Search rankings for #I1639

I checked to see where my blog posts rank when you do a search for #I1639. I found the results interesting:

  • DuckDuckGo puts one of my blog posts at 1.
  • Bing puts one of my blog posts at 1 (after an advertisement).
  • Google puts one of my blog posts at 11.
  • Twitter puts one of my tweets at 16.
  • Yahoo puts one my blogs posts at 87.
  • Facebook doesn’t list it or any of my Facebook posts (even from accounts other than mine).

Make of that whatever you want.

Free ammo for a year

Widener’s has a raffle for “free ammo for a year”. It’s not really all the ammo I would shoot in a year if it was free. It is a gift card for $1500 which might cover my .22 LR needs but wouldn’t come close to my total consumption. But, a $1500 gift card is nothing to be sneered at.

To enter the raffle visit this blog post and give them your email address in the edit box at the top of the blog post.

I’ve purchased stuff from them over the years (almost $2200 worth in the last 2.5 years) and I almost always check them for price and availability when I am purchasing reloading supplies. I sometimes find interesting things which I couldn’t find anywhere else. An example would be SS109 bullets for .223 in large quantities.

Full disclosure: I was contacted via email by Widener’s about this “free ammo for a year” raffle. If I linked to their blog post about the free ammo they offered to give me a $25.00 gift card and entry in a different raffle with other bloggers who also posted about their raffle.

Facebook changes

Today I was notified there are changes coming to how my blog posts are shared on Facebook:

We wanted to update you about an upcoming change Facebook is introducing to their platform, and which affects how you may share posts from your WordPress.com website to your Facebook account.

Starting August 1, 2018, third-party tools can no longer share posts automatically to Facebook Profiles. This includes Publicize, the tool for WordPress.com and Jetpack-powered sites that connects your site to major social media platforms (like Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook).

I can still share them manually which means it won’t happen as much. I just don’t like Facebook for a variety of reasons and this change doesn’t endear them to me either.

Radio silence

I usually have QOTDs up for the time before and slightly after Boomershoot so I have time to concentrate on Boomershoot then just veg out and recover afterward. This time I did not get ahead on the QOTD stuff for this blog. I’m going “radio silent” for a few days.

Nothing to worry about. I’ll be back online when I feel like it.

Stephanie, our new guest blogger

Although Stephanie Sailor isn’t new to a lot of old-timers in the gun rights movement she hasn’t been all that active on gun blogs. Stephanie’s contribution to Boomershoot in the early 2000’s was a large part of why it became a success. And the things she did to counter the anti-gun people in Chicago just blew me away when I first heard her speak for the Second Amendment Sisters at the Gun Rights Policy Conference in Washington D.C. in 2000.

And last summer she made a number of images I posted on this blog. For example:

And now she has requested permission to make some blog posts here. I immediately agreed and gave her an account. Expect to hear from her soon.

See her also at on Gab as S2.

Dumping Twitter

I have been on Twitter since May of 2008. In general I thought it was pretty cool. But recently with the banning and shadow banning of people who were guilty of nothing more serious that “bad think” of something other than progressive dogma while letting other people freely tweet about support for people shooting police it has become time to show my displeasure. It is very clear they are opposed to the freedom I value so much and I’m doing my small part to make them pay a price for that.

I only have 992 followers but in a small sense my content is the product that Twitter sells. I’m going to be tapering off my use of Twitter as I migrate to Gab.ai to reduce the amount of product available to Twitter.

You can view me at Gab.ai at https://gab.ai/JoeHuffman.

The Instalanche

My post about OSHA is going after ammo manufacturers got a link from Instapundit last week. While the number of hits weren’t as great as some people; with total of 6,975 page views in one day it is much better than the first time I got one. And it is the most page views I have gotten in a single day since I switched to Word Press in December of 2012 and perhaps ever.

Here is a more visual view:

Instalance

A big thank you to Glenn Reynolds and especially the anonymous caller from the ammo manufacturer.

Year in review

One of the plugins for this blog prepared a review of the year.

The most interesting things to me were:

DHS likes me too!

The Department of Homeland Security likes the same post as the CIA:

Visitor Analysis & System Spec
Referring URL:
Host Name: cbcp4.dhs.gov Browser: Firefox 38.0
IP Address: 216.81.81.84 Operating System: Win7
Location: Arlington, Virginia, United States Resolution: 1440×900
Returning Visits: 0 Javascript: Enabled
Visit Length: Not Applicable ISP: Department Of Homeland Security

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Date Time WebPage Tags
    author: Joe
28 Dec 08:03:08  

I wonder why they think this post is so interesting. And they both came here via a post at DirectorBlue.blogspot.com.

My fans visit from the most interesting places

Earlier this month I had a visitor from the FBI.

