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@Team_Barrowman, my website winner :)

In another moment of utter geekiness, I thought I’d see if I could export from the Joomla website a list of all my webpages within the site and what their page ranking was based on the number of hits each has received. Then pull it into my WordPress blog as a post. Lo and behold, “there’s an app for that!” 😀

And as expected, no big surprise here, the John Barrowman pages are naturally the most popular, taking up 7 spots in the top 10 places (out of those, the video page has a wide lead, with over 7800 page views). U2 places second with two, and my 2008 Lunar Eclipse page coming in 3rd. (Oddly enough, my photo page of Creepy Crawlies doesn’t seem to rank quite as well, LOL).

THIS is why I keep telling my boss we should drop John’s name into our company website; nothing brings in the traffic quite as fast as that ole Barrowman name. 😉

Check it out, here’s the list by Rank, Page Name, and Number of Hits.

[pearl_csv_to_webpage_display filename = PageRank.csv]

Random Google-ly Thoughts

Sometimes geeky Google Analytics perplexes me.

No surprise that the Barrowman pages are the most popular on my website. (I keep telling my boss that if he wants to increase the page hits to the company website, to just let me sprinkle the name John Barrowman liberally here and there throughout the site, and the number of site visitors will skyrocket, LOL). Didn’t start my website with the idea that it would become 80% Barrowman related, but discovered him in Torchwood at the same time I started playing with Joomla as a CMS, so essentially learned how to design webpages in Joomla by making and breaking and fixing all those Barrowman pages.

But can’t figure out exactly how 21 people [edit: 56 people! since I first posted this] so far today found their way to the JB media pages on the site from FACEBOOK. I do have an account there, but rarely use it for anything, almost never post, only signed up for it so that nobody else would swipe my user name when they changed over to real name screen names.

Certainly haven’t been posting my JB site updates there, at least not that I know of. So it’s a bit of a mystery. A lot of the other referrals make perfect sense: Twitter, Brizzly, LiveJournal… I tend to make mention of my site updates to those three fairly regularly. But Facebook is like the forgotten skeleton in my internet closet, just never think to post regular updates there.

So again, it’s a puzzlement.

Do LIKE Google Analytics, though. Gives me a general idea of who is visiting what page, how they found it (keyword searches are particularly amusing sometimes; someone recently found their way to my blog by doing a search for “dudley douchebag”, a reference from Desperate Housewives),  how many times they visit, how long they stay, and from what location. The location info in particular is of interest, love seeing how many people from other countries come and visit.

And well, it must be said that I DO find it rather *squee*-rific when I find a visitor to the Barrowman pages coming from a location where I know the man himself is at the time. The realist in me knows it could be and most likely IS anyone else, but yes, my inner fangirl did do a mental happy dance when I got hits from Glasgow and Manchester while JB was there shooting Tonight’s The Night, or more recently, hits from towns in Spain during the three weeks he was vacationing there, particularly when I’ve never gotten hits from Spain before. Was it JB? Prolly not. But if it makes the inner fangirl happy to think so, who am I to burst her bubble? 😀

Of course on the flip side, if the Powers That Be DO visit the site, there’s always that concern that I’ll get some sort of cease and desist notification from them, since I AM going a bit rogue by capturing and streaming UK video to worldwide audiences. But I look at it this way, it’s a win/win for everyone. Non UK fans get to see video they’d never get to see otherwise, and it’s promoting the heck out of the BBC, ITV, JB, etc. Essentially free advertising for them. And it’s not like I’m making any money off of it or even attempting to. So one would hope that I’m not ruffling any feathers with my site content. :)

Moved over all my posts from my old blog!

Who says that you can’t import WordPress.com blog entries into a WordPress.org blog. Maybe I just mis-read the info, but I exported from my old lower end .com blog, and imported them into this here NEW .org blog, without any trouble at all. Looks like I might have to edit a few of the posts where the embedded YouTube videos apparently didn’t embed, but other than that, things imported just fine. Yay. If I got one thing done before I went to bed tonight, I wanted to at least get the blog posts moved over and post something new.

In any case, here I am. I signed up for a new domain, and have a new site started and this new and improved blog. Next on the agenda I guess is to link the site and the blog, and put a few new pages on the website.

Site additions for JB's @Team_Barrowman pages

Guess the late evening coffee has finally worn off and while I’ve got MORE stuff I could do to the site tonight, it involves some serious video editing, and my brain is too tired for that. So I’ll just post what I’ve done so far today and call it a night.

On the Multimedia page: Two new Barrowman videos (the interview and “Copacabana” performance from the Jonathan Ross show from February of this year), and 6 new audio files from various radio shows and other places.

And on the Various and Sundries page, a video clip and a couple more cartoons/photos added.

And with that, you can now put a fork in me, I’m done for the night. :)

3 more videos uploaded to my @Team_Barrowman webpage!

Figured I haven’t mentioned JB in any of my last 3 posts, and thought “Can’t have THAT now, can we!?!” 😉 So added three “new” videos to the website this weekend. Two that are actually fairly old, but given that I’m a new fan, they’re new to me. And one newer one from March of this year.

