Half-Assed Laziness

I’ve seen many examples of half-assed laziness during my now-ended search for worthwhile blogs to read and follow. I found a better platform for my more serious concerns and discussions, so this blog of mine is now my party place solely dedicated to music, gaming, and other forms of entertainment.

The blogs I’ve found, unfortunately, have simply been clones of the same blog but given a different name and a slightly different theme and layout. The obvious clue is the followers, who always seem to be the same people, saying the exact same thing in the comment sections on the cloned blogs.

The so-called authors of same are so lazy that they only see fit to re-blog their own content on their other blogs, whilst claiming to be “hubs” for the blogging masses to find each other in.

Talk about half-assed laziness. If you’re going to be that lazy, then at least try to use your whole ass.

I’m sure that it’s big enough, due to sitting online 24 / 7 desperately seeking any sort of attention from anyone and doing anything and everything to get said attention.

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Too Funny

I was laughing at the ridiculous ‘referrals’ in the WordPress Reader. Whatever algorithm is used, it appears to be broken because the referrals make no sense.

For example: I have no need for pregnancy advice, yet the first three ‘referred’ sites involved pregnancy and childbirth. I can definitely give advice on those subjects since I’ve experienced them personally, but I’m not in need.

Hilarious, ridiculous, and tedious. I found the best way to get rid of that bullshit, though. Time for some site cleanup.

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Sub Re-Upped

I updated my payment information and renewed my WordPress.

It feels good to pay my own way and not beg money from others.

It takes a special kind of thief and coward to take money from people who can barely afford to take care of themselves.

Nobody is twisting the arms of people who willingly throw money down a wishing well, though.

I guess they get, and deserve, what they paid for.

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Good Guest = Good Host

I’m sure that most of you out there have been invited to a party, gathering, or some other social function which takes place in the home of another. These differ from office parties or bar gatherings, as the participants are better-known acquaintances or close friends than are usually present in offices or bars.

When I’m invited somewhere, I like to bring a token of appreciation tailored to the host’s personal tastes. Food or drink of some sort is a fun thing. A gift card is a thoughtful thing as well, so the person can purchase what they wish, when they have the time.

When I have friends over, the only requirement is to be respectful of my home and everything in and around it. You don’t have to bring anything but yourself. An invitation means that you’re good people and can enjoy my hospitality.

That being said, if you show yourself to be a shitty guest, you won’t be invited back. I’ve learned that a shitty host tends to be a shitty guest in any given situation.

Shitty hosts make grand promises and talk about all the great things to expect at their party, but deliver nothing when you arrive. Instead, they expect you to entertain everyone else. They badmouth the guests who leave early, then bitch endlessly about how ungrateful people are.

These are some of the reasons why I changed my mind about wanting to meet any bloggers IRL. When I hit the road again, have no worries. I sure as hell won’t be stopping by.

Some people aren’t worth the time.

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I Won Another Bet

I was right about something and won a bet. I received the payment today.

In celebration, I will “follow” ten blogs today.

They have been bookmarked.

This will be quite entertaining.

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Commenting & Conversing

I enjoy talking with other people, believe it or not. Having a conversation with another, or a small group of people, can be an engaging and entertaining experience. I personally prefer in-person conversations done in “real time.”

From what I see in the blog-sphere, many people appear to enjoy disjointed, chaotic arguments with no coherent, cohesive message. The comment sections of some blogs are filled with off-topic spam, personal attacks on other commenters / bloggers, or the mindless slobbering of people who seem to be under the influence of one or more illicit substances.

I have my own blogging rules for myself, which I wrote about in a post on Friday, 13 October 2017. They remind me to remain calm and thoughtful during the rare times that I feel like leaving a comment on other blogs.

Responding to others on the blogs of others is a quagmire filled with arbitrary rules, especially when you take into account the various cliques, crowds, and mindless mobs which are prevalent on some. With that in mind, I plan on bringing certain conversations here to my eyrie where they can take place without the interruptions and interjections of people who feel the need to take sides on anything and everything.

Comments and conversations are always welcome. All I ask is that you think before you comment here.

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Reactive Blogging?

