And by “we,” I mean “my blog.”
“Why, Mickey? Why mess with a good thing?” The main reason was the ads that popped up at the bottom of posts. They drove me batty. There’s also more freedom – design, content, functionality – when you own your own blog. I’m told. Hey, I’m still learning.
So if you want to keep up with my zany hijinks and occasional bizarre adventures, I hope you’ll consider following me over to mickeygomez.com.
Thanks, as always, for reading. I hope to see you over at the new place soon!
Filed under blogs, writing
I was going to try to see if I could make it a year without making a post. This wasn’t out of any sense of personal challenge or even laziness (although a degree of laziness was definitely involved). It had more to do with the pervading sense of total failure that I felt whenever I checked my own blog.
Last May? Last MAY? I haven’t had anything to post since last MAY? What’s wrong with me? Am I that boring? (short answer: yes)
Really what happened is this: it became easier NOT to post than it was to post. And it was far easier to share things with a specific, select audience on Facebook and even Twitter.
But then I discovered that I’d found things that I’d like to share once more with a broader audience, so here I am, back again. Are you ready?
Wishing everyone a festive and Happy New Year, with hopes for a wonderful 2009.
Sorry it’s been so long since my last post – I’ve been working on the center’s blog and creating one for Volunteer Managers, so things have been quite busy. I also created a Twitter account and have been playing with the website.
On a side note (like I ever really stay totally on topic), I finally figured out how to get that tiny little icon in the address bar and next to the address in bookmarks – it’s called a favicon and I used a service called Dynamic Drive Favicon Generator, created the icon, uploaded it to the website, added a wee bit of html and whooosh! Done! I feel so. . . so techy!
I also connected the Twitter account, the blog, and the Facebook page for the center together which makes updating super easy now. I’m not claiming to be Amazing Web 2.0 Guru or anything, but it sure is interesting to learn new things about how this technology works. I can see so many possibilities in terms of meeting my nonprofit’s mission. . .
Anyway, have a happy and safe New Year!
Purely for entertainment purposes: if you have a blog hosted by Blogger, run (don’t walk) to the Layout Section and click on Add a Gadget.
When I first did this, I added what turned out to be fairly standard gadgets. Blog roll, archives, followers, labels (changed into Magical Tag Cloud), blah blah.
So tonight I’m thinking, these can’t be the ONLY gadgets available, can they? And the answer to that is, in fact, a resounding NO.
In taking another peek, I discovered that there is a gadget for pretty much EVERYTHING ON THE PLANET.
An extremely partial list:
- Jon Stewart Quote of the Day (I was one click away from adding this one, I have to admit.)
- Useless Knowledge
- Sticky Notes
- Weather Forecasts
- BBC News Feeds
- Sunset of the Day
- Calorie Calculator
- Periodic Table (Strangely compelling but no.)
- Smiley of the Day (Please.)
- Dog Health Tip of the Day (You think I am making that one up. I’ll wait here while you check. Go ahead. Seriously.).
There was one gadget that I was looking for. . . a gadget that lists my favorite or recommended books with pictures of their covers and links to buy them online. Given that information, can you name one gadget that I was not able to find? I’ll bet you can. . .
Well, I created an account in Bloglines but I am going to go back and either create one specifically for work or just delete it altogether.
I may change my mind, but at the moment I prefer Google Reader. I found the interface at Bloglines to be a bit confusing – perhaps they are just offering me too much along with my account? Anyway, I think the point of the RSS Feed lesson in 23 things is to find and populate a reader, which I’ve done.
In the event that anyone is still confused about RSS Feeds, here is the simple video that finally gave me my “Ah ha!” moment:
To prove it, instead of showing a link to my public blogs on Blogspot, I’ve added an application to this blog to showcase some of my current favorites (check out the sidebar to the right).
Now what I need to do is find out how to add a feed to either my blog (does it already have one?) or to my website. . .