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How to turn off infinite scrolling (and the floating footer)

Why I hate infinite scrolling has turned out to be quite a popular post. However, some people appear to both hate it and still have it turned on. So here’s how to turn it off if you’re one of them.

The instructions are for blogs, as of July 2012. They also get rid of the floating footer that follows readers down the page.

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Annual report? Really? Apparently . . .

According to WordPress’s automatically generated text, “The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.” I think it was more likely done automatically and digitally. Also that if it has to be done by hypothetical sentient beings I prefer helper monkeys to Tumblr’s conceit of tumblrbeasts. Or is it tumblbeasts? I’ve forgotten.

They additionally provided a button for me to push to post the report to my blog. I pushed it. This post is the result. But now I’m going through and changing most of the text to make it bearable. 😉 I’ll leave the picture. It took me a while to realise that the upward-pointing arrows are meant to be firework rockets:

Along with the animated fireworks the report contains such information as

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 4,900 times in 2011. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 4 trips to carry that many people.

I’m sure that’s helpful if you make a habit of travelling on tube trains in New York. If not . . . well apparently their trains hold quite a lot of people.

To be honest, there isn’t a a lot for the report to report, since for various reasons I only wrote a handful of posts in 2011. It’s still quite interesting though, and doesn’t take long to read. You get to find out what the most common search terms were that brought people here and suchlike. Some are surprising.

You can see the full report here.

Extended absence

If you’ve noticed anything about this blog lately, you’ve probably noticed my extended absence. This was not intentional; the last few months have been eventful ones in all the wrong ways, and I’ve simply not had the energy to post the things that I want to post. My next two posts will update you on some of it.

It didn’t work!

Somehow, I never expected that it would. I’m talking about National Blog Posting Month, which I dutifully blogged about at the time.

Bullying myself into an activity was never going to work. So you can rest assured that in the writing of this post and the previous one, no cruelty to the author was involved. 😉

And whether I write more posts will depend almost entirely on whether I feel like it, and whether think I have anything to write about.

National Blog Posting Month

OK, so I’ve just signed up for a thing called National Blog Posting Month, also known by the “elegant” name NaBloPoMo. This was probably a rash thing to do. The idea is that every day, for an entire month, I have to post something to my blog.

From past experience of writing a journal, this is unlikely to happen. Some days simply aren’t interesting. But it will be interesting to try, and to see whether I fail abysmally or only moderately . . .

The name is rather inaccurate. First, it’s not a specific month. It’s one month from the day I signed up. And second, it’s international. So it should really be called Ongoing international blog posting  exercise, or  Oninblopex.

I’ve a bit of a cold today and just thinking about doing this makes my temperature rise, so I’m definitely not predicting great  success. But let’s see.

Hmmm . . . Maybe I should go and un-sign-up . . .