Today it was the CIA:

Visitor Analysis & System Spec
Referring URL:
Host Name: relay201.net.cia.gov Browser: IE 11.0
IP Address:
198.81.129.193
Operating System: Win7
Location: Fairfax, Virginia, United States Resolution: 1920×1200
Returning Visits: 0 Javascript: Enabled
Visit Length: Not Applicable ISP: Central Intelligence Agency

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Date Time WebPage Tags
    author: Joe
28 Dec 14:12:36  

I’m honored to get attention from such special people.

That’s interesting

I always enjoy my visits with the FBI. We have such interesting conversations. But when they come by I would prefer they at least say hi.

Visitor Analysis & System Spec
Referring URL:
(No referring link)
Host Name: wp.cjis.gov Browser: Unknown
IP Address: 153.31.112.24 Operating System: Unknown
Location: Clarksburg, West Virginia, United States Resolution: Unknown
Returning Visits: 0 Javascript: Disabled
Visit Length: 44 mins 20 secs ISP: Fbi Criminal Justice Information Systems

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7 Dec 05:04:38

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7 Dec 05:48:58

You never know

Sometimes you know a blog post or tweet will get some attention. I expected the days of effort I put into the Smart Gun stuff would get some attention and it did. Other times something I put a few seconds into gets attention which I didn’t expect it all.

Today I went to a Steel Challenge match at Renton Fish and Game Club. I tweeted about how wet it was after the days of rain we have had around here. No one seemed to care and I didn’t expect anyone would.

Expected a similar non-reaction when I tweeted:

Interesting. There were three people that made it a favorite and two retweeted it. The combined followers of the people that retweeted is over 40,000 people.

You just never know how must attention something you say or do is going to get.

Quote of the day—Defens

ubu would enter a museum of Nazi artifacts and comment on the delicacy with which the lampshades had been stitched.

Defens
December 24, 2014
Comment to Their humor is very telling
[I have long been pleased to have ubu52 comment on my blog and have invited her to attend Boomershoot to meet friends and others in the gun culture. I always viewed her as mildly anti-gun but with good intentions. My model for her was that she understood the facts and the logic of the gun rights movement but had trouble getting over some emotional hurdles into real acceptance. I appreciated her “keeping us honest” when we would get a little carried away with conclusions not fully supported by the evidence. It was “fear” of her calling me on something that would cause me to do a little more research before stating something I wasn’t totally sure of.

My model of her totally changed last night after I read a comment from her about a fiction, extremely graphic, story about someone engaging in degrading, casual sex with Ann Coulter. Her comment was:

The writing is brilliant, creative and professional. No editing required. No surprise, it was written by someone in LA because there are so many professional “creatives” here.

You may not like it because it doesn’t match your core beliefs, but the writing is brilliant.

This blew apart my previous model for her. I’m not sure what to think now but whatever model Defens is using is consistent with the known data.—Joe]

Redirected

A few minutes ago I discovered you would be redirected from my blog to a URL that looked like this:

http://x.vindicosuite.com/imp/?l=169943&t=h&u=&r=&rnd=75008735

Where the query string item ‘rnd’ had a different value each time you tried to visit my page. It appears to have been some sort of malware associated with Sitemeter. I remove Sitemeter and the problem went away.

Sorry about that.

But this may explain the complaints I have occasionally received from readers about popup ads here. There should not be any here. But if someone was able to infect Sitemeter’s scripts then such a thing is possible.

The domain registration info is as follows:

Registrant Name: Lee Sautia
Registrant Organization: Vindico LLC
Registrant Street: 245 5th Ave., 21st Floor
Registrant City: New York
Registrant State/Province: New York
Registrant Postal Code: 10016
Registrant Country: US
Registrant Phone: +1.6468332940
Registrant Phone Ext:
Registrant Fax:
Registrant Fax Ext:
Registrant Email: domains@vindicogroup.com

Using vindicogroup.com as an URL redirects to http://vindico.com/. This website claims they do behavior based video advertising. I would like to inform them that it is not surprising to me that such slimy behavior as theirs originated from someone in New York City and my behavior is to have nothing to do with them.

Moving

Update 8/25/2014 @1:32 PM: After much anguish, many partial restores, lost DNS records, out of RAM issues, orphaned databases, corrupted files, and I’ve lost count of things, I think the blog is working again with only two minor comments lost.


Update 8/25/2014 @3:52 AM: The move is back on.


Update: The move has been postponed due to technical difficulties in the exporting of the content. You may comment and post as desired until further notice.


Commenters: I’m moving my blog to another hosting provider. Any comments you make while this post is visible will be lost.

Co-bloggers: Any posts you make while this post is visible will be lost.