Blogging 365, Day 75: On Second Thought…

When I first made the decision to blog every day for the entire year, it seemed like a good idea. I felt up to the challenge and figured I’d always have things to talk about. And for the most part, I did generate ideas that turned into (somewhat) interesting posts.

But on this, the 75th consecutive day of blog entries (with 290 days left), I’m reconsidering my decision.

There are more than a few reasons why I’m leaning in that direction, the first of which is time. I’m spending my evenings typing away and sacrificing time I could be spending with the family.

That time also has impeded on my reading time. Since starting my blog-o-thon, I put down whichever books I was reading at the time and they have remained untouched since. I kind of want to get back into it – a big deal since I don’t like to read books in the first place.

Working out has also suffered. I’m managing to squeeze in some here and there but I’m always mindful of the blog and what I’m going to write about that night. I feel sort of rushed to workout when there’s a blog post must be written.

Then there’s the topic of traffic which is something I never really had much of here anyhow and since starting at the beginning of the year, I can’t say that traffic has increased with the constant posting. Additionally, comments are few and far between.

So in short, it’s taking up more than time that I had previously thought it would and the expected results just aren’t there. There are nights when I just want to do nothing but no, it doesn’t happen. I have to blog. I have to keep it going.

What it all adds up to is me putting this crazy idea of blogging every day on the shelf and learning from my experience. If anything, it lasted twice as long as the annual NaNoWriMo blogging challenge plus 15 days so I guess that’s something to be proud of.

This doesn’t mean the end of blogging, though. Not at all. But I’d rather spend a day or two collecting thoughts for one good blog post rather than rush myself into writing some half-assed thought of the day.

Thanks for sticking with me and my lousy posts and I hope you return when I have something of quality to write about.

Blogging 365, Day 73: Google Reader Is Dead

There are a lot of Google services that my life has been perfectly fine without, some dead and some still living for whatever reason.

Google Wave was one of them and something that I (and a lot of other people) could never quite figure out. Much too complicated for something that was supposed to be a collaboration tool.

Then there’s Google+. I have a profile there but rarely check it. I may post something on there now and then but other than that, it’s completely useless to me and I find it hard to believe it has as many users Google claims it does. As per Wikipedia:

As of December 2012, it has a total of 500 million registered users of whom 235 million are active on a monthly basis

Meh. I still think it sucks.

I did, however, enjoy iGoogle which offered widgets to things like Gmail, Google Calendar, etc. I had it as my homepage for a years – until Google decided it would die on November 1, 2013.

One widget that I used all the time was for Google Reader which is where I keep all of my RSS feeds nice and tidy. All of the blogs I’m subscribed to, news feeds, etc. are all in there because it’s so darn easy.

Then today, I got this message when I logged in:


Damn you, Google. Aside from Gmail, Reader is the only other service of yours I actually use and enjoy. Now I’ve got to go and find another way to get all of my news feeds. And so far, I’ve tried most of them and none of them have worked very well nor are free.

Thanks, guys. Maybe it’s just a ploy to get me to use Google+.

Nice try. But it’s not happening.

Blogging 365, Day 72: Hugh Jaynis

I watch the KTLA Morning News daily so I can get a quick rundown on the day’s top stories as well as the current traffic report.

I know those guys love to have a good time while at work but today they had a little too much fun as this video will clearly show. When it aired this morning, I missed what Henry DiCarlo (the weatherman) had said and only caught up when everyone was laughing.

Then I saw the video a few hours later and it all made sense. Here it is.

By the way, Chris Schauble (the reporter who started laughing) is a funny guy and is one of my followers on Twitter. He replies to every tweet and is an Ironman triathlete.

But this morning…he was just a mess.

And honestly, if it was an inside job, Henry most likely deserved it…

Blogging 365, Day 71: Meditation

via Wikipedia

As I had mentioned in a few previous posts, lately I’ve been spending a portion of my evenings doing some meditation or, more to the point, Buddhist meditation. This is the type that I most associate myself with after reading what each is about.

Why I started doing it is simple: I just needed a change and closing my eyes and concentrating quietly seemed like a great way to get myself centered after a long day at the office, stressful situations, etc. And so far, it seems to be working.

In fact during last night’s session (of about 10 minutes), I concentrated on my breathing as a way to block out the noise around me and it seemed to work as my mind was set free and slowly I began to see from within me. I realize that meditation is all about blocking out noise regardless of its volume level but when you’re just starting out, it can be difficult to do.

I’m going to try to do it every night for my current time of 10 minutes then start to extend the time as I get better at it. All I know is that it’s a pretty amazing experience and one that I want to get better as time goes on.

Blogging 365, Day 70: No Son of Mine

Okay, MetroPCS. I don’t know what’s going on here but I’m getting tired of it.

Well, fine, maybe it’s not your fault entirely but I don’t know who else to blame at this point.

A few days ago I mentioned that since switching over to MetroPCS as my cell phone service provider, I’ve been getting swamped with from Oregon calls about my non-existent child Jordan being absent from school and needing a doctor’s note upon his/her return, Walgreens calling about Jordan’s prescription being ready, etc. While I’ve been able to resolve the issue with the school and I’ve informed the others that they have the wrong person, I finally got a call from California the other day that, given my history of dealing with this wonderful state’s public assistance program, will prove to be difficult if not impossible.

I didn’t pick up the call because I’m tired of dealing with people that I have no business dealing with in the first place. I decided to let it go to voicemail so that I could listen to it later should the caller decide to leave a message in the first place (they rarely do).

And oh, did they leave a message albeit a recorded one.

It turns out that, above everything else, Jordan’s dad is a deadbeat. You see, the call I got was from the Los Angeles County Courts telling me that I was late on my child support payment and to call and make arrangements to pay up.

So now I’ve got the courts calling me. This is fucking fantastic.

The call I made was to an automated payment system in which I was asked my case number (or something like that) and my Social Security number. I couldn’t give them the case number since I’m not the loser they’re looking for and I’ll be damned if they are getting my SSN because this is as far as I dare go with this little problem. They don’t need to know that.

So I tried to give them a call to straighten this out but naturally they were closed on Sunday. Instead, I sent them an email – direct and via online form – explaining my situation and to call me as soon as they can so that I could give them more information.

Of course, I’ve yet to hear from them. Perhaps they needed a dictionary to look up some of the words I used in the email. But if they are anything like the state’s public assistance programs then I’m in for a battle with people who can barely speak English but make twice the money I do while being able to retire on the pension I will paying for them.

But I digress.

You know, it’s bad enough I’m getting calls about some doofy kid named Jordan not picking up his meds and skipping school. I thought that switching over to a new number would end the problems I was having with Virgin Mobile.

Now I get this shit? It turns out that my problems may have just begun.

And honestly, I hope they get the guy they are looking for. Deadbeat dads deserve to be dragged through the legal and court systems in order to support their child(ren), and then drained financially. They are worthless garbage and not real men. Believe me, I know.

Okay, I’m done. I need to meditate and get centered again.