This is the third Summer of the Obama Conspiracy Theories blog.
My Google alerts are returning almost nothing except the churning from WorldNetDaily and the Canada Free Press. At times like this I scrounge for Quotes of the Day, and take time to trim the weeds (do visual improvements and optimization on the blog). Check out the cool new background image.
The percentage of new vs returning visitors continues to drop (new = 31.5%) with 12,484 unique visitors over the past month. Jerome Corsi’s book dropped out of the top 1,000 at Amazon.com for the second time. It looks like the birther movement has entered the Summer slump.
Hosting your own blog can be an interesting multidisciplinary challenge: researching, writing, updating software, and tinkering with visual elements in HTML and CSS. I finally got the indention on the Recent Articles link right, and replaced the Recent Comments feature with something prettier and faster. If you’re interested in that side of blogging, you can find more on the Change log page. Support for OpenID has been added so that commenters can show ID 😉 . I’m always looking for ways to improve the blog without sacrificing performance, ways to interface better with Internet resources such as search engines, and adherence to standards like OpenID and XML sitemaps.
I’ve written some cool desktop tools that interface across the Internet (via ODBC) with the blog’s database to deal with reporting spam, checking users for sock puppets and writing specialized HTML more quickly.
I’ve started a different commenting style, adding my comments ahead of what I’m quoting. This makes what appears under Recent Comments more representative of the comment; otherwise the Recent Comment will show what someone else said next to your name.
My personal focus for the summer is expanding the Understanding the birthers article series. My concern is that the analysis of the birther phenomenon (including my own) is overly simplistic. I’m reading some books, and developing my own ideas by writing, and reading your constructive criticism. I registered DoctorConspiracy.com (felt pretty lucky to get it), so I guess I’d better know what I’m talking about.
I’m on vacation starting July 2. The special Summer edition of the Occasional open thread starts June 26.