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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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You need to do something, looking at your alexa chart, it is all downhill.

Posted by: Larry Cragun at Jul 25, 2006 8:31:10 AM

How very generous. Splendid.

Posted by: izb at Jul 25, 2006 8:39:22 AM


Posted by: John at Jul 25, 2006 9:25:41 AM

Stumbled upon your blog a month or so again, and am now visit daily. Keep up the great stuff.

Posted by: KARYN at Jul 25, 2006 9:43:50 AM

Great blog Hanan-first one I read every day.

Posted by: jeff bates at Jul 25, 2006 9:55:39 AM

Hello. You know I love your site. Keep it up please.

Posted by: Dianne at Jul 25, 2006 10:38:22 AM

Hello from Nashville TN where the finest brains are grown right here at Vanderbilt University, the people are nice and the livin' is easy.

Posted by: Kerry Woo at Jul 25, 2006 10:54:21 AM


Posted by: Pete Ashton at Jul 25, 2006 11:25:15 AM


Posted by: mazhalai at Jul 25, 2006 11:27:03 AM


Posted by: Stephen at Jul 25, 2006 11:34:20 AM

Hello, and many thanks for linking to us! :)

Posted by: jinnet at Jul 25, 2006 11:43:07 AM

Tēnā koutou!

Thanks for the great links. Found one of my favorite blogs ( http://www.oftwominds.com/blog.html ) off of your site.

Posted by: Tyson at Jul 25, 2006 12:07:52 PM

Hello (and thanks in advance for all the fish).

Posted by: Brian at Jul 25, 2006 1:21:48 PM


I sent your mom birthday wishes...does that increase my odds of winning?

Posted by: Chris King at Jul 25, 2006 1:24:04 PM

Hello. I visit this site once or twice a week. Love your links.

Posted by: Lynn S at Jul 25, 2006 1:54:07 PM

Hey, I read somewhere that some dude is giving away £100 for commenting?!

Oh, it's only a hundred DOLLARS. Bugger that.

Posted by: matthew at Jul 25, 2006 1:56:17 PM

I've been away a few days without internet access and yours was the first site I came to as soon as I got home! I get withdrawal symptoms. You already know just how much I love your site. So many smiles, so many laughs and quite a few 'Hmmm...makes ya thinks'.

Posted by: Julie at Jul 25, 2006 2:23:40 PM

Hola! being read and spreading the word over other tropical places. Sunny thanks (x3) for our daily dose of ´net programming!

Posted by: espinoza at Jul 25, 2006 4:39:40 PM

Hello! I love reading your blog. It is always interesting and i dont have to find all this stuff myself. It's great having someone else do it for me! I visit this thing nearly everyday!

Posted by: Nichele at Jul 25, 2006 6:40:32 PM


Thanks oh-so-very-much for plugging breakfastblogger.com the other day! You rock my world..

Cheers to you!!

Posted by: Peabody at Jul 25, 2006 7:59:06 PM

Hello! I enjoy your blog a great deal (and I'm not just saying that!)

Posted by: Michelle at Jul 25, 2006 8:52:21 PM

I think the reason traffic may be less is the fact it's summertime...let's go outside...

Posted by: shoprat at Jul 25, 2006 10:24:38 PM

Hello...Vienna calling...

Posted by: Wavelet at Jul 25, 2006 11:05:39 PM

bitter, single, cynicism.

Posted by: nick at Jul 25, 2006 11:24:14 PM

Hello from Scotland.

Posted by: Steve at Jul 26, 2006 1:15:09 AM

hello brother.
loves and kisses from all of us

Posted by: dafna at Jul 26, 2006 1:16:34 AM

Hello! It's my birthday in two days, does that mean I win by default? ;D

Posted by: Brian at Jul 26, 2006 2:07:12 AM


Posted by: Marcel at Jul 26, 2006 7:34:06 AM

If I say hello twice, does that double my chances of winning?

Hello twice.

Posted by: Marcel at Jul 26, 2006 7:35:11 AM

Hey Hanan, thanks for all the links you have ever posted! This site is one of the few sites I've frequented daily for the past couple of years, and you've even linked back to my old site once. :)

Once again, thanks for the great site.

Posted by: hy at Jul 26, 2006 9:22:20 AM


Posted by: jau at Jul 26, 2006 10:52:39 AM

$100? That's better than a sharp stick in the eye any day. Love the blog...read it daily!

Posted by: Betty at Jul 26, 2006 10:59:49 AM

Hi! Great site. You know what else is great? A HUNDRED DOLLARS. Man, that's a lot of tacos.

Posted by: Kevin at Jul 26, 2006 11:08:21 AM

Cynical-c alerted me to your presence. If it's good enough for Chris, it's good enough for me.

Posted by: Corey at Jul 26, 2006 11:46:09 AM

congrats! good blog, too.

Posted by: jenni at Jul 26, 2006 11:54:00 AM


Posted by: Caleb at Jul 26, 2006 12:11:28 PM

This is one way to drum up some more traffic. How's this, if I win I'll have an identical contest on my blog :D This way, we'll just pass around the same C-note (and the commenters who go with it.)