And since I had time over the weekend, I picked ones that needed a little more tweaking than usual, since y’all know how much I just LOVE to tweak. 😀

A Day In the Life Of John Barrowman – 2007?
(Combined the 5 parts into a single video, and edited out the repetitive intros in parts 2-5)
Day in the Life of John Barrowman: Parts 1-5
—–

Charlotte Church Interview – 2007?
(Combined the three parts into one, and changed the aspect ratio
from the very squishy 4:3 to the correct widescreen 16:9)

—–

The One Show – March 2010

(Edited out the “NonJohn” parts and spliced the rest together.
Did some slight reordering of the footage so that the main JB stuff was at the front.)

And the band geek in me can’t help but notice how STRAIGHT he’s a’holdin’ that flute,
even after all these years. That deeply engrained school band training is hard to forget, eh John? 😉

All three are there on the multimedia page. :)

@Team_Barrowman : CDs, Olympic tunes, BBC radio…

Ended up canceling my AmazonUK order for the three John Barrowman CDs. Wanted to add on a fourth – John Barrowman Swings Cole Porter – which supposedly I should have been able to do, just place a separate order, then request it be “combined” into a single order. It refused to be combined. So rather than email Amazon for help and wait for a response in case they tried shipping in the meantime, I opted to just cancel both orders. Then turned around and RE-ordered all four CDs in a single order. 😀 Amazon didn’t have a problem with me doing that, I guess. So now I’ve got Another Side, Music Music Music, Swings Cole Porter (What? No “Night and Day” on that one!?!), and the new self titled CD that’s coming out March 1st coming in in a single shipment from Amazon.co.uk. And again, saved a nice chunk of change vs if I’d ordered it from Amazon.com proper. I think AmazonUK was $55 total, vs $110 from Amazon.com for the exact same CDs.

Didn’t have to get up at 3am to listen to John on the BBC radio thing the other night (see my Twitter stream about that). Once again, internet saves the day; the radio station is keeping that showgram as an online stream until early March. So I was able to listen to the entire 45 minutes of interview at my leisure last night. Although why JB would come on a show that is so clearly NOT into his music is beyond me. I guess any publicity for the new CD is considered good publicity, and maybe my American brain is just taking British humor too seriously, but IMHO they were seriously slagging off his choice of tunes, *pththtt*. Wasn’t a total loss though. Got to record 45 minutes of John, AND picked up that live Snow Patrol track as well. Yes! She shoots, she scores! 😀 Haven’t heard anything from Snow Patrol since D and I saw them open for U2 up in Boston last September.

When it’s not so late, I’ll have to see about some of his other radio interviews, since he’s doing something like 11 of them in the next week or two.

Hmmm… Heaven in my blog mp3 player just cut off early. Something must have interrupted the upload when I put it online last month. Will have to fix that. That’s okay. That just means Feelin’ Good came up sooner than later. 😀

Speaking of which, two songs that John has covered have made it into the Olympics, I noticed. Not his versions, no surprise there, but they did Both Sides Now during the opening ceremonies. And the first skater in the women’s short program last night during the figure skating competition did her routine to an instrumental version of Feelin’ Good. Since that one is currently topping my list of favorite John songs, needless to say I sat up and took notice in a hurry.

Gaa! Another song cut off short. Note to self: reupload I Know Him So Well too. Grrr… I was going to add a few more songs anyway, so I’ll upload the lot of them at the same time, probably over the weekend. NOT tonight though, I overslept the last two mornings, so promised myself I’d be in bed by midnight tonight, so I wouldn’t miss another Wii Workout in the morning.

Website changes: Site SEO and John Barrowman

Alas, doing website stuff can’t be ALL be fun and Barrowman, LOL.

Finally broke down and did boring geeky admin maintenance stuff tonight, namely switching on the SEO (“search engine optimization”, *yawn* yeah, told you it was boring) features of the site, and then once it, as expected, broke my site theme (the main reason I hadn’t done the SEO before now, last time I did it, it completely killed my style sheets, and left the site ugly and themeless), went into one of the scary looking PHP configuration files (man, I hate digging around code like that, you can break sites that way. I know, I’ve done it), added one simple line, crossed my fingers and reloaded the site. Yay! It worked! I didn’t break it!

And now instead of having those big long Joomla style URLs from hell, I’ve actually got URLs that make sense and TELL you what the page is by name instead of listing them by section, category, and article ID number. And even better, when I go check out who is coming to the site, and what pages are being visited, I’ll be able to tell, in plain English, which pages those are, instead of trying to translate those lengthy URLs.

Once I got that done, then it was time for a little more fun and Barrowman. Turned the Favorite Video Page to a Multimedia page, and went ahead and moved all the radio interviews that I’d saved from late February and early March and posted under the “Various and Sundries” page over to the Multimedia page, then added on three new radio shows, including one that just aired in the UK yesterday. Sometimes being a smart nerdy fangirl has its advantages. 😉


(Yes, I know that’s Dr. Who, not Captain Jack, but you get the idea. 😉 I’ve always just thought that pic was hilarious. And one of these days, I’m sure I’ll sit down and watch my first episode of Dr. Who. Eventually.)