Best Free Blogging Platforms

Got ya! There are ten free blogging platforms, or were. Square Space is now charging money for that service. The truth is, there is only one free blogging platform, that has all of the tools, service, and people willing to read your blog.

Figured out which one that might be? Tumblr is free. There is quite a community there. Lots of people share their posts, and there are a lot of blogs to check out there, but….

I don’t really care for the format, layout, themes, and I have yet to experience what kind of service they have to offer. I started a blog there to see if there was any more traffic on that platform. The sad truth is, you have to go to all of the other blogs to get people to check you out.

Gee, that’s no different than here at WordPress. Blogger has a system very similar to here. In the old days you could get plugins to help with various functions. SEO, Scheduled posts and the likes. I don’t know how they are working it now. All of my information I need to get into my blogger acct. is buried in another computer, a thousand miles from here.

I had a list of the top ten free blogging platforms, until half an hour ago but I had a problem, and it all went away! I had to go find it again, and the list is actually 15 best free blogging sites. I looked at them, and I am not impressed. The best platform out there is right here at WordPress!

Surprised? OM ( A OPINIONATED MAN ) went to Tumblr, and I’m hoping he will reveal what he thinks of the tumblr system. I didn’t like it, so I asked our super star blogger that question: It isn’t bad, but it isn’t really “interactive.” There also isn’t much “reach” because you have an immediate cap on who you can and can’t follow. WordPress, for as much as I gripe, is still the best….

Here are those blogging platforms, and their not all free. Quora is a pain in the ass, just to see what they have to offer. I wasn’t impressed with any of them, except WordPress, and Blogger. You don’t have to take my word for it though, so I placed the links here for you to follow. Good luck with your searches.

http://thenextweb.com/apps/2013/08/16/best-blogging-services/
WordPress https://wordpress.com/
Blogger https://www.blogger.com
Tumblr https://www.tumblr.com
Medium https://medium.com/
Svbtle https://svbtle.com/
Quora https://www.quora.com/
Postach.io http://blog.postach.io/
Google+ http://www.google.com/+/learnmore/better/blogger/
Facebook Notes https://www.facebook.com/
SETT http://sett.com/
Ghost https://ghost.org/
Squarespace http://www.squarespace.com/NOT FREE

 

Typepad http://www.typepad.com/ NOT FREE
Posthaven http://blog.posthaven.com/
LinkedIn Influencers http://blog.linkedin.com/

 

Squatch Vs. The Blog

Hey campers, today I am going to finish packing all of my worldly possessions, and try to be ready for the sound of the starting gun. When the pistol shot sounds I will be out of here, even more quickly than the homesteader hopefuls in the 1800’s.

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homestead act races – Google Search

Signed into law in May 1862, the Homestead Act opened up settlement in the western United States, allowing any American, including freed slaves, to put in a claim for up to 160 free acres of federal land. By the end of the Civil War, 15,000 homestead claims had been established, and more followed in the postwar years.
Homestead Act – Facts & Summary – HISTORY.com
www.history.com/topics/homestead-act

Presently I am waiting for a tow-bar to arrive, so I can hook the car to the tail end of the motor home. After the lights are set up, and I get a permit to drive a non-registered vehicle from Reno Nv. to N.E. Washington, that pistol shot will sound.

Home is where the heart is, for sure. I have put up with this city and am willing to never do this again! The paranoia and ill feelings from all of the local residents, truly disgust me. Everyone seems to believe everyone else is some kind of: Terrorist, Pedophile, Murderer, Thief, Gang Member, Rapist, or just plain crazy and not to be trusted or dealt with on a personal level.

So what kind of deviant am I? Well I don’t drive a brand new shiny car. I have long hair, down to my belt. I only shave weekly or monthly, depending on how social I have to be. I dress in rags, as they are going to get torn up, with all of the things I do.

I have allowed others to see me as some kind of scary person, to ward off contact. I speak my mind, and don’t hold back, when I think something needs to be said. If I state something in an intense manner, the police are usually called.

I don’t have or believe in locks, and locking everything up. It’s a hassle to have to carry keys to open places that really don’t need to be locked. Everyone else has a different opinion. They will point out how many places are broken into, and how much thievery is present.

It seems most of the people in this city are truly frightened. They call the police when they see a stranger in their neighborhood, and are never willing to confront someone themselves. Too many of these city dwellers don’t know their own neighbors, and barely pay attention to what is going on around them.

News stories help promote the hype, no one is to be trusted. If I’m not some previously mentioned deviant, then I must be some type of scam artist. The paranoia is rampant, and there is no way to counter that trend.

What Is Deviance?
Deviance is the recognized violation of cultural norms. Norms guide
virtually all human activities, so the concept of deviance is quite broad.
One category of deviance is crime, the violation of a society’s formally enacted criminal law. Even criminal deviance spans a wide range, from minor traffic violations to prostitution, sexual assault, and murder.

