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Mon 1 December 2008 Leave a comment Go to comments

For some time now, I’ve been encouraging any regular with an inclination to write to be added as an author. Raj and Reza were added earlier last month, joining Tom, Bret, Shankar and me as authors.

Apart from session summaries and reports, Tom and I have written on other stuff. Tom’s Meet The Player is currently a regular feature.

Bret did an early Football News piece, but hasn’t played, let alone written regularly, for a while. Hopefully, he’ll be back in the new year.

Andy N was added as an author towards the end of last week, and immediately got round to a amusing pie-filled post on Friday.

We had a record four posts on Friday, and none of them a session summary or report.

We also had a record 498 page views on Friday, a further increase on the previous Friday’s record of 471. Before that, we had never exceeded 300 page views in a day.

After exceeding 4,000 page views in a month for the first time in October, page views in November jumped to 6,116.

Weekly page views climbed from 1,235 three weeks ago, to 1,600 two weeks ago and 1,814 last week.

The blog can now be accessed through http://www.fiofafi.com/. Feel free to put up the poster below wherever you think appropriate. Click on the image for the full size. finalposter

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  1. rajiv
    Mon 1 December 2008 at 5:16 pm

    Tom, if ever you get tired of writing the summary or report for the Monday session, you can ask any other author who plays. For tonight, there’s Raj and Shankar.

    It’s entirely voluntary, but if you need to, I’m sure you have powers of persuasion (in addition to your powers of negotiation) πŸ™‚ .

  2. rajiv
    Wed 3 December 2008 at 12:42 am

    Any regular can be added as an author by opening a WordPress account and letting me have the e-mail address used to open the account.

    Once you’ve been added as an author, feel free to write about anything. What the heck, it doesn’t even have to be football-related – as long as it might appeal to our demographic.

  3. Wed 3 December 2008 at 8:50 am

    Very nice poster / image, Jiv. Would have preferred something more “red” (obviously, haha).

    OK, as for the more serious suggestions:
    (1) You might want to shorten the text at the bottom to simply “www.fiofafi.com” as most browsers don’t require the “http …” .
    (2) Speaking of which, there should also be an embedded link in the image that takes you to the site.
    (3) “Find out more” is redundant. You need a catchy tag line in its place … maybe “growing up disgracefully” or “Football for the Aged”.
    (4) Size: you might want to resize the poster to also be suitable in standard banners (rectangular) and maybe the standard small square buttons.

    (typed with one finger while holding a farting baby)

  4. Wed 3 December 2008 at 8:55 am

    see 3 above: or “Football: old style” / “Football: old school”

  5. rajiv
    Wed 3 December 2008 at 9:03 am

    Actually, the one above is A4 for printing out and putting on walls/doors/notice boards etc, lol, really non-technical medium, for those who don’t find everything online. For online banners, I’ll stretch it more, without words, so anyone can make their own banner with the same image. I’m happy to leave the words to anyone putting it on their site.

  6. rajiv
    Wed 3 December 2008 at 9:17 am

    Here’s a 468 x 60 pixel banner (changed to red), and a 100 x 100 pixel button (also in red).

    Isn’t adding an embedded hyperlink merely a matter of adding the appropriate html when inserting it on a webpage?

  7. Mark L
    Wed 3 December 2008 at 9:41 am

    Ha Ha. For reasons of self-fishness… i think we should stop publicity.. every session is so full already! Hee Hee HEe.

  8. Kevin
    Wed 3 December 2008 at 9:49 am

    More people -> more interesting characters -> more exciting games

  9. rajiv
    Wed 3 December 2008 at 10:02 am

    every session is so full already

    Adding sessions is not a problem. Don’t forget, we started the year with just one session a week, now we have at least three, sometimes four sessions a week.

    The reason I haven’t been sticking with four is that I end up having to SMS people to make up the numbers. Once slots consistently fill up on the blog, we can go back up to four, or even more.

    We have 113 summaries and reports so far, which means we have had approximately that number of sessions this year. Of those, based on the attendance records, 45 have been since 1 September 2008, which goes to show how much it has grown in the last three months.

    You might also find people who just want to read what’s on the blog, and maybe even comment on it, without necessarily playing, or playing regularly. The more readers we have, the greater the incentive for those interested in writing to write.

  10. Wed 3 December 2008 at 10:59 am

    Jiv, pink just isn’t appropriate. (Flashes YELLOW CARD)

    Re. embedded link, yup, that’s what I meant for the original poster.

  11. rajiv
    Wed 3 December 2008 at 11:04 am

    pink just isn’t appropriate

    It’s more reddish on my screen. Perhaps it’s your browser :). Feel free to adjust the colour balance with Photoshop.

  12. rajiv
    Thu 4 December 2008 at 8:08 am

    Yesterday, a girl comments on the blog for the first time, and page views climb to a record 546. So that means …. [complete the sentence below].

