Static Site Filler

So y’all, I’m not really here, at the site. If you’re checking this out, I’ll have managed to get to the library, and upload a bunch of stuff for you to check out. I will probably have checked the stats, though I’m afraid there won’t be anything to show, as the place has been dead for two weeks. ( Two months? )

I did make it to the library, but only had about 12 minutes to try to accomplish something. All I managed to do was answer a couple of comments. Not having the Internet at one’s command is like reverting back to the stone age. It is amazing just how unconnected we can become.

No new posts on a web site, is like being stuck with reruns, of your least favorite shows. I still don’t know what draws people to this place, but I hope you just like my ” way ” with the keyboard.

It’s still not the same though, the site is just static, and I don’t know who I’ll run into, when I post the next pile of pages. I hope to see who is doing what, and look at a lot of sites, but time will be a precious commodity.

I’m not looking forward to getting into my mailbox either. I was getting over 2000 emails a day, when I was ” wired “, and a couple of weeks worth is gonna kill me. I figure there will be between 15 and 30 thousand of them, and lots will have been things I could have posted, but now they’ll be old news.

Worse news. I got a peak at the site, and it was mostly dead. I wasn’t able to post anything, and time was precious. I was close to right, on the mailbox thing. It worked out to about 24,000 emails, and I could only look at a couple hundred, before I had to make tracks for other places.

Now it’s been over two months without being able to get online. there are over one hundred fifty thousand e-mails in my in boxes. In that number, over 100,000 are possible article and news ideas, and now most of them are old news. Someone here in the blog-world said you need to post things fast, as no one wants to read old news. So, who wants 100,000 old news items?

We arrived home on Easter Sunday, with $6.00 left over, after dog food, and fuel. My daughter sent me $40.00, so I got to get a 5 gallon can of fuel, and some in the rig, to get it back home. I still have a twenty dollar bill, for other important stuff.

I tried to prepare y’all how poor people have to live, by showing you films of Appalachian mountain people. I don’t live there, but I have to live just like that. Fire is my friend, and I use a lot of it. With a minimum budget, I’m allowed to do anything that I am able, while using as few resources as possible.

It’s pretty stupid, but I can’t afford to rent an apartment. By the time you take into account, first and last month, deposit, and filing and security fees, renters insurance, where applicable, utilities ( water, power, sewage, garbage, pet deposit and any other crud that always gets added into the mix.)

Yes, I can eat my dogs, so that’ll save me on the pet deposit. Here in Washington state, you have to apply for a lease or rental. It’s a big scam here, to have your background checked. Usually that costs you, about a hundred dollars, and they make everyone do that, individually, even if you are married and have been for 25 years.

And BTW, you will get in trouble for eating your dogs too. It is illegal to kill your dog when it needs killing. You can pay a veterinarian to kill your dog, but you will get all kinds of grief, doing so yourself. It used to be the mark of a man, to take care of your own business. Now some of those things are illegal for you to do for yourselves, and it is best to hire out such things. Brave new world!

You all have to remember, we are living in a civilized society. As long as you have money, anything goes. That’s civilized! So anyway, I don’t get enough monthly to cover all of the everything’s, to rent an apartment, but I can buy a piece of land for $300 per month!

So, I live in a funky old trailer, on raw land. Like Gilligan’s Island, no power, no nothing…. I get to spend most of my time out here, doing stuff by hand, as that uses fewer monetary resources. Once I am here, I can’t afford to go anywhere else. $730 doesn’t go very far. I also receive $293 a month in food stamps. Usually, we can make that last but, that’s because I’m oldish and aren’t really into food.

Being in Reno screwed up all kinds of stuff. The Post Office managed to get our names wrong, and when the P.O. box came due, I couldn’t pay for it, as the new system is foolproof, and obviously I am the fool. So now I don’t have an address either.

Also, bless our new systems, they could have held the P.O. box for an added price, on top of the $47.50 per year. Good old fashioned American Greed, my best friend!

I didn’t get to check on my truck yet either. I hope I can do that tomorrow. It’s only three and a half miles from home. I am hoping I can trade some labors for some of the price, to make it mine quicker than nearly a year, at $50.00 per month. It still needs some work too, before it can be driven away.

I did write a bunch of stuff, thinking you might be interested in what I had to write, but now so much time has elapsed since I last was with y’all, I’ve decided you may not be as interested as I had thought. It’s been just long enough, I’ve lost my confidence as to what you may want to read. Don’t want to be overly boring. (Too late! )

Anyway, I’m sorry I’ve left you all wondering whatever became of me. I am in town for another day or so, and will try to get this show back in the groove. Thanks for all of your comments and the great warm welcome back from those of you that noticed I was briefly in your sphere.

