After a weekend of celebrating that I’d successfully moved my web hosting to a new (Canadian) platform, I’m back to the drawing board. Alas, there was nothing in particular wrong with the new host, but the package I chose (and that suited my budget) was woefully under-powered for the needs of this website. Who woulda thunk? I started getting some random errors on my page loads, started tracking what kind of capacity the server was drawing, and came to the conclusion that aside from turning off all but the most basic features, I was gonna be stuck crashing the new server on a regular basis. Thankfully I hadn’t completely killed the old server so, while I’m still moving it’s back to the US of A for another week until I can implement a plan B. Sigh!
It occurs to me just now, as December lurks just over the horizon, that usually, generally, traditionally (as much as that’s actually a thing on a 15 year old blog) I make a honest effort in the final month of each year to write at least one blog post every day. That might be a serious, long post about something significant. It might be a photo with some text (because you already knew that if you clicked on the pictures they had a post behind them, right?) or they might just be a quick, little aside-style post such as this one you’re reading now. I’m going to promise big and go for gold. And I guess we’ll see how it all pans out, y’know, between finishing the home renovations, getting back into post-marathon running of some sort, scratching out some violin practice and hopefully squeezing in some holiday cheer. No pressure, right?
For those who have been concerned recently (even say, verbally scolding me after a run, you know who you are!) that my posting has seemed rather sparse & sporadic as of late, you might be happy to know that despite the general interference of a stupidly-busy and crazily-distracting life and me not writing as much as I should be, want to be, or could be: June is coming! Remember June? In June (at least for the past five years) I’ve forced myself to blog every day for a little project I call “Those 30 Posts in June, Annual Daily Blog Month” wherein I write to a daily kinda-prompt-thing, on a variety of random topics. Write. Even if life gets in the way, a post is delivered. So that’s coming. Stay tuned. I mean, I’m gonna need to think about how I’m gonna fit it all in, but it’s coming.
It’s been a little over a year since I changed up the blog with these alternate post styles. There are about 200 published “aside” posts… the 100-word-style quick-posts. There are nearly 300 published “status” posts… the twitter-style updates. And there are lots and lots and lots of the long-form posts. What’s your preference? Do you read the long stuff, or just skim the latest jibber-jabber on the front page. Am I wasting your time with the trivial or do you prefer quick reads over epic essays?
Part of me wants to think that I’ve got a few interesting things to say about keeping a blog that isn’t trying to spam and click-bait the universe into SEO-driven mayhem. But that might just be my opinion.
Let the long weekend live blog begin. Check out http://blog.8r4d.com/2014/06/27/july-super-long-live for my four-day-weekend live blog post. It will be sticky until Wednesday.
I’m gonna be testing this new template layout. You better be expecting lots of photos over the next few days. Just saying.
Yeah, I’m posting a lot lately. When inspiration strikes, I tend to just go with it.
#100happydays #dailyhappy (24/100) … quietly celebrating the thirteenth anniversary of the first post on this blog. #blogiversary #thirteenyears
I’ve been playing around with various content types on this blog over the last week. Surprised? Not really, huh. I’m somewhat obsessed with continual iterative changes, after all. If I’m not updating, altering, changing, bumping, polishing, wobbling, or otherwise tweaking this blog, I kinda feel like I’m letting down a big chunk of the reason I operate it in the first place: to learn and grow in the field of web development, design, and social media. So, again it should be no big surprise that I’ve added yet another change to this site: reviews. I’ve tossed around the idea of reviews for a while, but didn’t want to make them a core part of this site. But I’ve been doing them (such as…) and looking for an interesting way to integrate them so that they fit with my other standard content types. You’ll probably see a few of them pop up over the coming weeks, and that’s just me fine-tuning until I settle on a design and style. It gives me a way to actually quantitatively comment on something, but not in any sort of rigid way. Let me know what you think. And as always, it’s just me and my little opinion.
I thought I’d try something new for 2014. Polls. I’ve already set up a whole bunch of weekly polls for the month of January and I’ll try and keep up by adding a new poll for every Sunday. You can vote once every 12 hours, and it goes without saying… it’s just for fun. The post will usually be on the sidebar, but I’ll try and write a post to go along with each, or on a related topic, where you can comment or chatter about the poll, too. First one is appropriately themed: New Year Resolutions.
So… apparently I was shortlisted… and then won first place in two categories in the 2013 Canadian Weblogs Awards. The winners were announced this morning. Cool. Cool-cool! The two categories were LIFE, presumably because I ramble endlessly and inanely about our quiet little lives here in Edmonton, which right now is mostly linked into to just trying to stay warm, and SPORT, due largely to my endless check-ins relating to that little bit of running and marathon training that’s occupied that aforementioned life. Anyhow… however all this happened, I’m feeling a little humbled this morning. (Which will probably wear off eventually and leave me just more and more panicky about getting fresh content here soon!) Thanks for your years of support all you awesome readers.