I'm probably not the best person to have undertaken a project like this website. When I first started and everything was going smoothly, maybe then I was the guy for the job. But when rough times hit, the stress set in. A lot of people if they got an email saying "Why are my hits going down?" they'd shoot out a quick reply. Me, I'm an introvert and an email like that stresses me out and makes me want to avoid my email! Aggh! And my stress isn't just from this site. And not even all of it is bad stress. For example, my wife and I are trying to buy a house. Now, when we finally do it will be an amazing, awesome thing...but in the mean time, the process is very stressful. I need to get better at handling stress and at handling the problems associated with them as opposed to just trying to avoid them...not just with this website but with stress in general. I apologize to anyone who this has affected and hope you can understand that I am a real person with real flaws!
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What I am better at is cleaning the computer. Yeah, the computer needs cleaned too! Well, if you're not as knowledgable on the topic, consider jv16 PowerTools to be the stain remover of the computer world. It's also the dish detergent. In fact, it's like 20 tools in one, including a Software Uninstaller, Registry Cleaner, File Cleaner, History/MRU Cleaner etc. Sound complicated? Well, it is...I'm not gonna lie...but jv16 PowerTools makes it a lot easier to deal with.
I've decided in light of things going on to remove my donate button. So, this will be the last update for a few donations I've received in the past few days. Stay tuned in a few minutes for a progress update. In the mean time, here they are:
As many of you know, my wife and I have just moved. That's always fun. Gotta find a new grocery store, a new bank, a new post office, a new pizza joint...need I go on? Well, we used Google's local search tool to find a lot of these things in our new area. You type in what you want and your City, State and it brings up some choices and maps them out for you. This is probably the best form of small business advertising, just making sure your name and location is out there for the people who need it the most.
I've come up with a strategy that should increase the Random Blog button hits again. I have no idea if this will get it back to where it used to, but it will certainly get it to more than where it's been. This process is in its preliminary stages, but I'll be sure to keep you posted on the progress!
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It's still a great site, don't get me wrong. An excellent way to use technology to feed your boredom. The problem is they stole my Gmail Address book and spam invited everyone on there to join StumbleUpon. It told me they were going to check for those in my address book and anyone who had an account, they'd add to my friend's list. My Gmail Address book isn't just people I specially added, it's basically everyone I've ever sent or received an email from. So, sorry for the spam if you were effected!
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A friend of mine introduced me to Stumble Upon this week. I had heard of the site before, but never thought to give it a go. It works kinda like the Random Blog button, except it doesn't just cycle through blogs. Well, after a day or so of using it, I've found a bunch of cool sites with it. I'll do a more in depth post about it later, but if you're interested, try it out!
The following is a BigWebLinks.com advertisement...scroll down for more posts... Big Web Links Directory reminds me a lot of the premium blog service that I offer here on my site. Who knows maybe they stole the idea from me! Unlike a ton of other directories out there that sort results by various factors, this site sorts them by contribution amount. The idea really worked for me here, so I'm sure it's working for them. Without a doubt the great sites end up near the top, because they're the ones willing to contribute the most. You don't make a big contribution if you have a crappy site. Just look at my Top 100 list, there are some of the best blogs around on there, especially near the top of the list. So kudos go out to Big Web Links Directory for a great idea and good luck!
It is with extreme pleasure that I present today's Bestest Blog Of The Day to Echoes of Grace.This blog is a mixture of everything. As Grace herself says, it's "Life at it's Best and it's Worst. Headaches and Heartaches, Laughter, Fears and Anguish. Life."
It's obvious that Grace has been through some hard times, which is maybe why I was drawn to her blog in the first place. In the posts Wet Fur and Dream Of Peace you can catch a glimpse of some of that. In her post The Fall she very openly discusses going through depression after losing an amazing 130 pounds.
This blog has a lot more to it though. See what she has to say in Five Reasons Why I Blog. It is a testament to loss and moving on, making new friendships and the common bonds that tie bloggers together. She goes with that theme again in Blog Blessings.
