Blog Update

Blogging Is Dead 


Me and blogging are in a relationship — and it’s complicated.

In a time when social media and viral videos are still king, it looks as if blogging — personal blogging at least — is all but dead.

I remember a time when I could write a post and get a reasonable number of interactions/hits/visits coupled with an occasional comment or even a discussion. But then again that was when “blogosphere” was a media buzzword and before Twitter and Facebook were on the radar. I’ve been at this in one form or another since 2004, just months after Facebook was founded, and years before Twitter would arrive. These days it’s much easier to post a blurb on Facebook and wait for the usual suspects to start clicking that reaction button to show their approval, disgust, etc. Or type “Amen” to send prayers up because…never mind.

And this has never been a profitable venture for me. If anything, it costs me to run this dog-and-pony show in the form of domain ownership, mapping and, of course, my own time. While I do have ads here, I’ve yet to reach my $100 threshold to cash out the revenue they generate and they’ve been in place for years. I’m still nowhere near that threshold.

Maybe it’s because I’m not smart enough to do something stupid enough that will drive the traffic and revenue up (look up any “YouTube sensation/star/personality”). Or maybe it’s because personal blogs just aren’t a thing anymore.

So with all that said, you might be glad to know that I’ve once again ponied up my annual fees to keep this here blog alive for at least another year.

Why?

I like owning a domain and having an email associated with it (send one to dave_at_holographicmeatloaf_dot_com and I will reply unless shit gets out of control). I’ve owned it for years and don’t want to lose it. And it looks much more legit having your own address rather than  an unsightly [username_dot_host_dot_com] URL. Even if you have readers, nobody will want to remember all that crap.

I also like telling an occasional story, with pictures, that nobody on Facebook would bother reading if I had posted it there. Anybody can write a blurb about something stupid that happened in the Costco parking lot but not everyone can tell a cohesive story,  and my stories sometimes require more than 140 characters.

Plus, this year marks my 10th year using WordPress as my host having moved from Google’s Blogger platform, which is as ugly as a website built and hosted by Geocities or Tripod. Look those up, kids.

So even with the doom and gloom of not being what it used to be, I’m still keeping the faith.

And if you’re reading this, thanks for being a part of it.

Composed on my iPhone with the WordPress app because I was too lazy to clean off the stuff from my desk 

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But This One Goes to 11


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Well, here it is. Over a week into the new year and you finally get a new post. Terrific!

That said, I need stuff to write about. I’ll be trying my dang-doodly-darndest come up with topics of interest and whatnot without trying to step on too many toes along the way. Try, at least.

So what’s with the 11? This year marks my 11th year of blogging which I started over on Blogger, a site which apparently hasn’t much improved in terms of…everything, and still looks like something created with Geocities or Angelfire. I can’t say anything about Tripod, though. It seems they’ve upped the ante.

I’ve renewed my domain mapping which means that whenever you type in the URL, it will redirect to my WordPress-hosted blog. I will be renewing my domain just before its expiration as well.

So Happy New Year, and I promise to get off my duff and get back to creating the low-quality content you’ve come to expect from me. I’ll also be cleaning up the joint with a new header, links, theme, etc. It needs to be done.

And speaking of the new year, did you see Jesus on the Rose Parade float? It’s not his first time, either! But this year’s Jesus – that could be my new band name – was much thinner with darker hair than the one on the link…

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…and looked much more like a certain galactic princess.

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Anyway. Yeah. I’m back.

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Now What?


Whenever I’m absent from blogging for an extended period of time, I always feel the need to explain myself. Here’s my excuse this time. Okay, several excuses.

First, my only pair of glasses broke. Not only are they my backup pair but they are also an old prescription that no longer really help my eyes to see much better. They broke on the hinge and while I sort of temporarily fixed them (and wearing them now), they are nowhere near as good as my previous pair which suffered a similar fate. Both of them are old so I’m not really shocked that either broke but still, viewing any device or looking at a monitor for an extended period of time with my backup pair causes eye strain and not wearing them only makes it worse.

Second, I’m suffering from a case of tendinitis in my right hand which makes using a full-size keyboard somewhat painful. The pain starts in my thumb and goes past my wrist and hurts like a mother when bent in certain directions, most of which I try and avoid. I’m also wearing a compression sleeve around my wrist per my doctor’s directions. There’s very little I can do about it to make it better and all I know is that having it in my dominant hand really stinks. I can’t even throw a baseball. I’m trying to do most of my work using my left hand to carry and lift but favoring that side causes fatigue by the end of the day. To make matters worse, my hand is in unbearable pain when I wake up in the morning. I can’t seem to win this battle.

And in case you’re wondering, I’m writing this post on my iPad using the WordPress app and SwiftKey keyboard which utilities Swype. I just swipe across the keyboard and it (fairly accurately) predicts the words for me. And despite its ease of use, my hand still hurts.

