Archives For October 2012


Eight years! Wow!

Here is my very first blog post:

Website of the Day

Fun times…

Week in Review

October 13, 2012

Here is something new I’m going to try to do here at AFM. I want to track the indexes on a weekly basis. Here is this week’s installment:

Index Weekly Update Week of 10 08 2012

DJIA TR vs. S and P 500 TR YTD 2012

This is interesting. You can click on the graphic to go to the source. Bottom line: Unemployment is MUCH HIGHER than we’re being told it is.

The Real Unemployment Rate

I finally learned how to get my own avatar for AFM comments. It’s pretty simple:

Go to and create and account and upload your avatar. I’m not sure if you have to sign in to something in order for your avatar to show. I’m a WordPress blogger so I guess I’m signed in all the time.

Anyway, if you want your avatar to post on AFM comments, that’s how you do it.

I’m in the process of uninstalling Disqus. I got the feeling from the majority of AFM readers that they didn’t care for it. So, it’s gone.

Next up is to figure out a banner, organize my links, figure out a color scheme, and figure out how to change up single posts (I want to add Adsense to single posts).

I’m ready to get back to regular blogging.

I installed and exported all 30,000+ AFM comments to Disqus yesterday.

This morning I received the following email from a long time AFM reader and fellow blogger:

Please re-consider on using Disqus or at least looking to tweak it. As a fellow blogger, one of the things I appreciate when leaving a comment on another bloggers site is the ability to put my website link back. When I look through my stats, I get a few hits back from links left on other comment pages. Disqus seems to take that away and I’ll be honest, I have so many PF blogs that I can read, I tend to gravitate away from those who take that away, and I’m sure others might as well.

Just a thought, but something to look into for either a different platform or for tweaking to allow this to happen without having to register or something else.

Good luck.

He makes a good point that I hadn’t even considered. One of the benefits of commenting on websites is the backlink to the comment author’s website or blog. Although a blogger can add their website to the their Disqus profile, it’s not the same thing as regular WordPress comment.

So, what do you guys think? For those of you who don’t have a website, the change may not make a difference to you.