No more twitter here

I’m done. At least, I’m done with trying to include all my Twitticisms on this blog. You’ll just have to go to Twitter to get them (see the footer for directions). It was too… not easy, to keep them all here, and there, and display them nicely. So, screw it.

But, here are all my Tweets. Someone warn me when I start reaching 3200?

Son of a… blog

Not quite a decade ago, I forked over several hundred dollars to support a little web hosting company that could, TextDrive.  In exchange, they gave me a lifetime hosting promise.  It was a good run, and they even honored their promise across a couple of acquisitions and mergers.

But a week or so ago, they sent out an email to those of us who had supported their initial bid for funds, and told us that their lifetime commitment was being “end of lifed.” We had two months to get out, or we could sign up for a free year on one of their new servers, with a $275 yearly bill waiting for us after that. Have they have gone from small potatoes to too big for their britches?

A lot of the people who got this email were pretty pissed. (A support/bitching group or three have popped up around the Internet.) Most of them were clear that they would not be staying. I just packed up my stuff, and with this blog post, the move is over. Everything now lives at A Small Orange, with whom I am pretty pleased.

Stuff is broken (most notably the images on… I am afraid, all the posts) but those will get fixed eventually.

Here we go, again.

Ugly as [insert ugly thing here]

Yeah, I know. The blog is ugly. I’ve been meaning to get back to it (writing, I mean) and have been playing with a couple of hosted options: Blogger, Tumblr,, the usual. In the end, while they would all be a lot simpler to use, they also don’t quite do all that I want.

So I am left fiddling with my self-hosted setup. Still. Again. Only this time, I don’t care what it looks like. Everyone uses the RSS feed anyway, right? (Insert link to study showing RSS feed use declining, I’m sure there’s one somewhere.)

Also: at what point do I have too many blog posts about blogging? Hm.

End of the experiment

A few new items around here, but dated back to September. That is when I started an experiment in moving this blog to another service. I wanted simplicity, and Posterous certainly gave me that, but it wasn’t what I needed. Yes, I still crave simplicity, but Posterous works one way: post to Posterous, and it will put your stuff everywhere else (Flickr, Twitter, Facebook, this blog, etc.). I tried, but I couldn’t work that way. I need to be able to post with whatever tool I have on hand, my phone, my blog, iPhoto, email… and have it show up everywhere.

Plus, and this was the kicker, I couldn’t figure out how to keep my email and keep my Posterous account both at this address,

Maybe if they provide a super easy solution for that, I might be back.

In the meantime, here we are, still.

Now back to your regular silence. Man, I should update this blog more.

I’m Back!

One new job later, I’m back.  It is clear that I won’t be posting at the same (torrid?) pace that I was when I was at home eight hours a day.  I’m not even clear if I’ll be posting from work at all (maybe just Tweets), which leaves me between two and three hours at home each night to: fold laundry, wash dishes, pay bills, canoodle with the wife, watch Tv, post something meaningful to the family blog, post something to this blog, and work on any number of “other” projects.

This past week and a half “watch Tv” has risen pretty high on the list, given how exhausted I am after a full day of working.  Plus, I was sick.  So there.

In any case, I had something to say, so I’m back.  Less frequently than before.

WordPress 2.5 brings hotness, possible breakage

Nothing like messing with a perfectly working blog. I’ll be upgrading to WordPress 2.5 later today. The blog might break. My apologies. For whatever that’s worth.

Update: No breakage involved.  Had to refresh my included images a couple of times, but other than that, everything went smoothly, like a point upgrade should.  Your mileage may vary.

Won’t you comment, please?

Every blogger wants people to comment on his or her blog. That’s why we do this. We want to know you’re out there, listening. And while I have a nice stats package that shows me that I’ve had twenty unique visitors so far today, that is easily trumped by one actual comment.

But I have another reason to beg your involvement. A few days ago, I was perusing one of the feeds that I read, and I saw that my friend Mark (or as it turns out, his wife) put the movie I Am Legend in his Netflix queue. I was reminded that I had just seen the movie, and that I’d had a rather interesting experience watching it. So I blogged about it.

Mostly because I knew Mark would comment on it.

And he did. (Thanks, Mark!)

And as a result, I am faced with the fact that I am blogging for one guy. I’m choosing blog topics with the understanding that Mark will comment on them.

I find that a little pathetic of me.

So, I beg of you, won’t you leave a comment? Pretty please?

I kiss you!

Change is in the wind. No, no mid-life crisis, but I have been engaging in a wee bit of introspection these past few days. My life ain’t what I want it to be, and I’m the person best suited to changing that.

On the job front, I’ve been searching for a job for about eight months now, and have sent out lots of letters, had a few interviews, and even withdrawn from one search (still a good idea: seven months later they still haven’t found a sucker to take the job). I have a couple of irons in the fire at the moment, and a couple of prospects possibly on the horizon. It has been a bit depressing, but I do still believe it’s not me, it’s them. That is, the jobs that have been open haven’t been up my alley, though I’ve still applied for many of them. So, I’m okay there.

To hedge that bet, however, I’ve spent these last eight months sorta kinda trying to work freelance web design. I set up a business site, set up a bank account, did some soliciting, and while I got some nibbles, I’ve had no bites. I also started blogging in earnest, building my personal brand, and dipping my toes into a couple of niche markets (shopping blog, television blog, sports blog, etc.). And while the personal blog has been pretty successful, the other avenues haven’t. And it takes a lot of time. Not rewarding + a lot of time = unhappiness.

And personally, I’m getting fat(ter), I’m losing my temper more often, I’m ignoring my dog (those of you who know me may be most shocked by that admission), I haven’t made any friends here (and we are well past the one-year mark)…

It all adds up to a little bit of depressing, and a lot o’ bit of frustration, because I still think I’m better at these things than my success (or lack thereof) indicates.

So. I’ve been thinking. And I have come back to the simplest of principles. Keep it simple, stupid.

So. I’m going to pare back the online ventures to just two: my personal brand site, and my design site. All the niche blogging is going to get rolled back into the personal site, which will make it more eclectic even than it is now (which is a whole ‘nother issue). I am actually greatly relieved to have just two work sites to think about: in just the past day, since I’ve been beta testing this idea in my head, I feel more relaxed and much skippier.

I’ll keep looking for work, I’m committing to walking the dog daily again (I know!), I’m going back to my awareness eating plan (which worked well until Thanksgiving last year), and hopefully I’ll find time for some of the things I have been missing: self, books, my lifestream, fun, friends, art.

It’s a good feeling to be doing something, even if it’s all in my head that the doing’s getting done.

By the way, the likelihood of the head trimming is going up.

Be my friend

Never did get in on the beta, but FriendFeed has just launched. Essentially, it’s a feed aggregator for all the services you use. You attach your FriendFeed account to your various services, and it lists all the updates you make. That way, your friends can subscribe to one place to follow all your doings on the Intarwebs. Be my friend, won’t you? And here’s the feed.

No more AdSense on this blog

I know, you’re not all torn up about this. As a further refinement of my blogging efforts, I’ve decided to stop hosting ads on this site. Especially Google’s context-sensitive AdSense ads. Turns out that a blog as eclectic as this one is a bad fit for contextual advertising. I’m open to ads in the future, if I find something that fits the blog better.