Blog Redesign…. kinda….

I don’t recall how long I’ve been using my previous blog design but I think it was at least 5 or more years since I put up that design when I moved from Blogger to WordPress.   I recently went through the themes that were available on WordPress.com and decided to refresh the design a little bit.  The newer theme doesn’t deviate too much from my old one since I am kind of lazy and so few people read the blog.  What I wish I did do was at least take a screen shot of the old blog design since now I can’t go back and reload it.

I like the new design that I picked out and I do recall that instead of Ocean Drive being the featured image on my blog, I changed it to a beach theme since I do live in Florida and I am more likely to visit the beach than I would South Beach.  Every time I do a refresh I like looking at some of my oldest posts to see what it is I was writing about.  The posts were much shorter back then but I don’t think I’ve changed that much.  I suppose it will be another 5 years until I refresh the design again but I happen to like this one a lot so it might last even longer than that.  Time to get to bed early since I have a very early flight home.  I can’t wait to be back in the warmth of Florida and away from Chicago.

Wow 10 Years of Blogging

I just realized that I have been keeping this blog active for the last 10 years.   I’m pretty sure I don’t have a lot of readers because I don’t really blog about anything substational except my travels, games, and technology but I think its significant that I’ve kept it up this long.  I’ve definitely reduced the amount of posts over the years going from about 100 posts a year to somthing closer to 20 or something.  I should probably refresh the design or something since its been this way for at least 5 years but I’m a bit lazy to do so and my coding skills are really rusty.

I started my blog in January of 2005 when I was living in Tampa FL and I was using Blogger, before it was acquired by Google I think.  Back then my blog posts were relatively short so I used it more like Twitter before Twitter was even a thing on the internet.  I slowly progressed the blog and added widget and other things since I was trying out my coding skills when I was trying to learn Flash ActionScript 1.0.  Wow that makes me seem old since no one uses Flash anymore.

I forget when I did it but I eventually moved my blog to its current platform on WordPress.  My blogging has changed as technology has changed.  I’ve been more travel and technology gear focused since I started consulting.  I’d have to go back and read what my other posts were a few years ago to see what was in my head.  It’s almost like an online journal of my life over the last 10 years but of course I don’t blog about everything that happens since this is open to the public.  One thing that has defnitely changed is what I write my posts on.  I started like everyone else and used my regular old web browser.  I’ve since progressed to using an app on my iPad to do most of my posts these days and I’m even using my new bluetooth keyboard to type up this post.

I won’t be changing platforms for my blog although I have considered moving to Tumblr once or twice but the effort of exporting and re-importing all my posts seems to be too time consuming.  Maybe in the next 10 years I’ll make a few more improvements to my blog and maybe change some of the formatting .  I have linked my Twitter feed to this thing but I haven’t found a way to link up Facebook yet.  I’m sure I’ll find something else to blog about in the next few days but for now I’ll look forwar to the next 10 years of blogging.

Post Number 1000!!

1000

I started blogging in 2005 and after 9 years I’ve finally hit 1000 blog posts.  A lot has definitely changed in 9 years since I started my blog.  If I hit the time machine button, I can tell you that I was living in Tampa FL when I first started my blog and my posts were really short back then and was mostly rants about my commute into work.  Its morphed over time but not that much.  It definitely reflects my career and family progression over the last 9 years.  With the way I write these days, it’ll probably be another 10 or more years until I can make 2000 posts.  Oh and just for giggles, happy Chinese New Year!  It’s the year of the Horse and thats my year 🙂

Happy 2014 Interweb Denizens

As is customary during this time of year, I’ve decided to add my first post of the new year.  I’ve been doing this for almost 9 years now (since 2005 when I started on Blogger) and I’m still pretty sure no one reads anything that I post.  Thats ok, I’m mostly posting for me and not really the masses.  The picture above is what I assume happened last night in Miami during the countdown to 2014.  I do know that Pitbull was playing at the American Airlines Arena too but alas I was at home with my family.  With my daughter sound asleep, my wife and I decided to watch We’re the Millers that we borrowed from my sister-in-law.  We did stay up to watch the ball drop (to my friend Wyatt’s credit, it does look like they put a bunch of Triforce symbols all over it).  I definitely didn’t meet my goal of 100 blog posts for 2013.  I fell way short by only posting 44 times which is really low for me but I guess that goes in keeping with the time that I have to blog which isn’t a lot. So today is actually new years day, that means its time to take down all the Christmas trimmings and box them away for another 11 months.  The best part though?  I still don’t have to even think about work until Monday since I took the rest of the week off 🙂

Time to get to work on those Christmas trimmings, the daughter is asleep for her nap so I “should” be able to get a lot done but procrastinating online is one of my few vices and I’m doing it right now with this blog post.  OK seriously, I’m OUT! Until the next post that is…….

