Mrs. Flinger: A work in progress

UPDATE TO Mrs. Flinger October 16, 2015

Because the Universe has a wicked sense of humor, after this delcaration, my blog threw up all over my last upgrade.

So I'm starting over using Craft. Turning 40 and kid entering Jr High next year, sometimes it's just time for a change. These archives will still exist in the way the last child goes off to college and their room is the same for 20 years, but it's just time to move forward.

Increasing your reader’s traffic part 1: through comments Jan 09, 2008

#Work#Boost your reader's blog traffic

*What’s this? See below*

I was going to list out another slick way to raise your user’s traffic and technorati rank but then I was told it’s the great International Week to Delurk. This means two things: 1) I decided to provide methods of increasing your reader’s traffic through their comments 2) Why not comment and increase your own traffic here and 3) I really don’t comment enough and 4) I can’t count because that’s more than two.


So here we go!

Expression Engine:

One of the first things I got questions about when I first started blogging (four freaking years ago now) was “how do I list the most recent comments? I want to encourage people to comment and I want a list on my sidebar.” Back then, it wasn’t that common. Now, though, almost every major CMS (That Thing Which You Type On To Post Things) provides this option.

In Expression Engine, use the code from the docs. Since this is pretty self explanatory if you’re viced in EE, I won’t go further with detail.

But! If you want someone really different, you can use the newly acquired method here on Mrs. Flinger (dot US).

I recently found the joy of passing embedded variables. Holymother! This information has changed my design life. For example: Now I’m using a method similar to this to pass comment authors to the front page. There’s one exception, though. The code listed in the Wiki specified an entry_id variable. If you want to pass the comments for all entries, simply delete this variable like so:

Instead of:
{embed="summer06/inc_comments" my_weblog_name="{my_weblog_name}” my_template_group=”{my_template_group}” entry_id=”{entry_id}”}

use: {embed="site/inc_comments" my_weblog_name="{my_weblog_name}”}

(that code goes in your index template in the {weblog:entries} tag.)

In your inc_comments template, you should simply have:

{exp:comment:entries entry_id="{embed:entry_id}”}

You can, naturally, use all the paramaters available to the comment:entries tag from the documentation. I simply wanted to list authors and web links if applicable.

Are you glossing over yet? Great.


I see a lot of people using the commentLurv plugin.  The concept here is to go fetch the commenter’s last blog post through their RSS feed and display it along with their comment.

EE already has the ability to read and fetch RSS feeds so I’m sure it’s just a matter of time before someone who doesn’t have two small children and a job will create a plugin similar to this for EE. Ahem. Cough. Sneeze.

There is, naturally, a plugin for the top commenters found here. One nice plus is that people who end up in your list of top commenters get an additional link in technorati. Don’t forget to tell them so.

There’s also the DoFollow act. Izzy Mom explains it here and even provides lists for how to participate. There’s a movement to allow commentor’s links to register on Google and thus encourage (and reward) people in their google page-rank when they comment.

And, shortly before your brain explodes, I will leave you with this:




*This series started as I researched increasing blog traffic, for the first time ever, about three months ago. I spent almost four years keeping my web site out of google and when I launched a business/resource site I decided to learn why and how one would increase traffic to a new site. I was amazed at the number of “increase your blog traffic” sites there are out there and how selfish I started feeling reading them. MEMEME. So I decided it would be nice to spread whatever traffic I do have, which isn’t much. It’s a little like sex and road rage: If we all just Got Some, there wouldn’t be road rage. Let’s just all give blog luv and there will be no war or famine. This is only a theory, of course.

Grab a button to promote traffic sharing:

The day she seemed thirteen Jan 07, 2008

#Life#The Flinger Family

Today I heard something I thought I longed to hear. “Go away, Mommy. I wanna play alone.”

It wasn’t as great as I’d hoped.

Excuses or reasons. I say both. Jan 07, 2008

#Life#The Flinger Family#Baby O

Well, I guess it’s time to let you in on a few things going on around here.

First, I’ve been hired over at swank web style. I’ve been working with Karen, doing coding, and will begin taking full design jobs again soon. It’s been fantastic thinking about something aside from teething, bottles, and entertaining my three year old (read: I type one handed while entertaining a three year old, feeding an infant and calling the pediatrician because why is my child getting fangs and where are his two top teeth? but this is nothing unusual to a working at home mom…)


You know those nerds that always say the obvious? Humor is, in my opinion, best when unexpected so stating the obvious is never a party-knee-slapper. So why did I feel the need to start a website based on the obvious? Why did I need to start a web site dedication to not being on the Internet?

I. Don’t. Know.

Because I wanted pretty colors?

Much to the Mister’s dismay, the site is remaining up and people are loving it. They are joining the revolution! They are going to parties and wearing their badge proudly! I love you for this. Because, if I get the quote correct, upon seeing the new site the mister declared, “You are kidding me, right? This is the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard of.” Stupid or not, it’s staying. And you can join.

And not-so-finally, life with two kids just went up a notch. Two days before Christmas, Baby O started this….

Three days later he was so fast at it, I couldn’t keep up. Good for the waist-line, not for the blog.

So there you have it. It’s the thirty-two year old’s version of “My dog ate my homework.” (Incidentally, my infant did eat one of my BlogHer Ad checks. I used the ATM to deposit it so they wouldn’t say no. What a little drool/rip/tiny teeth marks among friends? That’s legal, right?)

Welcome 2008 Jan 02, 2008

#Life#Good News#The Flinger Family

I hope your Holiday was wonderful. There are so many stories I have for you and announcements about the New Year. Changes. Plans. News.

But today I’ll just tell you how we brought in 2008: The year destined to be ours.

We’ve planned some wonderful goals for the year, goals that everyone else makes like getting fit and finding ourselves again. But this resolution was made on the eve of 2006, one year ago, when we sat on our couch in our new condo in our new city. We talked, a year ago, about how 2008 would be the first year we won’t be moving, pregnant, having a child, changing jobs, or moving again since our marriage. This year is destined to be ours.

We planned on retiring early, even going so far as turning off the lights and crawling in bed. We talked a bit, read our books and heard the baby at a quarter to the New Year. I took the shift, feeding and snuggling our youngest born until I heard the pop*pop of firecrackers. Mr. Flinger joined me in the upstairs hallway where we could watch the fireworks show from the high school. We stood there, holding our sleeping 7 month old, listening to our three year old breathing soundly in her sleep, holding each other, watching, knowing other people were able to get out and party that night. And we realized it was perfect, our New Year’s, with us at home, the kids safe with us, alone and quiet.

And this is how we welcomed our year. Together.

(This picture was taken on New Year’s Eve at the beach around 3:45. You know… sunset… and may be my most favorite picture of him ever.)