It's been almost a month since I tentatively renamed this blog. I think "The Hum of Desperation" is going to stick. I like it with the new font and italics.
A while ago I was reading another blog and noticed a couple of widgets that I thought I might try here. If you scroll all the way to the bottom of the page, you will find a map from Map Loco showing where my visitors are located. I've loved maps since I was a kid so it seems appropriate to have one here. I wanted to put it higher on the page in the right column, but it's too wide (they only offer two sizes, and I must use the larger one). I trimmed the number of posts per page from 20 to 15 so the bottom of the page comes sooner.
I also added a Big Brother-ish widget on the right from Feedjit that shows recent blog visitors, what page they viewed, where they were located, and the sites they came from or went to. I'm alternately fascinated and creeped out by it, so it may not become a permanent fixture. It's not always accurate: my EarthLink DSL account sometimes registers as Downers Grove, IL or Minneapolis, MN(!). I have noticed at least two authors of books I reviewed this month have visited although they didn't leave comments (when someone visits from a small town in Utah and looks at a page for a book co-authored by someone who teaches at Southern Utah University, it's probably not a coincidence). I also had a visitor today from Istanbul, which gave me a reason to sing one of my favorite songs.
This year is turning out to be a sort of rebirth of this blog. It's only November and I've already posted more entries than any year since this blog's 2004-2007 heyday. Actually, I guess the trend began in 2011. If I hadn't nixed Book Challenge 2011, I would have exceeded 200 posts last year. This year with Book Challenge 2012 I'm almost certain to break that mark. Gosh, looking back it's hard to believe that sometimes I wrote as many as 47 entries in one month (September 2004, September 2007).