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July 21, 2006

100 bucks to 1 of 500 commentators

Five_million Congratulations to the blog! Here are tonight’s statistics:

Total number of hits: 5,003,941
Average per day: 5,578.93
Last seven days: 55,893
Today since midnight GMT: 9,415

Like Robert Gale at A Welsh View, I’ve been blogging for nearly 3 years, and just hit the 5 million hits. Volume of visitors had been noticeably slower in the last few months, either because of some new Google indexing or because people are simply getting tired of this same ol’ stuff. So I need to thank the folks behind the sites that generate the highest spikes in traffic recently, especially Mark Frauenfelder at Boing Boing, “Rasbobbo” at Daily Kos and Caddis from Metafilter. (Hello, Cad’). And to all the many other linkers & bloggers and readers, thanks a lot - I blog for you.

Now, if you read this, I’d like you (again) to post a comment below, just “Hello” will be enough. If I get 500 or more Hello’s, I will award $100 cash prize to one random commentator.

Here are the only rules: The 500 comments have to be posted within 30 days of today. The person who leaves the first comment may pick up the winner if they wish. If they don’t, the second commentator may do so, or the third, etc. If no one of the first 10 commentators will be willing to pick up a winner at the end of the “game”, I will pick one reader myself after drinking a couple of shots. The criteria by which this random person will be picked will manifest itself only then, so don't try to figure it out now. I will post the name of the winner here. The reward will be sent via Paypal or a regular check. Please make sure to use a real email address. Your address, obviously, will never be used for any other purpose. Only one comment per household. NO PURCHASE IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR TO WIN. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR ODDS OF WINNING. ALL FEDERAL, STATE AND LOCAL LAWS, RULES AND REGULATIONS APPLY. (By the way, I planned of composing this little gimmick before reading of Jakob Lodwick’s digg contest, so here, I’m late again)

July 25 August 12, 2006 Update: 101 490 Hello's - Only 399 10 to go!

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August, 15, 2006: Mission accomplished! We have a winner ! (But keep leaving comments here, if you got so far)

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hi hanan, thanks a lot for your site. i visit it every day and have found a lot of links nice to visit. don´t know how you find them all ... thanks again, uwe.

Posted by: uwe at Jul 22, 2006 2:31:16 AM

I've seen some pretty cool sites because of you. Thanks.

Posted by: Cuidado at Jul 22, 2006 3:39:09 AM

Mr Random Commentator here, A thousand hello's to you Hanan ....

Posted by: dodderyoldfart at Jul 22, 2006 4:01:13 AM

MOre articles on mega-eco-self-sustaining communities of the near future...thanx.

Posted by: doug at Jul 22, 2006 6:16:34 AM

Howdy, great site! Tim

Posted by: Tim at Jul 22, 2006 6:21:44 AM

Hanan, my day just wouldn't be complete without visiting Growabrain, even if I don't comment frequently!

Posted by: Karen at Jul 22, 2006 6:28:10 AM

Hanan, you're part of my daily routine (along with flossing). I love that you respond directly to comments.

Posted by: Marilyn at Jul 22, 2006 6:31:11 AM

Hanan - You know I'd never miss an opportunity to randomly win cash! I read you via RSS these days. I really should click through more often.

Posted by: MJ at Jul 22, 2006 6:53:40 AM

you're part of my 'daily reads' bookmark folder =)

Posted by: cj at Jul 22, 2006 6:57:24 AM

Hey, congratulations. Keep up the good work; this is a daily must see!

Posted by: John at Jul 22, 2006 7:09:45 AM

An everyday addiction... My brain has certainly grown over the last couple of years of links.
I always was a sort of human linkfilter, my brain is stuffed full of random information, now it's overflowing, dammit.
Keep going, five million people and counting!

Posted by: soubriquet at Jul 22, 2006 7:22:58 AM

Most blogs get boring after a while, but not yours! :)

Posted by: flutefish at Jul 22, 2006 7:38:00 AM


Do I win if I shout?

I've told you this before, but excellence comes with boundaries. The reason you don't get many comments is the same reason people don't want to talk when they come out of a movie that was so wonderful they're afraid speaking will ruin it.

Posted by: Phoenix at Jul 22, 2006 8:05:06 AM

Bonjour Hanan,
Je continue de vous lire sans jamais m'ennuyer. Vous avez créé le meilleur blogue sur le web. Continuez de nous divertir ainsi et merci!

Posted by: Marie-Cécile at Jul 22, 2006 8:13:06 AM


As always, I'm still enjoying your blog tremendously!

