My Big Move (not the real one…)

Almost a year ago, I moved to Florida.

A few months ago, I moved back to Illinois.

That was the biggest move I have ever made.

Except for the one I am going to share with you now:

http://www.diggsmcgee.com/maybe-i-will/

I have my own website. It is really just a hosted WordPress site (which apparently doesn’t function with WordPress.com, at least not in the “social media” aspect of it).

I’m not “moving” all my current stuff to my new blog. Instead, I’m starting from scratch. For a while I’m going to try and share the posts on this blog.

As you’ll see if you read the post linked above, I’m going to try (maybe) to work harder on some things. Only because they, themselves, will be hard. My new blog will hopefully grow… with posts. I don’t care about views. Although, those would be nice. And hopefully branch off into YouTube (or whatever we should be using now because YouTube is fraking monitization and ruining YouTubers all over the web).

Wish me luck!

-Diggs out

P.S. – I’m keeping certain things I do, such as the “P.S.” section. I’m also going to occasionally talk to my self, my brain, or my “plot device”. And I would like to begin making more “While I Wait” posts. Because I wait a lot.

What Was That…?

Did you say something?

No?

Are you sure?

Ok. Then it must have been another blog post idea drifting by on the summer breeze. That would explain why I can’t remember what that topic was I wanted to write about.

I hate it when that happens.

I also hate how my speaking voice is so low that other people apparently hear it as mumbling. I really am speaking at a level that I hear as being loud. Then, when I speak loudly, to the point where I feel like I’m practically yelling, people either look at me like “why is he talking so loud?” or they flat out ask “why are you yelling?”

*sigh*

Oh well.

I do have a topic I thought about that I should write down. I kept thinking about it (as if I was in a YouTube video or something) and it got pretty deep. So, I need to jot that down so I don’t forget it. Maybe I’ll do that now.

-Diggs out

P.S. – when this blog eventually goes live (as in: I announce it and then “promote” it)… I’ll forget what I was thinking. No, seriously, after typing out the bit in parentheses I forgot what I was saying. I know I don’t have to write this. You’re not reading in real time as I write… I know… I’m just… nevermind.

New Year’s Resolution

OMG

I almost missed February!

If you read my last post, you would notice that it was posted at the end of January, however I expressed my grief that I was slacking on my resolutions… while also talking about time travel.

You see, I posted that last post in February, but back scheduled it to January.

My resolutions (not really “New Year’s” resolutions) have been to complete a couple of certain tasks on a regular basis:

  1. Read the Bible every day (slacking on that…)
  2. Post the Bible Verse of the Day from the YouVersion Bible app ( mission accomplished on this front)
  3. Draw something every day and post it to Instagram (um…. I was doing this regularly… but… idk, something happened and now I don’t)
  4. Post to WordPress at least once a month (doing OK at this, if we ignore the back-post from “January”)
  5. Keep up with YouTube (yes, I have a channel. Right now I post Pokemon Go updates, but would like to do other things… what do you think I should do?)

There’s also a comic I draw once every other year… at least that’s what it seems like.

Before this post continues with the shameless self-promotion theme, let’s switch it up.

How have you been?

Are you doing well?

Are things going well for you?

I’ve had a rough couple of months. Lost some loved ones. A friend’s family lost their mom. My car got totaled by a rat…

OMG did I tell you that?!

My car got totaled by a rat.

It crawled it’s way into my car, chewed through the ventilation system, chewed up plastics, wires, and my back seat, and then died… in the car.

Insurance totaled it.

I got my money back, so that’s good.

Anyway, it’s been rough.

But I think I can make it work. Maybe one of my little hobbies mentioned here will take off? Maybe I’ll become the next big YouTube sensation? Perhaps I’ll begin my comic again and it will get lots of attention? Just maybe, I’ll write everyday and subscriber numbers will skyrocket and I’ll become the hottest blogger in the Midwest!?

For now I’ll just stick to making frozen custard treats.

Oh!

I work at a Frozen Custard shop. It’s really *snickering* cool!

XD

-Diggs out

P.S. – maybe I can get a job writing bad puns?

OMG! Crap Old Technology is Coming Soon! Thanks Out-of-Date Articles

The person or website to develop this type of software implementation will be a hero in my book.

I can’t tell you how many times I have been reading an article on a website such as Engadget, C|Net, Wired, or Gizmodo and found articles which seem to be relevant to the information I’m reading, but turn out to be old, outdated, useless articles about stuff which has already been resolved, released, or beaten to death by every blogger on the Internet.

This system is outdated in itself. When an article is written it is given markers such as categories and tags. These markers are used to make article suggestions. Mostly, these article suggestions serve the same purpose as the article title (which rarely relates to the actual content of the article, sort of like my blog). They’re only there to make you read more of the website’s stuff and get them lots of hits, and increase their ratings, and get them more money. Very rarely do these articles have anymore information you could use. I constantly notice these articles are much older than the one I just read. Older article means older information. Older information in the technology world means outdated information.

The part which strikes me particularly odd is how these articles are dated. Yet, when a newer article comes out these old articles linger. Why? They’re outdated. Some articles will be updated with information as it becomes available, but usually this is an official statement by the company the article is about. Basically they write a scathing review of some companies alleged actions and then wait to hear from the company. That’s guilty until proven innocent. Kind of backwards.