I had wanted to add some photos of where I have been hiding out. I do have some shots on a phone, but the usb ports are broken on the old laptop, and I have no other way to add them as of yet. The techno-moron in me, still can’t figure out an easy way to do some things. The phone isn’t a smart one, so, I can’t just upload things to the blogosphere via that route.

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Miscellania And More Of The Same

” I got nominated for another award! Actually in the last few days I had been nominated for a couple of awards “.

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So ain’t that just the bee’s knees? I told everyone how I had started a couple of different blogs, way back in the olden days. No one went there and checked out my brand of drivel, back in 2011. I have learned so much since then.

Unless you are willing to walk up to every web site and kick the door in, personally announcing yourself, nobody is even going to know you exist! I know, that’s sad, but sometimes the truth is a sad thing.

So, thanks to great people, such as OM ( Jason Cushman @ Harsh Reality ) for helping us to get our compasses pointed in the right directions, we have been noticed! It’s just too bad that means we are also noticed by all of the three letter spy agencies. Yes, they hang out on WordPress, just waiting for us to screw up.

Some of those ” Grammar Nazi’s ” are from those un-named super secret agencies, and they are watching us! A lighter note about that, is they can’t spell, as they are always writing in a new made up language. That cryptic language is called ” Acronymicry “, and it hasn’t been working out too well for them, as too many translations are possible from a single acronym.

Anyway, back to the subject at hand. I was nominated for the coveted and much treasured ” Liebster Award ” again. It really sucked that, that happened again, as the nomination came from a very dear friend.

The saddest part of that was, I was described so nicely, and with such great respect for my being. I was almost ashamed of myself, reading such great things, about me! I am not vain! Shucks, I wish I could proclaim myself, as some of you sweet friends do.

Another something: Use the toolbar toggle in the WordPress editor, it helps a little, although, that damn editor still does exactly whatever it wants. Do your formatting, preview your work, save the draft, reformat your work again, adding spacing and the like. If you are saving a draft, just save it, but preview it before you publish.

Usually after I save a draft, so it doesn’t just disappear, I will reformat it, and publish without re saving. The editor will change it every time you hit save.

And Another Something: You will only get views and comments if you are willing to go out there and instigate the actions you desire. Yes, I am advocating you being an Instigator. Of course non-violence is best, but you may have to kick up a stink, to get some people to respond to you. Crying in your favorite beverage doesn’t work.

And Another other thing: When you want to give an award to someone, and don’t know if they have it already or not, I figured out how to find out, without personally asking!  Go to their search bar and type in the thing you want to find out about.  If it’s there, or a related topic, suggesting they don’t want such things will magically appear.  If the site doesn’t have that thing you were wondering about, a notice will appear, saying  ” No article found “.  That way you can keep it a secret, until the blogger looks at their stats, and sees you looked for that information!

In leaving comments, my advice, and you know what that’s worth, is be bold! Timid remarks go un-noticed. Be the instigator, make what you say stand out. If you yell the loudest, someone will come by, look at your work and probably tell you to shut the f*** up, but, there you go. You just scored another link on your site, made an impression and were finally noticed! The squeaky wheel thing….

There is so much more I wish to impart on you, but alas, I have real time issues, and real world things to attend. Please take all of this to heart, as it may be Gospel, at least WordPress Gospel, and of course have fun with this blogging thing. If you make it out to be a chore, and get all worried about how some posts aren’t keeping to your usual topics, you will probably create a fairly dull site.

All of the people out there, cruising the web, are looking for neat, new innovative and creative sites, they can enjoy. So make it fun and remember, Don’t Forget!

BTW…You may use this thread to post a comment and your link, and links to other great blogs.  Please feel free to tell others where to go, and what to do with their posts!


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/

 

The Internet Affair

Am I cheating, by liking someone, and flirting on the Internet? If I have found a soul, that readily engages me, and seems to be another person I might want to know more fully, is this cheating? Some of the few regrets I have in my life, are from not following through with possible relationships.

I have nearly met a few women, that were so interesting to me, that when our eyes locked, my heart rate actually rose. We even smiled at each other, and knew there was a connection of some kind. I didn’t pursue many of those possible meetings, mostly out of fear. Fear I might not measure up to another’s expectations, based on a look.

