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Tuesday, June 10th, 2008

My One Sentence for the day:

I accidentally clicked “approve” instead of “disapprove” for a submission that was three sentences, not one.

New feature: unapproved stories

Wednesday, May 21st, 2008

One of the most common things I hear via e-mail or the blog’s comments is that either I don’t approve enough sentences or that I should enlist help in the approval process. The thing is, I have a certain vision of the type of stuff that should appear on One Sentence and I have trouble giving up even a little bit of control to someone else.

At the same time, I understand how One Sentence junkies need more to read. So, with that in mind, I present a new feature:

Unapproved Stories

That page displays a single random unapproved sentence (but not a speficially disapproved sentence) and then asks you whether the sentence should be published on the site. You can answer yes, no, or skip it. Once you vote, you’ll be presented with another random sentence. On and on and on until the end of time.

Periodically, when I’m approving sentences, I’ll check to see what readers are either liking or disliking and take that into account. How’s that for a good compromise? You get more to read and some input into the site and I get help in finding gems I may have missed!

Enjoy the new feature and let me know if you have any feedback.

Daily Dish’ed

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008

Thanks to Andrew Sullivan for yesterday’s link to 1S. He found the site courtesy of Frank Wilson, who found it via novelist Lynn Viehl, who came upon it thanks to author Rosina Lippi.

Thanks, everyone!

Downtime? What downtime?

Tuesday, April 15th, 2008

You’ve probably noticed some pretty serious downtime over the last few days. Don’t worry, I didn’t go so broke I couldn’t pay my hosting bill… the server the site is hosted on (along with the majority of the other sites I run) fell on hard times. There was almost 36 hours of downtime beginning last Friday morning and then another 24 hours starting yesterday morning. Apparently, a disk had started to show signs of faultiness, so they moved the data but ran into some issues during the transition. Things seems to be back online now and running in a relatively stable fashion, so hopefully it’ll be clear sailing from here on out.

I’m going to make a new backup soon, though, just in case.

Are ads bad?

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2008

So I’ve decided to try a little something for April and run some text ads in the sidebar.  I went back and forth on the idea of running ads for a while.  I was a little uncomfortable doing it because, hey, the PostSecret guy doesn’t.  But he’s also running his blog on Blogspot (and presumably not paying for hosting there).  Not that I’m paying loads for hosting, but One Sentence does use more bandwidth than any of my other sites…

In any event, consider this an experiment.  I’m going to run the ads for a month.  They’re going to be limited to a 120×240 pixel banner in the sidebar.  The RSS feed won’t have ads.  And I’ll donate 25% of any money I make to a to-be-determined charity.

If the ads drive you nuts or you feel very strongly that I shouldn’t run ads, speak up.  Let me know here or via the contact form.  If the masses speak and the ads drive you batty, then I’ll ditch ‘em.

President Bush: Fan of One Sentence

Wednesday, March 26th, 2008

Bush Pardons 15, Commutes One Sentence

Why thank you, Mister President! This site appreciates being commuted.

1S in the Boston Globe

Monday, March 3rd, 2008

One Sentence had a great mention in the Boston Globe today:

Anyone who has slogged through a Charles Dickens novel or a Wi-Fi router instruction manual knows what William Shakespeare meant when he wrote, “Brevity is the soul of wit.” We couldn’t agree more, and that’s why we’re big fans of the site One Sentence.

One Sentence Spam

Friday, February 8th, 2008

This is the second time something like this has happened — someone actually submitted One Sentence spam. This is what was submitted:

Expand your business in German, Spanish, French, Italian, Dutch, Chinese, Korean, and Japanese besides ENGLISH.
[2008-02-08 01:26:24]
(name, e-mail, and web link removed)
tags: Translation German Spanish French Italian Dutch Chinese Korean Japanese

I mean, it’s not like I’m going to approve that sentence… but at least they tagged their submission!

1S on

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2008

Thanks to Chris for pointing out this mention of One Sentence:

Yo! Long Winded One…: What do you think of these?

Gene Weingarten: These are one-sentence novels. Most are poor, but if you search the all-time winners, you find some that are entertaining. I liked: “The mysterious animal hissing under the towel turned out to be a can of Right Guard.”

“Most are poor”? Really?

I’m a fan of Gene’s work in the Post and he even had a chicken named after him at the farm sanctuary where I volunteer. So, thanks, Gene! Your work’s not poor!

Matt Cutts: “One Sentence rules!” (I’m paraphrasing.)

Wednesday, December 19th, 2007

Matt Cutts, the head of the Webspam team at Google, mentioned One Sentence in an interview he did recently:

Stephan Spencer: Perhaps you can just supply us with your OPML file?

Matt Cutts: There is a lot of really good feeds that I read. I read about 70 or maybe even a 100 in the search space. A few that I read that are not search – there are only five or 10, but XKCD is a Web comic that is really pretty funny, that is very Web savvy. I found a feed on Flickr for their “Photos of the Day” which is just a nice way to start your day.

There is a neat site called One Sentence and the idea is that you have to tell an entire story in one sentence. You know, they are very compelling stuff. So, it is about 10 sentences a day, about 10 posts, and that is really a fun site as well.

Thanks, Matt!

(There’s also an audio recording of the interview linked up at the top of the transcript.)