Recently Acquired: Blogging Knowhow

What’s the most important (or interesting, or unexpected) thing about blogging you know today that you didn’t know a month ago?

The Daily Prompt.

What’s that little something

I’ve learnt over the past month

That I didn’t know before

About blogging?

It’s just this:

When I read something interesting,

Worth sharing, worth re-reading,

Worth saving, worth referring to.

I should shout out from the rooftops,

“Yes, friends, I Reddit and I Digg it when I StumbleUpon it.”

—Linus Fernandes.


Blogging tips in tweets (from me)

Blogging tips posted to Twitter by yours truly:





Medium: A fresh platform

Dear Readers:

I have discovered a brand new platform, Medium, to host my posts.

For starters, I have begun posting articles from my secondary blog, Make Time For Sports, at the site. The initial posts are identical in style and content to the originals but I have since decided to combine five to six posts in a digest-like format and publish them on the platform.

Thus, you can expect a lag from the time they are published on my site and on Medium. If, of course, you cannot wait, you are welcome to visit my blog and catch them earlier.

Medium’s editor is markedly different, very minimalistic and unobtrusive. Once you learn to use it, you will fall in love with it. I did.

Medium, like WordPress, provides the functionality of sharing your draft with whoever you wish to seek input or feedback from.  [Not that I have used the functionality, yet, but I am more than willing to, if someone (anyone) will put up his or her hand.]

This , for now, is all my experience with Medium.

Do not forget to visit my posts there.

My profile:




Rubber Tyres Site Referral Stats

All Time

Referrer Views
Search Engines 14,237 Reader 281
Facebook 277 274
WordPress Dashboard 194
Twitter 191 141
StumbleUpon 122 113 86 84 78
Google 67 64 52 50 42 42 34 32

2011 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Syndey Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 14,000 times in 2011. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 5 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads This blog is on fire!.

Crunchy numbers

Featured image

The average container ship can carry about 4,500 containers. This blog was viewed about 15,000 times in 2010. If each view were a shipping container, your blog would have filled about 3 fully loaded ships.


In 2010, there were 1,371 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 1,441 posts. There were 92 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 16mb. That’s about 2 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was April 29th with 141 views. The most popular post that day was ITIL.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were,, WordPress Dashboard,, and

Some visitors came searching, mostly for facebook status quotes, intriguing facebook status, venky’s chicken, project management quotes, and nooriya haveliwala.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


ITIL April 2010



Intriguing Facebook Status Quotes July 2010
1 Like on,



The Women’s Reservation Bill – Boon Or Bane? April 2010



Overstock.Com OSTK January 2010



It has come to my attention that certain individuals are going around yelling ‘GIVE UP’ and other such imprecations and misleading people that they are doing so as representative of my actions. This is an attempt at mischief by some ill-meaning miscreants and I would ask you or anyone else to not take them at face value.

I have neither requested nor incited nor persuaded any individual or group to perform these actions either on my behalf or any one else’s.

Nor am I responsible or accountable for the action(s) of any group or individual who purport to do so.

If you encounter such individual(s) or group(s), I request you to ask them to refrain from associating their actions and deeds from yours truly.


Linus Fernandes

Mumbai First For Meter Jam

the bliss dancer at dawn

Image by john curley via Flickr

In this age where dysfunctional behaviour is winked at, it is refreshing to note that the organizers of the Meter Jam campaign have taken another step forward by adding an offline component to their online avatar.

Area volunteers will be created in a bid to create awareness in the general public of commuter rights.

At the same time, Hindustan Times have launched a Facebook fan-page called HT Mumbai First that is dedicated to tracking genuine complaints , which are then forwarded to the traffic police department.

Just two interesting movements FYI!

Weekly Stats Report: Sep 6 – Sep 12 2010

Weekly Stats Report: Sep 6 – Sep 12 2010
Project: Rubber Tyres

  Mon Tues Wed Thur Fri Sat Sun Total Avg
Pageloads 39 34 37 30 29 45 60 274 39
Unique Visitors 31 30 33 28 25 30 46 223 32
First Time Visitors 29 30 31 28 25 29 43 215 31
Returning Visitors 2 0 2 0 0 1 3 8 1