RyeAds.com – A Little Bit of Payoff

After my first week back in class, I’m exhausted. For various reasons I’ve been staying up later than I should have, and then waking up very early to make it to class on time. I was going to reward myself tonight with an early bedtime and a late sleep-in, but I think the early bedtime will have to wait.

Just before I was about to hop into bed, I checked on my Google Analytics and saw a slight increase in the number of visitors that RyeAds.com has been getting this week. This was pretty cool. I hadn’t checked the site out for a few days, and didn’t expect to see a jump at all. I had an interview with the Eyeopener, one of Ryerson’s school papers, and I had made an announcement to my fellow Aerospace Engineering students, but that’s it.

Then I checked my email account (where I can now receive feedback messages from RyeAds), and saw that I received two messages from new users! One was a lovely comment on the visitor’s appreciation for the site, and the other, was feedback on some display issues (for some reason, the site doesn’t display well on Internet Explorer – I’m gonna have to fix this soon).


In addition to that, RyeAds.com was mentioned in the Ryerson Today Bulletin today! And, after checking the back end of the site, I’ve also found that there a little over 20 ads on the site now! Hopefully this trend continues!

*For those of you just tuning in, I am speaking of a labour of love I worked on this summer called RyeAds.com. It’s a Ryerson University-specific classified ads website. Only someone with a ryerson.ca email can post an ad there, but anyone on the web can view and reply to them. Currently, it’s most popular category is for used text books, but there are also some ads under electronics, tutoring, and Groups & Services.


RyeAds.com – The Big Push

So RyeAds.com is pretty well done now. The site functions. Ryerson students and staff can post ads, edit them, and delete them. Anyone can see posted ads, and anyone can reply to them.

The idea is that RyeAds.com will be the first place any Ryerson student or staff member goes when looking for some used item they need: text books, bikes, cars, rooms to rent, anything. I think it can be a great boon to the school community, and even be a place to find on-campus jobs and events easily. The problem now is getting the word out.

And I thought programming the site from scratch was hard! I’ve been contacting school groups, departments, school papers, resurrecting my twitter account to send some carefully targeted tweets… I’m trying to think of anything I can to get the word out about this site.

I’m noticing a lot of page views, but not a lot of ad posts. Well, I’m away for the weekend. Maybe I’ll come back to see a little blip of burgeoning activity on Ryeads.com. Maybe some new classified ad will be posted and replied to by the time I get back. That’s three days Ryerson. Let’s see what you can do in that time.

RyeAds.com – A New Project

This summer, I new I’d have a lot of time. Not in the usual sense, because my summer job would keep me indoors from 11am to 7pm every workday, so the days were pretty much shot. By time I mean, brain-time. Having just started back at school last year, I was in the zone. The go-go-go, no time to sleep, constantly working/studying zone. That’s a hard place to snap out of.

So this summer, I set myself a few projects to keep myself busy and mentally active. One of them was Ryeads.com.

What is Ryeads.com you ask? Well, back when I was a student at McGill, and I wanted to find a good price on a used text book, I’d check out the school’s site, scroll down, and click on Classified Ads. It was perfect. A school run site that only faculty and students could post to, and nine times out of ten, I could find the book I needed at a reasonable price. Maybe there were a few dog eared pages, but how else was I going to figure out what pages to read, right? Anyway, RyeAds.com will fill this classified ads void in the Ryerson University bubble.

Once the word about the site spreads and people start using it, it will have more and more ads on it, and so will be more and more useful to the students and staff looking for things to buy. The more people use it, the more useful it will be.

It has the potential to be a very useful resource for everyone at Ryerson University. Now I’ve just got to spread the word…

Commitment to the Game

That’s exactly what a great majority of my teammates on my just-finished recreational softball team did not have. We had seven games for the spring season. At only one of them did we have a full team. Thanks to our competitors having abundant team sizes we were able to borrow a few players to have a game for fun, after forfeiting the real game of course.

There were probably only two of us on the entire team that came to 6 out of 7 games. I missed one because I had planned a trip for one weekend long before signing up. There was a husband and wife couple that signed up, who had a newborn baby, who signed up and they only came to one game. That’s totally understandable – you have a newborn, so you don’t have the time or energy to play softball. I get it. So why did you sign up?

When you sign up for a sports league, please have the decency to think it through and make sure you can commit to the schedule. Don’t think of it as optional to go to your games. Your teammates, and opposition, are counting on your presence so they can have a ball game.

Here’s to a better summer league. And kids, don’t sign up and bail.

A Mother’s Day to Remember

My Ma’s birthday is always close to Mother’s Day, but this year they were one and the same.

We celebrated by going out to South 202 in Milton. Normally I would go with the ribs, which are fantastic, but tonight John (the chef) apparently decided to let the creative juices flow and on special was a veal chop with adjective adjective adjective chocolate sauce. Everything before ‘chocolate sauce’ now eludes me, because the idea was so foreign. But even so, I took the leap and it was SO worth it. Even my brother, who certainly enjoys the ribs even more than I do agreed that the chocolate sauce veal was phenomenal. Even claimed he would make the 45 min trip to Milton on a regular basis to have it if it were on the menu.

The food was awesome, and the company even better.

Happy Mother’s Day and Happy Birthday, Ma.

I love you tons.


More Planning

More planning is what I need. Planning ahead that is. Sundays continue to creep up on me and just as I am going to bed I remember, ‘Oh crud! my blog!’

This week some pretty memorable things happened that (I think) give me a decent excuse for forgetting (once again) to write at a time of day when I shouldn’t be sleeping. This past week the NDP surged ahead of the Liberals in the polls, which was pretty surprising to all of us I think (or maybe just if you’re Canadian). It was raining a lot in Toronto (which was annoying and wet). And I think most memorable of all were the events of just tonight, with the announcement of the death of Osama Bin Laden. Now, I can’t really use this last one as an excuse, because it happened at the very end of the week, but it’s historical enough that it warrant’s mention.

And on a personal note, I went for my first run post long-time back injury and my first run of the season. And after that for no discernible reason I walked for an hour across downtown Toronto. So if I wasn’t sore before, I sure am now.

As a strange, and interesting endorsement, check out a game called Minecraft. It’s Sims-esque in that there is no goal. The graphics look lego-ey, but don’t let that phase you. You can run around, collecting materials, create tools, and basically fashion the landscape however you choose with your two blocky, digital hands. I’ve only played for a few minutes, but it seems genuinely interesting. Certainly kid friendly. Check out there site where there’s a video of some gameplay.

Uncompromising Men

I’ve been busy with visiting family and all the wonderful trappings of Passover these past few days, so please enjoy this humorous commercial in lieu of a decent post.

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