Posted by: dustin at Jul 22, 2006 8:16:57 AM


Posted by: Antonio Gomez at Jul 22, 2006 8:18:30 AM

You da man, Hanan! Your consistent quality blogging is an inspiration and a good healthy kick in the ass for a new blogger such as myself, and co-posting with you was a blast. May your beard grow long and your comments even longer!

Posted by: Patrick at Jul 22, 2006 9:14:00 AM

Love the blog! Check it every day! Hello!

Posted by: Bob Latchaw at Jul 22, 2006 9:24:46 AM

Wow, 5 million visitors, that's amazing, Hanan! Congratulations! Maybe someday I'll hit, oh, I dunno, 50 thousand. :)

Posted by: Elayne Riggs at Jul 22, 2006 10:43:23 AM

you changed the game with this one.
bloggers have a whole new standard to live up to now. good luck to you.

Posted by: nico at Jul 22, 2006 11:08:42 AM

Hey, I'm in - "Hello!"

Posted by: K. A. Pearlman at Jul 22, 2006 11:15:10 AM


Hard to bag Growabrain into any of your typical categories. Just doesn't fit. Oh, wait, this is about real estate, isn't it? One of my favorite blogs.

Posted by: richard at Jul 22, 2006 11:56:16 AM

Never been much for comments, but, hey, a hundred bucks is a hundred bucks, right?

Posted by: Dan at Jul 22, 2006 12:21:58 PM

Hello - I agree with Dan.

Posted by: Sam at Jul 22, 2006 12:25:23 PM

I say hello with my little trackback and I have always, from the very first, luved the growabrain.

My effort for more hellos @


Posted by: Van der Leun at Jul 22, 2006 12:28:48 PM

"Hullo," said Pooh.

Posted by: beajerry at Jul 22, 2006 12:30:35 PM

Hi, I've been a reader of your blof for a long time now. You and a few others inspired me to start www.bitsandpieces1.blogspot.com a couple years ago. I haven't hit 5 million hits yet, but we're picking up steam. Thanks for all your work. Great blog.

Posted by: jonco at Jul 22, 2006 12:31:25 PM


Posted by: Dave at Jul 22, 2006 12:43:16 PM


Posted by: guinnesslab at Jul 22, 2006 12:52:10 PM


Posted by: Nathan at Jul 22, 2006 12:58:30 PM

Hello! Elayne pointed this out on her blog, so here I am. If nothing else, congratulations on being a part of so many people's daily blog allowance.

Posted by: Mike N. at Jul 22, 2006 1:02:25 PM

Hello, world.

Posted by: Quinn Inuit at Jul 22, 2006 1:02:28 PM

Hello, hope I win.

Posted by: Cameron at Jul 22, 2006 1:03:28 PM


Posted by: Jane at Jul 22, 2006 1:44:40 PM

Hello from Italy

Posted by: Doris Phillip at Jul 22, 2006 1:45:43 PM

Hi! Happy to comment on the blog of the only chap to (perhaps) have seen Jaws more times than I. I love your real estate links, and can't wait for more news of New Zealand. Keep up the good work!


Posted by: K at Jul 22, 2006 2:10:50 PM


If your reader ship is down it could be because there are so many blogs out there that we can't read them all any more. I do still read your blog. :)

Posted by: Teresa Boardman at Jul 22, 2006 2:59:45 PM

I didn't even know you had a comments section, and I've been here like, 5,000,000 times. :)

Posted by: Dan at Jul 22, 2006 3:36:40 PM

This is very interesting. Like to see how this ends up.

Posted by: Tony Collett at Jul 22, 2006 3:55:59 PM

i read your site daily and enjoy it very much. appreciate your hard work.

Posted by: thomas at Jul 22, 2006 4:45:43 PM

Elayne made this sound cool.

Posted by: Eva Whitley at Jul 22, 2006 7:17:10 PM

Mazel Tov, looks like you built yourself a binyan adei ad. :) Thanks for giving me something fun to do every day.

Posted by: M at Jul 22, 2006 7:54:26 PM

Candy for the brain, Hanan, and for that I thank you.

You inspired me to start blogging and have been a template since.

But your politics suck.

Hope your kin are okay amigo.

It's getting nasty over there.

Posted by: Steel at Jul 22, 2006 8:43:15 PM

Hello! I can use the $100.

Posted by: FedUp at Jul 22, 2006 10:12:13 PM

in the unlikely event that my name gets pulled out of the hat and I win the moolah, I'm going to spend it all on weed. thanks in advance!

