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Trying tumblr August 29, 2010

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As you can see I don’t post often here. I’ve decided that future posts will be on Tumblr: http://www.madamlive.net See you there.

Twitter : Stats for this blog May 27, 2008

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Blog Graph

This blog never normally gets much traffic… well the content is limited in scope.

Look what playing on Twitter has done, just in one week.

Tag! February 22, 2007

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Feel free to do the same on your blog if you read this….

Three things that scare me:

1. climate change

2. Australian politics

3. US politics

Three people who make me laugh:

1. Nil on a regular basis

2. Nil on a regular basis

3. Nil on a regular basis

Three things I love:

1. sex

2. money

3. technology

Three things I hate:

1. having to answer questions about myself when people don’t listen to the answer

2. having to repeat myself

3. having to talk to people I don’t like

Three things I don’t understand:

1. any activity that requires tools, eg carpentry

2. how to play tennis

3. why anyone can be bothered cooking

Three things on my desk:

1. iPod 5g

2. iPod Shuffle 2g

3. wireless mouse

Three things I’m doing right now:

1. trying to fill in all the answers here

2. getting tired

3. avoiding doing the dishes

Three things I want to do before I die:

1. go to the other 3 grand slams (Wimbledon, Roland Garros, US Open)

2. which leads to travel

3. do something that isn’t boring

Three things I can do:

1. computers

2. f*ck

3. be an arrogant prick

Three things I’d like to learn:

1. how to work my camera properly

2. how to use Photoshop properly

3. but before that, how to compose a photograph

Three favourite foods:

1. raw fish

2. rare steak

3. asparagus

Three beverages I drink regularly:

1. tea

2. flavoured mineral water

3. Coke

Three TV shows/Books I watched/read as a kid:

1. Lost in Space

2. Star Trek

3. Bewitched

You’re next!

OK well this is only a test : Windows Live Writer August 15, 2006

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Microsoft have released Windows Live Writer http://windowslivewriter.spaces.live.com/blog/, download here.

This is supposed to be a WYSIWYG editor that works with a number of blog services including WordPress and Blogger.

Let’s see how this goes.

New Australian blog search – gnoos.com.au June 1, 2006

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Gnoos has launched. As reported in The Age today.

 gnoos.com.au

Blogging, so far 1 May 10, 2006

Posted by Paul Rees in apple, blogging, flickr, imac, mac, macintosh, wordpress.
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OK, well I think after a week I have largely figured out how to use WordPress. Not an easy learning curve with this one. There are still some things I cant work out (eg how to add a Skype button that works – apparently not possible?) but this is a minor concern. I've mastered the important functions. If only I had something worthwhile to say.

As this is an experiment into blogging I guess that it would be useful to mention what I've learned so far…

  • WordPress is too difficult for the average user. I don't think most will get it. Blogger seems easier, but not easy. If you want to change anything other than the basics you need to know HTML which of course the average user does not.
  • Some consideration needs to be given to who is the "audience" for your blog. I had a chat on Skype with Dave Wallace and he pointed out that for some people just getting what you have to say out there is all some people want, and that makes sense, however what if you do want to reach a wider audience? What if you want to connect with other like mind people, or people with similar interests or concerns? What do you do. On this subject I found this interesting blog How To Become A Successful Blogger by Christopher Salazar. You can read this blog for youself however I'll take up his first point "Think PASSION – not numbers".
  • Passion. I've been playing around with flickr for a few weeks now. I've posted over 100 photos, all snapshots, not art. I posted two photos of some old Macintosh computers that I saw in the window of a secondhand shop. They immediately generated a response with one getting 200 views in a week. I asked myself why, they were only snapshots? I think I tagged the photos with very relevant tags, eg "mac" and "geek" and I also posted them to similar relevant groups. So I think that helped. However my conclusion is that the subject of the photos, the Macs, tapped into the passion about Macs/Apple Computer of the viewers. The photos are here and here.

More later.

Login to post comments – how to turn it off May 4, 2006

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Well I learnt something today about blogging and that's the whole idea of this blog.

Two guys (thank-you) told me that you have to turn off "login to post comments" or you won't get many comments. Makes sense, but how on earth do you turn it off? I spent quite sometime working this out, so just for other newbies who are tearing their hair out with WordPress interface. Here's is where you need to go:

Dashboard > Options > General

Now in the list of items here you will see in bold Membership. The checkbox next to this needs to be unchecked.

Then scroll down the page and click the button Update Options towards the bottom right of the page.

Hope this helps someone.

Oh, and I realise that I probably turned this on myself in error when setting up the blog. I also guess that this could go in the forum, but my blog is about blogging so it belongs here.

Why blog? May 4, 2006

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At the outset I should say this is likely to be quite a rant about my feelings about blogging and my tentative steps getting into it. I've been on the net for over 10 years now. I was one of the people who joined it when Windows 95 appeared in August 1995 and made it easier to get onto the net. At that time I saw the potential of the net, but it really had very little application for me. Times have changed and I use the net for most of the activities in my life.

I currently work in IT focusing mainly on network administration and user support. Additionally, I am the “technology driver” in the not-for-profit organisation where I work.

One of the net's features that has come along in that 10 years is blogging. I've been aware of it for few years and I've looked at blogs and even thought about having a blog in the past. However it all seemed pretty geeky to me. I mean who in the hell would have any interest at all in reading my ravings. Most of the blogs I read seemed to be written by individuals who had a particular point of view to put across, which is fine, but they tended to be talking about subjects that had little or no interest to me. I guess I dismissed blogging as a geeky fad that would stay fairly underground or even disappear.

Well it seems I was wrong. Blogging is getting bigger and bigger and even mainstream, as illustrated by this article How celebrity bloggers make friends and influence people from The Age (Melbourne, Australia) yesterday.

So that brings me to today and why I am writing this a couple of things have happened recently that have lead me here. Firstly I discovered flickr (which as I understand it is a photo blog). flickr has given me something to do with my photos. I have two cameras, one just purchased, and I've always wondered what I could do with all the photos I take. Well flickr has given me an outlet. I don't really care what people think or say about the photos, but it just feels good to have them out there. Mind you, I'm not much a photographer. All of my photos are only snapshots, taken mostly on automatic settings and then fixed up in Photoshop Elements 4.0.

Secondly, I attended the ConnectingUp 06 conference in Adelaide, Australia on 1 and 2 May. Two guys Mike Seyfang and Dave Wallace gave a presentation on blogging. Well these guys were so enthusiastic! They illustrated how an individual can use blogging to have their voice heard above the din of commercial and other media.

Anyway Mike and Dave sold me on the idea. However, I still can’t see that anyone is going to want to read what I write. So this is an experiment. I will test what I can be bothered writing, how other people respond to me and I will also gain an understanding of how the “technology” around blogging works. I’m doing this for my own amusement and I’m open to experience whatever I might gain or lose from this trial. However there is a serious side to this as well. Through my testing I hope to gain a good understanding of blogging so that I can encourage other (staff, volunteers and clients) to get into it for our mutual benefit.

Having said all that do have a look a my photos. I'll probably be putting more effort into them.

Let’s see what happens.