Thursday, July 17, 2008

Going for a blogging trifecta

Sunday marks three years since I started this blog. Three years, and I've never celebrated my blogoversary before. In fact, I've celebrated no milestones with this blog.

Which is ironic, since Sunday could very well mark three different milestones: the Blogoversary, 500 posts, and 10,000 unique visits. With my current planned posting schedule, the 500 posts should happen on Sunday. The 10,000 visits, that's hit or miss.

I haven't decided what to do on Sunday, but I thought I might follow the lead of other bloggers and open myself up to questions. Anything you want to know about me, feel free to ask. Anything. We'll see how honest I feel on Sunday when it's time to answer. :)

Also, I'll give 1,000 Entrecard credits to the first person to send me a print screen of my blog with the hit counter as close to 10,000 as possible. An extra 1,000 Entrecard credits if the 10,000 mark happens when it's July 20 in Chicago. (If that person is not on Entrecard, I'll work out a $10 giftcard to Amazon or some place similar at my discretion.)

Send the print screen as a jpeg attachment to webmaster (at) haleyhughes (dot) com. (Replace the (at) and the (dot) with the appropriate symbols, of course.)

So I've announced a contest -- buried it deep in the post -- but it's my first contest, so you'll forgive me, I hope. Consider it a reward for reading. :)

To recap: Contest (see above) and taking questions (see above).

Addendum: How to capture a print screen

If you have Windows Vista, there's something called the Snipping Tool that you can use. I've never used it myself, but here are the directions. (Thanks Monique for the tip.)

The way I've always done it on my Windows PC: There's a button on my keyboard marked "Print Screen". Arrange your desktop the way you want it, then press the "Print Screen" button. This saves a picture of the screen to your clipboard. Open a graphics or photo editing program and paste in the image. Then do a save-as, and save the file as a .jpg or .jpeg.

If you have an Apple computer, there's probably a similar option, but my Apple skills are very rusty, so I don't know.

If all else fails, Google: How do I capture a print screen.


  1. I'm not that nifty with a computer to enter your high tech contest but I'll wish you a congratulations right here and now on your blogging anniversary - Wow, three years!!
    You've been very kind to me in getting my blog up and running and I hope to see you around the blogosphere for a long, long time.

  2. For a brief moment I considered hitting "refresh" 302 times to win but I just don't have tat kind of dedication. Happy blogiversary!

  3. /thinking of questions now, muhahahahahhaha.

  4. How long have you lived in Chicago/Chicago area?

    How awesome do you think I am?

    Have you ever had Puerto Rican food?

    How in the hell did you manage to hold out for THREE years? WOW! We should be sending you gifts!

    Where do I send my congrats gift to?

    Again, congrats on three years. That is amazing!

  5. lol 'Chicago Time' & 'Still Chicago Time' I love it. I'm so in for this contest. As for the questions... I think I wore myself out asking Monique all the millions of questions I asked her - but I still have till Sunday so we'll see hehehehe

  6. When do you want some questions by?

  7. @MamaFlo -- Thanks! I hope to see you around the blogosphere for an equally long time. :) Also, I added some tips on how to capture a screen shot. 10,000 is definitely going to happen today.

    @GorillaSushi -- Thanks! Fortunately (or unfortunatley) the site meter doesn't work based on refresh. It counts unique visits, so if it knows it's still you hitting refresh, it will NOT count that as a new hit. However, if anyone else has hit the site, it will update the number to reflect that visit. I hope my explanation makes sense.

    @Claire -- I'm very afraid.

    @Monique -- Fun questions! Thanks for throwing some good ones at me. Gives me something to work with.

    @fragileheart -- The clock widget made me have two clocks, so I had to assign that second clock a time zone. I was too lazy to hunt down a different widget with only one clock. Sunday has come and gone, but if you do think of any questions, I'll probably try to stretch this out for the rest of the week.

    @Claire -- Anytime this week. And yes, I'm still afraid.


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