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On July 25, I reached 90,000 hits.
It took me seven months to get from 60,000 (Dec 25, 2009) to 90,000.
It took me nine months to get my first 30,000 hits.

There are some obvious contributing factors to this improvement (not the least of which is links from referrers that make absolutely no sense whatsoever (and which are pretty clearly spam, but hey, numbers are numbers, right?)  But the most obvious is the huge outcry at the failure of Scholastic to continue publishing the Ulysses Moore series.

If you Google “Ulysses Moore” I am the first post (after the official Scholastic site, Amazon, and fantasticfiction).  I have received so many comments from people who are frustrated that the can’t finish the series. It is amazing that so many voices are ignored.  As you can see, this series has garnered me 4020 views.

At 60,000 views I posted some theories as to why I thought these posts were so successful.  Since very little has changed (mostly just a little shuffle of the top ten), I won’t bother repeating that.  But, there is one post (see the bottom, hee hee) which has absolutely skyrocketed in just a few short months.

1. 4020 views posted April 25, 2009 [was #1 at 60,000: 1663 views]
Pierdomenico Baccalario–Ulysses Moore series Books 1-4
SOUNDTRACK: PEARL JAM-Vitalogy (more…)

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efolkThe 30th Edmonton Folk Festival!
Dates for 2009: Aug 6-9
Note: Festival 4-day passes sold out June 4!

The Edmonton Folk Festival’s final (more or less) lineup has been announced.

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But before I get to that I have to give major kudos to the Festival’s own website for cleverly and sagely linking to the Edmonton Library’s catalog so you can check out all of the performers’ CDs.  Bravo!  And I’ll link to it too:

Festival Performers in our [Edmonton Public Library] CD Collection (Blues, Folk, Jazz)

And look!  An extra concert has been added on
Wednesday August 5 (not part of 4-day pass)

Forever Folk Fest Concert – Special Fundraiser for the Festival Endowment Fund
Featuring Sarah McLachlan and special guest Meaghan Smith and a mystery guest to be announced.

Program: 7:30 – 11:00PM
Tickets $70 adult, $35 youth. If available August 1, these tickets will be $90 adult and $45 youth.
Full ticket info here

As for the Festival itself:

The main stage schedule is available but the other stages are not finalized.   some of the now-confirmed main stage artists are pretty impressive.  Each of these links goes directly to the Folk Festival’s write up of the band.

Arrested Development
Neko Case
Chumbawamba Acoustic
Steve Earle
Kathleen Edwards
Patty Griffin
Hot Tuna
Iron & Wine
Ashley MacIsaac
Oysterband
Spirit of the West
The Wailers
Loudon Wainwright III


Here’s the main stage lineup: (more…)

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I’ve been getting a lot of hits from people looking for the Edmonton Folk Festival.  Well, on a moderately unrelated note, I’m passing along this information about an indie rock show in Edmonton.   It’s Saturday June 14th at Louise McKinney Riverfront Park.

This is the press release summary:

This free concert is conceived, produced and directed by Trevor Anderson from the Wet Secrets and includes members of Shout Out Out Out Out, Cadence Weapon, Faunts, Whitsundays, Whitey Houston and many other local acts to celebrate sustainable communities and Edmonton’s music scene.

For More info click:www.thatsedmontonforyou.com

And below the break is the entire press release. (more…)

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I don’t have any news to add about the Festival yet; however, I just learned that I could add a map to my blog post, so, here’s a map to the Festival.

I was also looking at the lineup for last year’s Festival, and although there’s only a few artists signed up for this year so far, last year’s lineup is pretty impressive.   There were 70 artists altogether, including (band links are to the Festival’s site):

Broken Social Scene
Cat Power
Dervish
Michael Franti & Spearhead
Jian Ghomeshi
Aimee Mann
Joan Osborne
The Sadies
Ron Sexsmith
Martha Wainwright
Dar Williams

Pretty cool.  These are some of my favorite artists.

And here’s the cool interactive map!

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Back in November, I promised a faithful reader that I would provide updates about the upcoming Edmonton Folk Festival. I secretly hope I can go to it although realistically, getting to Edmonton from New Jersey for a concert seems pretty unlikely.

The festival is August 6-9th.

And, just to make myself jealous, here’s the first batch of confirmations:

The Steeldrivers
Rodney Crowell
Alex Cuba
Kathleen Edwards (whom I love on John Doe’s “The Golden State”)
Pavlo
Pine Leaf Boys
Loudon Wainwright III (yes!)
Sam Baker (from Lambchop) with Gurf Morlix
Linda Tillery and the Cultural Heritage Choir
Fred Eaglesmith

These are just some of the bands appearing.  And I so wish I could go.

You can find more information about the Festival here.

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