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Wednesday, June 27, 2007...
Introducing my awesome new site [-]
UPDATE (6/28): I spent all day taking the code explained below for submitting and voting on the funniest jokes to make it super easy to add new categories whenever I want.

So, I went ahead and added a second category best blogs. I already submitted my own blog, plus I submitted the top 10 premium blogs over to the right, just to get things started. You can submit your own and start voting whenever you want! Again, please leave a comment here if you find any bugs or have any comments. Thanks!
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All right, so I've been a little secretive, a little bit on the hush hush as of late. But the good news is that I've been working hard on a new site! Your initial response is hopefully one of sorrow, for you are fearing what will happen to this site. Well, don't worry because my new site will INCORPORATE the ideas and awesomeness of this one, plus add so much more!

The site is called BlankestBlank.com. Although it's not much to look at right now, it is FUNCTIONING on a basic level, so I thought it high time to introduce the concept and get some feedback from my loyal audience.

How it works:
There will be a load of different categories of the form _______est _______ (blankest blank). For example, funniest joke, most embarassing story, best movie of 2007, etc. There will definitely be a category of "best blog of the day" (which is how the new site will incorporate this one). Currently, the only category being tested is "funniest joke," so I will use this in my explanation.

I've described my site as StumbleUpon meets HotOrNot.com. The whole process begins with users submitting the URL to their favorite joke. This could be the web address to some fancy joke collection site, or you could type the joke into your own blog/website and submit that address (the latter option is much preferred).

Then, the voting begins. The system randomly takes you from funny joke to funny joke, allowing you to rate it on a scale from 1 to 5. Also there is a easy button to flag a site if something comes up that is off-topic, pornographic, not loading, etc. You don't have to submit a joke to be able to view them and rate them, but why wouldn't you?? If you host the joke on your own blog, it's free traffic to your site!

In the future, once more categories are implemented, you'll have the option of rating lots of jokes in a row, or you can rate a joke, follow it up with a video, follow that up with a funny news story, etc. and kinda randomly bounce around like that. But for now, it's only jokes (sorry!).

After a certain amount of time, voting will end, and the results will be displayed. So, if your joke is among the most popular, you can count on another big influx of traffic to your site. So, if you do make a submission, you'd be smart to encourage some of your readers to check it out and give you a good vote!

So, if you're ready to submit a joke, you can click here. Or, if you'd rather go right to the voting, you can click here. Like I said, visually the site isn't much to look at right now, but hopefully it is functioning properly.

If you have any questions or comments or suggestions, please leave a comment on this post. In the future, the site will have its own bulletin board, but we're still in the infant stages. I already preloaded a couple of jokes on there
posted by Bobby Griffin @ 2:05 PM   8 comments [-]
Wednesday, June 20, 2007...
Body Jewelry [-]
FreshTrends.com is one of the internet's foremost body jewelry websites. When I first read the URL I thought it said "FleshTrends.com". With an L instead of an R. I think both names are great and would work great as a combo. My friend's brother is really into tattos and body jewelry and it looks really great on him. I wonder if he's ever been to FreshTrends.com...I'd be willing to bet that he has been.

If you're like me and body jewelry is a little too much for you personally, but you still support the cause, perhaps a t-shirt would be a better purchase.
posted by Bobby Griffin @ 9:00 AM   1 comments [-]
New idea? [-]
I think that I had a genius new idea for a web site. Don't worry Bestest Blog fans, because the previous concept of Bestest Blog will be incorporated into an overarching bigger and better idea. I am still reading up on MySQL and PHP, but I am going to try and enlist the help of a few friends if they think the idea is good and get a prototype goin. Stay tuned!
posted by Bobby Griffin @ 8:50 AM   4 comments [-]
Venetian Blinds [-]
Well, as many of you know, my wife and I just moved into a new house. We had to makes a lot of changes...new carpets, new countertops, a new paint job. One thing that we mutually decided didn't need to be changed at all were the venetian blinds in all the bed rooms. They're so simple, yet still look very very nice. They keep out the sun or let it in, whatever you want. Plus, you can get them in just about every color under the rainbow. We're thinking about adding them to the rooms that didn't have them already (bathroom, kitchen, living room).

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posted by Bobby Griffin @ 8:49 AM   2 comments [-]
Automated Directory [-]
So, yesterday I ordered on Amazon.com a book about PHP and MySQL. From what I can gather from some preliminary tutorials, this would be an excellent way to automate people adding links to the directory. It's possible that I may be even able to automate checking the reciprocal link for the exchange, as well as alphabetizing and sorting and what not. In any case, it is a great tool to learn for a budding website specialist like myself.

I'd definitely like to make another run at making this site great, but I can't do as much work as I used to (checking and adding by hand 100+ links a week ended up being about 10 hours of work). So, we'll see how it goes...
posted by Bobby Griffin @ 6:50 AM   6 comments [-]
Lead Management [-]
What is crm? Well, first off, crm stands for customer relationship management. It's the idea in business that if you want to increase your profits you need to maintain a very happy customer base. Companies likes AIMPromote offer crm software (customer relationship management software) to help ease the burden of pacifying a insatiable group of consumers.

AIMPromote is also a leader in lead management (pun intended) and offers a very comprehensive lead management software package. A lead is a term referring to one company or individual referring (or leading) customers to another company. Say you own a mortgage company and you want to pay Joe Blogger $100 for every successful mortgage applicant he sends your way. Well, $100 is a lot of money. It's not enough to do lead tracking by giving new users an optional field to enter their referral. Most users will skip over this optional field. You need a more sophisticated software program to assist in mortgage lead management. This again is where AIMPromote fits the bill!

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posted by Bobby Griffin @ 5:55 AM   1 comments [-]
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