Category Archives: Blogging

Blogger Blogs and Google Products.

I just don’t know what’s going on with Google lately. More and more I’m moving away from their products. I find G-mail slow and clunky. Drive is useful but somehow I have issues downloading files on there from time to time. Then there’s Blogger! The first platform I started blogging on in early 2000. It’s always been buggy, and at times difficult. You really can’t understand unless you’ve used the product. Pages don’t format properly, images load funny, and you really don’t have a lot of control over the design.

So, I haven’t blogged on Blogger in a while. I’ve been on a weight loss kick and decided to do a blog about ketogenic dieting. My hosting company said I need to upgrade my service plan if I want to host any more blogs.  I really didn’t want to increase my overhead and figured I’d use Blogger for a bit. On top of that, I wanted to put together a blogging portfolio and thought it would be nice to add a couple blogger blogs to it.

OK, great. Blogger is super simple to set up. I register a domain, point it to Blogger and get started. I love the easy setup with Blogger. You pick a theme, choose your color scheme, upload a profile pic and you’re ready to blog! It doesn’t get much easier than that.

You would think after all these years, pages would format easier but you still get the same weird formatting glitches when captioning images and formatting pages. I can deal with that, I know how to get around them most of the time using the HTML editor.  It’s still a pain though!

So I’m starting to question whether or not I want to host the blog on Blogger. This morning I get an idea for a blog post. I only have my phone with me and decide to download the Blogger app to post it from my phone. I install the app, write my blog post, and I can’t get the image to load or the page out of draft mode. Complete frustration sets in! IMHO the Blogger app for Android is useless.

I guess the moral of this post is if you stop by here looking for advice and suggestions on blogging. My advice is, DON’T USE BLOGGER! Yes, it’s free but it just isn’t a good product!

I’m going to continue blogging there against my better judgment. I’ll have another blog to add to my portfolio, and I can always transfer it to a WordPress site down the road. If anything, it will be a good example of what not to do when starting a blog.  Google used to be such a great company, creating great innovative products. I honestly don’t know what’s going on over there.

If you want to check out my weight loss blog on blogger you can find it here:

https://www.my-keto-blog.com/

Here’s a screenshot. There’s not much there now but I’ll be posting regularly and adding to the design as time allows.

screen shot of a keto diet blog.

A simple diet blog about ketogenic dieting created on Blogger.

Getting Away From Google AdSense

I’m trying to De-Google my life. For some reason, I kept having problems with my AdSense showing up on the blog. Considering this is the highest traffic page on the site, that’s kind of important. I’ve been trying to get away from Gmail and google drive and a lot of their other products too. Tonight I had enough with AdSense and began looking for a new advertiser for my sites. I came across a site that offers low payouts and also bitcoin payments. Hopefully, the blog and website get approved, and I’ll post a review on them shortly.  Keep your fingers crossed for me.

Earned A Steemit Blogging Certification on Udemy Last Year.

For the last couple of years, I got really sidetracked with learning about bitcoin and cryptocurrency. For the most part, I put my entire life on hold as I learned the ins and outs of cryptocurrency trading.

I discovered cryptocurrency by accident as I was looking for a payment processing option for New Aeon Design. I pretty much ended up putting this business on hold and went full-time cryptocurrency. I’ll post more about cryptocurrency in a later blog.

I ended up registering bitcoindood.com and began working for cryptocurrency as Bitcoin Dood.

During that time I began blogging on Steemit as The Bitcoin Dood. Steemit is a blogging platform where users get paid in cryptocurrency STEEM for their blogs. My account can be found here:

https://steemit.com/@the-bitcoin-dood/

After playing around on the site for a while I decided to take a course on Udemy. It was just a course that explained a little about STEEM the cryptocurrency and the Steemit blogging platform. It was a fun course to take, and I thought I would share the certificate here.

certificate of completion.

Udemy course certificate of completion on the Steemit blogging platform.

If you’re looking for consultation on blogging or would like some help with your blogging design, feel free to contact me.

Goals & Resolutions 2019

Getting focused on 2019! Setting goals and starting to work on some old projects. I’ve had this website for several years, and it’s always taken a back seat to all my other projects. That’s changing in 2019. I’ll be doing a lot of design work to this site, adding many offers and trying to finally get the business aspect of this site off the ground.

Blogging will be another big part of my 2019. I’m currently managing several different blogs. I’ll be posting about those and also blogging here regularly. I’ll be offering blogging services too, like setup, and design for anyone that might be considering a blog but isn’t sure on how to get started.

The content on this site will be centered around blogging, HTML, and graphic design, social media marketing, and working as an internet freelancer.

Wishing you all a wonderful 2019, and wishing you health, wealth, and prosperity in the new year.

Tumblr Changes TOS and Community Standards of Platform.

Today is December 17th and the social blogging platform tumblr has decided to ban all NSFW (not safe for work) content from its platform. In protest, many users have logged out of their accounts in solidarity to show their dismay at the new policy. Since it’s inception, Tumblr has always been a platform that allowed content creators to post adult content, and were always very liberal on their censorship policies. Many users flocked to the platform for that exact reason. It was a place on the net where content creators, artists, and alternative lifestyle bloggers could post their content without fear of being banned or censored.

I’ve used Tumblr on and off for years. I have mixed feelings about the new policy change or TOS (terms of service). I’m not an easily offended person, but I will admit I’ve closed a blog or two, & left the platform on several occasions due to viewing extremely questionable content that I maybe would of rather not seen. For this reason part of me understands why Tumblr is trying to clean up its act, or in their words, “promote a more positive user experience.”

On the other hand, it has always been a platform where you could freely express alternative points of view. Artists who might occasionally sketch a nude found a welcoming home there. People living alternative lifestyles, fetishists, the LGBTQ community, swingers, sex workers, and others all found a welcoming home for their voice and words.

At what cost will this new content policy come though? For years content creators have flocked to the platform for the freedom the platform afforded them. People from all walks of life, and various lifestyles have embraced the platform as a place they could express themselves freely. Now, with a single decision all these bloggers will have to find a new home, or post content that is a little more “sanitized”.

Censorship of any kind is always a slippery slope especially when dealing with adult content. Ask any serious artist, in the eyes of most blogging platforms there is very little difference between artistic expression and pornography when it comes to various depictions of the human naked body.

It’s going to be interesting to see how the users respond to the new TOS and community standards of the platform. Due to the former policies, the platform attracted users looking for a place to post their NSFW and adult content. There aren’t a lot of blogs on the site that don’t post the occasional nude, or some other form of “questionable” content. I feel the platform is isolating a huge chunk of their user base, and straying far from the original idea and concept behind the platform. For this reason I think it’s going to be interesting to see how many users actually stay on the site, how many leave, and what will seperate them now from so many other competitors with the similar content policies. I for one think this is a bad move from the company and feel they may find themselves getting “Myspaced”. They have just changed the one thing that separated them from so many other social blogging competitors. It’s going to be interesting to see how these new policies affect the overall health, and sustainability of the platform.