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Tuesday, May 17th, 2005

Getting Famous One Person At a Time

So this morning I came in and found an email from my brother saying he found my blog. Great detective work, Rodd!! If you get emails from greg_at_gregrperry_dot_com, didn’t you think there might be a gregrperry.com? As you can see from the email text,

Subject: Found your blog

Actually, Guy found it, as he was vainly searching the internet – which he
does about every 5 minutes. The archive thing you do with our comic is
cool. Does a bot do that automatically, or do you have to do it manually?
Of course, we will have to send the lawyers after you if we ever release a
book.

he didn’t even figure it out from the email. I used to keep my Brevity comic archive secret, with no links and a robots.txt prohibiting the search bots from indexing it, but my fraternal pride won out and I posted the link you can see on the left, which does show up in a google search. Actually, I was afraid of my brother’s lawyers. If I do get a “cease and desist” letter, I’ll be sure to post it prominently.

Notice also that Rodd didn’t bother to post here – I had to quote his email. Of course, he’s not too busy to post to other people’s blogs and getting famous. Perhaps I need to criticize his work to attract his (and Guy’s) attention.

I’ll let you all know how I maintain the Brevity archive. Six days a week I get the daily Brevity emailed to me by Comics.com, so on Monday morning I have to go fetch the Sunday one myself. I save all the images from these. Then I can use IrfanView, the best image viewer I have ever found, to create the thumbnails and the html pages. Then I FTP the new index page and the new image pages up to my host. I do this about once or twice a week.

It would be nice to figure out a way to automate this process, but I’m kind of busy playing with my Mambo site and learning all the things I’ve mentioned in previous posts. That is also keeping me busy posting technical details as a diary of learning how to set up my website, and leaves little time to go on with the social commentary. When I get everything up and running I’ll have much more to say on other topics.

Posted by Greg as Family & Friends, My Website, Software at 09:52 PST

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