Archive for the ‘Blogging’ Category

I slept through New Year’s (st)Rocking eve. Ann recorded it, and we both watched Jennifer Lopez sing and dance in her catsuit. Ann called it body film. I wrote the following December 31, 2005:

Happy New Year to all, even Mariah Carey, who is wearing next to nothing on a frigid New York evening.

There are worse traditions.

Anyway, going through my old archives from that period, I got a little nostalgic for the blogs I used to read, such as Dincocrat, Dave Friedman, and others. I’ll take some time at some point and relink to a few old faves who still blog. Friedman has disappeared, and his email no longer works. I’ll bet I can conjure him up. Check the post tags. Give me 30 days.

There you are. Red Guy in a Blue State here. Dude. Email me.

I hope that works.

Back to New Year’s Eve:

I have mixed feelings on Clarke’s appearances on the annual show after his stroke. One one hand, it is courageous. On the other hand, he’s hard to understand. Given the choice, I think he should rightly stay as long as he wishes, if for no reason more than future generations need to know that people aren’t useless after they become less than perfect. Would we still elect a president who is in a wheelchair?

Still, some things don’t last forever, and J-Lo should consider an evening gown.


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Well ExcuuuuuuUUUUse Me!

A blogger sent me a nasty email, calling me a jerk because I left a “snotty” comment on her blog. Evidently I was supposed to read her mind and know that her blog was directed toward consumers, and that dissenting opinions from licensees were unwelcome. This is my fault. Right.

Two thoughts:

  1. If you don’t like comments, don’t blog.
  2. If you want to blog and get no comments, disable them.

If a comment is unwelcome, remove it. But emailing me and calling me a jerk just reveals a very unflattering side of this woman.

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I’m a little burned out on networking websites. I Twitter, I’m active on Facebook, I have a LinkedIn account, and at some point I’ve at least set myself up on plenty of others. I am a maniac on Active Rain. I have a YouTube channel. I have a Technocrati profile. Digg. Reddit. In real estate I’m on Zillow and Trulia, and that is just the tip of the iceburg. If you think I do this because it’s fun, you’re nuts. It is all about search engine optimization, or getting found and fostering readership, some of whom will eventually become clientèle. Writing the blog is fun; I love to write. It is enjoyable, therapeutic, and relaxing. The other stuff is work.

Which brings me to Plaxo. They’ve been spamming emailing me for years, and today I broke down and linked Plaxo with my Facebook to minimize my efforts (I hope). I must admit that when I see other people who seem to have the whole networking site universe set up with aplomb I get a little jealous. I just don’t want to do all the work. And don’t get me started on Typekey, WordPress, signing into things with my Yahoo!, Google, AOL, or other established account. I know the importance of this stuff, but I have to earn a living.

Of course, when I finally get my act together with all this stuff, it will go the way of MySpace. A pimp’s work is never done.

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Ann has begun a her first blog, entitled  Dwellings. I have thought that she should blog for quite some time; she has a voice. It is also therapeutic. She started it on Blogspot a few days ago, which I found ironic- I just migrated my old postings from Typepad to WordPress. I told her that she should migrate to Worpress because I was familiar with it and could help her with tags, etc.

Long story short, not a good move. She’s happy with the Blogger interface, and WordPress won’t let her duplicate her theme, or even a close approximation. So a simple migration becomes a project. We don’t need more projects around here. I’d rather learn Blogger than have her learn WordPress when we have a night of Elf Work ahead of us, and the lightest week of the year to look forward to to catch our breaths. Why is nothing simple?

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A Few Goals

  1. 3 quality posts per week. 
  2. Reinstatement to Kip Esquire’s Elite Eleven.

LOFTY Goals, huh?

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