I am not particularly handsome, or buff and only of average height at 6 feet tall. I know all of my physical flaws, and am certain many are only too obvious, upon seeing me. I don’t dress to look stunning, or to impress anyone. I dress to protect my body from all of the dangers of every day living, cuts, scrapes, bruising etc.

The fact is I have spent the better part of 40 years cultivating a scary look, to keep others at a distance, so I might remain unknown and apart from others. This strategy has worked fairly well over the years, allowing me to remain aloof and not having to be in the company of too many others. I have held on to my own self imposed privacy until recently.

I like the Internet, probably for many of the same reasons others do. The anonymity is great, as we don’t have that face to face thing, getting in the way of various interactions. We have the ability to hide what we don’t want others to see, so I am not just plain ugly here. If we are ugly or nasty in other ways, it soon becomes apparent over time, through our posts.

If I like the way you are, or at least seem to be, I will probably leave a comment on your site. I don’t try to be rude, although I do try to be interesting, so you will feel compelled to get to know who I am. I don’t lie, cheat or steal, as those things are the ultimate wrongs, but if I like you, I may flirt.

That doesn’t mean I want to be with you in any sexual, or even physical way. It means you inspire me to be more open and engaging. Is this cheating? I won’t say things to arouse you, as that isn’t cool, but I will be open and honest, and if I have any feelings toward you, I will say so. If that scares you, I am sorry.

The best part of The Internet affair, is we can be as open or shut off as we deem necessary, and we don’t have to have physical contact, allowing for a continued anonymity for everyone. Is this fair to you? Are you threatened or being misled by these statements? Can we be friends in this manner?

I invite a discussion on these questions, and hope you will be willing to answer some of them. Tell me if I have overstepped your boundaries, and I will back off.

Can You Read This Now? A Rant Rebuttal

Recently I read a post from a fellow blogger, that gave 25 reasons why he wouldn’t read some blogs. There were too many problems with a number of sites, the least of which was a black site with white writing. That was probably meant for me, as my site was that way for a long time.

Mostly it was a bitch session, but I took it to heart and thought maybe my readers were tired of straining their eyes at my place. So I rolled out the white walls, and totally ruined my widgetry. Now you can read what’s there but can’t find ” whatever you’re looking for “.

I understand if you are putting up a thousand word post, it works better for people to have it broken up into short paragraphs. Three or four sentences, maybe five if they are relatively short. That goes for all reading. You don’t want to lose someone among all those words in there, so I try to write short paragraphs.

What about this stupid font design I pulled up? Can you read me now? I am sure it won’t matter in the least, as the Word press editor will probably change this format, to something I wasn’t looking for. It always does that, you know? This font is not all that readable, but it is bold!

I never got comments remarking on the readability of the site before I changed the theme, and I suppose it’s easier for people to read when it’s black writing on a white background, but a lot of that is from our upbringing. If paper had been black when it was first manufactured, instead of tan, or gray ( papyrus, bamboo, birch bark, parchment ) people would be used to it. Then it would be normal to see white letters on a black surface.

Straying just a little, paper yellows with age and becomes brittle. Old books are falling apart due to their age. Fortunately we are in the digital age now, and digital information won’t rot, although some of the digital information is rotten!

Anyway, that fellow blogger was moaning about spelling, and I guess he had a point there, as a spell-checker could fix that. The rant about grammar was a little far reaching, when one considers many bloggers are not from America, Australia or England where English is the main written and spoken language. But then again, the Queens provinces write a different English than do us Americans.

I don’t believe translations were taken into account either, and many languages don’t translate nicely into other languages. I expect one day in the future, humanity will manage to speak and write in a universal language. Every few hundred years the contemporary languages change. Greek was the big thing for a while, and then Latin, as scholars learned the languages of the sciences.

Off topic again, I liked ” FIREFLY “, where in a future, humanity lives in another Solar System, and the language has fragmented into the two main powers of that time period. Chinese, and English. That was a great idea!

Colors, banner ads, and other distractions. That blogger said he wouldn’t read a blog if there were two many bright colors, or there were large banners, and ads all over the site. Maybe I’ll have to get some of those. I suspect he wouldn’t like the GIF’s out there either, although he didn’t really specify.

I think he mentioned the different colored texts for every other word, so look out, as he won’t read your blog either. That fellow blogger forgot to mention the sites where you need a magnifying glass to see the text. The Word press editor seems to defeat me on that score. I will write in large bold fonts only to hit publish and have the post come out in calibri 11, and spaced at 1.15, so I don’t know how to deal with that.

