Thursday, January 01, 2009

2008 is OVER, let's honor our winners

208 different Bloggers visited my blog and left a comment in 2008! Wow, for that I thank you all.

When I started back in January 2008, my average number comments for a blog post was only 12 comments and that included my own. As I ended the year, my average was about 30 including my own. Not bad…it almost tripled by readership participation. My highest commented blog at the start was 33 and by the end of the year I had reached one with 87 comments and several with 70s. Wow.

My first commenter of the year was Kanrei. Kan is a good friend and one of my longest term readers here.

My last commenter of the year was Quilly over at Quilly's Pacific Paradise. Quilly snuck in late to educate me on engineering and say hello.

Anyone who has wondered, “Gee, can I make any money blogging?”…well, yes you can. I’m going to pay 10 cents per comment to you personally. That’s right, cold hard Pay Pal cash. Don’t knock it. Google Ads only pays a fraction of that and that’s only if you get the clicks.

Here’s what you do. Simply send me your email address that I can Paypal to and I’ll send you your money. Send it to me at ewelter1 (at) Comcast (dot) net

There’s a catch though. I’m not made of money. The top 10 are guaranteed to collect. Anyone after that can collect until I say STOP (which means I ran out of budget or this). The only other catch is that you MUST have more than 20 comments in your tally because that equates to $2 and I’m not doing a bunch of little payments. Sorry.

On with the show…

I had 287 posts in 2008 that could be commented on. Let’s look at our top achievers. You'll have to click on the gnome pictures to read them I fear.



Note...all top 20 bloggers get a free blog topic request if they would like it.

First, two Bloggers in a class all their own:

No 1

With an astounding 275 comments, Serena from Parenthetically Speaking


Yes, Serena commented on 95% of all my posts this year. That’s amazing. She and Kurt went back and forth throughout the year but in the end, she persevered.

Serena has a fun blog if you have never been there. And shame on you for not visiting my number one reader! Anyway, she has great activities for readers to do and answer in her comments. I enjoy the challenges and camaraderie

Congrats, Serena, you’ve earned it! And with number one comes a completely separate widget linked to your blog (working on it) along with your free blog post request for me.


No 2

With another astounding 261 comments, Kurt from Other People Exist.


Kurt was leading much of the year and then went off and traveled to Egypt. Damn him, I haven’t been there. Kurt, I would have done the same in your shoes. I probably would have hired an illegal immigrant or intern to comment for me though in my absence…

Kurt runs a comedy zine of the same name. I have actually read it and can attest that it is funny. Kurt has a comedy sense of humor that appeals to me. He doesn’t have themes, silly diversions or anything like that. He just puts out the funny.

The next four on the list and in their own special class…

No 3

With 192 comments, Leelee from Thoughts and Meanderings


Leelee found my blog several months later and skyrocketed to number four and got stuck there for a long time. But when my then number three person stepped out of blogging, Leelee moved up and has been there ever since.
Residing in sunny Florida Leelee has some fun stuff on her blog and she is ever the social butterfly! She’s like family but without all the cruddy part…

No 4

With 186 comments, Jacki from Moving at the Speed of Life


Jacki was also a late starter in the spring but she steadily moved up the list and has been there ever since. Jacki has family in Denmark and therefore has the happiest blog in the world because we all know the Danes are the happiest people on the planet according to studies. Jacki has comedy, life, thoughts, family, and other topics on her blog. It’s always a pleasure to read. Stop by and say hello sometime.

No 5

With 180 comments, Jeff from View from the Cloud


Jeff has been gnomed before. Jeff was my first blog partnership on a post. He’s felt used every since! No seriously, Jeff is the nicest guy you’ll ever meet. His blog has a large following, probably bigger than mine because he’s nice to them and doesn’t freak them out like I do mine. He also puts up amazingly embarrassing photos of his younger years for us to laugh at errr I mean with him. Do visit, he’s got some funny stuff going on.

No 6

With 174 comments, Megan from All I Need is Everything


Megan didn’t show up until like mid year or something. And she kept climing the ranks. Wow. Given enough time, she’d challenge any of my readers for number one. Megan has an entire family blogging and I probably owe her for a lot of reference readers that she has given me. I love to figure out the most witty comment I can when I read her blog (meaning stupidest comment). Do check her out. Well…maybe not her; she might not like that suggestion, but her blog for sure!

