About Jon Dyer

Jon Dyer
Hi, I’m Jon Dyer, the guy behind Dyers.org. I’ve been surrounded by computers since the days when searching for content meant dialing into local BBS’s from mimeographed phone lists. I parlayed that geekiness into years of eyestrain and a decade working in the computer security field. I share your pain if you’ve ever sat in a grey cube farm and felt the life draining out of you one minute at a time.

In 2007, while happily running a 20,000 node virus system for a large multinational, I realized I was giving away far too much energy to an industry that valued expensive suits more than elegant solutions. I set everything up, documented everything I could, and gave up the money and seniority to pursue writing full time. I spent a couple of years of that time pouring every minute into bringing you daily tips, music, movies, ideas, and general geekery to get you through your day.

I haven’t had a boss since.

WordPress

Even though my first love is Perl, I’m a huge fan of WordPress. I hack WordPress for fun, and I help people with it whenever I can because I think it’s a great system. I have released three free WordPress widgets, which I add features to when I can.

  • Better Blogroll is a more flexible replacement for the default WordPress Links Widget.
  • Best Foot Forward allows you to quickly and easily create “Best Of” posts using the WordPress tagging system.
  • Buddy Love is a widget that will display a configurable number of headlines from the feeds listed in the WordPress links manager.

Yea, Yea. Get To The Beards, Man

Alright, Ok. Because the Northeast isn’t the warmest of climates, I’ve been growing a beard every winter to keep the wind and snow off of my face. It has become somewhat of a habit of feeling good at the expense of looking good for a few months a year while the snow is high and the winds are harsh.

Over the last decade, the beards have led me to photograph 25 different beard styles in a Quest for Every Beard Type (see my beard pages for more). This sent my face around the globe and landed me in The Financial Times and The Sun (UK), as well as on the front pages of Digg and Reddit on a few occasions. It also got me an Internet Superstar award from Revision3 Network and even landed me a couple of offers to appear in books. Surprisingly, I have yet to buy a giant rope chain with a beard on it, and no one has ever recognized me on the street for my beardedness.

To drag more men into the macho feelings that invariably accompany even brief beardedness, I run an annual event called MaBeGroMo which encourages men to grow out their beards for the month of December. “Running” and “event” are completely overblown terms in this case, because it’s more of an individual effort open to anyone with a Y chromosome who is willing to put down his razor for 30 days.

Previously Attained Google Ranks (Just For Fun)

#1 for nerd party (out of 6.4 million)
#1 for blogroll widget (out of 4 million)
#1 for RSS Email Icon (out of 100 million)
#1 for beard types (out of 4.5 million)
#1 for facial hair types (16.9 million)
#1 for actors who sing (out of 5.5 million)
#2 for winter fonts (out of 2.6 million)
#5 for beard styles (out of 1.2 million)
#6 for beards (out of 4 million)

Site History

I’ve been writing Dyers.org since early in 2002 as a means to entertain myself and the people around me. It gets about 50,000 unique visitors a month, and has been as high as 225,000 per month. It was in Alexa’s top 100,000 sites in the world for most of 2008, before I pulled back and dedicated more time to working on a novel in 2009.

Now, the site revolves around a weekly post called the Life of Riley, that details what someone without a boss does all day. The series has been going on for a couple of years now, and involves me wandering around my house, entertaining #1GF!, and occasionally talking to a shop vac and pretending that it’s a robot.

I don’t make a lot of money from this site. It’s not really a commercial venture. It’s more about words and trying to bring a smirk to your day. It has brought me in contact with a lot of really great people from all over the globe, and I hope it entertains you, too. If you’d like to know more, you can check out a few things I believe in, keep up with current updates by subscribing to my RSS feed, or get in touch with me directly on my contact page.

I’m glad you stopped by.

-Jon