Sunday, August 17, 2008

Busy busy busy

I just noticed that it's been almost two weeks since I've posted anything here. So I figured I'd give you a rundown of things that have been keeping me busy in August.


I've been putting a lot of time and effort into Liliputing recently. I started Eee Site and then Liliputing as a way to share information about a topic I was fascinated with: tiny, cheap computers. But the site has grown by leaps and bounds over the last few months. Liliputing now has over 1500 subscribers and is on track to have over 200,000 unique visitors per month.

The user community has been awesome, and I've had a great time keeping up with the comments on posts. So I recently launched the Liliputing Forums to supplement the site. And this past week I added another tool for anyone interested in netbooks: a Liliputer comparison chart that lays out the most important specs for a number of the most popular netbooks. The database already features information for about 30 notebooks, and I plan to add at least a dozen more soon.

I've also recently started serving ads from Technorati Media on Liliputing. Last month, the site was already just starting to generate enough revenue to be worth the time and effort I was putting into it. This month, thanks to Technorati, Liliputing is actually responsible for a sizeable portion of my income. If you're a medium sized web publisher (you're not exactly Engadget yet, but you have readers outside of your immediate family) looking for an advertising company, I highly recommend you get in touch with Technorati.


Between 2000 and 2006 I worked at Philadelphia's public radio and television station, WHYY. My freelance career started after we moved away from Philadelphia, and overall I'm happier as a freelancer than I ever was as a full time employee. But now that we're back in Philly, I've been doing some work at WHYY.

As I mentioned previously, I've been helping to get a new web site called It's Our City up and running. Alan Tu and Stephanie Marudas are working hard to hold Mayor Michael Nutter accountable to the promises he made during last year's campaign. The site features commentary from local leaders, news updates, opinion posts, and original video reports like the one I filed a few weeks ago:

More recently I've taken on a part time job as evening editor for the radio newsroom.

Other stuff

And of course, I'm still writing for Download Squad, filing stories for NPR, and overall doing a good job of forgetting to relax. My hobbies these days include incessantly adjusting the Terk HDTVa antenna atop our entertainment system in the futile effort of getting WPVI, WTXF, and WCAU all to come in clearly at the same time, making imperceptables changes to blog templates, and occasionally watching TV or reading a book.

We also picked up a Wii Fit the other day, becaused we realized that the price of a Nintendo Wii and the Wii Fit combined is still cheaper than two gym memberships for one year.

I've been trying to log about 30 minutes a day, and so far so good. Of course, it's only been two days.

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