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My blog is just about 13 months old and from day one I’ve used the Disqus commenting system. I literally picked Disqus out of a hat on the day I launched this blog. It’s a great commenting system and I have no complaints! But a couple of my fellow bloggers who I’ve made friends with over the past year have been bugging me to use CommentLuv plugin. They swear up and down that it’s the best “comment” application for us bloggers. Here’s the quote from the CommentLuv page “This plugin will visit the site of the comment author while they type their comment and retrieve their last blog posts which they can choose to include at the bottom of their comment when they click submit.” So yeah, Continue reading
My beautiful 7-year-old son has been bugging me to write a small post on Frank Sinatra the cat…or what we like to call him…Sinatra. It was July 2012 and I was at work. I remember it was a Saturday. My buddy Joe came to work with this tiny little kitten and told the story of how his (Sinatra’s) sibling was found crushed in the gutter near his home with the mother cat nowhere to be found. We put this little kitten in a cardboard box hoping that someone at our workplace would give this little one a home. Yeah right… Well one thing led to another…I made a few phone calls to my wife and the wheels were set in motion. After work, I would Continue reading
“Excited to feature a friend and future blogger. So here is another angle…Thanks to Shyann Welsh.” Whenever I hear a politician or commentator reference the term “Heartland”, I wince. I understand the origin and use of the word in describing the geographic region of the United States between the two oceans, however I also understand that for purposes of manipulation and branding, the term is used to designate endearing qualities and character to a segment of our society while underhandedly denigrating another. I, by the way, live in that “other” region. Worse still, I live in California (the wacked out, liberal, hyper-progressive maelstrom of evil where all of the fruitcakes reside). I am imagining descriptors that Sarah Palin and her ilk might use to describe Continue reading
For the past month I have been pretty obsessed with the quickness in which my blog loads! My past 5 or 6 posts have been nothing but how I have improved my site’s page load speed! I know that one big factor for your blog’s speed success is that of your hosting company. I can only speak from one point of view on this topic because my only experience is that of Goddady.com. I’ve been using them since 2008 for one little website or another and have never had any issues. When I started this blog about a year ago, I just stayed with Godaddy because I’m comfortable with them. I began with their “deluxe” plan and recently upgraded to the “ultimate” plan (shared hosting). Continue reading
Blogging is much like a love/hate relationship. There’s the very good and the very bad! One definition of “hate” in blogging is a slow loading website. I HATE IT. Especially when it’s my own website! Nobody will hang around if your blog doesn’t load in a timely fashion…you know, like in a blink of an eye. I mean…Cmon…do people really expect a web page to load in less than a second? Unfortunately, THEY DO! Don’t we just hate these kind of people? One definition of “love” in blogging is a wicked fast loading website! A website that loads in a blink of an eye. Obviously as bloggers, this should be our goal. I’ve been tweaking my blog for the last month to improve my page Continue reading
For the past month I have been trying to find a caching plugin that would actually work with my blog. I tried all the “popular” plugins to no avail. They all made my blog load slower and one even gave me the white screen of DEATH! A few days ago, I have finally found what I’ve been looking for! The name of the WordPress plugin is Quick Cache (Speed without Compromise) Install the plugin Activate the plugin Turn “on” the plugin Log out of your WordPress Dashboard Now go to your home page…or any page of your site to veryify it’s working Right Click on your page Choose “view page source” Scroll to the very…very bottom You should see Quick Cache stats and a statement Continue reading
We try and go once a year during the summer. Another great time was had by the Jones Family! We started this tradition in 2002 and kind of have a routine when it comes to our Disneyland vacation. We live exactly 401 miles from the happiest place on earth. When the kids were young my wife and I thought it would be a good idea to break up the drive to Disneyland into 2 days. So we always drive to Bakersfield, CA, get a hotel…eat some dinner and do some swimming. Then we wake up the next day and leave about 5:30 am so we get the park right when it opens! Enjoy the picture gallery! Just click on the first picture and you will Continue reading
For the past 3 weeks I have been hyper focused on the download speed of my blog. I’ve download, installed, tinkered with, uninstalled and deleted numerous cache plugins to accomplish this task! Problem is that I haven’t been able to configure one to work properly on my site! So basically, it feels like I’ve accomplished nothing! Ha! I’ve read good things about W3 Total Cache, but I just can’t get the damn thing to work on my site. In the past month, I’ve installed and deleted this plugin around 5 times…but just can’t get the right settings to make it work. Frustrating to say the least! Deleting the W3 Total Cache literally sped up my site 5 fold…check my earlier POST….”slowest loaing website ever!” I’ve Continue reading
When I visited my blog yesterday, all I could see was a white screen. Ok, no problem, I’ll just reload. Same…just a white screen! What the holy heck is going on?! How long has my blog been like this? What is causing this? Who’s dog can I kick? Long pause….the day before I installed WP Super Cache Plugin…this must be the culprit. Now here’s where it gets interesting and I start to panic a little bit. I go to he login screen…it’s also blank/white. Crap…I reload and reload. I’m fucked! I can’t even log in to find out what’s wrong with my site! I’m not a computer Guru and have no idea what to do next. I just can’t believe that I’m totally locked out Continue reading
How fast does your blog load? Mine now loads anywhere from 2 to 6 seconds with an average just under 4. For the longest time my blog took anywhere from 10-30 seconds to load and that was with the W3 Total Cache plugin installed. Being a newbie to the blogosphere with only 10 months in, I had read somewhere that W3 Total Cache worked out of the box. I was wrong! When it took up to 30 seconds for my home page to load i was just under the impression that this was normal…I almost switched hosting companies just so my blog would load more quickly! Hell, I almost gave up on my blog entirely. It took forever just to navigate in and around my WordPress dashboard! Continue reading
I haven’t done much blogging in the past 6 months, but nevertheless I have at the very least been logging on to my WordPress Dashboard every other day trying to improve my blog in other areas. You know…widgets, plugins, updating all the posts I’ve written through “All in One SEO” plugin…stuff like that. The one thing I have never been satisfied with is the speed of which my blog loads! At times, I could literally count to 10 before my homepage would load!! During those “high traffic” times I would wait considerably longer. Who in the hell would even want to visit my blog if they had to wait 30 seconds for the damn thing to load? Nobody! Holy Krackatoa!!!! ONE….TWO….THREE…FOUR…you get the idea….FRUSTRATING!!! I Continue reading
So just a few shorts months ago, my then 6-year-old son Ben bought his first Kendama. Before then, I had never heard of the word Kendama and now just a few months later, he has 5 “kens”. OMG…he is totally infatuated with these things! It’s a good thing though…it teaches him some good hand/eye coordination! Well for all you parents dealing with this…here is our unboxing video…Enjoy!
I was hard at it for the first 4 months of my new blog. From August through December 2012 I was working on my blog daily for at least 1-2 hours! Then for the last 3 months, nothing….I guess I hit the proverbial wall. Nothing was inspiring me. I couldn’t think of anything to inspire myself. I have nothing inspiring to write about! What the hell is going on? 57 posts I have written and I really don’t like any of them! It’s not me. Time to take a new direction I guess. We’ll see what comes up in the near future. However, I do like the look and feel of my blog. I just don’t like the content. I’m going to stop worrying about Continue reading