Thank goodness that’s over. The thirtieth day couldn’t come quickly enough for me. I think I say this every year, but this was by far the hardest month so far. We had so much stuff going on this month, just finding the time to write was enough of a challenge, but I also struggled to find topics that I thought would be interesting. I hope I didn’t bore anyone to death with my ramblings. I’m pretty sure all of my friends have blocked me on Facebook because they are tired of hearing me rant. Well, if you’re still reading this, thanks for coming along for the ride and more than likely I’ll be punishing myself again next June and we’ll do it all over again. In the meantime, I will return to my regular schedule of once or twice a month when I have something important (or at least not completely tedious) to say. Thanks for listening!
It is time once again for the Running of the Blogs! This is my fourth year participating, and it seems to get harder every year. The idea is to post something every day for 30 days. It’s harder than it sounds. Although it’s a lot easier than writing a novel in 30 days. I have a few interesting topics lined up to talk about this month, but the rest of time I’ll be winging it. So, let’s see how I do, shall we? On your mark. Get set. Blog!
It’s been a good run. I think I started using Movable Type as my blogging platform in 2003, but it was time for a change. Most importantly because Movable Type blogs have become spammer magnets. A month or so ago, after a particularly nasty spam storm, my hosting company suspended my account and I was forced to disable comments entirely. Where’s the fun in blogging if no one can comment?
So I’ve migrated to WordPress and I am hopeful that it will prove to be better at handling and filtering the spam comments. The installation process was just as easy as everyone says it is, and I’m already a fan of the interface. Let’s hope this is the beginning of a beautiful relationship.
Welcome to the third annual Running of the Blogs! We’ve called it 30 Days of Blog in years past, but that title isn’t terrible catchy, so I thought we could use a new name for it. In fact, I might even register the domain name and turn it into a NaNoWriMo kind of experience. Running of the Blogs evokes images of frightened tourists being gored in the streets of Pamplona. That’s kind of how it feels — you know if you don’t keep running, writing something new every day, you are likely to be impaled by the horns of ridicule and derision for having failed in your attempt. I’ve said it in years past, I have a lot of respect for bloggers who manage to crank out a quality product day after day. It’s not easy. But once again, I am accepting the challenge. So, here we go again. Tighten your red sash. On your mark. Get set. Blog!
I’m probably going to regret this, but I signed up for another 30 days of punishment. Last year was a lot more difficult than I anticipated, but this year, I have taken the precaution of jotting down ideas in the weeks leading up to today, so I am hopeful that I won’t be struggling for topics towards the end of the month.
I would love to have the time to pontificate here every day, but it’s not in the cards. I really admire the folks who make a living at blogging — I know there are a few out there. Once you have established an audience, and are actually generating revenue from your writing, it’s not that bad. But you have to spend a long time writing every day for free, before any of that happens. I can’t afford to commit that much time to it. But one month out of the year, I can live the dream, and pretend that I have millions of readers out there. So if you’re with me, leave me a comment, and I promise you will enjoy the next 30 days.
One of my friends from college (who blogs at the curiously named site Numb Trolley Bus) has issued a challenge to his readers. Sure I’ll give it a shot. I’ll put my new toy to the test, and let’s see if I can manage to blog every day in June, shall we?
I actually have a couple of topics that have been stacking up in the queue, so this will give me an oppportunity to clean house a little. See ya on the other side…
Sure it’s a little early for Christmas, but I just ran across these old scans I made of some pictures of my award-winning door decorations. The command I was stationed at (LFTCLant) had a contest every year, and mine was the winning decoration three years in a row. I added pictures to my gallery of both my sketches and the actual decoration.
They got increasingly sophisticated as the years went on. The second year featured some animation — the elves you see outside Santa’s window were on a moving scroll of paper so they appeared to be loading the sleigh. The third year had an actual water wheel with a hidden pump and resevoir, and the skaters actually skated around in a circle.