2023 Update

Happy (belated) New Year, friends

First off, my blog hit 1000 views while I was out, so thank you so much to those who came by while I’m still on hiatus. It’s nice to see people reading my older posts and my blog performing when I’m not around (I only started blogging in August 2022)

Secondly, I’ll most likely return to blogging regularly in March. By then, the Eurovision pre-selection season would be over, but I am currently working on an unrelated project and it’s expected to wrap up then. I’ll update you on how I want my blog to go when the time comes.

This is just a short update, but I want you to know that I’m fine. I’m just taking a break to do other things

WordPress Adventures #10: Sportsball Season

I watched a lot of sports this week. My very short recap is coming

My Posts From This Week

As always, we start things off with the previous episode which you can find it here

This week’s anti-MLM post is about MLM companies pretending to be small businesses (surprise, right) in order to get into craft fairs. It’s as you would expect, tho. You can read up on it here

This week’s Writing Prompt is also MLM-related with a side of crypto. The second part will be coming in the next edition, but here’s where it stands right now

And we end things off with Eurovision, where we welcome 4 new entrants to Junior Eurovision and an update on an online contest that I’m taking part in

My ‘Actual’ Adventures

Once again, my actual adventures were had offline. I’ve been catching up with friends and family, planning for a Halloween party (note: there’s no anti-MLM post this Monday), and my followed sports teams are doing pretty good. Kind of. I got one in the World Series (Philadelphia Phillies), the other is undefeated (Philadelphia Eagles), one who is really picking up the pieces since last season (Phoenix Suns), and one who finally got a win (Orlando Magic, my local NBA Team btw).

No posts to share this week. When my spectrum ass finally gets its gear going, I’ll bring it back

WordPress Adventures #9: Offline Edition

As you can tell by the title, I pretty much stayed away from WordPress this week, but I was able to make my posts. Without further ado, let’s go

My Posts From This Week

We always start with the previous episodes, so if you want to catch up, here it is

This week’s anti-MLM episode takes a look at huns using tragedy and death to sell their products. I reacted to 10 posts showcasing everything from anniversaries to more personal tragedies, and you can read all about it here

This week’s Writing Prompt was another last-minute post. I had wanted to do another play, then I wanted to do an AI-style story, and then I wanted to react to some famous quotes, but I ended up with a story about a reporter who also sings on the side who got called to compete in her state’s song selection.

No Friday post again, but we did close out the week with some Eurovision stuff, including the number of countries competing in Liverpool next year

My ‘Actual’ Adventures

As mentioned earlier, I stayed off WordPress this week to focus on other things, but I will have a full slate of posts for the upcoming week. However, I do want to turn your attention to some things I was fixated on this week, including the MLB Postseason, the NBA Season, voting in an online song contest, and reading up on a reporter in Iowa who is an out-and-proud trans (and she’s also terminally online. I’m with you on that, Nora)

No posts to share this week. When my spectrum ass finally gets its gear going, I’ll bring it back

WordPress Adventures #8: Controversies Galore

A short week on WordPress for me, so let’s get going

And if you missed previous episodes, click here

My Posts From This Week

I only did 4 posts this week. The first is the recap of last week’s episode which you can find here

I also dived into the “free” stuff MLM companies love to use to entice people to join, but they came with a lot of costs… literally and figuratively.

I switched up Writing Prompt Wednesday is react to some famous quotes. I don’t think anyone has done that before, so I might do another one next week. Next week, I might have a different title than Writing Prompt Wednesday, so stay tuned

Finally, we got a lot to get to for Eurovision and other similar contests

My ‘Actual’ Adventures

This week, I was busy with work, so I didn’t get to do the things I wanted to do. However… I watched some sports, especially the MLB postseason games. I also watched the final January 6th hearings before the midterms and man, did we get some tea out of that. I also found out that a favorite journalist of mine got into some major trouble in Thailand, and I am disappointed in her. And her cameraman. Don’t film active crime scenes, y’all.

Favorite Posts From the Week

Normally, I would end with some of my favorite posts, but because I haven’t gotten the chance to read other blog posts, I will leave this blank. I hope to have this feature back next week

Why is this true?

