Tweet of the Day: @badbanana


I’ve Been Freshly Pressed

So, I use as my blog host, and on the home page they have a feature that highlights “the best” of the nearly one million blog posts published each day by bloggers in a feature they call Freshly Pressed.

The folks at WordPress select ten new posts per week to add to Freshly Pressed, and my post from yesterday was chosen. As a result, I was treated to a day of unprecedented traffic.

It’s become cliché to post about having been Freshly Pressed, but then it has also become cliché to call it cliché to post about the experience.

I’d like to simply say this:

  • Thanks SO much to the thousands of folks who have been visiting Fish & Bicycles these past few days!
  • Thanks, especially, for the many likes, follows, and comments!
  • And, as I wrote back in February, in a post titled Likes and Follows and Blogging, Oh My!, while I wish I could respond to everyone who takes the time to stop by and mark their visit in these ways, while I wish I could reciprocate and visit the hundreds of wonderful blogs you represent, to show you my appreciation, since my blogging is an unpaid, part-time pastime, squeezed out of precious stolen moments each day, I just can’t do it.

So, one last thanks, and back to work!


McSweeney’s: A Breath Of Fresh Air

My current favorite app on my iPhone comes from McSweeney’s, specifically their McSweeney’s Internet Tendency content, updated nearly daily, consisting of short-to-medium-length humorous submissions from a stable of contributing writers.

And by humorous, I mean regularly true, laugh-out-loud humor, humor that I frequently forward on via Facebook and Twitter and email because I love spreading the joy. (Note: Not all of the content is strictly for laughs, including the occasional very serious book excerpt.)

Since many of these pieces are very brief one-offs, seemingly thrown together quickly as inspiration strikes, the Internet Tendency isn’t really all that different from a multi-author blog, if an extremely minimalist blog, where you decidedly will NOT find any photos, animated GIFs, or video clips.

Included, are a variety of recurring “columns” (not unlike my Recurring Series) — “No Fear of Flying: Kamikaze Missions in Death, Sex, and Comedy”; “Teddy Wayne’s Unpopular Proverbs”; “Ben Greenman’s Graphs About Charts and Charts About Graphs”, etc. — and I was particularly inspired by their “Open Letters to People or Entities Who Are Unlikely to Respond” columns when I wrote my post An Open Letter To My Words With Friends Friends last month.

Now, I’ve been reading the Internet Tendency for months and months, so why, you might ask, did I all of a sudden decide to write about it today?

Well, it’s because I loved this!

The Ultimate Guide to Writing Better Than You Normally Do
by Colin Nissan


Writing is a muscle. Smaller than a hamstring and slightly bigger than a bicep, and it needs to be exercised to get stronger. Think of your words as reps, your paragraphs as sets, your pages as daily workouts. Think of your laptop as a machine like the one at the gym where you open and close your inner thighs in front of everyone, exposing both your insecurities and your genitals. Because that is what writing is all about.


Procrastination is an alluring siren taunting you to Google the country where Balki from Perfect Strangers was from, and to arrange sticky notes on your dog in the shape of hilarious dog shorts. A wicked temptress beckoning you to watch your children, and take showers. Well, it’s time to look procrastination in the eye and tell that seafaring wench, “Sorry not today, today I write.”

(You gotta read the rest!)

Tweet of the Day: @TheOnion


Who Will Be Fish & Bicycles’ 1,000th Commenter?

Every time I post something new here at Fish & Bicycles, WordPress congratulates me on my latest achievement and informs me how many posts to-date I’ve published.

Well, I’ve been creeping toward the 1,000 mark (currently 855) and thinking I’d write something celebratory when I get there, but this morning I noticed in my stats that I’m much closer to reaching another milestone.

As I write this, I’ve received 999 comments from readers since my first post in October 2009.


While this may seem like a small number, compared to blogs that get that many comments in a few days, I like to think of it as a quality over quantity kinda thing.

Besides, I didn’t start this blog in hopes of it becoming an online community. There are plenty of those, thousands, maybe millions, out there already.

Here, every single comment is precious to me, whereas the comments at so many other sites very often descend into trivial arguments, bickering and negativity.

I wish I could offer up a prize for whomever submits the 1,000th comment, but I can’t. There are no ads on Fish & Bicycles, I make no money at all from this endeavor, but I do earn the satisfaction of maintaining a consistent creative outlet.

So, I hope that you, my 1,000th commenter, will settle for a hearty, personal thanks and my gratitude for your taking the time to visit me here.


Tweet of the Day: @DougCoupland

I love a number of Douglas Coupland‘s books, and he often tweets interesting stuff.

This one introduced me to, for which I’m grateful, and this particular XKCD comic made me chuckle, particularly because it’s currently past my bedtime as I write this.!/DougCoupland/status/186170937647972353

Tweet of the Day: #Poo-PowerRevisited

This reminded me of a post about poo-power that I published way back in August 2010.

Very cool!!/inhabitat/status/183243911509180416