Posted by: burst rhino at Jul 22, 2006 10:34:31 PM


Posted by: NukemHill at Jul 22, 2006 11:09:27 PM

C'mon , people! This is JUST NOT GOOD ENOUGH! Don't make me go make a blog post on your asses... ;-)

Posted by: Patrick at Jul 22, 2006 11:14:58 PM

Or as they say on the "Dylan Pool" -- Hat me!

Posted by: Patrick at Jul 22, 2006 11:16:00 PM

Hello, give the $100 to Steel up there if I win, he "can use it" :-)

Posted by: Ardell DellaLoggia at Jul 22, 2006 11:37:37 PM

I realized, after being fed a link about tampon crafts, that I should have thanked you for your efforts much sooner... :)

Posted by: Andreas at Jul 23, 2006 12:51:34 AM

how kewl. hello world.

Posted by: kewl at Jul 23, 2006 2:22:29 AM

Hello from Bermuda.

Posted by: Adjustah at Jul 23, 2006 4:22:37 AM

Howdy from Ft. Riley, KS.
Dadgummit, html's disabled. Had a good site, too...
Oh well, here it is: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/It's_All_about_the_Benjamins
It's all about the Benjamins, baby.
(not really, I just like the rock version of that song - and Weird Al's version, too)

Posted by: TeaFizz at Jul 23, 2006 5:01:48 AM

Thanks for making my own brain grow at least one size (so far), Hanan!

Posted by: Craig at Jul 23, 2006 6:12:39 AM

I really don't know how you do it, Hanan - yours is consistently the most awesomeest site ever. Hey, if you pick me, you can just give the $ to Mercy Corps, OK? In fact, maybe you could give them some $ now! Maybe everyone reading this could! I think I will right NOW! (end of plug)

Your politics and the view of the world you present through your blog are inspiring.

Posted by: lxw at Jul 23, 2006 7:11:17 AM


Posted by: dust at Jul 23, 2006 7:58:18 AM

back again for yet another hello

Posted by: Vanderleun at Jul 23, 2006 8:00:56 AM

Show me the money! :)

Posted by: Robbie at Jul 23, 2006 8:12:53 AM

Hi Hanan - I've been visiting your site off and on for years now.

My favorite link so far has been the .wav file of Dylan Thomas reading his poem, And Death Shall Have No Dominion.

Posted by: tom at Jul 23, 2006 9:48:29 AM

Hello Hanan.
Hope you and yours are well and thanks again for the co-blogging thing. :)

Posted by: ILuvNUFC at Jul 23, 2006 10:13:49 AM

As I told you when I first came across your site, I visit it daily and share it with friends. Thanks again.

Posted by: Keetjie at Jul 23, 2006 10:52:39 AM

Nice site. Nice C-note. Does it help that you're on top of my fave list?

Posted by: John Foland at Jul 23, 2006 10:56:31 AM

Hello! Keep on growing brains.

Posted by: Joel Jambon at Jul 23, 2006 1:19:23 PM

If'n it wasn't 4 Grow A Brain; I wouldn'ta grown one. Oh and by the by...Hello, I must be going. Hello I must be going. I've just dropped in to say I'm on my way. Hello, I must be going!

Posted by: Jeff at Jul 23, 2006 1:23:51 PM

I think we both need a real job....tsk tsk.....opie

Posted by: opie houston at Jul 23, 2006 2:12:37 PM

Hello! I've been reading Grow-a-Brain for ages. It can't be only three years old--wasn't there a version before Typepad?

Posted by: Lisa at Jul 23, 2006 3:15:56 PM

Hello! And thanks for the many great links.

Posted by: Arvana at Jul 23, 2006 4:05:30 PM

Ok, I'll play.
Did I win?

Posted by: Ben at Jul 23, 2006 4:35:01 PM

Gotta do my part to get to that 500!


Posted by: Nickie at Jul 23, 2006 4:52:51 PM

Hi Hanan! Your site still rocks - but websense does not :( Can only see you from home these days... Hope you get your 500!

Posted by: Renee at Jul 23, 2006 6:41:26 PM

This certifies that I do in fact read and enjoy grow-a-brain. I am also not above being sucked into a clever marketing ploy.

Posted by: Richard at Jul 23, 2006 6:45:28 PM

Love your blog!

Posted by: Kelly at Jul 23, 2006 6:47:41 PM

Thanks, everybody. Please spread the word - I want to send out this check!

Posted by: Hanan Levin at Jul 23, 2006 8:54:18 PM

Hello! :) I quite enjoy grow-a-brain, although I read the feed through Bloglines most of the time, so my hits don't get counted on your stats, I expect.

Posted by: Telophase at Jul 23, 2006 10:16:40 PM

I love the collection of links...

