Posts Tagged ‘blogging

14
Nov
09

big time?

So I’m kicking around the idea of moving the blog (I know I know) to its own home — yes, a site I’d have to pay for — mainly so I can have a little more freedom in terms of layout, allowing ads, etc.  While I’m mostly happy with the current layout and WordPress, there’s some tweaks that I’d like to do. Plus, there’s some other plans in the mix that I’d like to play around with in the future.

Does anyone have any recommendations for a host? WordPress recommends a few, like Blue Host, Go Daddy, Dream Host, Media Temple and Just Host, but really, I have to admit I’m out of my league here and have no idea of what I’d need. And I really don’t get the whole cost variance thing — like why are some base packages $3.95 (as a special) and others $20? I guess I’ll have to start doing some research.

But if anyone can point me in the right direction, please do. What to look for, what I’ll need, etc. Again, way out of my league here. Thanks in advance.

14
Oct
09

Creating a new home

As we all know, things change. People change. Hairstyles change. Interest rates fluctuate.

And now, I’m making a big change in the world of blogging. I’m ending the World of Threes.

DON’T PANIC. I’m not ending my blogging career.

Nope, you can’t get rid of me that easily (silly humans). What I’m going to do is ship this site to a new home called Sheep the Moon.

The reason why will be the first entry there.  And yes, I will be transferring all of my previous blogs from here over to that site. And not a lot will change, except the name. Still the same mayhem and silliness that you’ve come to expect.

So if you link to me, get ready to change the links. If you bookmark, get ready to change. And I’ll be changing it on Facebook, too. This change is going to come quickly … mainly because it’s my weekend, and of all the things I don’t like to have unsettled, it’s my blogging home.

And now to start setting things up … guess I better crack open a beer.

21
Aug
09

When worlds collide

As I’m sure you all know by now, the Burghosphere’s most popular blogger, Pittgirl, is back. She has a new site called That’s Church. And the first thing she did was out herself as to her real identity, where she worked, her family — all the stuff the we readers always wanted to know. Oh, and when I say “worked,” I do mean it in the past tense. She was fired because of her blog.

Now, I’m not breaking any news here about her return or about her getting fired, which is why she remained anonymous for years in the first place.

But it is rather irritating to see someone get fired for writing their opinions, views and such in dealing with public figures at their place of employment. I mean, it wasn’t like she put the nuclear stockpile launch codes on her site — it was more like she was talking like any of us talk about work after a couple of beers to our friends. Except her friends were on the Internet. And her comments were easily accessible for anyone to read. And they were good reading.

On the other hand, I think her employer had no choice to do what they did, especially since she would have to continue to deal with all of these figures. Obviously, those politicos wouldn’t feel particularly endeared to her, or want to deal with her, which would impact them significantly. It’s quite a quandry.

Well, can I help it your desk is a mess?

Oh, this gnome's desk is a mess! How quaint!

Blogging is such an odd little world, where an entry can have epic, life-changing consequences. I’m not sure if I’m expressing what I really want to get out about this topic, but, you know, you’ll have that. I haven’t even had my morning caffeine yet. But those consequences are why I try not to blog about work, or about stuff that is work related. Not that I actually get to meet anyone famous in my position as “Shoemaker Gnome III” — though I’m sure when Hillary Clinton walked past my desk, she was all, “This boy is a P-I-G pig!”

I’m sure Ginny will be fine. I’m sure she and her husband planned a worst case scenario when she knew she wanted to come clean as to her identity. I’m sure she didn’t take coming out lightly. At all.

But it’s definitely a good reminder to us that sometimes our work and writing worlds just aren’t compatible — and that our freedom of speech comes with a hidden word — responsibility — and that we can be held accountable for what we choose to talk about.

Of course, now that Ginny is unfettered by things like employment, I wonder if she’ll just run amok for a little bit, like a dog that’s been cooped up too long in need of stretching its legs — or if she’ll be a little more on the conservative side, because she knows employers could fear that she’ll be airing a little dirty laundry about them should they hire her.

I guess only time will tell.

But I am happy she’s returned, and that I have something to read (again) with my morning tea.

07
Jan
09

Asleep at the switch

Feel like a bum for not blogging for a couple of days … and trust me, it’s not for lack of trying. I’ve actually started 4 (and had a 5th idea that I ditched outright because it was in such wretched taste), and can’t seem to get one out that is coherent or that I liked enough to publish. (Though I think there’s potential for “Nostradamus, I call shenanigans” and “Round hips sink ships*”.)

I’m fully blaming my coworkers for my lack of productivity, since they gave me the plague. Of course, cracking open my new box set of Futurama, Season 2 certainly hasn’t helped things. (“The Problem With Popplers” has got to be one of my all-time favorite episodes. I sit there and giggle furiously during the entire episode.)

But rest assured, I do have some good stuff brewing, and I’ll type it out right after I take a nap. And get some enchiladas. And clean up the living room. I swears!

12
Nov
08

Ain't nothin' but a blog thang

Today has been one of those … I don’t know … maybe I’ll just call it a “I don’t know how to phrase it” kind of day. I’ve probably started at least 5 blogs, but couldn’t get what I wanted to come out of my fingers. See, I think I’m thinking too much about what to say instead of just letting it flow and saying what needs to be said.

The reason for this is that good ole Pittgirl threw out a great blog at the OMGPittsburgh site. I feel like such a schmoe that I haven’t jumped on to this blogging stuff earlier — but Pittgirl, Burgher Jon, the Angry Drunk Bureaucrat and the other fine folks out there are (inadvertantly) expanding my horizons. And I can’t forget Mrs. Pitsberger at I got jokes. I stumbled across her site last night, and oh dear Lord was I laughing — she really needs to write more often. Seriously.

Now, the OMGPittsburgh site is one of these sites that I think I’ve always envisioned myself being a part of. If you know me in the real world, you absolutely know there is no place I’d rather be than Western Pennsylvania. And even though I’ve been back now for almost 9 years, I still get that goofy smile and chuckle to myself when stuff happens that is intrinsically Pittsburgh. And this site wants those moments. The things that makes Pittsburgh uniquely Pittsburgh.

But you know, as much as I tried to think about stuff today, it just wasn’t going to come. I had the ’40s big band music playing as I cooked and cleaned in the kitchen — with a million different thoughts, a million different memories, all trying to get out at once. There’s always a that time, or a that one, or a that guy or girl. But none of them exactly capture what I want to say — and that’s likely because I’m focusing on the details rather than the big picture.

It’s frustrating when you can’t say what you want to say, so I started hopping around the various links, seeing what I could see.

I’m beginning to find that the blogging world is a really interesting place. Lots of different views. Lots of folks proud of their city. Lots of different ways of looking at the same building that you’ve passed a thousand times. Lots of great, down-to-earth yinzer humor. Lots of people I want to sit down, grab a beer and BS with.

Even though I’ve had this site going for about a month now, it sill feels like a brand new world for me.

However, the more I see and read, the more I think I’m gonna like it out here.

PS: Thanks for 1,000 views! Woot!




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