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A personal blog update – Links included!

Posted on June 16, 2008. Filed under: Blogging, Travel, Writing | Tags: , , |

 

trip to greece

It’s been a while since I’ve posted here on my personal blog.  I have tried to do some different things with person blogs, but I really find it hard to write on them.  I think that’s partially because I spend so much time writing in a personal manner on the other blogs that I write on.

 

I write about personal interests on those niche sites, and it leaves me with almost no content for this personal blog. I don’t know that I’ll ever keep these updated like I should – but I do try.

 

Still if you want to find my most recent updates you’ll need to look at AppleGazette.com, TVJab.com or Travelbrook.com

 

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Apple Gazette, Forever Geek, and now LifeSpy!!

Posted on April 18, 2007. Filed under: Blogging |

Blogging is probably the greatest job in the history of the world.

I started with My Tech Lists last year.

I was hired by the Bloggy Network a few month later.

I started blogging on Apple Gazette for them initially, then when I went full time, we added Forever Geek to the mix. Now, I’m proud to announce, I’ll be working on LifeSpy as well.

LifeSpy is a great blog filled with life tips on everything from computing to money management, to cooking to business endeavors. It’s a great resource, and I’m very glad to be a part of it.

I will be contributing mostly “How To” styled posted to the site. I have already written my first two:

How To Blog

and

How To Write a Novel

I’ll be writing about just about anything you can imagine on LifeSpy, and I’m really glad to have the chance to spread my creative wings a bit…I love Apple, and I love being a Geek…but sometimes it’s nice to write about other things as well…and LifeSpy will give me that opportunity.

Thanks to everyone who has been reading my work, and helped me get to this point. I’m very appreciative of you guys, and I hope you’ll come on over to LifeSpy and check it out.

Also, while you’re checking things out…be sure and check out TV Jab, a new member of the Bloggy Network family written by my long time buddy Drew. If you’re into TV, TV Jab should be the FIRST place you check every morning. He’s doing lots of cool stuff over there.

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Back from Fan Days…

Posted on March 19, 2007. Filed under: Blogging, Comics, Conventions |

Wow…I really need to post on here more.

Well, I got back from the Dallas Comic Con Fan Days event a little while ago. There wasn’t as much there as I’d hoped there would be, but I got some good stuff that you’ll see on Forever Geek.com, including an Official word on Ghostbusters 3 from Ernie Hudson.

I didn’t get to talk to everyone that I wanted, and as really surprised by 1) the size of the show (much smaller than I thought), and 2) the number of people there (it was INSANE. I could barely move through the crowd on Sat).

I saw 300 in the Imax on Friday night. I can’t really say that it was any better than seeing it in a normal theater. The “Imax Experience” was completely lost on me. Still a great movie, and I was glad to see it a second time…I just wasn’t impressed with the Imax itself.

I also was reminded of how much I hate cities. I’m a country boy, more or less, and the town I grew up in had 253 people in it. The town where I went to school had a 7,000 people in it…and the city I live in now has about 100,000 people in it. That’s enough. I don’t think I can take anymore than that.

Too much concrete, too many people. It’s just not my thing.

I was going to watch The Holiday or Casino Royale tonight, but I think I’m just going to go to bed. I have to type a few things up, and get this stuff posted for tomorrow, but I’m just beat from driving.

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I wonder if Blogging a Novel would be fun…

Posted on March 8, 2007. Filed under: Blogging, Fiction, Writing |

I’m thinking about giving blogging a novel a try. Or at least something like a novel. A fictional narrative. I don’t think there is any point in just writing a book and posting it a chapter at a time…if I’m going to use blogging as a way to publish it, then I think I should keep whatever I write in the spirit of the medium…and I do believe that blogging is a different medium.

Novel writing is a very solitary profession…which is one reason why I don’t think that I’ve ever gotten past the third chapter of a book (and boy have I attempted some stinkers). I’ve had a much easier time completing screenplays (not that they’re any good, or that you’ll ever get to read them) but I think that was partially because others were always going to be involved in the productions, so I was passing it along to them to get their feedback as I went. Now granted, I have had a lot of false starts with those as well, but I have completed a few screenplays and a handful of comic book scripts…but never a full work of prose.

I don’t consider my blogging to be the same thing, because it’s reporting, speculating, and commenting, but not creating a story from scratch (at least, the blogs I write aren’t). There is no beginning, middle and end to Apple News (at least I hope not)…and there will always be Geek Stuff to talk about….but as someone who writes constantly, and has written constantly for at least ten years (and I’m only 26 people…that’s a long time for me) there’s a certain satisfaction from writing fiction that I don’t get from the blogging that I do…on the other hand, there is a satisfaction that I get from blogging that I will never get from writing fiction. So, I’m thinking about starting a fictional blog to blog a “novel” on.

It wouldn’t need to be updated multiple times a day or anything, but it might be a way to scratch that novel writing itch without staring at a blank Open Office page with no chance of feedback. At least by blogging it, a few people might be interested in reading it. Right now my audience for something like that would be limited to my wife who really doesn’t have time to read my crap anyway.

I don’t know…I’ll probably start it, and never finish it. Who knows…

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Apple Rumors can be Fun!

Posted on March 2, 2007. Filed under: Blogging |

Today we posted a “Create Your Own Apple Rumor” chart and generator that I’m really very proud of. It seems to be making its way around the web, and it’s really the first time I’ve ever been able to come up with an idea that was able to bring a “digg” level of traffic to the site, without it actually being on the front page of digg.

I find myself increasingly frustrated with digg, although I still find it to be a very useful resource.