No 7 and no 8 (they are tied)

With 136 comments, Matt-man from Bagwine Ruminations and Marie from Memarie Lane



Matt-man is my mentor. The outwrites me, he out comments me, he outsmarts me. He’s been writing nearly exactly as long as I’ve been writing my blog and yet he has written almost 400 more posts! Unbelievable. It’s not uncommon for him to exceed 100 comments on a post. Hell, he averages 50 at least. He has an amazingly dedicated following and he responds to nearly everyone. I don’t know how he manages to get to my blog this often. He has a heart of gold though. He whored for me during my Blogger of the Year effort without hesitation. He’s got a funny perverse sense of humor. Check him out.

I started stalking Marie sometime in the spring after stumbling onto her blog. I thought it was funny so I stayed. But she mixes it up with life, advice, and thoughtful posts too. I thought she was taking a sabbatical but she is in so many places perhaps that’s just my own delusion. She’s got a great blog and is always there commenting for everyone.

No 9

With 135 comments, Lime from House of Lime


Lime was sneaky. She’s always been in my top 20 or so and she really snuck up this fall and winter. I love going over to her blog. She rips meme’s to shreds with her humor. I’m envious. She also seems to get tagged for every one in existence. It’s like one of those people that get struck by lightening all the time. She does more than just humor posts though. She has regular quilting posts and she has some writing posts as well. Another good friend.

No 10

With 133 comments, Red Mojo from Half a Bubble Off

Alas…Red Mojo is even more mysterious than I am when it comes to photographs. There are none. And the gnomes are pissed about it!

Red Mojo skyrocketed to number three faster than anyone. From the time she came on in the spring to the time she left in the summer I don’t think she missed a single post. It’s a testament that though she hasn’t really commented since the summer she still held on to 10th place.

Red Mojo is like a sister I never had. She has a couple of blogs but I think she’s been taking a sabbatical from them for awhile now. I hope she returns a fresh at some point.

And everyone else...


I’d love to feature all of the rest of you but the top 10 is all I have time for and all I probably have room for or this will be encyclopedia sized. The ADD folks left after my first paragraph. But to all the rest of you, I’ve really enjoyed your comments, friendships, fun and watching you move around on that blasted Blog roll.

And why stop at 2008, let’s move on to 2009.

75 comments:

yellojkt said...

First.

yellojkt said...

There, now that I have that out of the way, you are a blogging machine and I'm surprised you've resorted to bribery. Let's see, if you post 200 times and I comment on all of them, that is twenty bucks I could make just for doing what I would do anyways.

That is the most lucrative offer I've had since I bent over to tie my shoe in the mens room at the Republican convention. Count me in.

Anette said...

You don't mess about Ve!! There will be a lot of traffic at Ve's station. Keep the level of nonsense high wont you, even when the fame gets to your head?

Dale said...

I plan to not make your top 10 this year but that's just me, a rebel without a comment! Happy New Year!

Bazza said...

and here's a new face for you.

Jacki said...

Woww...that is really generous of you, thanks! Who says you can't buy readers? I think I will use my money to buy a new book from Amazon. :-)

As long as you stay as funny as you are now, I will continue to visit.

lime said...

lol, i may shred a meme but you come up with some of the funniest posts period. who knew commenting over here would earn me money! woo hoo! 2009 is already off to a terrific start if i am getting paid to come make comments.

and if you think that hair picture was wild you should have seen it when i kept it waist length!

Kurt said...

Very nice of you VE to put the time and effort into profiling your readers.

Is it too late for me to go back and comment on the posts I missed while I was in Egypt?

Alan Smithee said...

Alan Smithee proudly accepts his $2.10.

Marvel Goose said...

Man, who would have thought inflation would have set in so fiercely? Used to be you could only get a penny for your thoughts: now it's 10x as much. Worse, its still the same old thinking AND they cut back on the amount of chocolate.

Jeff said...

You've outdone yourself here once again VE. I really enjoyed being "gnomed" again! Wait... why does that suddenly sound dirty?

Hey - I actually DO play the accordion. In fact, it'll be on one of the songs on our new CD. Not the polka kind though, but that cool Billy Joel Italian restaurant kind.