So there you have it. My absence was caused by things I can can’t really control. More posts will come when my wrist starts to feel better and I get new glasses but until then, don’t count on any regular posts.

For some, that’s actually a good thing…

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I’m Down


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There’s a corner in my den that is dedicated to my creativity, a place where I am surrounded by the things that bring me comfort and peace. It’s the desk where I draw, do calligraphy and most importantly, where I sit with my laptop and compose blog posts.

But things have changed.

In case you hadn’t noticed, I haven’t blogged much lately. That’s because my somewhat trusty Dell laptop took a serious dump (read: failed hard drive with very minimal use) and is no longer working. In fact I’m composing this post on my Samsung Galaxy Tab because I don’t want to use our main computer in the living room, even if it makes blogging easier (with the help of Windows Live Writer). I prefer the privacy of the den when I write.

Composing posts on a tablet, while comfortable when relaxing in my lounge chair, can also be annoying. It’s got a smaller screen, the WordPress app is completely different than using Windows Live Writer, and inserting pictures can be cumbersome. So if you don’t see many pictures on upcoming posts, then that’s why: they are a pain to work with.

At any rate, in saying all that, I will continue to use my tablet as a means to blog whether I like it or not as I have no immediate plans to replace the laptop. I’m sure my solitary reader/subscriber will appreciate the effort.

Thanks, Mom!*

And oh, I was supposed to be in Las Vegas right now for a wedding on Saturday but it just didn’t work out financially. Even for only two days, it’s pretty much out of reach for someone like me who is working part-time and it only gets worse when you factor in gas and meals. So while I would have liked to have gone, it just didn’t work. The only thing it got me (and Ann) was deleted from the groom’s Facebook friends but I think I’m okay with that. I’m a resilient guy. Some aren’t.

Moving on.

*Mom really isn’t a subscriber but you probably knew that already.

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Domain Update


Here’s a quick update with the domain change and transition.

In short, I effed. Up. Everything.

Old links? Gone.

Redirect? Not happening.

Me to the point of considering giving up blogging because of all this? It happened for a moment.

All of what I wanted to happen didn’t happen and it was making for a headache the likes of which I’ve never known. I was just about to the point of crying since it was becoming such a hassle. So to avoid all of that and save my SEO, old links, and quite possibly my readers, the original domain is back. Carry on as you normally would because it’s like nothing has changed.

Although I may have a few more gray hairs because of this mess.

Aside from all that, I’ve got some cool news to share with you for my next post. I will post it tomorrow so in the meantime, enjoy your evening with family and friends, and make 2014 the best year ever.

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Broken Links


While in the process of switching things to the new domain, I discovered something: all of my old links under holographicmeatloaf.com became broken. If you clicked on any old link, rather than having it redirect to the new domain, you got either an error from Google or are taken back to the main page. In short, I pretty much killed everything when I switched over.

I am in the process of figuring out a way to get it working again, whether that requires buying a redirect for the old domain or otherwise. But I don’t remember having to do that when I left my previous one and I can’t recall the settings I needed in order to do that. The old links worked just fine with that transition.

So please bear with me as I continue to figure things out. And if you clicked on a link from a Google search, here’s how you can view the page you meant to view:

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Simply click the green arrow on the right and then Cached. You will get an archived version of the page.

If anyone knows what I’m doing wrong or has some suggestions to get this working, please contact me via the Contact link at the top. Until then, this post will remain a Sticky so that everyone knows what’s going on. Thanks!

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It’s Alive!


For all intents and purposes, the “new” blog is alive! Thanks to my visitors for hanging in there as I made the transition from one domain to another. I say that as if I have a league of Twitter followers like Kim Kardashian when in actuality I don’t. I mean, I’ve only gotten just over 100k hits since I started blogging here at WordPress so that should tell you something.

But to those who do stop by and read this, thanks again. I hope the transition was as painless as possible.

So aside from that, what’s new? Well, that spiffy new banner for one. And I’ll have you know that I created a single block in Photoshop then copied it to make the ground. Need proof?

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There it is in all its glory. I worked hard to make it look so good. Ahem.

Anyway, yeah, a new banner. More will be coming, that’s for sure. Also, my old domain will redirect here for as long as I own it which I intend to do so as not to leave anyone hanging.

Also new is my Instagram feed widget which is something that WordPress added recently. Or maybe not so recently, I don’t know. I figured that since I was changing domains I might as well do some housekeeping while I was at it. I’ve also made a widget for my Disclaimer so that it is a little more visible than the page it is on.

That about sums everything up. The blog lives into 2014, the year marking my 10th anniversary of blogging. I’ll try to make it better than this year when I sort of fell off the wagon…

Onward!