Posted by: Raffy at Jul 26, 2006 12:14:54 PM

Love the idea. Love the site. Love the money.

Posted by: sllab at Jul 26, 2006 12:25:41 PM

Er, help...I'm a student! A MUSIC student! in GRAD SCHOOL.

Posted by: KGorn at Jul 26, 2006 1:14:21 PM

Show me the money !

Posted by: Sam Io at Jul 26, 2006 1:24:14 PM

hello. Enjoyed browsing once I was directed here. Thanks.

Posted by: wren at Jul 26, 2006 1:26:04 PM


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Posted by: Grant at Jul 26, 2006 1:37:13 PM

Haha great site amigo. I know of more than a few people who should visit and grow their brain, for I believe they never had one to begin with...

Posted by: DaFox at Jul 26, 2006 1:41:27 PM

Yo. I love your blog. I don't get the chance to read it as often as I want, but it is a regular on my "check it" list when I've got time.

Posted by: George at Jul 26, 2006 2:13:13 PM

Congrats, Hanan. Grow-a-brain has been one of my favorite blogs for ages.

Posted by: garrett at Jul 26, 2006 2:16:04 PM

Congrats on getting so many hits on your blog!!!!

Posted by: ally at Jul 26, 2006 2:27:05 PM

Howdy. Found this via A Sweet Familiar Dissonance [http://www.lynnspace.com/b2/]

Just hoping to win a hundred bucks.

That's about it. Cheers.

Posted by: Stephen V Funk at Jul 26, 2006 2:27:50 PM

5million!!! thats like ....5million people congratzulations...now ah about that 100 buckaroonies :)

Posted by: leo at Jul 26, 2006 3:10:39 PM

Hello, is this thing on?

Posted by: Jorge at Jul 26, 2006 3:39:56 PM

Woot woot!

Posted by: Xaostica at Jul 26, 2006 3:42:41 PM

i think this is something more blogs should do :)
that way, i could have the chance to make money doing what i do the most--read blogs :)

Posted by: Charlie at Jul 26, 2006 3:46:10 PM

Hey, never even seen your site before (got to be honest) looks good, pick me and I'll share it 50/50... ok maybe 60/40 ;)

Posted by: MadFox at Jul 26, 2006 4:28:07 PM

Great site !
Keep it up.

Posted by: David at Jul 26, 2006 4:34:23 PM

Hello from a J-Walk regular!

Posted by: Wendy! at Jul 26, 2006 4:36:09 PM

The Toronto Humane Society gets my $100.00 if I win, if I don't I'll write a snotty letter to William F Buckley.

Posted by: Trev-o-verT at Jul 26, 2006 4:39:51 PM

Oh man, sweet!!

Posted by: adam at Jul 26, 2006 4:50:15 PM

Hello CFC comment for ca$h

Posted by: paul at Jul 26, 2006 4:54:08 PM


Posted by: jestem at Jul 26, 2006 4:54:37 PM

How much can I win if I don't comment?
Rats! Too late.

Posted by: George Bradley at Jul 26, 2006 4:56:20 PM

Hello from Helsinki, where it has never reached 90 Fahrenheit. Aren't you just a little bit envious?

Posted by: F.Baube at Jul 26, 2006 5:24:27 PM

Your site looks nice. It was mentioned on j-walkblog.com that you wanted 500 hellos. Hope mine wins the $100.

Posted by: Jim Richter at Jul 26, 2006 5:26:00 PM

Wow, $100 it should be mine because it´s my birthday today 26/7 and if not so I just wish me happy birthday....
Hanan I think one of the resons for lack of visitors, is me....I didn´t visit for the last 2 months... I´ll try not forget from now.

Posted by: Eitan at Jul 26, 2006 5:26:26 PM


I need money to support my drug habit!

Just kidding.

(maybe. it can't be proven whether I am or not)

Posted by: Cai at Jul 26, 2006 5:33:04 PM

Hello. Random cash is always good. Plus, I like your site.

Posted by: Michelle at Jul 26, 2006 5:36:58 PM

Hello! I am also from the j-walkblog.com.

Posted by: Fred at Jul 26, 2006 5:38:15 PM

hello, let the randomness pick me.

Posted by: cathleen at Jul 26, 2006 5:38:44 PM

Pick me! Pick me!

Posted by: ~Q~ at Jul 26, 2006 5:39:09 PM

J-Walk sent me also. Maybe I will grow a brain.

Posted by: Carl Johnsen at Jul 26, 2006 5:42:00 PM

I figure if I lose at this one, it's got to help out my chances to win the Powerball Lottery.

Posted by: MayorBob at Jul 26, 2006 5:42:01 PM

hello. Please send me $100.