Anyway, thanks for the great shout-out. I would have kept commenting for nothing but if you're going to pay me, who am I to complain?

unfinishedrambler said...

First, here's to my first comment of hopefully what will be many more in the New Year (and I'll try to do better actually reading your blog, instead of just skimming the pictures, as great as they are, especially the ones above: and know you live in Portland instead of writing in a chatroom somewhere to you: "So where you from?" D'oh!).

Wow. I'm so disappointed that you didn't continue through the entire list. I thought asterisks took up a lot of time. That must have been labor intensive and time consuming. Plus a great way to showcase other blogs. Anyway, love it.

ReformingGeek said...

I love the gnome roasts. Now I have some more great blogs to check out.

Welcome to 2009!

Sunshine said...

Happy 2009! to you...

Prefers Her Fantasy Life said...

Hey, I left 27 comments--considering I'm a latecomer to your blog, have 3 handfuls, I mean, kids at home and a drinking problem, I think that's pretty good.

And I'm just wondering why Taco Fetishist only left one comment. What did you write to offend her/him?

Prefers Her Fantasy Life said...

And I do appreciate you not asking me to vote for you at Humor-Blogs. Man, that gets old.

Bee said...

Happy New Year VE!!!

Bee said...

I tried leaving a comment at 7 am 5 your time but my stupid phone wouldn't let me.

Roy Scribner said...

What can I say? Your blog is like crack to me. No, not the cheap stuff that's rolled-up in little paper squares - the really good crack that comes in those tiny little crack-baggies.

Bee said...

I hope you have a great and wonderful year! It seems 2008 and was great for you and I hope 2009 is better.

Gladys said...

Happy New Year! So what will 2009 bring you? Will we see you on the Moon? On Mars? Eating a Mars bar?

What intriguing topics will you share with us? Will you be at the inaugaration? Will you be appointed a cabinet seat?
Do you feel and pressure?

The Self-Deprechaun said...

Happy New Year VE! Let's rock 2009 out!

Bunk Strutts said...

Happy New Year to all. And VE, keep on BlogWhoring, now more than ever!

Starrlight said...

Happy New Year! And my gnome hat is off to you on the works involved in that. Where do you find the time?!!?

The Incredible Woody said...

Happy New Year, VE!!

The Incredible Woody said...

Congrats to all the top commenters!!

VE said...

yellojkt - Congrats on being first! It's a coveted position. Sort of like that one you had at the Republican convention...

anette - I don't know about the fame, but the nonsense will be as high as ever...

dale - Way to make a statement. I applaud that approach...

bazza - Welcome. You've come just in time to get on my new blog roll

jacki - You doubt my funniness? After all this time? Yes, if I'm not funny even I'll be outta here

lime - Why thank you. You've earned it...even without all the hair!

kurt - Remember when you ran into Thomas Wolf? He did tell you "You can't go home again". You're welcome to comment on those old ones...they just won't count! ;)

alan smithee - See, I knew that would make Alan Smithee smile...

marvel goose - Yeah, and the thoughts are now all in eligible texting language. Damn...

jeff - I KNEW you played the accordian. Why did I know that? No idea other than you just had to. It goes with the mullet! Ok, but if I hear Polka, Polka, Polka on your new CD...that's it!

unfinishedrambler - Thanks. I'll admit, this one was very long but it had to be. My readers deserve it. I wish I could have profiled you all...

reforminggeek - Yes, it's on to more fantastical writing for me. Happy 2009 to you too.

sunshine - You're gonna have to tell me WHICH of your 12,000 blogs is your main!

prefers her fantasy life - Yes, you are one of my fastest blog roll climbers recently. It's fun to watch people skyrocket up the list. You will NEVER get me to beg a vote for content again. I stand by my material; I think its as good as anything out there...well, if you like childish and immature material that is...

bee - Happy New Year. Phones...they love to let you know they have the power...

gladys - Welcome to a new year of fantastical nonsense. This year will be brought to you by the makers of Nothing Relevant. Yes, we will bring you Nothing Relevant 5 days a week...

self-deprechaun - Ha! I'm papering 2009 and as you know, paper covers rock!!!!

bunk - Thanks, man! I am THE blog whore! ha ha ha

starrlight - I have a coin-op time machine. It takes quarters...