Most familiar examples of nonconformity are negative instances
of rule breaking, such as stealing from a campus bookstore, assaulting a fellow student, or driving while intoxicated. But we also define especially righteous people—students who speak up too much in class or people who are overly enthusiastic about the latest electronic gadgets—as deviant, even if we give them a measure of respect.

I was investigated by the local Sheriff, as I was parked near a middle school, waiting for my grandson to arrive. Someone saw my rig sitting across from the school, with me sitting in it. Instead of stopping and asking me why I was in their neighborhood, they called the police. That is the new ” Norm “, and my complaints as to how people are reacting these days change nothing.

I confront those I want information from. I don’t sic the law on them, just because I don’t know them, or have never seen them before. We have a whole nation full of frightened sheep, and that problem or attitude will continue to prevail.

So with all of that rant laid bare before you, I hate cities. Where I live you can barely see other homes, and certainly aren’t able to just look out of my windows into my neighbors windows. My neighbors leave me alone, and I do the same for them, but we do interact with each other, and it doesn’t involve the law!

Where I live, there are only two patrol cars used by the Sheriff’s office out at any given time. That’s two cars patrolling an area of 5,267.98 square miles. The Sheriff’s office asks that everyone try to resolve issues in a civil manner, and not include them in that process, if at all possible.

What does any of this have to do with the title of this post? My blogging is going to suffer greatly when that pistol shot sounds. I will go driving and screaming my happiness, and I truly can’t wait to get home. I am sorry my friends here at the blog, I will miss you. I just won’t miss the city.

Capturing the Night in Digital Photos, Spectacularly

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/19/technology/personaltech/capturing-the-night-in-digital-photos-spectacularly.html?smid=tw-share&_r=3

By FARHAD MANJOOMARCH 18, 2015

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Capturing the Night in Digital Photos,

VINCENT LAFORET remembers the moment he realized that digital cameras had surpassed the human eye. It was late in 2009, and Mr. Laforet, a photographer who worked for The New York Times for many years, was shooting in Los Angeles with the EOS 1D Mark IV, a Canon camera that he had gotten as an early prototype.

photo-Capturing the Night in Digital Photos, Spectacularly - NYTimes.com

Capturing the Night in Digital Photos, Spectacularly – NYTimes.com

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Capturing the Night in Digital Photos, Spectacularly – NYTimes.com

“It was at night, and I remember pointing this camera into a dark bush. It was pitch black — my eyes saw just pure black,” he said. “But on the LCD screen of the camera, I saw green leaves and little red cherries.” The moment was a revelation, he said. “I was seeing stuff that I could not see with my eye, and I knew that we were entering a new age of photography.”

photo--Capturing the Night in Digital Photos, Spectacularly - NYTimes.com

-Capturing the Night in Digital Photos, Spectacularly – NYTimes.com

I used to live in the San Francisco Bay Area, and just seeing these photos of old home, ……

Animator vs. Animation

I found some fun videos at YouYube and thought maybe everybody should just take it easy and kick back. I stashed some booze and whatever around the place, make your self comfy, and I’ll be back later to sweep up, and pack my stuff up…..

Animator vs. Animation (original)
Uploaded on May 14, 2007
Originally made in 2006, entirely with Adobe Flash.
visit my website! http://www.alanbecker.net

Animator vs. Animation II (original)
Uploaded on May 14, 2007
The animator, looking for a challenge, decides to make the stick figure harder to beat. Little does he know exactly how much power he is giving to the little guy. Long live The Chosen One!

Animator vs. Animation III (original)
Uploaded on Oct 2, 2011
The third episode of the Animator vs. Animation series.
“The Chosen One” from episode two is trapped inside the Animator’s internet explorer in forced labor as a pop-up blocker. This segment follows his eventual escape onto Microsoft Word, Solitaire, Minesweeper, and the desktop.

Animator vs. Animation IV (original)
Published on Oct 2, 2014
BEHIND THE SCENES: http://youtu.be/ptc7rGXp284

The struggle between a stick figure and its creator, a computer animator. In this fourth installment, the animator is finally shown in real life interacting with his computer monitor. The stick figure, resisting his tormentor, attacks his social life by hacking his Facebook account, traveling onto his iPhone via USB cord, and drawing animations of his own to dismantle the

Stick Texting – iPhone App with animations by Alan Becker

Published on Aug 8, 2012
***THE STICK FIGURE LEAPING OUT OF THE BOX IS MERELY A DRAMATIZATION. In the App, he is confined to the text box. ***
I worked with Mitch Robiner to make short stick animations that you can insert in your iPhone text messages in place of emoticons. It’s a brand new app so please help make it super popular!! $1 for a limited time!

Please Help Hugo The Former Stray

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Please Help Hugo The Former Stray
POSTED ON MARCH 29, 2015 BY KELLY S.