Wow, guess what? ( sorta off topic ) I just discovered the ” toolbar toggle ” and I’ll bet if I use that, I can get my words big enough, for you see them from another state! I am going to try that, in a few minutes if I decide this is worth the effort to post.

I think the rest of that rant was about boring, or revamped same old posts, he had seen everywhere. I guess not all that many people are very original. Everything is built up, from a lesser model, or rearranged from a model already out there. Very few ideas are truly original. If they were, the one’s with that original idea are now rich, and certainly not blogging.

I do have to admit, that fellow blogger did make a few points that even I can agree with. I won’t read a blog that spouts a bunch of racist crap, or uses profanity to the extreme, with every other word describing in the foulest manner their views or deeds, I won’t stick around to read hatred, or even just plain nasty ranting.

Sometimes you have to spice a post up a bit, by calling a spade a spade, but a person doesn’t have to get so carried away with it, they drive people away. Even nice people use profanity sometimes. There is a time and a place for that, but it’s another thing to just go on and on.

That blogger didn’t like the one sentence posts either. I guess when you go to all of that effort of pushing a button, you want to satisfy yourself, and recharge with a medium length, interesting post. Now we all have to figure out what is Interesting, and define medium length. I didn’t realize blogging could be full of so many challenges.

Oh yeah, we are not supposed to moan about all of our problems either. That blogger pointed out, we all have our problems, and we should just leave them at home. No body wants to read our dirty laundry out here on the web. Actually he stated we should just sign in to Facebook, if that was all we were going to post. I hate Facebook, so I guess I’ll just have to quit blogging.

We were also reminded to not post our tweets, as that was usually so much drivel, so now I don’t know what to do, where to go, or how to do it. I bet if I asked that blogger, he would tell me in no uncertain terms. I am glad I have friends like that here on the Internet, to guide me and insure my presence is noticed and appreciated.

I Have A CREATIVE BLOGGER AWARD!

photo-creative blogger award

creative blogger award

Once again, someone had the audacity to nominate me for an award! As though I deserve it, and I am not so sure I want such honors. I don’t consider myself a Creative Blogger, as for the most part I have been posting others work.

I try to give some interesting posts, with valuable information. Or I try to put up something that will teach others things they probably didn’t realize they would like. Mostly I am a radical looking for an outlet to scream my many causes.

My interests are so varied, I never really know what to offer. What turns me on, usually doesn’t interest anyone else. I am still amazed there are over a hundred people following my site. I was never this interesting in the actual world. I guess the digital world is different.

I am supposed to present everyone with 5 random facts about me, and here I am at a loss. I have been disclosing who I am, the real me, through long-winded stories. I have been trying to categorize them as personal / worms…

That’s another can of worms. I’ve said so much, and yet so little about who I really am, and I can’t even think of 5 random facts.

Here are the rules:

1. Contact all of your nominees and notify them of their award. You can pick as many blogs as you like, but five is the minimum.
CREATIVE BLOGGER AWARD
2. Give a shout-out to the blogger that nominated you and post a link to their website.
https://butchcountry67.wordpress.com/2015/03/22/hey-now-i-just-received-another-blog-award/
Butchcountry67, you know payback is a bitch, and I know an awful lot about you now, thanks to your randoms, so remember to look over your shoulder whenever you go out. I am not bothered by going under houses, or crawling around in tight spaces, as I’ve had to do that for 30 years working all phases of construction. And I am not bothered by spiders and snakes.

Just kidding! Thanks Butch, for giving me one more opportunity to show off all my skills at being amusing and Creative! I love ya.

3. Share five random facts about yourself.

4. Display the Creative Blogger Award image above your post.

5. Pass along these rules to the nominees.

So hey you nominees, you are the lucky picks for today and I hope you are excited! You all have interesting blogs and I know you are deserving of the honor of putting a CREATIVE BLOGGER AWARD on your site. Sorry if this makes more work for you, with all of the other stuff have to deal with in your lives, but hey, you are creative and you will find a way!

Lynn k Scott
http://pinkherald.wordpress.com

andreathompson2
http://theaccidentaltexangal.wordpress.com

Victoria Iskak
http://victoriaiskak.wordpress.com

Sabrina
http://sabrinaanblog.wordpress.com

sunnysleevez
http://sunnysleevez.wordpress.com

Carole Migalka
http://carolemigalka.wordpress.com

annepm2015
http://annermurray.wordpress.com

Opher
http://opherworld.wordpress.com
5 Randoms…..
1) I am not a food person. I don’t care if I eat or not. I only eat because I have to, and if I could get nourishment from the air I would. Why you ask? I would think that was fairly obvious, but if you insist I will tell you. I think ” having to crap is disgusting “. Yes everyone has to, so we are all in the same boat!

