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Bloggiversary 2013

Bloggiversary 2013

Today marks the anniversary of my first blog entry back in 2007. It was a short entry on LiveJournal that simply said, “I’m not sure how often I’ll use this LiveJournal platform, but it’s an interesting form of media I might explore. I’m basically just posting this to see what my journal will look like.” […]


The 10,000th Comment

The 10,000th Comment

The goal of this blog, noted right at the top of the About page, is to generate conversation.  Thus my excitement recently when I noticed that I was rapidly approaching the milestone of 10,000 comments on my blog over the last 4 years. It’s just a number, but aren’t all milestones? I was in a meeting […]


The Plagiarism

The Plagiarism

I’m going to try to consolidate a rather large story into a less large blog post. I promise to mix in photos of cats. Cats loathe plagiarism. I’ll start on Sunday. On Sunday night, I got a trackback through WordPress (the platform I use for this blog) informing me that someone had linked to my […]


Pet Please #63: 1000 Awesome Things

Pet Please #63: 1000 Awesome Things

For the past 4 years, I’ve been following a blog called 1000 Awesome Things. The author of the blog publishes once every weekday, just like me, and he even posts around the same time, so often I see my blog right next to his in Google Reader. 1000 Awesome Things is essentially my Pet Please […]


11 Blog Entries for Which I’m Thankful (Not Mine)

11 Blog Entries for Which I'm Thankful (Not Mine)

I’m thankful for the stories that my publishing company’s newest author is quietly spinning on his blog. I’m thankful for hilarious drawings in Microsoft Paint. I’m thankful for heartfelt drawings in Microsoft Paint. I’m thankful for learning from the greats. I’m thankful for stories of terrible dates. I’m thankful for when people choose to do […]


The Three Lives of a Celebrity

The Three Lives of a Celebrity

I read an interview by Neil Patrick Harris in Entertainment Weekly the other day that made me really respect him as a celebrity. He touched upon something that I’ve talked about in the past, but he was way more eloquent. The subject is about blogging–how do I decide what to share and what not to […]


Brilliant Blogging

Brilliant Blogging

For a while now, I’ve been compiling notes on what makes a great blog. That doesn’t mean that my blog is great–far from it. But I write a lot and I read a lot. I’m constantly observing what makes great blogs work well. So if you’re interested in blogging or you already blog, check out […]


The Power of Origin Stories

A few weeks ago I read a blog entry on Dan Ariely’s site about a social experiment called the Significant Objects Project. The experiment entailed putting a variety of kitschy items on eBay and seeing how much they sold for. The twist was that some of the items were given elaborate back stories while others […]


Mars vs. Venus: When Worlds Collide

Mars vs. Venus: When Worlds Collide

More than ever before, in 2009 I’ve been contemplating ways to bridge the gap between the digital world and the real world. For example, consider the rise of e-books. I’m a Kindle and an iPhone owner–I enjoy carrying around hundreds of books in the palm of my hand. But you can’t smell the fresh pages […]


Is Handwriting Better Than Type?

Is Handwriting Better Than Type?

What's the Best Length for You?

You may notice that I post a lot of lists on this blog. I do that because lists are easy to read and easy to skim. They’re idea for the blog format. One other interesting quality about lists is that you know what you’re getting into when you read a subject line. Maybe you read […]


Freakonomics…and More

You’re getting a triple dose of my weekly shout out today due to some interlinked blogs. If you watched The Daily Show last night, you saw a very nervous Steven Levitt banter with Jon Stewart for a while. Orator he may not be, he’s a great writer and researcher. If you haven’t read his book, […]


The Daily Race Against Salma Hayek

The Daily Race Against Salma Hayek

By far, the biggest reason people end up at my blog after search on Google is searching on Google Images for Salma Hayek. This is the result of a photo I posted last February (you just clicked that link, didn’t you? Even though you’ve already read that entry! You just wanted to look at Salma […]


An Incomplete Life Worth Reading

This is a post in my weekly series about blogs of friends and strangers that I’m really enjoying. I should preface this entry by saying that I read a lot of blogs. Google Reader makes it easy that way. Very, very few of them are personal blogs. I’d say about three. Why is that? Well, […]


The Creative Cooler

The Creative Cooler

For this week’s shout out to a blog I read, enjoy, and admire, I’d like to share with you a blog called The Creative Cooler. It’s a blog written by a friend of mine about advertising. She hasn’t been able to post all that often lately, but I assure you that it’s worth subscribing. In […]


The Makansi Effect

For this week’s edition of my shout-out entry to bloggers who are friends or people whose writing I respect, I bring you Jason Makansi’s site, www.jasonmakansi.com. I joined a freshly formed writing critique group earlier this summer, and Jason is the other male member of the group. His writing style is unique and he gives […]


In Search of Monsters

I’ve mentioned JoshVision’s new blog and website in passing on this blog before, but I figured he deserved a proper shoutout like the other blogger friends I’ve talked about recently. Josh created his site mostly to start getting the word out about a collection of short stories he’s publishing called In Search of Monsters. Josh […]


Judicial Peach

Continuing my weekly series of shout-outs to friends and other bloggers I admire, I highly suggest that you check out the blog Judicial Peach. A friend of mine–a lawyer by profession and a cook for fun–writes this cooking blog. When I write a blog entry, I basically pull from a list of ideas/schemes/ponderances and write […]


The Wellinghoff System

I’ve decided to write one entry a week about blogs written by friends of mine or people whose blogs I read every day. A friend of mine went out on a limb today and started a simple blog on WordPress to post his weekly college football rankings. This friend is a huge college football fan, […]


2-Year Anniversary

2-Year Anniversary

I came home from work today bursting with excitement from an amazing chat I had with the person who is going to design the website for the new business I’ll be launching soon. I also got a great haircut at Cutters, although I opted not to get the best part, the shampoo, because another customer […]


Blog Redesign

Alert reader Bob Z. sent me a link to this article this morning. The article focuses on the uproar over Facebook’s recent redesign; it points out that most people hated Facebook’s other two redesigns as well…at first. Two weeks after each redesign, people had adjusted from the change and used the site more than ever. […]


How to Deal with Unexpected Blogging Success

Three weeks ago, something odd started happening on my blog. My hits skyrocketed for no particular reason. Usually I average around 150 hits a day; I was tripling that. Thanks to WordPress, I could see what was drawing people to my blog. It was a photo of Salma Hayek. Right now if you search on […]


Welcome!

Welcome to the new blog! The domain name will soon be www.jameystegmaier.com, just as it was before; the only thing that will change is the feed name. Other slight changes: Pages: At the top of the page, you can see several different tabs (Guy Talk, Ideas, etc.). These are entries that I write on a […]


The Legend of Tneeraja

The legend of Tneeraja, for those following on the comments board, is as follows: Two friends of mine, Trevor and Tracy, used to post quite a bit on my LiveJournal blog. Trevor used the name “T” to sign off his comments. Tracy, the Cain the Trevor’s Abel, coveted the “T” and declared that a contest […]