I celebrated my 7-year “Blog-o-versary” in October of this year. I don’t think that I’m a novice to this blogging thing. There was virtually no traffic here for the first couple of years; I wasn’t able to post very often due to job responsibilities, and the only comments I received were spam. I only followed a handful of blogs at that time – less than 10, I think – and while I would ‘Like’ posts, I wouldn’t comment and I didn’t follow anyone. I simply didn’t have the time.

After I left my last full-time job and began scheduling my own work on my own time, I had more time to read other blogs in depth. I began following more, commenting once in a while, and re-blogging others – possibly in excess, but I meant no harm. I thought that displaying a genuine interest in others and engaging in conversations would make it easier to meet and connect with others. I hoped to have conversations with others who might share my interests in recreational activities such as music, travel, cooking, reading, writing, gaming, anime and cosplay, or attending fun events involving same. I was doing my due diligence and actively ‘connecting with others’ in this supposedly supportive blogging community.

According to the self-described blogging experts out there, all of the time and energy that I’ve invested in other people’s blogs just isn’t enough to generate traffic. Meanwhile, there are brand-new, poorly-written blogs out there which are springing up like weeds and mysteriously have hundreds of followers. Keep in mind that I had slowly grown my following to a little over 300 followers, and only recently dumped the blogs which are inactive or have been deleted by the author or by WordPress. Most others who used to follow me made themselves absent after certain political events worldwide occurred – there’s nothing I can do about that!

I decided to pose a question to a blogger who has tens of thousands of followers, on a now-deleted post of theirs titled “Reactive networking / Blogging.” In the post that they removed they had stated this:

Blogging lesson for the day is on reactive networking.

You’ll often hear bloggers state what they dislike with blogging. They’ll complain about the driveby reader or someone who just presses β€œlike” on their posts. These bloggers are so busy complaining about blogging that they miss the opportunity it is giving them…The problem is that most people want interaction without ever giving it first. That is very hard to obtain. I network reactively most days and don’t browse the new pool of bloggers as much…Someone that just likes your posts doesn’t mean they are a spammer or they are trying to trick you…why not visit a few people today that just leave likes. Interact back and a bit further than them and see where it takes you. Networking is a push of many fronts, not just one.

(I kept the reply in the comment section so you can see the response, even if they chose to remove the post being referenced.)

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My thought is this: “reactive” blogging is all well and good, and it obviously works for a lot of people. I opt for the proactive and interactive method, myself. Those who don’t want to interact with me aren’t going to, and all the helpful advice in the world isn’t going to change that. A reflex is a reaction, after all. It doesn’t take much time to do, and requires absolutely no thought.

Observing the blogging and commenting patterns of other bloggers, and making the casual comment about same, isn’t complaining. It shows that I’m actually reading and paying attention.

Isn’t that the important thing?

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Thursday Thoughts: 17 November 2016

Wow – this month is just over halfway over, already! What with the recent election and doing my best to meet the daily word-count challenge of NaNoWriMo, I’ve been insanely busy – but it is enjoyable, believe it or not! I didn’t assume that the challenge would be easy…after all, if something is easy, then it can’t qualify as a challenge, now, can it? I will say that it is a worthy challenge, so I’ve been adjusting my writing schedule as needed, so as not to be overwhelmed or frustrated. One cannot force inspiration, and if I’m staring at a computer screen blankly, with nothing coming to mind, then trying to push myself isn’t going to work. Those are the times I unplug from the computer completely and do something else! My “unplugging” is why I’ve barely been able to keep up with even 1/10th of the blogs that I follow! Apologies to my friends and acquaintances for my absence…I at least try to “like” posts here and there, even if I can’t comment as much. The month will be over before I know it, though, and things can get back to some semblance or normalcy…whatever that is!
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Speaking of gaming, there is a “free play” weekend promotion going on for the game that I’m hopelessly and shamelessly addicted to. It’s so free, you don’t even have to purchase The Elder Scrolls Online game. Simply click on this link for the details – if you have a Steam account, then you’re halfway there! I do notice though, that many gamers (including myself) definitely have a preference of the genres that we play. Me, I like the MUDs and RPGs, whether they’re MMOs or not. I also like the “collect & build” games, including StarCraft, Command & Conquer, and Total Annihilation. The only FPS-types that I liked were Half-Life and Half-Life 2…it doesn’t hurt that I’m actually in one of those games – at least I can admit my favouritisms and why, LOL

