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Is it tomorrow yet?

17 March 2011 3 comments

scholastic book ordersBack in elementary school we used to get these things from Scholastic Books in school every so often. Book orders. I would try and budget my orders as much as possible, so that my mom could review them, and after she’d sign I’d go ahead and add a few more books to the order. I’d turn them in the next day at school, then be in for a few weeks of waiting before the shipments arrived.

Somehow, the day before the books came, the teachers always knew exactly when the books would be there. I guess now I’d have to assume that they probably received them before hand and just had to sort out who had ordered what. Whatever the case was, I could never get to sleep on those nights. I’d try so hard, lay as still as possible, and could just never sleep while I was waiting for my literary gems, such as R.L. Stein’s Goosebumps and Wacky Mad Libs, to come in.

It turns out that I haven’t changed. Except now I get to track my shipment through the UPS website. Later today, at some unknown time, I’ll receive my materials to begin class. Raise your hand if you get excited to receive a dictionary in the mail!

Same as it ever was.

Actually, it’s not like I’ve been sleeping lately anyway. Not during normal hours, that is. It’s been a couple of weeks since I’ve gone to bed before the sun rose. Yesterday I went to sleep at 3. In the afternoon. Eventually the pattern will correct itself, and then eventually it will go back to the same thing. It’s nothing new.

It’s become painfully obvious that I’ve been pretty much void of any work for the last couple of months, and I’ve finally become tired of waiting.

Within the last 5 days I’ve begun three blogs, bought three domain names, one hosting subscription, paid $1,500 down on a medical transcription course, cleaned the house, watched the first series of Mahoromatic, saved many lives in Trauma Center, held a personal Steve Martin fan-fest, been glued to NHK, and learned how to say “I WANT __!” in Japanese. What the hell.

Quite honestly, I don’t know if I’ve been making the right decisions. For two periods throughout the day, there are certain frames of time which I cannot think rationally, nor can I remember much of anything. Once in the morning, and then during the wee bit I stay up longer than I should. And although I have been staying busy, the days seem long. I haven’t reached the point of insanity tonight, yet. I’ll get there.

All in all, aside from the down payment to the school I’ll be attending, I think I’ve made pretty good use of my time. Although, I can’t seem to shake the feeling that it’s going to be hard to keep up with the blogging thing. It’s fun, to an extent, but I’m not doing it without money on my mind.

I’ve also been trying to keep up with what’s going on with Amazon Affiliates. I haven’t kept up with it for a year, and just found out that almost exactly one year ago Colorado has been given the ban-hammer on their affiliates program (ban-hammer is a term I learned from playing idiotic MMO games that I obviously have no resentment for). This is due to changes in tax laws, and so instead of Amazon complying with the laws, they decided to just disregard Colorado as a potential for affiliate candidates. Fucking bummer.

But news has it, at this time, California is thinking about passing similar laws. At this time, it sounds like California has about 10,000 associate affiliate members within their state. If they throw down the ban on California, I don’t expect many people to be happy with them. If they decide to screw over another 10 thousand peoples incomes, I’ll just write them an angry letter. Dear Amazon, I won’t buy the things I wasn’t going to buy from you in the first place. Ha!

I think I’ve got it.

15 March 2011 2 comments

I’ve found my special purpose! At least when it comes to the space I hope to take up in search engines. As far as this particular blog, though? This will remain random. A personal, unorganized organizer, a place to document that which would otherwise be forgotten, in addition to its accessible nature. As far as keeping it public? The possibility of feedback. And if I happen not to ever get any traffic, then I guess I won’t have to log in, will I?

Name this vegetable!

So, along with my other endeavors to attempt to sew the holes of my burned pockets, I’m also thinking about finding out if I have the perseverance it takes to bring in a little bit of extra money by blogging, as well as working on my grammar, punctuation, and editing skill. I’m probably a little too excited about the potential bonuses. Whatevs. Just stay quiet and be ready to get scammed!