All bloggers will get a chuckle out of But Honey I'm Blogging. I bet you can guess what that one's about! In the very next post Dolphin Dancing Grace tells of her exhilaration from being able to swim with wild dolphins. It makes you wish you were with her.
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"Who is a wise man? He who learns of all men." --The Talmud
The quote from the Talmud says almost everything you need to know to know about why bazza's blog deserves a Bestest Blog nod. I found the quote on Bazza's site, A Normal Life, which abounds in common wisdom, good humor, and heart.
Bazza is a humanist, and I mean that in the best sense of the word. He's one of the most genteel souls I have met in cyberspace. He has well crafted opinions on a range of topics: history, art, music, architecture, classic cars, and football, to name a few. But it's not his style to shout anyone down. Bazza lifts up the people and places he profiles in his blog and elevates other bloggers up with gracious comments.
I first met bazza when he surprised me by stopping in on my book blog. See, I had designed it as a best-books-for-women site, all pink and dishy-- a place where only men completely secure in their sexuality would fear to tread.
Enter bazza. His comment on my book blog (the first I received, mind you) was: "I enjoyed your review of The Wonder Spot. Makes me want to read it and I'm not a chick. (English, middle-aged Jewish male). I think good writing is good writing and anything well written is worth reading."
Readers of a normal life have come to expect regular features such as lighthearted quizzes, pictorials of English countryside and architecture as he travels about England, and a growing list of his heroes--men and women--such as William Shakespeare (complete with sonnet), Maya Angelou, Andres Segovia, Homer Simpson, and Olympic medalist Michael Johnson. Perhaps my favorite hero post is about Charles Darwin from August 1. Bazza's biographical entry about Darwin is informative but congenial and relaxed. I felt as if I knew Darwin after reading that post.
I have no doubt you'll find something you'll like at Bazza's blog. It's the kind of place you visit and think, "Now there is a beautiful soul. I'd like to read more of his work. I'd like to be his friend." Let him know that Gale and Bestest Blog sent ya!
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This snow kinda blind sided us here in Jersey. A drive that usually takes me about 30 minutes took me 140 minutes today (that's 2 hours and 20 minutes). The very last part of the drive I was doing about a tenth of a mile every minute...that's only 6 miles per hour! Ugh. Glad to be home, stupid snow!
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We're checking out homes in Maryland tomorrow morning--at least that's the plan--although the weather right now isn't too conducive to driving. I'm hoping it'll warm up a little for tomorrow, so we can get a chance to visit all five properties that we are interested in, and hopefully put in an offer very soon.
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The Gabbatha Journey is adding The Bestest Blog of The Day to their list of accomplishments! Josh is the man guiding The Gabbatha Journey and he is doing a fabulous job. Such a great job that I make a trip to visit each and every day!
Josh has a little bit of everything on his blog. I always look forward to his pick for band of the week. There has only been one time that I haven't enjoyed his choice. In fact he has introduced me to some great bands that I hadn't heard before.
If you are looking for some American Idol Predictions you can stop by and weigh in on this list. After Josh gets done with the Bestest Blog of the Day title I think he needs to be put in charge of developing new rules for the contestants on American Idol. He is already off to a good start.
While Josh has a fun blog that provides an enjoyable entertainment feel the thing that stands out the most about The Gabbatha Journey is Josh himself. From the first visit there is no denying what Josh is about as a person. He is a Christian and is very comfortable sharing his faith. In fact Josh offers a fresh perspective on life and his belief in God is real and very alive. I appreciate that and am often inspired by it.
Josh is one busy guy. Between his real job, keeping up with his beautiful little girl and wife, and participating in his church functions he also runs the The VIP Lounge. I am not sure how he keeps up with it all but I'm sure glad he does. I look forward to his posts and visits! So I hope you make sure you take the time to stop by The Gabbatha Journey. While you are there tell Josh that Jessie from Who Are We sent you via The Bestest Blog Of All Time
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So far my reviews have been all about the ladies. Today I decided to switch things up and review a guy's blog and the first one that came to mind was Trav's Thoughts!