In honour of Skyrim’s newest version recently being released, and the free-play weekend going on, I figured that I’d add the links of my three favourite “Clueless Gamer” clips from Conan O’Brien’s site, TeamCoco.com. They are some of the funniest things that I’ve ever seen, so why wait for Friday to watch them? Thursday has been called “Friday Eve” by myself and many others for a few years, so let’s get the weekend started early, and on a fun-filled note! I hope that you enjoyed the hidden links scattered about, and that the five songs at the end of the post get you dancing around. Later, gators!
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Conan O’Brien: Clueless Gamer – “Skyrim” review

Conan O’Brien: Clueless Gamer Big Game Showdown – “Mortal Kombat X”

Conan O’Brien: Clueless Gamer – “Final Fantasy XV” review with Elijah Wood

Midweek Musings…19 October 2016

Just a few of my random ramblings and myriad musings, midweek:

1. I’m going to watch tonight’s debate, because it’s necessary. I won’t do a drinking game, however, because I think that I would be completely plastered after about 15 minutes! Knowing who the moderator is, and the ‘special guests’ who will be present, this debate will probably go down in history as the absolutely worst one ever…and the first two were bad enough!

2. Speaking of debates, I wonder why some people convince themselves that they engage in ‘debates’ on their blogs, FB pages, or Twitter feeds? There is no way to ‘win’ a debate online, even if you actually utilize a proper debating forum. A ‘proper’ debating forum, to me, is one which contains two people with opposing views, and one or two moderators, taking turns with their statements and rebuttals, face-to-face…with no interruptions or commentary from the respective audience until after the debate is over. Also, a debate should reach an audience with a basic interest, and knowledge, of whatever the debate topic is, it would seem. Making an argument in an echo chamber defeats the purpose of said argument, no? Online, presumably, a proper debate would be done via Skype or whatever other live-video-feed program exists out there. Still, Loki’s Wager will prevail in the long run!

3. I’m personally debating whether or not to pursue legal action against the company that put my computer together, or just not worry about it. I’m beyond done dealing with those clueless asshats, and I’m not the litigious sort – I’d rather just put my money into a brand-new rig and forget about those pricks. That’s the simplest and most cost-effective solution, I feel.

Finally, here are a couple of select clips for your enjoyment…have a great rest of the day and evening, everyone!

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Short Sunday Post!

Well, we survived the weekend storms! The blast that was supposed to hit us yesterday moved a bit northward, so the greater Seattle area was affected more than we were. No loss of power here (yet – still keeping fingers crossed, LOL), but the lights did flicker intermittently throughout the day. The trees were whipping about in the sideways rain, and there was another small bout of thunder and lightning after midnight. Otherwise, it appears that the worst of the winds have passed. I’ll head down to the beach later today and see if I can get some decent pictures of the surf – I love the way the ocean looks and sounds after stormy weather.

Believe it or not, the full moon was actually visible for a brief moment last night, as well! It was lovely…clouds scudding past gave it a mysterious, magical appearance – very nice.

Time to catch up on reading the blogs I follow…and, I have to bookmark various sites on this backup computer! I have no idea when I’ll be able to get my main rig up and running again – I’m pretty much accepting the fact that the only computer that will function properly is one that I build myself, with my favored components and to my specifications. Wasting money on so-called “experts” who really can’t tell their rectal orifices from a hole in the ground is an exercise in futility – and I hate wasting time and money! Aries people don’t surrender…we just stop wasting our time on people and things that are, essentially, worthless.

Here’s a bit of music to enjoy while I relax with my coffee and read. Also, I plan on doing some live-streaming tests later on today; most likely after 1300 PDT. Yes, it is still Daylight Savings Time…we don’t “fall back” until the first Sunday in November. I’m sure that we will be happy for that “extra” hour after Election Day, LOL!

I will resume my regular re-blogging tomorrow – today is all about me! I’m still prepping for NaNoWriMo, too…I’ve been properly prioritizing.

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