Each of these articles should have some sort of timeline feature. Something that allows 1 article to be written if that’s all which is needed. But then, also allow for a type of “update” to the article to be written later, with the older article still in tact, in a sense, but with the new, updated information placed at the forefront. This would alleviate the number of redundant articles that are posted while also placing the important information about a topic all together. Then, these (very specific topics) could be linked together with categories and tags.

For example:

Let’s say the iCandy 6 was released about 5 months ago and rumors are beginning to spread about the iCandy 6X. So naturally, every iTechnology blogger is hemorrhaging “facts” they’ve uncovered about the new device. You know, things like a 10 times faster processor, a camera that can see into your soul, a microphone that can hear your grandpa fart from two rooms over, and a battery that can be recharged with goats blood. So, iSheep.com writes their article about the features this revolutionary fondle phone will finally get. Then, just 8 days later, everyone’s favorite sun-ripened tech giant announces the iCandy 6X+. They don’t give you what iSheep.com promised, but you buy it anyway because, let’s face it, they own you and your digital content and the only escape you have is found in your medicine cabinet.

Now, when iSheep.com goes to write more information about the actual product they don’t create a brand new article. Instead they amend their previous article. They add the actual specs, the actual names, and the actual release dates. This new information is displayed right up front, but with the original article. It’s all on the same page; pictures, links, and everything. Now, the only place you have to go to read about the upcoming and then real release of your favorite thing for the next 2 months is just one page. Every time there is an update, it can be placed on this page.

This works with more than just a single product as well. Let’s say TootyFruity and Singsing are getting ready to sue each other. So, naturally iSheep.com must defend their mother country from the attacks of the ne’er-do-wells who are only out to copy the masters of the rectangle and alphabetized icons. The article would be “Singsing attacks our mommy. We throw our pacifiers at them!” Then, as the case develops they would not write new articles. They would amend the main article. Now, again, you only have to go to one place to get all the information on this specific story.

Doesn’t that sound better?

Yes, Google will sort things by date for me, but that doesn’t help me much when I’m reading an article already. Not to mention, I can’t search with Google if I don’t know what I’m looking for. (at least I don’t think Google has perfected time travel yet)

Oh, and “hubs” are stupid. They’re still unorganized and full of outdated articles.

Bloggers Revelation on Getting Visitors

I just had a revelation (while thinking about another persons blog I read recently) on getting visitors to your site.

I’m sitting here reading my own blog posts and being very interested in them. Now, of course I would be interested in them, as the person who wrote them shares my writing style, humor, and even verbage (’cause it’s me). But I also simply found the stories, which are very old stories I haven’t read in a long while, to be funny, informative, and insightful. Why does no one else want to read my blog posts?

I know there are a bah-gillion blogs out there, and among them mine is one with a crappy update timeline. However, I’ve got some great things to say, and some interesting ways to say it. So why does no one dive into my pool of awesome (I use chlorine)?

I think blogs work one of three ways: buying viewers, selling viewers, and guilting viewers.

Buying viewers consists of paying to have your blogs domain name or specific URL pasted everywhere people might wind up, even if by accident. These blogs pay services to make sure they are listed at the top of search results, and in advertisements.

By selling viewers I mean selling them on your product, or in this case, your service as an informational or entertaining piece of literature. If you have something worthwhile to tell people, and they liked what you told them before, they will come back. (I believe I have something to this effect… it’s just not consistent)

Then there is every WordPress and Blogger site on the planet (nearly). WordPress and Blogger basically do the same thing as Farmville on Facebook. If my friend send me a digital pig, I feel obligated to accept it for fear my web-enabled friend will shun me. (I never give in to these things, but that’s the best example I could come up with that didn’t require thinking…) The same thing happens on WordPress, Blogger, My Opera, and any other blog which holds its own social networking component. I have only read and since subscribed to other blogs in the WordPress universe because I received the “Someone read your blog, now quit being a douche and read theirs!” email from the WordPress servers. I’m sorry to say, unless WordPress sends me and update via email, I don’t even visit those blogs. However, I have this gut feeling that if I read more blogs on the WordPress site, and even commented on them I would get more viewers in return. (Of course, I’d also have to write more than one post every new moon)

*sigh*

I guess in the world of social interactions you can’t afford to be a wallflower. That’s too bad. I really like their songs.

Come on cry a little. Nothing is forever… One headlight, baby!

Fast Facts Questionaire from Old Blog

Fast facts

  • At the movies I like to see: Movies.
  • Last movie seen: Letters to God
  • Music I listen to: is usually played with instruments, but not always.
  • Best album right now: What’s an album? You mean those giant, black CD’s?
  • Favorite author: book writers.
  • Last book read: Diary of a Wimpy Kid.
  • Best game right now: Solitaire.
  • Favorite sports team: The one that won.
  • I’m passionate about: being passionate!
  • I wish I could: Talk to God
  • Favorite travel destination: Round trip: Couch to Fridge.
  • On my vacation I..: become very lazy and annoyed.
  • If I won 1 million dollars, I would: be a million dollars richer.
  • If I were a super hero I would: not tell you, duh!
  • Fashion I rather not see again: Clothes.
  • My worst purchase ever: Apple iPod.
  • I want my coffee..: to taste like tea.
  • Food I like: Dead animals.
  • I don’t like: Pointless questions.
  • Software I use: uh, really? Do I say “Opera” or just let people think about this for a while…?
  • Hardware I use: the hard kind.
  • I discovered My Opera from: Opera.

From my old blog (the semi-original Adult Under Constructon blog) located at My Opera.