The Incredible Woody said...

Is this cheating?

The Incredible Woody said...

No, really, is it??

VE said...

incredible woody - You got WAY up on the list. I'll bet given enough time you would have been up toward the top. Thanks for all of them! And of course, the wife says to say hello to the dogs. Man, I have no say in these things...

The Incredible Woody said...

I think I'll stop with this one, just in case. I wouldn't want to cheat....

Beth said...

If I do it for money, what does that say about me!!??
My comments are freebies - you're that good.
Happy New Year.

Elizabeth said...

I found your blog through Jeff's View From The Cloud blog. I'm glad I checked it out, you're really funny. Happy New Year!

VE said...

incredible woody - You'll only get one tally per blog post...but keep commenting all you want! I don't mind.

beth - Good for you. But it was a gift...I never told anybody what I had planned until the very end. That's what makes it real. Had I announced it earlier...you bet I'd be getting a lot of comments.

elizabeth - Well no wonder... jeff's got good people! He has a strong following.

The Incredible Woody said...

Ahh, man - so I CAN'T cheat. Even if I wanted to.

Quickroute said...

I refuse to take your money - I come here for kicks - but don't kick me!

Serena said...

Oooooo, I am touched. And I don't mean in the head. Listen, now that you've given me gnomes, you never have to give me another thing. Not soon, anyway. And, um, I really wouldn't mind having my own personal gnome that I could keep around the house. Thank you, VE. You da man.

Susan said...

Well, how fun - you've just inspired the over-achiever in me :) Plus, your blog looks fun. Here's to a great 2009 to you and all your commenters!

quilly said...

How about if you do one for least comments? I bet I'd make that list!

And what utility did you use to catalog and categorize all that info?

You want to see me around here more often? I make a point to come by everytime you visit my place ...aha!

VE said...

quickroute - And that is your choice. I would make the same choice myself. But it matters not to me either way...after all, it is a gift, not a buy off...

serena - I knew you'd like the gnomes! Hard to give you much else when you don't require much.

susan - Thanks for dropping in. Come by anytime, the blogs always open!

quilly - I did my own catalog and categorization...by hand. I made all the gnome tributes by hand too. It's just what I do! And as for visiting you, yes, I do need to visit and will. I'd had loved to hit my blog roll entirely each time I read but look how many it got to be. That just isn't humanly possible and I made no bones about going down the list as far as I could get on any particular day. It helps to avoid burnout.

gab said...

Lime is where I discovered you. I enjoyed what I read so I came back. Now youve given me more to check out and see if I like tham as well.

VE said...

gab - Ah, so that's the connection. Glad to have you around.

Carla said...

Are you serious about paying your readership? Wicked! Happy 2009, wishing you the best.

BlondeBlogger said...

Well I am determined to make the list next year so here is my first official comment (read: entry) for 2009. Woo! :)

BlondeBlogger said...

And now here's TWO....count 'em...TWO comments for 2009 already (because I forgot to subscribe to comments)

Matt-Man said...

You are too damn kind, VE. I am glad that you discovered that to Gnome is is to Love me. Cheers Funny Man!!

monica said...

happy new year VE - keep 'em coming!! Need those laughs...

leelee said...

Wow..I am honored and humbled...and yes...still so damn happy!

Thank you VE for the recognition and kudos.

KUDOS to you for being the BEST HUMOR BLOGGER.. I don't care of you won or not...to me you're numero uno!

HUGS and Happy New Year!!

Sarah said...

Happy New Year VE! Looking forward to some crazy posts from you in 09! :)

carlae said...

I coulda been a contender....

VE said...

carla - Remember, it's merely a gift. I never said I would at any time during the whole year until I announced it at the end. I never said I would this year. Who knows what VE will do at the end of 2009.

blonde blogger - You made the list! But only one comment per post...sorry. Atually, you can comment a hundred times per post, I don't care. I'm just gonna count one on the blog tally though!

matt-man - You deserve it my friend!

monica - Yes, that is what I should just stick to. My humor posts. So be it...enjoy todays

leelee - Aww..there you go again, being all nice and such! You da bomb, girl!

sarah - Happy New Year to you too. I've got 'em coming, don't worry.

carlae - You ARE a contender. Enjoy!