2 ) I don’t drive other people’s cars. I am an excellent driver, with only one accident, when I was 16 years old, and that was someone else passing me. The classic example… The sun was close to setting behind me, while I was making a left turn off of a highway. My turn signal was on, and a VW came whipping past me, while I was already turning. Their rear bumper hooked my front bumper, and it pulled the tail end off of the VW. The judge said that was impossible, and the other driver was a pretty woman ( even dressed my best, I am not pretty ), so I took a fall for that. I don’t drive other’s cars because Murphy always is looking for an excuse to visit me!

3 ) I don’t borrow. Not a thing. Every time I borrow something, it turns into some nightmare or other. The lender suddenly needs it back, or are so worried their junk will get stolen, or some such. Then there is the problem, the thing I would borrow is a piece of shit, and it will break, and I have to replace it! If I could afford to buy something, I would, but since I can’t afford to buy something, I usually go without.

4 ) I have a tendency to trust people, even though I’ve been around a long time, and know too many people aren’t to be trusted. I want to believe humanity is generally good, and I don’t want to just assume everybody is really only looking out for themselves, and don’t care about me, even though I keep being proven wrong on that score.

5 ) I was single until I was 35 years old! I decided not to marry my childhood sweety. I had to prove to myself I could take care of me, before I took on the responsibilities of having a family. On May 5th 2015, I will be celebrating my 25th anniversary! My wife let me know a long time ago, this would be a permanent arrangement, as I was too hard to train!

So that was my five randoms, and I hope it made everyone’s day.

 

The WordPress Mystery

The WordPress Mystery
To follow or un-follow, that is the question
Whether it is an action, done by you
Or do we suffer the slings and arrows of technological glitches?
I have been following the latest thread on WordPress support, regarding the issue of ” lost ” followers. WordPress does not cap how many followers we have. They also say we can only follow so many blogs, and if we try to follow more, ” we are speed liking, or speed following ” and that, to WordPress is the same as spamming.

Bottom line: Those who speed follow multiple blogs in short periods of time are affecting spammer like behavior and the software has stopped them from their spammer-like game playing. Those who think those who follow thousands of blogs actually read the content in all those blogs would have to be light in the head. That said if all one does is publish re-blogs and post individual images of cats and/or other stuff that lacks substance are micro-bloggers who will be welcomed at Tumblr. I say that the game playing has been halted – Alleluia!

There is no cap on the number of followers who can follow any blog.
The software will prevent spammer-like behavior such as following many blogs in a short period of time from accomplishing their game playing goals.
I constantly check my stats to see not only who is following me, but who I am currently following. I re-follow some of the blogs that have been cut from my list, only to have it happen again immediately. WordPress says they are looking into these things, but points out, ” this isn’t a platform for self promotion, it is a platform for fun “.

Like Butchcountry67, Aopinionatedman and others, I read over one hundred blogs daily, and WordPress says that’s impossible and we must be daft or light headed to do so. I am not blogging so I can make money, I am doing this to create friendship and a social network to further my goals. Those goals are to be more socially connected to the world.

I read quickly, and have pretty good comprehension, meaning I read fast and remember what I read. If WordPress is talking about following thousands of blogs, so they can be re-blogged I can understand the concerns, but not for a hundred or so. I am almost at my limit as far as how much reading I can do, and still keep up with my community.

1. How are you subscribing? (via the Reader, or the admin bar, or a follow button) 2. Do you do the same thing every time? 3. How do you discover that you’ve been unsubscribed? 4. Do you have the site or WordPress.com in general open in multiple tabs? 5. What type of device do you read on? And what type of device are you following on?

I personally hit the ” like ” button, to show I was there, and if I want to comment, I do so. When it asks ” do you want to follow this blog? “, if I do I click that text, and click the follow on the admin bar. When I get the subscribe notification, I go to the ” blogs I follow ” place in the reader and verify the follow.

I rarely have more than two tabs open in WordPress at any given time. I also renew the pages I do have opened so the material is fresh, and not static. I only use my old laptop for all of my computer related activities. I know others are having these same troubles, so if this is a problem for you, contact WordPress at: Our support options are found here https://en.support.wordpress.com/help-support-options/
I wish everyone good luck figuring out what the mystery is.