Blisslogs Update

Just a short note to fill you in.  Yes, the them has changed again. The Chrome inspired theme just didn’t feel right so I changed it up again. Not sure if this will be my final design for a while, but I’ll let it be for a couple weeks and decide then how I feel about it. I know my last post stated that I was deploying a new site; that hasn’t changed, I just haven’t had the time to do some of the development I want to do before I officially launch.  I say “officially” because the site is out there, but with very little content. I will say that it will be a site that I hope many bloggers aspire to be a part of. That’s all for now, talk to you all soon.

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Launching a new site soon

So I will be launching a new site soon.  It’s not quite ready for prime time yet but it is getting close. I’ve got to create a couple images and modify the copy yet. Since I am a complete photoshop noob, it may take me quite a while to complete the images. That and I have a complete lack of artistic talent. Also, still to be decided is how many ads I place on the site initially. I’ll probably be safe with one adsense banner, but I don’t think I’ll do any more than that at launch. 

The new site will hopefully launch within a week or 2 so keep an eye out for it.  I’ll post here linking to it when it is done.

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Google Chrome WordPress Theme

Well, I’ve chosen the Google Chrome WordPress theme to run this blog for a while.  I’ve been using this browser quite a bit lately and have grown quite fond of it. It will take me a while to get used to only having 1 side bar, but I like the clean look of this theme. I’m sure I’ll be playing with the location of the widgets I use until I get it just right. Sometimes I wish I had a more creative mind so I could design something original.  As it is, I’m sure I could make something original; but pleasing on the eye and functional it would not be. I’m open to any design recommendations, so let me hear them.

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Looking for a New WordPress Theme

While this Blogs Theme has worked well for me while I was primarily blogging about blogging, my recent change in focus is making me rethink my theme. Let me know if you have any recommendations. There is something you should know before recommending a theme though; I am cheap.  I am only interested in free themes. I don’t want anything too cluttered or too boring or too vibrant. That’s not being too picky is it? I’m in no hurry to make the change either but I’m sure changes will be coming in the next week or two. I’m finding that I’ll do pretty much anything to pass the time and get my mind off of my pending divorce. Heck, I’ve even started reading the Bible. For those of you that know me; yes, you read that right. Me, the atheist/agnostic, is reading the Bible. Wow, how did I get on that topic.  This post was only meant to warn you that a design refresh will be coming soon. That’s all for now, but seriously, send me your free WordPress theme recommendations.

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New to Twitter

So I broke down and joined Twitter yesterday. It had been getting so much attention the past few days, what with the competition between Ashton Kutcher and CNN to see who gets to 1,000,000 followers first. Since Ashton won, I decided to follow him. I’m still not sure I get what all the fuss is about, but it is something to get my mind off my personal life so what the heck.  You’ll notice I placed a new widget on the far right side so you can follow me just by visiting this sight. I’m interested to hear how everyone else is using Twitter.  Please post comments to this post giving me ideas. I’ve only done 4 Tweets so far, but would like to incorporate more into my daily routine.

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BlissLogs is no longer a blog about your blog blog.

I’m about to break the number 1 rule in a blog about blogging website.  I’m telling you that this is no longer a blog about blogging. I’d like to get back in the habit of blogging again, but am not motivated to continue in that crowded niche.

From now on, BlissLogs will be my personal blog to cover whatever topic I’m in the mood to blog about. Who knows what my frequency will be or where this will take me.  Now I say this is my personal blog, but I will not be blogging about my personal personal stuff (i.e. divorce); that, I will leave to my blog dedicated to that sort of thing (which I am removing my link to today). I’m curious how low my RSS subscription count will dip after this post.:smile::?:

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Webratings

I’m hearing rumours that some thought is being put behind implementing web ratings on all websites just as all movies have a rating. Not only would this be colossally stupid, it would be impossible to enforce.  And for those 2 reasons, I don’t think it will ever happen.

I’ve heard some stupid things before:  For example, I was working for a company that had a backhoe tearing up part of the parking lot with a cement mixer off to the side.  A co-worker came into the office and asked “Do you know what they are doing out there?”  Without missing a beat, another co-worker promptly told him they were hunting elephants with snow shovels in the parking lot.  At that point the first co-worker just stared blankly at us all and still couldn’t piece everything together and come to the realization that they were repaving the parking lot.

Applying web ratings to all websites would be just as absurd as that previous example.  I know age verification on websites is practically fool proof these days.  I always take the few seconds it takes to specify my birthday as 01/01/1950 to get onto websites that have the gaul to ask for it.  86.5% of all users of those websites do have a birthday of January 1st.  While that statistic my not be accurate, I bet it’s not far off. Or are we going to rely on parents to filter which sites their kids can browse to? While I’m sure some parents would do a great job, 86.5% of them have no idea which sites their children frequent.

Applying these web ratings would be about as impossible to implement as hunting elephants with snow shovels. While my content may be PG right now, there is always the possibility that I’ll get a new author who likes to throw around 4 letter words like there is no tomorrow.  Also, while my content may be appropriate for young eyes, I don’t monitor / filter any comments placed on this site to the degree that would be needed.

Rating a movie is one thing, but trying to place those ratings onto a Web site is ridiculous. There are too many people providing too much content on too many sites for it to make any sense. In other words, the Web, unlike film, is not a controlled environment.

I’m all for protecting kids from dangers in the world, and the Internet has plenty of it. But trying to apply generic ratings to the multi-faceted Web is ridiculous.

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What’s in a Name? — Google Chrome

Google screwed up with Chrome. Don’t believe me?  Read on.

I was curious as to why Google named their browser chrome so I “Googled” it. You know what I found? One article that briefly mentions that Chrome was a failed project at Microsoft years ago. I did find a comic book that they created to introduce you to Google Chrome; but nothing else about why that name. Now you’re probably saying to yourself, “Self, what does Googling to find out why they named their browser Chrome have to do with screwing it up?” I’m glad you asked.

When Google first launched many moons ago, nobody new what Google meant; but that’s just the thing. Google wasn’t anything. It was made up. Larry and Sergey wanted to change the way searches were done on the Internet and what they ended up with has become synonymous with web searches. Currently, “I’m going to browse the web” is a very common phrase. I doubt that we will be switching to “I’m going to Chrome the web” anytime soon. This is where Google screwed up.  They picked a name to kinda stick it to Microsoft when they should have continued their forward thinking and create a brand of their own. This is the first sign that Google is getting a big head. It appears that they think that they can do whatever they want and dominate that web space. When Chrome fizzles out and becomes a bust (and yes, it will fail), Google will have noone to blame but themselves.

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Put Up Or Shutup John McCain

So John McCain wants Hillary’s supporters to vote for him. He is trying to divide the democratic party to get those votes by criticizing Obama for not choosing her as his VP nominee. If McCain really thinks she is the best choice for VP he should offer the position to her. But he won’t do it. John McCain is going to bow to his party leaders and stay far to the right and choose a conservative running mate. That will just continue to show his true colors. Tell ya what McCain, I recommend that you get joementum as your running mate. He was a bad choice for the democrats 4 years ago and should be the bad choice for the republicans this year.

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Blogging from an iPod

Now that the itunes store has made apps available for the ipod touch and iphone, blogging went to palm of my hand. I’m writing this post from my touch. The wordpress app allows me to connect to many blogs to edit or compose new posts. While the app is easy to use, I recommend only using it to edit existing posts. At least until a portable keyboard make typing easier. Another downside to using this app is that I can’t use hyperlinks.(or I haven’t figured out how yet. Has anyone else tried using this app or another way to blog from your iPod?

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