Memarie Lane said...

That's very generous of you. You know you're setting dangerous precedent, right? How are you going to top this for 2009?

Since I closed my bank account, why don't you donate mine somewhere? You can pick anything at donorschoose.com.

Now that I have seen myself surrounded by gnomes I must go eat chocolate. Thank you for not using my live birth picture. :P

Megan said...

I have no life but blogging. Thanks for the love, bestest VE. Happy New Year!

Tally - 1

angie said...

WOW. What a great bunch of top commenters. I happen to love Jacki and especially reading about her family and travels to Denmark.

VE said...

marie - I will definitely do the donation in your honor. Thanks. I know how you feel about gnomes but I couldn't resist. I have no idea how to top it for 2009 either. But I've got a whole year to figure it out.

megan - Well, you have a lot of life around here. Happy New Year!

angie - Nice of you to visit. There is a dusting of snow even today here. You really took off at the right time! And as to readers, I can't come close to your traffic. Man! That's ok though, I like my readership.

cathouse teri said...

Good Lord! You put waaaaay more into that than I would ever have dreamed of doing!

I'm glad you are finding enjoyment here in the blogginess. May the new year bring many more blogtastical (not to be confused with blogtesticle) gifts your way! ;)

VE said...

teri - Thanks Teri...now you got me wondering what a blogtesticle gift might be. Sounds a bit painful though! ;)

MJ said...

Wow, that's a lot of commenting!!

Congrats and Happy New Year!

VE said...

mj - It IS a lot of commenting

Anne said...

happy new year

VE said...

anne - Glad you made it over for the new year. You will be added to the blog roll where you belong! Happy New Year to you too.

Bonnie the Boss said...

Okay, I know I commented yesterday! What the heck happened to it? My ADD is bad but not that bad. Even though I did leave after the first paragraph, I did come back. Great comments!
Happy New Year!

Dee said...

don't even respond to this comment, I just wanted to say tonight was the first time I ever enlarged your profile picture, I wanted to see if it was you laying there looking like a black guy. It's the first time I noticed that was a Howdy Doody Picture on the head. I always thought it was a beach ball.
I know I know I'm going to the eye doctors asap

VE said...

bonnie - It's a conspiracy! I leave comments some places too and then they disappear. I hate having to think up witty comments all over again. Sheesh.

dee - Ha! See, I responded. It's ok, some people thought I had a devil mask on or something. Actually, it's just a Howdy Doody crayon box that I photo shopped over my face so I don't get fired from my easy job that I never go to. They're funny that way... I was pretty dark back then...I'm sure I'll pay for it later when I turn into a prune by 60...

Uncivil said...

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Maureen said...

Holy crap, VE.... it must have taken a frickin year to put together that post! It's so awesome you have a great following; and I love being part of your fan club.

Here's to another wonderful year!

VE said...

uncivil - So brief...so direct...you are ON it, my friend! ha ha

maureen - Well I gotta have somebody correct my inaccuracies when I do Star Wars posts!

colbymarshall said...

So sad to have not made it.

VE said...

colby - I was very sad you didn't at least make the 100 club. You were only one away! Oh wel...this year is the year of the side note!!! ha ha

Perpetual Chocoholic said...

Hey! I want your reader numbers but without writing an interesting blog or having to pay money. Any suggestions?

VE said...

perpetual - In the end, only 3 people claimed their money. Not bad. As far as reader numbers, that just takes work and time. I don't do a lot of hoopala trying to be on top of google searches and I don't do all the clubs like Entrecard etc. I am in one club: humor bloggers.

Janna said...

You're doing the dime-comment thing for 2009, right?
I hope so.
I just e-mailed you my PayPal address and would hate to look like an idiot... that costs 20 cents.
25 if I happen to be naked at the time.

VE said...

janna - Welcome. You JUST made it. I was recording the tallies for this post and won't be going back to it again.

Mrsupole said...

Now you know I just wanted to make you do some more work and so I figure since I had to find out where I started I would go back to the first and so now I am last. Huh.

So add 1 more.

God bless.

Dang it, this is gonna be a lot of work for me too. Sigh.

VE said...

Remember, I am always last...