Monday, April 19, 2010

Journal - Critical Mass

Well, I haven’t written anything for a while, as you can see. I’m starting to get a little bored with the whole blogging thing. That's how I am, I find something new that interests me and I put a lot of time and effort into it for a while, but I always end up getting bored with it eventually. That’s one reason why I always found it so difficult to settle down with one job for very long.

This time it has been kind of weird. I’m bored with the blogs, but I don’t want to be bored with them. I want to keep doing it because it was really fun for a while. Bonus points to anyone who can explain that. So anyway, instead of just giving up on the blogs altogether, I decided to try and shake things up a little bit.

What I decided to do is come up with a new name for my audio book review blog, “Reviews From The Deep.” But that was too easy, so instead of just renaming it, I decided to create a whole new blog with the new name so it would have a new URL and everything. And that’s just what I did. My new audio book blog is called “Critical Mass Media, Audio Book Meltdown.” Since it was an all new blog, I wanted to put some different gadgets on it and do a few different things with it. So far, it has proven to be very challenging, which is a good thing because that will keep me interested for a while.

The first step was creating the blog. A simple enough task, unless you happen to be blind. To create a new blog, you have to complete a verification. It’s a little box with some letters and numbers in it and you have to type out what you see there. It’s called a CAPCHA I think, although I don’t know where that name comes from. Maybe Ro will tell us. They do that so you can prove that you are a human being and ot some auto-spammer. They have a little thing you can click on if you’re blind so you can hear the numbers instead of seeing them, but they never work. Until now, that is. When I got to the CAPCHA, I clicked the listen link and I could actually hear the numbers and type them out as it played. It really worked! I was very pleased about that and was off to a good start on my new blog.

The next step was to export all of the book reviews from my old blog, and then import them to the new one. That step was pretty easy, there are links to click on to export and import. Basically it’s just saving a file to my computer’s hard drive, and then opening it back up from the new blog. No problem there, all of my book reviews showed up with the comments still attached and everything.

Now I wanted to put some fancy gadgets on my new blog, namely a counter, and a drop-down list box for the labels. These are not standard gadgets that are available through blogger, but can be added by adding some raw html code. I ran into some trouble there. I spent about five hours working on those two things and got absolutely nowhere. That’s pretty frustrating because things like that used to be pretty easy for me. Not to worry, I’ll keep working on it.

Also, I ran into another problem. About the time I created my new blog, something that I use a lot quit working. To create links in a blog post, I use the keyboard shortcut "ctrl-shift-a." Suddenly that stopped working and I get some funny warning message when I try it. I think that some security setting in Internet Explorer has changed, but I haven't found out which one yet. I put a message in the help forum about it but haven’t gotten a reply yet. I'm going to do some research on that as soon as I'm done posting this. Anyway, that's why I couldn't provide a link to “Critical Mass Media” here. No big deal, the blog isn’t ready to be looked at yet anyway.

So those are the things I need to figure out. After that, the next step will be monetizing the new blog. Monetizing is a fancy name for using your blog to make money. Since I’m writing audio book reviews, I want to link them to websites that actually sell the books and get a percentage of the sale in return. That's called an affiliate partnership and both and have affiliate programs. I'll have to figure out how that whole thing works, that's kind of new to me.

So that’s what I’ve been doing for the last several days. So far so good, my interest in blogs has been rekindled. For now, at least. I’ll keep you posted on my progress.

Ecclesiastes 1:3-9 What does man gain from all his labor at which he toils under the sun? Generations come and generations go, but the earth remains forever. The sun rises and the sun sets, and hurries back to where it rises. The wind blows to the south and turns to the north; round and round it goes, ever returning on its course. All streams flow into the sea, yet the sea is never full. To the place the streams come from, there they return again. All things are wearisome, more than one can say. The eye never has enough of seeing, nor the ear its fill of hearing. What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.


  1. Welcome back!
    I'm sure if something had happened exciting or worth talking about, you'd have written but nothing shook your world up enough to write about it.
    You like a challenge. Like? Your personality almost demands it. (I get the points! I get the points!)
    I figure this way, I must be one heck of a challenge to you, or this too would have passed. *wink*

    CAPTCHA- stands for - Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart.
    In other words, its tricking the system so those darn spybots can't get through.

    Good luck on your new blog and figuring out what you need to. But I'm sure if you get it all down and figured'll get bored and move on? YIKES!

    love ya honey

  2. You can manually inter the code to insert a link. I have the html code saved, so I'll paste it here. I'll need to add something to it so it will actually show, so you'll need to delete that to makde it work. I'll at a * here and there, so just be sure to delete the *.

    K here is an axample linking to Google, It'll turn out just like a link:

    Google Home

    Here is the code. If you can zero in with Jaws, go in and look eat each character to get a feel for it. the links and the text you want are always between quotation marks. So, copy and paste this example, delete the * and save it, that's what I did. Ok, here's the code.

    <*a href="">Google Home

    So the code begins with a less then symbole and I put a * there, so delete that, then the code ends with a greater then symbol and I put a * there too, so just delete those *'s and you'll have the code. Take out the web address for google and put in your address, then replace "google home" with whatever you want the link to say. I hope that makes sense; let me know if you need more help.

  3. I just wanted to say that on April 12th 2010, I had a car accident. You didn't document this and years down the line you might want a refresher that this event happened.

    Since this might be one of your last post, I thought I'd get it in here real quick. :)