Posted by: joestan at Jul 26, 2006 5:52:04 PM

J-Walk from J-Walkblog.com told me to stop by and say "Hello". Hello. J-Walk links here from time to time, I suspect one of the regulars at J-Walk will figure out the secret criteria for your "hello" contest. Given that the winner will be "chosen" leads me to believe that the criteria is not too specific, e.g. the longest or shortest post. No "choosing" involved there. Hmmm....let me think what you have in mind for criteria that multiple comments will satisfy. You say you want 500 "hello"s? Obviously, I'm not going to sit here and type "hello" 500 times, but I can help you get closer than some of the commenters who have not in fact actually said hello. Hello, hello, hello*500.

Posted by: Tombraider at Jul 26, 2006 5:54:07 PM

Usually, I trust your wisdom, but the cow was the wrong choice. Peace

Posted by: Doc at Jul 26, 2006 5:55:51 PM

$100 could buy me that glass eye I always wanted.

Posted by: Nick at Jul 26, 2006 5:56:18 PM

Hello hello. I should obviously win the $100 because you linked to a joke on my blog once about 2 years ago. We've got history together, man, ain't that worth somethin'?

Posted by: jm at Jul 26, 2006 5:58:55 PM

Hello Hanan, Good Blog keep up the good work.

Posted by: Fritz at Jul 26, 2006 5:59:01 PM

hello, 'allo? ...anybody there? ...hello I say, is there anybody there...'allo, 'allo there... speak up! I know you're in there...why doncha answer me dammit...now ya done got me blood pressure up...don't make me git up outta my chair now...answer me... "just me ma, don't get excited, it's just me coming home from town." oooh ua gave me such a scare....Hello.

Posted by: arthur at Jul 26, 2006 6:02:13 PM

hello! a blog i read anyways, might pay me to do so? awesome. keep up the good work, always an interesting (and original!) set of links here...

Posted by: adamc at Jul 26, 2006 6:05:51 PM

I need money to buy food so I can eat and draw cartoons so that I dont need to find a proper job.

Posted by: Baggelboy at Jul 26, 2006 6:14:04 PM

how many is this? you need a comment counter.

Posted by: black domina at Jul 26, 2006 6:21:13 PM


Posted by: south at Jul 26, 2006 6:22:12 PM

Hello from an occasional J-Walk blog reader...Time to go take a look...

Posted by: Mark Overton at Jul 26, 2006 6:22:46 PM

Hello. Hello. Hello.

(Three Stooges style.)

Posted by: sasha at Jul 26, 2006 6:24:32 PM

Oh! This is wonderful...I get to read an interesting blog AND get a chance to win 100 dollars. I really need the money. My goldfish Timmy has a terrible hernia and needs an operation. If it doesn't work out, I can use the left over money for tartar sauce.

Posted by: Sanford Manley at Jul 26, 2006 6:33:02 PM

Howdy from Montana :-) I'm already a loyal reader of your blog, but for the record, followed JWalk's link here today in the hopes of winning $100. I'll be turning 40 in a couple of weeks and need beer money ;-)

Posted by: Paula at Jul 26, 2006 6:37:26 PM


Posted by: Tom McMahon at Jul 26, 2006 6:37:33 PM

$100... nice! I'd like to say I'd give that money to the cancer research, but I'd probably just end up squandering it on cystic fibrosis research.

Posted by: Ben at Jul 26, 2006 6:39:37 PM

This is a comment.

Posted by: Spek at Jul 26, 2006 6:41:16 PM


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Posted by: josh at Jul 26, 2006 6:47:54 PM

$100 would buy a lot of chinese food

Posted by: Dan at Jul 26, 2006 6:51:14 PM

Hi! If I win the money donate it to a favorite charity. Maybe one the helps kids. Peace.

Posted by: RMF at Jul 26, 2006 6:51:22 PM

just like nathan lane in "the producers":
please god, I want that money!

Posted by: maledei at Jul 26, 2006 6:54:40 PM

Hey, Y'all! From HOTlanta, Georgia!

Posted by: Marty at Jul 26, 2006 6:58:09 PM

Hey buddy! You rawk!

Posted by: Nillin at Jul 26, 2006 6:59:07 PM

Hey there.

Posted by: Average Jane at Jul 26, 2006 7:03:07 PM

Hello and congratulations !

Posted by: Farx at Jul 26, 2006 7:06:50 PM

Hello. And just a reminder:

The pivot table feature is perhaps the most technologically sophisticated component in Excel. With only a few mouse clicks, you can slice and dice a data table in dozens of different ways.

If you haven’t yet discovered the power of pivot tables, this chapter provides you with an introduction, and Chapter 35 continues with lots of examples that demonstrate how easy it is to create powerful data summaries using pivot tables.

Another reminder: Your Preview feature is broken. :)

Posted by: J-Walk at Jul 26, 2006 7:24:42 PM

Well, here is my $100 hello! I hope it works. I could use the money. Thanks!

Posted by: Frank at Jul 26, 2006 7:26:05 PM

Hello! One hell of a marketing gimmick ... !

Posted by: Jan at Jul 26, 2006 7:26:33 PM