To start off, I’ve got to catch up with technology. I’m way behind the times. I didn’t even have a flickr account until now. I set up an account and am hoping that it will allow for external linking so that I can maximize my use of bandwith usage based on wherever I end up hosting. So, that funky vegetable aligned with right justification? That’s a test. The link it goes to are flickr’s usage guidelines, which turned out to be pretty standard; nothing I can argue with for a free service. I do, however, wish that there was an easier way to find the direct image location instead of having to pull it out of the HTML code. My HTML days are way over.

The next, and certainly most important, thing that I’ve got to learn about is how to direct traffic. Everyone is searching for something, and key words shouldn’t be a problem, so I’m not entirely worried about content. It’s just that there isn’t much of a point in providing information, intended to share, when you don’t have any friends. FYI, I’m going to go ahead and use the word “traffic” interchangeably with the word “friends,” that way, when I say I have no friends, it will really mean I have no traffic.

I’ve begun a limited amount of research tonight, and the first set of questions I want to ask myself are about RSS syndication, autoblogging, or use of the content of others. If I decided to use such content, I’d get permission as well as cite my sources. I did pass the sixth grade, you know. My questions are not an issue of morality or plagiaristic tendencies, they’re more about where to find quality, aka RELIABLE, sources, the effect of duplicate content on search engines, the usage of my time versus the benefit of the outcome, etc. The more I think about it, though, the more I believe that the answers will vary.

It’s too bad that I have yet to start writing before I’m ready for bed, not that I’ve made more than two contributions… But yeah, seriously. I would love to start on the first seriously, serious blog right NOW, as I’ve already got some ideas for it, but I’m pretty sure I might fall over if I stay up any longer. Besides, I’ll probably stay up and edit the crap out of this, anyway. Adding commas where they don’t belong, moving others to incorrect places, and what have you.

On that note, before I forget, my super cute, light powered, head bobbing, frog-like Japanese toy (with friend) video must be watched. It’s exciting, but don’t take my word for it.

Categories: can't sleep, won't sleep

Once upon a time I had a journal

13 March 2011 Leave a comment

While thinking about what to write about, now that I’m starting back up with a blog, it occurred to me that at one point I absolutely despised the word “blog” itself. To me, it sounded like either some thing or some sound that might slip out with the occurrence of some accidental body function. Either way, it wasn’t anything others would be likely to find all that pleasant. At this point, I’ve overcome my fear of the word, although, for the life of me I cannot recall how the word came about.

Still, what I feel I’m doing here is journaling, and likely about personal matters, for most part. When I think of the word “blog” now, I tend to think of online documentation written by a person, or persons, for a specific purpose. A purpose assumed to be informative, perhaps even important, in nature. Now, when it comes to my endeavor of the moment, publishing a personal online journal, I tend to think of my previous, loosely-laid definition, of the word “blog.” Unpleasant. Synonyms: abhorrent, disagreeable, displeasing, distasteful, fierce, grody, gross, icky, irksome, lousy, nasty, objectionable, obnoxious, poisonous, repulsive, rotten, sour, troublesome, unacceptable, unattractive, uncool, undesirable, unhappy, unlikable, unlovely, unpalatable, yucky.

Now that we’ve gone through definitions, it’s time to identify the problem. At what point does does someone’s personal online journal grow up into a full grown blog?

I used to keep a journal on the online social writing network “LiveJournal” from the time I was around 19 years old until somewhere around 23. It was the only written documentation of my life that I’d kept. It could bore anyone with a myriad of daily musings, observations, complaints, etc., things I’d never want to read if they weren’t written about my particular life.

As online friendships grew, there were a few people who would frequent my little diary, and, from time to time someone would come in from a random search, but I’d say the majority of visitors were ex-boyfriends and one or two friends I’d asked to participate. Well, guess what? I’m old now. And I don’t have any ex-boyfriends, they’re all dead.