This isn't really a blog. It's a constantly expanding reference book. Every year, when I look at the statistics on which articles drew the most readers in the previous year, all or most of the popular articles are more than a year old. 2016 was an unusual year for The Earthling's Handbook. Losing my job … Continue reading Top 10 New Articles of 2016
This isn't really a blog. The Earthling's Handbook is more like a reference book. Most years, the 10 most-read articles are very similar to the previous year's 10 most-read, because over time more people link to them and their increasing popularity makes them rank higher in search-engine results. My #1 article this year is the … Continue reading Top 10 New Articles of 2015
More than three years ago, I explained why I was boycotting Facebook. Yesterday, I joined Facebook. My intention was to join as The Earthling's Handbook, but Facebook immediately responded, "You have to join with your real name! I'm the only book allowed here!" so I joined with my own name but used The Earthling's Handbook … Continue reading Oh, all right. But they didn’t Book my Face!
One of the interesting things about writing a handy guidebook for this planet is that what Earthlings want to know doesn't vary all that much from year to year. The 10 most-viewed articles this year were first published between 2008 and 2013 (though they've all had updates), and that blood-type article alone has been read … Continue reading Top 10 New Articles of 2014
As a professional data manager, I still don't get enough information to pore over, so I sometimes spend my lunch break delving into the WordPress stats page that tells me how people find The Earthling's Handbook. One of the more interesting features is the list of phrases typed into search engines that brought people here, … Continue reading What Earthlings Want to Know
Just like 2012, most of my most-read articles in 2013 were classics published before 2013. Well, after all, this isn't really a blog; it's a free ebook to which I keep adding chapters, so the old stuff is still relevant. Here, just in case you missed them, are the 10 articles added in 2013 that … Continue reading Top 10 Articles Earthlings Read in 2013
Back in February, I received my second Liebster Award and was supposed to nominate 11 other blogs for the award. At the time, I found this difficult, because I don't read all that many blogs, and many of the ones I do enjoy are so obviously popular that they don't qualify for this award, and … Continue reading 11 Blogs Worth Reading
Hello, readers! Click here for the real article about how to make your own scouring powder. This post exists because, five days after I posted the original article, I noticed that it had totally disappeared!!! Because I had connected it to a number of link parties, I hastily posted an apology and attempted to give … Continue reading The Temporary Fate of “Cute and Thrifty Scouring Powder”
Pary Moppins nominated me for a Liebster Award! I am honored to be recognized by this perfectly practical blogger who offers such tips as a mnemonic for teaching kids to set the table and 20 very useful kitchen tools and how to make smelly shoes smell better. The funny thing is, when I received a … Continue reading Liebster Award: 11 Great Blogs!
On New Year's Eve, I looked at my WordPress statistics to see which articles in The Earthling's Handbook drew the most readers in 2012. Interestingly, 9 of the top 10 were published before 2012! I choose to believe that this is not because my writing has declined but because my older articles have ongoing relevance … Continue reading Top 10 Articles Earthlings Read in 2012
I am seeking the opinions of my readers! Please comment! Over the course of this year, I've browsed other people's Pinterest boards a number of times, and I've seen a small but increasing amount of visitors to my site coming in through links on Pinterest. I read more about Pinterest in my college alumni magazine … Continue reading Should I start using Pinterest?
If you found this site by searching the Web for the phrase, "I drew the Earthling symbol for nothingness," please post a comment explaining what you are seeking. I am fascinated. This phrase turns up at least once a week, sometimes several times a day, in the list of search terms that have brought people … Continue reading I drew the Earthling symbol for nothingness.
UPDATE: Both give-away copies have been won, but you can still buy the e-book by clicking this button: This isn't really a blog, and I've never run a give-away before, but I can't resist the opportunity to give away two free copies of the new e-book That Works For Me! This book compiles the best … Continue reading Win a FREE e-book with over 800 helpful tips!
If you've ever clicked on one of the links that say, "It works for me!" in many of my posts, you've found the wonderful blog carnival Works-for-Me Wednesday, where every week about 200 writers each link an article about something that works for them. (Here are the instructions for participating in Works-for-Me Wednesday.) This delightfully … Continue reading The e-book That Works For Me!
Despite my occasional protestations that The Earthling's Handbook is not really a blog, it has received a Liebster Blog Award! I will set aside my feelings about the yucky-sounding word "blog" to graciously accept this award and acknowledge that at least one-third of my readers have come here via weekly blog carnivals to which I … Continue reading Liebster Blog Award: 5 Great Blogs!
This is an historic moment for The Earthling's Handbook. Almost 15 years after we started this Website, almost 5 years after we set up blog software so that I could write articles on my lunch break and post them easily, we have never posted any photographs. I've explained my reservations about photos but also said … Continue reading Staying On the Ball at Work
This question was asked of me in a spam comment, but I thought it was worth addressing. As best I can tell, in order to have a "like this on Facebook" button on a WordPress site, I would have to have a Facebook account. I am boycotting Facebook. I tend to be skeptical of anything … Continue reading Where’s the Facebook “like” button?
The trouble with tofu is, if you don't use the whole block in one meal, you're supposed to store it in a container of water and change the water every day. That is pretty annoying! It's easy to forget it for a couple of days. Then, when you remember, it doesn't smell so good. I … Continue reading How to use old tofu and turn ramen noodles into a full meal!
Daniel recently started using a small digital picture frame as an alarm clock, to help him slay the snooze-button sloth by awakening him with a glowing image as well as music. (Yes, this picture frame plays an MP3. As a picture frame, it's absurdly fancy. As an alarm clock, it's pretty cool.) It's working!!! He … Continue reading Get your Dawn Scarab T-shirt today!
Over time, I've gradually opened more articles to comments, so this post is somewhat outdated--but feel free to post here with comments about The Earthling's Handbook in general.