My friend Jasper just adopted this beautiful cat, Hugo, who was a stray. Unfortunately poor Hugo was attacked by something before Jasper rescued him and he needed surgery. She wasn’t expecting the vet bills so it’s hitting her hard financially.

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-Blog _ I Do And Adieu! _

 

She has set up a gofundme page to try and help pay the vet bills so she can continue to help Hugo get vet care (he needs more on going care and medicine while he heals from the surgery). Please go to her gofundme page to donate. Even if you can only donate a dollar, please donate. Every little bit helps. Please share the link to either her gofundme page or this post so others can help. I donated my last $13 I had on my debit card. What will you do to help?

The Sensationalist

I have to tell everyone the two previous posts were just me, trying to cause a sensation. They were categorized as blogging, writing, creative writing. ( An Internet Affair, Just What Is Allowed )

I made up those posts, thinking I could write something that would cause a frenzy. In hopes of being sensational, with an idea of producing something that might go viral. I still haven’t figured out what will go viral. Some of the viral posts seem so ordinary.

Anyway, if you followed this site due to those posts, thinking I am having Internet Affairs, you are welcome to think I am an asshole, and un-follow me. I am not doing any more than blogging and commenting where relevent. When I meet new bloggers, and introduce myself, I am usually fairly playful. If I comment on a site about serious matters, I try to keep it serious.

I do flirt, as does Libetha ( my wife ) as it is a way to make meetings less awkward, and shows people a lighter side. If this is offensive to you, I apologise. Also if you had thought you stood a chance of ” making it with me ” you will be sorely disappointed. I do welcome friendships, and even genuine love, but I am not the ” fooling around ” kind of guy.

Obviously my attempt at sensationalism failed big time, although I did get quite a few comments, and 5 or 6 new followers. In future posts I will not try to create a big commotion, as it was pointed out to me, how some people might have taken my posts seriously.  Another point was made to me as to the vulnerability of some people, and how what I wrote may cause hardship or even harm.

I apologise if I either lead you on, or gave anyone false hopes. I was / am a jerk, and was proving to myself ” I am a writer “. I figured people read books because of the subject matter. I don’t really have any aspirations of being a published author, although that might be nice.

I will leave the pitchforks, and torches in the corner where you can get to them, if you feel they will help. There is also a big pile of rocks around back, and the windows are not protected from those types of objects hitting them. Breaking glass always makes such a satisfying noise!

(2) IJ Review After an Encounter At Starbucks….

via (2) IJ Review.

After an Encounter At Starbucks, a Man Posts To Facebook. He Never Imagined the Reaction He’d Get.

Eric Jason Pena encountered a homeless man at a Starbucks in Washington state. Unlike many of the other patrons — who looked at him with judging eyes — Pena took the chance to get to know the man.

He reflected on the humbling experience in a Facebook post.

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Man With Hid Dog C:\Users\Libby\Desktop\2015-03-29 11_57_51-(3) IJ Review.png

The post reads:

“While seated at a Starbucks, a homeless man came in and sat nearby. His scent was unpleasant and people looked at him and rolled their eyes. He was simply doing what we were all doing, drinking coffee and taking advantage of free WIFI. He brought his dog, Legacy, who was well behaved. He proceeded to tell me he walked 60 miles from Seattle to Tumwater over a few day period. He spoke highly of Legacy who in stride, journeyed along with his master every step of the way without complaint. As soon as Legacy was told to lay down, he fell asleep.

It was sad to see people distance themselves from this homeless veteran. Kids who inquired about the dog were quickly shielded by their parents and hurried away.

This Veteran explained most people have no concept of being Christ like because they simply place Christ on the shelf as soon as they leave church.

He told me while in Bellevue, WA, 5 well known Seattle Seahawks players walked past him. One of the Seahawks made a rude comment about him being homeless and tried to offer him a $20 bill. The money was declined and that player who claimed to be a Christian was offended. The homeless man told the wealthy Seahawks player that he would not accept money from someone who would belittle him in front of others claiming to be a Christian. Needless to say that player was embarrassed because his friends had witnessed his rude prideful behavior.

Later in the evening, I overhead him telling his dog that they would soon find new shoes to continue their journey. The shoes he was wearing were in poor shape. As I was leaving, I offered him a meal which he gladly accepted. I also knew I had a new pair of boots in my storage unit and I asked him if they fit, would accept them. He said yes. After a short drive, I brought him a new pair of boots. He had the biggest smile and told Legacy that their journey would soon continue.

He apologized as he took off his socks because they were dirty and falling apart. I asked him if he had any socks and he said what he was wearing was his only pair. Jokingly, he asked if I socks with me. I had just done laundry and had some pairs of new clean white socks in my car. I gave him the socks and he switched out his old shoes for the new boots I gave him. We shook hands and wished each other well.

While walking away, I overheard a final conversation between a man and his dog. He simply patted Legacy on the head and said, “I told you God was going to take care of us”.