Friday, August 10, 2007

The Saipan Blog: Still the Most Popular Blog Ever

Most Popular Blog Ever
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I have been the Most Popular Blog Ever for five days now. I know you're jealous. That's just how I roll.


I was on the radio again this week.

Island Issues Radio ShowMike Tripp and I appeared on Harry Blalock's Island Issues radio program. We were invited to talk about creating community driven Ecotourism opportunities in the Marianas. The specific programs we are particularly interested in are improving the Marianas image and functionality as a diving destination, working with Beautify CNMI to create and market a system of parks & trails in the Marianas, and creating a coop of locally owned bed & breakfasts and home stays, whether for learning English, immersing the tourist in the local culture and way of life, or for giving the tourist a more affordable means of visiting the Marianas.

We had a meeting of this yet unnamed group on Wednesday during happy hour at Oleai Bar & Grille. About 50 people showed up. It was a little chaotic at first, but after only 90 minutes we decided to get to work on an online diving portal for the Marianas.

We're meeting again this Wednesday,same time, same place. Anyone is welcome to attend, so I hope to see you there. If you can't make it this Wednesday, stay tuned for more.


We, well, really just I, had a nice little event with some new and some old, er, I mean, former, Marianas High School students yesterday. The MHS class of 1983 adopted a Flame Tree with the Beautify CNMI Adopt-a-Flame Tree program and yesterday we planted it on their former stomping grounds.

MHS Class of 2011I brought along a second tree and dedicated it to the MHS class of 2011, who had their first day of High School last Friday.

When they graduate in about four years, their tree should be about 20 feet tall...and I hope all of them graduate in four years.

MHS Tree PlantingYou can kind of make out the tree hiding behind the M and H on the banner. What can I say? The class of '83 wanted to make sure nobody mistook them for the class of '84.


Last night we had an impromptu Blogger Meetup at Porky's Bar. I went expecting to see Harry, Jeff, and Melissa sipping on Mojitos, but was shocked to see the bar full of bloggers and blogger friends.

Bree was there with her husband, daughter, daughter's friend, and all of the new teachers at Hopwood. Harry and Melissa were there, of course, Hozumi was there with Bryan, and Boni was there with her husband. Jeff also convinced his wife to come, along with EJ, and Brad. (Notice how non-bloggers don't have names?)

Of course, no night at Porky's would be complete without running into the Face of Drunken Evil, the Worst Person in the World, Bruce Bateman:


Oh yeah, I quit drinking last week. I didn't have a drop of alcohol for about 6 weeks starting last February and I lost weight and felt great. I'm not going to drink from now until my birthday in October...just because.


Speaking of quiting bad habits, Porky's is going to go smokeless every Wednesday. Patrons will still be able to smoke, they'll just have to step outside.

I think this is a great idea.

Our next COED soccer game is Wednesday afternoon. Come join Taya Talent at Porky's after our game!


Based on a suggestion from one of the participants of the Ecotourism meetup at Oleai on Wednesday, I've added サイパン, ロタ, テニアン, and 北マリアナ to my list of meta data keywords. We'll see if that improves my ranking in Japanese search engine results.

The number one search result for サイパン is currently the MVA Japanese site. Go MVA!


Jeff said...

Ahhhhhhhhh! You sob.

Bruce A. Bateman said...

Thanks for coming over to Porky's last evening, Angelo. Everyone seemed to have a great time. I sure did, and enjoyed the company too.

Remember Wednesdays are going to be "smokeless" at Porky's. Smokers will have a nice space outside at the gazebo bar or the beach patio to do their thing. And are welcomed back inside when the fire goes out on the stogie or cigarette.

Please pass it arround and please support Smokeless Wednesdays at Porky's.

marianas life said...

cool bruce!!! thanks for that. we'll definitely stop by.

Bruce A. Bateman said...

Nice key word pick for your title, Angelo.

...most popular blog since ever...

Brought you right to the top, of that search.

We need to do something similar for the dive portal and the overall eco tourism portal.

Nice going!

Bruce A. Bateman said...

See you there, David. Looking forward to it.

Please pass it on to others who have a non-smoking preferrence.

The Saipan Blogger アンジェロ・ビラゴメズ said...

Yeah, I beat out 90 million other websites. Who knows how long it will last, though...

Bruce A. Bateman said...

oops, Marianas Life is Bree and Doug, not David (he's Marianas Eye). I got my tongue caught in my eyetooth and couldn't see what I was saying.

Marianas Eye said...

I'll add my Kudos as well, Bruce. Sorry we missed the festivities last night.

The Saipan Blogger アンジェロ・ビラゴメズ said...

I really love the phrases that people use to find my blog

EJ said...

Jeff was so drunk last night, it was too funny.

Jeff said...

I was just happy to see you, EJ.

BoReGo said...

That's a crazy picture Angelo. You should've been more careful Jeff :) No one is safe from Angelo's camera and his watchful eye.

Jeff said...

My judgment was a wee bit impaired, but Brad is a hero of mine and all, and I wanted to feel like one of the hotties on island for a minute.

No, I'm not about to break into a verse of I feel pretty.

bradinthesand said...

there are far too many bad pictures of me on the internet...

travelphilippines said...

wow your sooo popular.

Saadna said...

so this is what sports writers really do!