Digg, aside, several of the “A-List” blogs have picked up the little joke that we put together (special thanks to Ahmed from Tech SoapBox for getting the random rumor generator going), and so far I haven’t seen any real backlash from Apple fans.

I don’t expect any “backlash” from them, though. I think we all enjoy speculating to a degree, and I think it’s fun to predict, and it’s fun to entertain rumors…but there are sometimes when Apple rumors just drive me nuts. I don’t think the sites that report them are making them up…but I do think more fact checking should go into reporting these things.

I’ve been guilty of getting a rumor in an email and running with it (that whole “illuminious” thing…yup started at Apple Gazette), but that was from someone I’d received into from before. I don’t plan to run too many rumors on the site, unless I think there is some credibility to them. I don’t want Apple Gazette to be an “Apple Rumors” site. I want Apple Gazette to an Apple news site. I want the readers to find information and entertainment about their Macs, iPods, and iPhones. I hope that shows.

I fully intend for Apple Gazette to be driving force in the Apple blog-o-sphere for many years to come. We’re working on it, and I think that, in time, we’ll be able to build a level of credibility that other sites might not be able to, just from NOT reporting some of the more “out there” rumors just because it’s a slow news day.

I hope that comes off in the posts that I choose to make, and I welcome as much reader feedback as you’re willing to give. I’m interested in writing about, and reporting about, what you’re interested in reading. I’m working on some cool things that I hope to announce in the next week or two, that I think will help take Apple Gazette to the next level.

I hope you’ll be there for the ride. 🙂

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Is there any good Desktop Blogging software?

Posted on February 27, 2007. Filed under: Blogging |

I’ve been looking at desktop blogging software recently, trying to see if I could find something better than just using Wordpres and Moveable Type, so that I could blog quicker, and thus, get more posts done.

Problem is, I can’t really find anything that I think will do a better job than just using the web-based interfaces of these two blogging platforms.

I looked at MarsEdit for Mac, and it was kinda cool, but I had such a hard time finding where to edit the timestamp on a post that I just gave up.

I looked at iBlog for Mac as well, and I didn’t care much for the interface.

I haven’t looked at the Performancing plug-in for Firefox yet because, frankly, Firefox has been giving me grief on my Macs since version 2 came out. I’ve really stopped using it all that much, and have mostly switched over to Safari or Shiira.

If you’ve tried any desktop blogging software on OSX and have had success with it, please let me know, I’d love to try it out.

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The Awesomeness of Advanced Copies

Posted on February 17, 2007. Filed under: Blogging, Comics |

You know, I don’t know if I really felt like a “professional” blogger until I got a package today.

Waiting on me at my doorstep this afternoon was a box from Dark Horse Comics. One of my roles at Forever Geek has been to add additional coverage of comics and sci-fi, and I have been getting in contact with companies in regards to getting review material.

Inside my box was a collection of Star Wars comics that I will be putting under a microscope soon, but below them…deep under the packing peanuts was a folder (possibly the snazziest file folder I’ve ever seen) decked out with the Dark Horse logo.

I opened it to discover all 24 pages of the first issue of the new Buffy the Vampire Slayer comic coming soon from Dark Horse. These pages look like laser prints of the final artwork, and for some reason, as I held this loosely printed comic in my hands I felt like “I’d made it”.

Stupid? Probably, but I just couldn’t help it. You’ll see the review shortly on Forever Geek, but right now I’m off the take a look at Ghost Rider and see how I feel about that…

…do jobs get any better than this?

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From 0 to Full Time Blogging in under 6 months!

Posted on February 14, 2007. Filed under: Blogging |

Well,  I debated about launching a personal blog for a while…I mean, who the heck woud want to read about my none Apple or Geek related  posting?

I have no idea.  I don’t know why you’re here, or why you would care about what is going on in my life…BUT…if you are interested in how I got started doing this, then here you go.

I actually didn’t get started blogging until September of last year.  I launched MyTechLists.com after being frustrated with not being able to get much traffic to the webcomic I was producing at the time.

I wanted to see if I could drive some serious traffic to my website, and I wanted to see if I could write stuff that communities like Digg, Slashdot and Reddit wanted to read.  So I figured…tech stuff for sure…and everyone loves lists…so lists too…BOOM – MyTechLists was born.

It wasn’t long after that before I had a story or two on the front page of Digg.  I was writing about Apple stuff, and making lists, and the diggers seemed into it.  That was really exciting.   I soon discovered that I really enjoyed blogging, and that I wanted to see if I could turn it into a full time job.

So I started responding to  ads posted primarily on Problogger.net and it wasn’t long before I had a few gigs.  The problem was, they kinda sucked.  Low pay, no guarantee that what I wrote was even going to be published…and on top of that I was like one in twenty bloggers on these pages.  I didn’t really care much for that.  It’s hard to give a blog a voice when there are twenty people writing it…but then I responded to an ad from the Bloggy Network…and everything changed.

They needed an Apple blogger, and most of my Dugg stories had been about Apple, so I responded to the ad.  I started working for them part time in October, working on  Apple Gazette.  The blog has been very well recieved by the Apple community, and the site has been featured on Slashdot, and Digg numerous times….all very exciting stuff.

Then, in January, I was offered a full time position with Bloggy, and since February 1st, I have been doing this blogging thing full time.  Taking on the duties of Forever Geek in addition to Apple Gazette – plus I’ll occationally post on Gadgetizer and Wii Living for Bloggy as well.

In addition to blogging, I’ve also started an Apple Gazette Weekly Podcast, and you can expect a Forever Geek podcast to start up soon.

It’s been a crazy year so far…and things just keep looking up!

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