  13. Kevin
    Thu 4 December 2008 at 9:42 am

    …you need to make her a regular writer so that more people will read the blog and post a comment!

  14. rajiv
    Thu 4 December 2008 at 10:08 am

    Good idea Kevin. Maybe after she’s played a few games, and if she’s interested in writing.

    Of course, it might just have been coincidence πŸ™‚ .

  15. Santi
    Thu 4 December 2008 at 12:29 pm

    At least now we don’t have to stick to Black and Red outfits. Should we try next week for a more pastel touch. May i suggest Pearl Lavender and Pearl Ivory Silk? This could help tone down on rough play.

  16. rajiv
    Thu 4 December 2008 at 12:37 pm

    How will it affect the simulation though?

  17. Santi
    Thu 4 December 2008 at 12:47 pm

    There have been softer fouls called in the BPL.

  18. Thu 4 December 2008 at 12:55 pm

    @Santi: pastels will be nice. πŸ™‚ I’d like to propose strips to make me look slimmer.

    Speaking of colours, there was some research done by one of the sports journals which came to the conclusion that teams wearing Red tend to have a higher winning record than those who do not.

  19. rajiv
    Thu 4 December 2008 at 1:06 pm

    … there was some research done by one of the sports journals which came to the conclusion that teams wearing Red tend to have a higher winning record than those who do not.

    Not on FIOFAFI. If I’m not mistaken, Reds have only once or twice since 1 September 2008. We could do our own research and then show those researchers that they’re wrong.

  20. rajseran
    Thu 4 December 2008 at 1:27 pm

    I cant imagine Tom wearing Pick TOP with some POLKA DOTS and red shorts . THat outfit probably might cool him more during match play.

  21. rajiv
    Sat 6 December 2008 at 9:10 am

    Further to Comment 12 above, daily page views again jumped yesterday, up to 702. The discussion about the venue for Monday morning’s session may have had several of us coming back to the blog more than usual, but still …. Page views for the whole week has shot up to 2,313 with still the weekend to go – it was only 1,272 three weeks earlier.

    I wonder if these significant increases in page views are sustainable.

  22. rajiv
    Mon 8 December 2008 at 8:54 am

    The weekly page views climbed to 2,697, a 50% increase on the previous week. The changes in venue for this morning’s session probably added about 30% but still ….

  23. rajiv
    Thu 11 December 2008 at 11:19 am

    The daily page views were up yesterday to a new high of 729.

    Page views shouldn’t matter than much, but I get to see the chart, and it looks quite impressive!

    As long as there is new content (quality content would be better!), there are sufficient people to read it, so to everyone who has been added as an author, feel free to write about anything football-related, or about any activity that might appeal to an older crowd.

    And for any regular who’d like to be added as an author, just open a WordPress account, and e-mail to me the e-mail address used to open the account.

  24. rajiv
    Mon 15 December 2008 at 5:03 pm

    Weekly page views leveled off at 2,758 last week. I expect a bit of a dip towards year end.

  25. Boris
    Tue 16 December 2008 at 9:36 am

    I check this site like every 15 minutes so that may contribute a bit πŸ™‚

  26. rajiv
    Tue 16 December 2008 at 12:27 pm

    Probably πŸ™‚ .

  27. rajiv
    Thu 18 December 2008 at 10:20 am

    After it looked like daily page views from Monday to Friday were settling down at between 400 and 550, the number of page views climbed yesterday to another new high of 757.

    A lot of the increase happened after 6 pm, while Boris was on his way to Kallang, so it wasn’t just him.

    It was in all likelihood due to the “discussion” over Franco’s ankle injury.

    I would rather there were fewer injuries and angry incidents, at the expense of page views.

  28. rajiv
    Mon 22 December 2008 at 11:14 am

    Page views stabilized at about 2,700 last week (2,718). The rapid increases since last month was getting kind of heady.

  29. rajiv
    Fri 26 December 2008 at 12:23 pm

    We’ve already exceeded 10,000 page views this month. That’s almost a third of the total page views of 33,268 since the blog was set up in January 2008. Even if you discount the first three months, that’s still almost a third of the total page views of about 32,100 since April 2008.

  30. rajiv
    Fri 26 December 2008 at 12:48 pm

    Philipp has been added as an author, so we can look forward to posts on the German Dragons amongst other things.

  31. Boris
    Fri 26 December 2008 at 1:09 pm

    Wow thats a lot of page views..

  32. rajiv
    Fri 26 December 2008 at 1:16 pm

    I wouldn’t think you were responsible for more than a thousand of those Boris πŸ™‚ .

  33. Boris
    Fri 26 December 2008 at 1:44 pm

    Haha I don’t think so too.

  34. rajiv
    Mon 5 January 2009 at 3:46 pm

    Andy M has been added as an author.

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