Posted by: Cibbuano at Jul 23, 2006 10:23:21 PM


Posted by: trevor at Jul 24, 2006 4:21:00 AM

Hello Hanan,

Does sucking up help? How about a little "brown nosing" maybe?

Oh, never mind I just read the rules....Darn, a purchase does not increase my odds of winning...there goes my idea......LOL...Just kidding.

Seriously, I have been linked to your blog since I first started blogging (which has only been about a year) but I LOVE your blog. It amazes me some of the strange links you find and things you post about. You are UNIQUE!! That's what makes Grow-A-Brain interesting to read!

Keep up the great work, and here's an early congrats to whoever wins the 100 bucks!

Posted by: Becky at Jul 24, 2006 5:20:54 AM

Nice work.

Posted by: Ubertor at Jul 24, 2006 7:51:27 AM

I like your blog

Posted by: Kim at Jul 24, 2006 8:00:02 AM

I read you every day.

Posted by: mark at Jul 24, 2006 11:33:00 AM

I'm broke.

Posted by: Jess at Jul 24, 2006 11:38:53 AM

Hello. You've linked to me before.

Posted by: Scott at Jul 24, 2006 1:26:36 PM

Hi, Hanan:

Congratulations on your 5 million. And don't forget, some of us read with newsreaders - so your readership may be higher than you think. :)

Posted by: Sarcasmo at Jul 24, 2006 1:57:02 PM

drink a shot for me

Posted by: Drink a shot at Jul 24, 2006 5:30:49 PM

while I enjoy your blog,
growing a brain is too slow.

I want brain replacement surgery.
May I have yours?

-ron jeffries

Posted by: ron k jefries at Jul 24, 2006 8:58:01 PM

You give great link.

Posted by: weezie at Jul 25, 2006 12:04:50 AM

I've been lurking around here about a year now, and this is my first comment. Sure, I'm aiming for the prize; it'll pay for a couple of textbooks in the upcoming semester, aye.

Anyhoos. Thanks again for the year of laughs and knowledge.

Posted by: Kristy at Jul 25, 2006 12:41:18 AM

Hello. I've been reading your blog for about week now. The first one I stumbled onto was July 13. http://growabrain.typepad.com/growabrain/2006/07/wars_massacres_.html I still can't find the name of that painting. From the Spanish Civil War?
Please grow my brain.

Posted by: Chris at Jul 25, 2006 1:27:25 AM

The Third of May 1808: The Execution of the Defenders of Madrid.

Well, it was Spain anyway.
I think my brain just grew a little. It tickles.

Posted by: Chris at Jul 25, 2006 1:33:58 AM

Hello. I start my day with this blog--its great.

Posted by: Jeff at Jul 25, 2006 5:20:14 AM


Posted by: Beck at Jul 25, 2006 5:20:54 AM

Great way to build the comments.

I will, of course, blog about this. I don't know HOW you keep your inspiration levels up to do this but it's very much appreciated!

Now, gimme that $100 and I'll re-invest in some worthy web thing! (not sure what yet, I'll leave that to my readers.. if I win of course).

Posted by: Gordon at Jul 25, 2006 6:58:46 AM

You are the digg, fark & delicious before there was a digg, fark or delicious.
You are also the BEST at using images on a blog---simply the BEST.
How you keep your brain growing is beyond mine.

Posted by: jf.sellsius at Jul 25, 2006 7:09:24 AM

Hi - I read your blog every day (when I'm at my "real job"), and I don't care about getting $100 from you. I found your blog about a year ago, when you posted a link to my site of sculpture and custom hood ornaments. I just completed a new piece you may be interested in. Have a look:


take care, and keep up the good linkage !

- Jud

Posted by: jud turner, sculptor at Jul 25, 2006 7:42:07 AM

Hi, Just stumbled on you page. I like the content. And I really hope you randomly pick me! Any chance you can change the $ for a £ instead?

Posted by: Andy at Jul 25, 2006 7:43:07 AM

This is, by far, the best website. I visit it every day and can not live without it now. Thank you.

Posted by: Jane at Jul 25, 2006 7:44:06 AM


Posted by: CJF at Jul 25, 2006 7:57:07 AM

Oh goody, a chance to win $100! Thank you for your site, thanks for your link, I will refer to you often because you post interesting and awesome stuff. Congratulations on hitting the 5M mark!

Posted by: Maggie Knowles at Jul 25, 2006 8:03:09 AM

Hi!!!! :D

Posted by: Ana at Jul 25, 2006 8:10:53 AM

Awesome idea, hello by the way :)

Posted by: Rhys at Jul 25, 2006 8:12:03 AM