Welcome to another new theme of the website! I think this one is all the more easier to read, especially now that I’ve been writing a lot more posts in the past few months.
This blog has slowly moved from covering all kinds of topics, to basically focusing on two – science and politics. When it comes to science, the most common theme is astronomy, and when it comes to politics, it’s almost exclusively pirate ideology. In my opinion, this is awesome. I have always wanted to have a more focused blog, and it’s wonderful to see it organically move into a well put arc. I tried to sum everything up in a piffy tagline, but failed. I finally ended up with “Your daily fix of space pandas”, referencing my new header and my absolute love for the red panda (Ailurus fulgens).
I still haven’t solved the problem of writing almost all political posts in Swedish, and almost all other posts in English. I consider creating a second blog especially for politics, but that might just make me end up with two rarely updated blogs. I suppose time will tell.
PS. In writing this post, I googled “pirate ideology” to find a good summary for those less into it. I ended up going with the link to Falkvinge’s blog as seen above, but I also realised that the term is not at all as used as I thought. My own blog even appeared as the fifth result. Is there some other term for the ideology of the Pirate Parties? DS.
anton.nordenfur.se was down Monday through Thursday but is finally up again. Apparantly it was a misunderstanding between my hosting brother and the web hosting service, but everything is now back on track again. It got me scared though, especially considering I had forgotten to backup my blog for quite some time.
When I started blogging in October 2006, now five and a half years ago (then at http://blog.mangaworld.se), I had no idea what the purpose of this blog would be. I still have no idea, even if it might be at least a tad clearer today. When I first started blogging, I was fourteen years old, and the posts were peevishly personal and dripping with hormonal hubris (and I’m still awesome at alliteration). The egocentrism of the posts has fallen off with the years, to the degree that I very rarely talk about my personal life. There are ofcourse exceptions, such as this post (and no, I still don’t know where it’s going).
All in all, this blog has always been (and will continue to be, in the foreseeable future) a ventilation of thoughts and opinions. The blog hasn’t got a specific purpose or destination, but is the hangar for multiple projects with varying seriousness and purpose. The longest-running project of this type is that of my political views, mostly concerning the Pirate Party but on occasion straining into energy policy, drugs and immigration. Other projects include my skeptical view of the world, my interest in science, and (since I started studying it in last fall) Chinese culture and language.
Why am I writing? What’s the purpose? I dare say that it’s not part hubris. Because no-one ever comments on any post that gets the slightest bit personal. It’s simply not interesting – and I am the same way when I follow other blogs, the personal stuff rarely interest me. But I still enjoy writing, and I enjoy looking through my old posts, including those that I find completely moronic and unscientific in hindsight.
And I would be lying if I didn’t find some occasional appreciation. The comments on my writings on political topics are often phenomenal, which I see when it comes to Facebook likes, Twitter mentions, flattrings and comments. Some people actually do find my musings interesting. That just adds to the enjoyment.
Det är alltid kul att se hur högt bloggen ligger i googlesökningar. Nej, jag sitter inte och googlar själv, men de vanligaste sökningarna som tar folk hit kommer fram genom FireStats.
Sökningen “instuderingsfrågor stormakten” ger plats två till mina instuderingsfrågor från att jag läste historia på gymnasiet, en tre år gammal artikel. Andra sökresultat är bland annat olika skolors information om prov, Wikipedias artikel om svensk litteratur, och lektion.se.
Sökningen “bokanalys” är otroligt vag, men ger ändå plats fem till min relativt nya analys av “Kina: den haltande kolossen”. Andra resultat är främst beskrivningar av hur bokanalys är upplagda, men även ett par andra faktiska bokanalyser.
Två bildsökningar som varit populära väldigt länge är på Simone Simons (sångaren i Epica) och Tuomas Holopainen (keyboardist i Nightwish). En sökning på “simone simons hot” ger två bilder från min blogg på plats fyra respektive nio. Sökning på “tuomas holopainen” ger en bild av honom på plats 22, samt en bild på Tarja Turunen (fråga mig inte varför) på plats tio.
…and try to figure out why this has been my most visited post for quite a while now (even ahead of the startpage by 40 % or so). It may simply be the obscure reference in the header leading forth many Poe fans, but I can’t find a lot of her in the general Google searches leading here.
Anyways, for more info: the traffic to the blog has been steadily increasing since early October, which I guess is good. The most popular Google search words are still “simone simons hot” and “tuomas holopainen” (the first almost twice as popular than the latter), but there have also come several new claimers of the throne. Both “Taikatalvi translation” and “taikatalvi lyrics nightwish” appear on positions 3 and 5 (both leading here). Other search words related to Nightwish and their new album Imaginaerum (more specifically concerning my reviews on Imaginaerum and on “Storytime“) appear on positions 8, 9 and 10.
While the majority of my audience is international (the biggest majority is 14 % from the USA), the 12 % majority of Swedes are apparently very interested in the red panda, and the search word “kattbjörn” (Swedish name for the red panda) is on position 4.
There’s also a second Simone Simons search phrase, simply “simone simons” on position 6, and my article from when I considered buying a KORG PA-50 is for some reason still interesting, leading to “korg pa 50” still being a steady search word on position 7.
Summary, common Google search phrases leading to my blog:
- “simone simons hot”
- “tuomas holopainen”
- “Taikatalvi translation”
- “taikatalvi lyrics nightwish”
- “simone simons”
- “korg pa 50″
- “nightwish storytime review”
- “nightwish imaginaerum review”
- “imaginaerum review”
2012. It always feels weird when facing a new number, every year the same number. I’m enticed to say that the years feel more and more science fiction and futuristic in the 21st century, but I’m sure it felt exactly the same when predicting the near future or facing new years in the 1900s, or for that matter long before that.
It feels weird as always, but I’m sure it’ll be fantastic. 2012 is the year of the first new Hobbit release. It is the year of the end of the world (and while I don’t care for these folks who haven’t even checked their original sources, it’ll be interesting to see what happens – not that I think a megavulcano or a Planet X will strike, but in that I’m scared of a second Heaven’s Gate). It is the year (hopefully) of my first academic graduation, and the year (hopefully) of my first academic studies in engineering and sciences. It is the year, if all goes as planned, that I finally check through the final edition of my completed 500-page novel The Tempest and send it off to some publishers for evaluation. It is the year, if all goes as planned, that I get a part-time job and get my own apartment after 20 years of living with my mom.
All in all, it is the year I grow up. Let’s hope I don’t crash and burn while escaping Earth orbit.
Today is my blog’s fifth birthday! The blog started on October 29th, 2006 at the URL blog.mangaworld.se, and has since gone through a bunch of stylistic changes and an URL change to the current anton.nordenfur.se, but it’s still cool to have had an ongoing project for such a long time. I was fourteen when it started, and I’m now 19, so obviously my thoughts and ideas have changed a lot in the process as well.
Still, I don’t think I have ever deleted a post in hindsight. I am outright embarrassed concerning some, especially a few religious ones, but I have never deleted one. And it’s not like I’ve dropped the blog for periods during these five years – at least one post has been posted every month. The number of posts per month is between one and 39 (the most was in January 2007).
The first blog post, “Testing” is still readable here.