Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas to All, and to all a good night!


Meet Hallie Elizabeth Cohen

LISNews author Steven Cohen is now a proud papa. Hallie Elizabeth Cohen, was born at 8:30AM yesterday.
Go on over say Say Congrats!


The bride wore yellow....

Everyone say Congratulations to LISNews author Ieleen, who got married last week, and ended up on the Front Page Of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution thanks to her unusual wedding.

\"Lee Gregory took the hand of Wendell Neal in holy and unusual matrimony Friday upon the checkered platform of Atlanta Motor Speedway\'s victory lane. No organ played \"Here Comes the Bride.\" Rather, the couple was serenaded by the roar of jet driers trying to prepare a wet track for the day\'s practice and qualifying runs.\"


LISNews At 5000

I think 5,000 stories is quite a collection, we actually have a larger collection than the first library I worked in. When I started the site almost 3 years ago, I never imagined how far the site would go, or how far it would take me.

The best thing about LISNews is the people that run it, and that ain’t just me. I’ve never referred to this site as “Blake Carver’s LISNews” because it’s really not my site, I may keep it going, but I don’t think I make it great. Starting the site was the easy part, keeping it running isn’t always easy, but so far it’s been fun. The truly hard work is done by the people who do the little things that make LISNews great.


Some Stats

Normally I share stats with The Mailing List, but tonite I thought I post them here.

First story January 26th 2000

Visitors last month: 22,629
December 2001:  38,250
November 2001:  26,483
October 2001: 25,664
September 2001: 20,427
August 2001: 22,804
Monthly Average from 2001: 24,156

Hits last month: 282,225
Average hits per month last year: 305,369

Pages viewed last month: 59,351
Average page views last year per month:64,762

More posted below...


Google... The Super Backer Upper

Some of you may have noticed, at some point yesterday LISNews bit the dust. I\'m not sure what happened, but being on a large shared server is always an adventure, and this is just one reason why.

Apparently MySQL (the SQL Db this site runs on) crashed, and had to be brought back up from back ups, which meant we lost some data. Now, I ain’t no dummy, so I do back the site up several times a day, but since the SQL server crashed, the backups got written over, and I had to bring it back up from a file that was about 12 hours old, which meant we lost about a dozen or so stories.

This didn’t seem like a big deal, so, I restored everything, and sat down to watch “The Great Outdoors” (I’m on vacation, after all). Now most John Candy movies aren’t exactly intellectually stimulating, so I got to thinking… there must be a copy of those lost stories out there somewhere.
That’s when I noticed a little voice whispering in the back of my head… gooooogle…. It whispered.

Just then it occurred to me I had once read a story of someone who had to rebuild years worth of material from their site from The Mighty Google Cache. Quickly, I put 2 and 2 together (Though I originally came up with 5, I corrected my mistake, and came up with 4), and rushed to Google, and low and behold, Google had actually crawled LISNews between the time it crashed, and the time I had backups from.
What Luck!
So, I was able to rescue Most of the lost stories. I know I missed 3, “Iraq hails Saddam\'s Second Novel”, “Harry Potter, Hidden Dragon”, and “Fed Court Asked To Revoke Remaining Net Obscenity Provision”. Anyone have time to hunt those down?
The comments anyone may have left are lost forever, as far as I can tell, but I’ve become even more attentive to my back up schedule, with little harm done, and a good lesson learned.


LISNews Celebrates 2 Years!

Happy Birthday to LISNews!
What follows are some thoughts on LISNews, now 2 years old. In the 2 years since I started the ball rolling, LISNews has grown and blossomed into a vibrant and fun little site. I thought I would compile some thoughts and ideas on the past, present and future of the site, as I see it. It’s up to you all to show me what’s good and what’s bad. More importantly, it’s up to you to tell me if what we are doing is right or wrong, good or bad.

How do we grow, keep ahead and change over the next 2 years? How can we encourage more users, more visitors, and get more authors? How do I stop paying for this damn thing, and how can I stop it from sucking up all my time?


The LISNews Crew @ Work

I just noticed (yes, I am a few days behind on my reading) that Ryan has gone off and started his own Blog “infolibre”, which got me to thinking, the LISNewsterz are a busy bunch. Steve runs LibraryStuff, and Rory has always done Library Juice and a bunch of other things over on his domain.
Occaissional contributor Thomas Hennen writes his Hennen\'s American Public Library Ratings. Andrew Runs and Jessamyn has still rarin after all these years.
Brian runs The Laughing Librarian, filteReality, and

The rest of the Authors are busy being busy in ways they like to keep themselves busy, and are out there making their mark on the world as well.
As always, If you\'d like join to join our crew, we can always use a new perspective, please let me know.
As we creep up on year 2 here at LISNews, I\'d love to add a new voice or two.


3,000 Stories and Still Going Strong

This is story #3,000 here at!
I am happy to say, LISNews is almost 2 years old, and we now have 3,000 stories. I have never been happier with the site, and the stories I get to read. Everyday the LISNews Authors impress me with the stories they find, and the things they write.
For me, the site has become such a joy to read and keep running because of them, we all owe them a hearty handshake and a big hug to show our appreciation!

Ieleen has been the most prolific author, with 326 stories posted, Ryan, Celine, Ben, Jill and Matt round out our exceptional team of the most active authors. Steven and Rory both manage to find time and take a take a break from their sites to contribute at They help widen the variety and increase the number of stories you read here. Andrew, Bonnie, BrianS, Helga, and Thomas also contribute to round out our complete gang of dedicated authors.

None of us make anything on the site, I still don\'t know what motivates us, but I hopefully speak for everyone when I say, the next 3,000 stories will be even better than the first 3,000. Thanks you guys!



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