can’t remember the words, or even worse when no matter how many times you listen to a song, you can’t pick out what the artist is trying to say.

Here are a few of those favorite songs, some of whoch you probably know by heart, and some you might not even be aware of.

Each of the Squidoo lenses below has the lyrics to the song, a short biography of the artist, and video clips from You Tube of performances of the song.

So let’s get into a party mood, or maybe you just need something to sing while in the shower.  Either way, take a look at these song lyrics lenses, and enjoy…

Song Lyrics – Billy Joel – Piano Man
Song Lyrics – Bruce Springsteen – Born To Run
Song Lyrics – Bruce Springsteen – Dancing In The Dark
Song Lyrics – Bruce Springsteen – Hungry Heart
Song Lyrics – Dire Straits – Brothers In Arms
Song Lyrics – Dire Straits – Money For Nothing
Song Lyrics – Dire Straits – Sultans Of Swing
Song Lyrics – Dire Straits – Wild West End
Song Lyrics – Donna Summer – Bad Girls
Song Lyrics – Madness – Baggy Trousers
Song Lyrics – Madness – My Girl
Song Lyrics – Madness – Our House
Song Lyrics – Rod Stewart – Maggie May
Song Lyrics – Peter Gabriel – Sledgehammer
Song Lyrics – Robert Palmer – Addicted To Love
Song Lyrics – Squeeze – Up The Junction
Song Lyrics – The Clash – London Calling
Song Lyrics – The Jam – Eton Rifles
Song Lyrics – The Jam – Going Underground
Song Lyrics – The Jam – News Of The World
Song Lyrics – The Jam – Town Called Malice
Song Lyrics – The Kinks – Lola
Song Lyrics – The Police – Walking On The Moon
Song Lyrics – The Village People – Y-M-C-A
Song Lyrics – War – Low Rider
Song Lyrics – ZZ Top – Cheap Sunglasses