Travis is 42 years old and lives in the Pacific northwest. (Kind of unspecific there, Trav.) He says this about his blog, "So here's the thing. . .I have thoughts and I'm sharing them." And share them he does!
In this blog you will find examples of some very fine writing skills, fiction and nonfiction. This Manic Monday post about some gunslingers, and this Words On Wednesday post where Travis reminisces about his first date with his wife, are two great examples of his talent.
If you want to learn a little bit about Travis, you can read this meme he got tagged with. He confesses to be a Taylor Hicks fan (Soul Patrol!) and there's a brief description of his battle with Hodgkins disease. You can also read his thoughts about citizens expressing their opinions.
There's a lot of fun in this blog, too. You can't help laughing as you read about the 13 ways he wants to celebrate his 100th post. You can drop by every week for the newest installment of Tuesday Tunes. And, from time to time, you catch some videos like these about funny ferrets.
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I've been asked by a few of last week's winners where the awesome banner that they can display proudly on their sites has gone to. Well, in short, it's on my desktop which has not been connected in about 10 days now. I've been doing everything I can from my wife's laptop...where I can access my email and Blogger files. Once we get settled here I'll be sure to get those banners up and I'll let you know when I do!
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Many of you have been complaining about reduced hits from the Random Blog Button. Let me assure you that the few who have spoken up are not alone. This is affecting everyone!
Without going into too much boring coding detail, the problem arose when Blogger FORCED me to switch to New Blogger. Though everything may appear to be in working order, obviously by the reduced number of hits behind the scenes it isn't working as well.
There is no easy fix here. It's not like I'm being lazy or too busy to get around to type in a few lines of code and VOILA! Granted, I have been EXTREMELY busy, and this may be delaying it somewhat, but it's not easy. Basically, I need to come up with a new coding strategy to get your hits back up to normal. Not impossible, but not easy either.
Like I said in a post below, I have finally finished the move and once I get my desktop set up in here (and allow a day or so for the back to unsore itself), I will be working steadfast on the problem with all the free time I can muster. I know those of you who have seen what I am capable of do not doubt my ability to get things back on track (maybe even better than before) with enough time.
Sorry that I could not respond to any individual emails or comments (and there have been quite a few), but I hope this addresses everything!
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THE MOVE IS FINALLY OVER! All of our stuff is finally in the new townhouse. My back took another beating this weekend (basically moving all 3 days, we have a lot of junk). I did find the time and the internet (which is why you'll notice there hasn't been a post in a few days) to update the premium blog listings...so here we go:
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Today, one of my students asked me if there was such a thing as a super calculator. He said he tried searching for it in Google but couldn't really find anything. Though I'm sure there are probably some really awesome handheld calculators out there that can do incredible stuff, more easily and more popular are some applications you can download onto your computer and use as a calculator. The three most popular that I have experience with are Maple, Mathematica, and MATLAB. They can each do a lot more than the regular old calculators (even the fancy graphing calculators), plus they're really fast too! I wrote a program with Maple that solves Sudoku puzzles in under a second!
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Have you ever been on vacation and gotten tired of hearing your kids ask Are We There Yet? I can promise you won't get tired of visiting Linda's blog of the same name!
One of the first things you'll notice about her blog is the vibrant color scheme. I'm glad she kept it that way after this post where a blog reviewer advised her to tone it down.
Linda is a 911 Dispatcher. You can see the dashboard she works at in this Photo Hunt meme she did. In Stay On Line.. she explains what it's like handling an emergency call from her point of view. She is the mother of two teenage daughters. One of them, Jamie, lives with Linda's ex-husband. You can feel Linda's frustration in dealing with her ex over visitation and such in Here We Go Again. In the recent post What Was That Noise.. she laughs at how sometimes her daughter, Amanda, reminds her of herself at that age.
Are We There Yet? has a steadily growing fan base due to Linda's consistently great posts. I've only touched on a very few here. I'm proud to see her receive today's Bestest Blog Of The Day Award!!!