Almost up to 1000 posts on my blog

Wow 980 Posts

Wow 980 Posts

I just published another post and this is what WordPress displayed on my Dashboard after it was published.  Looks like I need to post another 19 (this post is 981) in order to hit 1000.  The year is still young and I’m sure I’ll find something to blog about sooner or later. I guess this really isn’t a bad number.  I seem to average around 140 posts a year which is a lot although I’ve slowed down quite a bit but I know I can get to 1000 before the end of 2013 🙂

*Dislike* for the WordPress Dashboard Update

I wouldn’t say that I’m a very old WordPress user or even an old blogger.  I’ve only been using WordPress for a couple of years…. I think… I can’t remember when I did the switch to WordPress from Blogger but when I joined WordPress the thing I liked was its overly complex Dashboard that was presented to me when I first logged in.  The dashboard had everything I could want!  I could see my mediocre stats on who was reading my blog, a large left hand navigator that can let me see every aspect of my blog, and even a way to quickly “press” a new post.

The new dashboard has none of those things.  It does show me the blogs I manage and the option to “press” a new post but with limited capabilities.  I think this was made for the blogging “newbie” or for all those people coming in from Tumblr that micro-blog instead of doing long winded posts like I do.  I have found a way to get to the old dashboard I know and love but I wish there was a setting that would let me get to the old dashboard like I used to be able to.

Maybe in the next update they will do something like this for the “power” users although I’m not really a power users.  I’m one of those people that get used to using things a certain way and just stick with it.  I still look up my IP address using the command prompt for the most part, now thats really old school!  At least I don’t limit my file names to eight continuous characters like in the days of DOS 5.0.

Chronicling my Internet Past

I’ve been on the Internet for quite a while and I’ve posted a lot of stuff over the years from status updates, check ins, and pictures. There are probably things I’ve posted that I’ve long since forgotten about but I’m trying to archive as much of my activity as possible recently just so I can have it. Since a lot of my stuff is in the web and I use so many services, its hard to get them all in one place for me to look at. The services I use the most to post has to be Facebook, Foursquare, and Twitter like almost everyone else on the planet. I also use this blog but I have a good ifttt recipe for that. The key to chronicling all of this is Evernote and some apps and services from the web.

The first thing I’m using is ifttt. This is a web service that takes actions on the web such as posts on twitter or Facebook and then does a corresponding action that I specify. I’ve set up recipes for Facebook and WordPress to send the posts I make or pictures I’m tagged in to Evernote so I have an archive of what I’m posting. The problem is that I can’t capture what happened in the past and I only started using ifttt maybe 6 months ago. I’m already amazed at how much crap I throw up on the web but its all good stuff for me to chronicle to see what I was doing at that time.

I’ve recently downloaded two apps to help me look into my past and its pretty interesting what I’ve been doing in the past couple of years. One app which is called TimeHop is an app my boss showed to me that looks at my past 2 years worth of Facebook posts but only shows me the posts I made on that day. It’s quite fun going down memory lane for that day to see what I was doing and also seeing my checkin’s to see where I potentially went.

I’ve recently down load a new app called Everyday.Me. It’s a little similar to TimeHop but this collects all my tweets, Facebook updates, and checkin’s in one long list starting from the most recent entry to the first one I ever made. I have years worth of status updates so I’m not sure it has everything downloaded yet. What was unexpected but pretty cool was that I got an email that showed my activity going back 4 years for 5 days worth of activity so I could see what I did. What is really great about the app is that it backs up to Dropbox and Evernote. I use Evernote quite a bit and I have ifttt doing a lot of the wok as well but I go with the idea that you can never have enough backups. I haven’t used Everyday.me for all that long so I can’t really write a lot about it but so far I am impressed and the Evernote syncing is exactly what I wanted in an app.

So why exactly am I doing all this to catalog what I’m doing? I really don’t know but my daughter might find it interesting one day on what I was doing on a particular day while I was away from home while she was growing up. Or who knows, I might be inspired one day and put all this together into some memento that I can look back at and laugh a little about how much time I spent online. I definitely can’t wait to go home this week, there are Easter things to do and chronicle!