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So I found this tweet on October 5 and I feel like that speaks to my existence.

A tweet from ADHD Jesse reads “My phone has this great feature that reminds you when it’s time to wind down so you can get to ned on time, and I’ve developed a great nightly ritual of dismissing it without giving it a second though. It’s as effective as my first alarm in the morning, which is to say, not.” I quoted his tweet and asked, “Wait, why is this true?”

I might or might not have ADHD, but I can tell you that I am on a spectrum. I felt different than other kids in school, so I think we know where we are going with this. Anyway, I ended up following ADHD Jesse because his tweets speak to me in a way that IRL people can’t. Just today, I made my own observation based on my experiences in life

A tweet I made this morning reads “I’m the type of person that can switch from work to play real quick but takes forever to switch from play to work. And I also know people who take a major issue with that”

Yeah, this is more of my experiences in school and at work. I can switch from work to play real quick because I want to take that break to recharge, but then when it comes to switching back, it takes me a little longer because my brain doesn’t compute it as quickly as others can, and I have dealt with people (teachers, other students) who take a major issue with this minor problem.

Speaking of, why do people love to take something minor and make it major? They have to know people don’t give a shit about said non-issue, but they will go out of their way to make people care. For example, Joe Biden. Yes, the man is almost 80. My grandmother is 80. Yes, I get that we need younger faces leading the Democratic Party. That is not lost on me. But come on, I’ve seen Joe in action. He’s as fit as he is, but no, he’s 80 so he can’t think straight. So what? I’m 33 and can’t think straight most days either, so why is this an issue? I can understand that if there is a situation where critical thinking is required, then yeah, I can see that argument.

I feel like using someone’s age, intelligence, and judgment against them in a situation where it’s not needed is an ad hominem attack and it does nothing but make the judgmental person feel good about themselves.

All I’m saying is this… if a person wants to disparage someone else because of how slowly they get back to the grind after a rather short break, then they can exit stage left. That behavior says more about them than it does about the person they’re angry at. And yes, it’s a chemical imbalance, not incompetence.

I might do a blog post about these flexes which are really red flags because some people need to be checked

Post Hurricane Ian Update

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If you’re wondering… I’m doing okay. My home lost power at 6am yesterday and came back about 2 hours ago (at the time of writing).

Volusia County got hit hard by Ian, but compared to the damage done in Southwest Florida, where Ian did significant damage, I can say that I am blessed that my family and I are alive and well, my other family in Orlando and Port St. Lucie are also doing okay.

With that, this will be an impromptu random Friday post. I scheduled some posts that will go out this weekend and on Monday (although I have to work on Monday’s post over the weekend). If you’re reading this, your girl is fine

EDIT: I did this post using Reader because, at the time, my power had been restored, but the wifi wasn’t. Now that I got wifi again, I’m just posting this update on my laptop. Anyway, tomorrow we go back to our regularly scheduled programming.

WordPress Adventures #4: Increasing Quality A Little At A Time

Sorry for the generic picture, tho.
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Fewer posts, more quality… that’s how it goes, right?

I’m not gonna do a day-by-day post like I did in the last three editions. Instead, I’m going to recap my posts for the week as well as some posts I feel like sharing from my favorite bloggers

My posts from the week

Obviously, I start with a recap of last week’s episode, where I reviewed a survey app and gave a long tutorial. (The 3rd WordPress Adventures Episode)

This week’s anti-MLM post about how MLMs leverage marriage for and against couples was published on Monday as part of the anti-MLM Monday series.

I made a post via inspiration from a fellow WordPress blogger as well as two digital artists (one is my sister). I also discussed three cases of high-profile plagiarism, two of which are from journalists. I will admit that upon making this blog I never actually thought about people stealing content for clout. After I finished it, I’m also taking measures to protect myself.

I did my first writing prompt, and I thought I did a good job. I actually enjoyed doing this for a number of reasons, among them that I prefer doing this over poems (I cannot do poems for the life of me) and writing prompts, poems, and other writing-based posts are in high demand, so I just wanted to see how it goes. I’m doing another one next week.

Finally, I end the week in the entertainment world.

The ‘Actual’ Adventures

So I re-added the home page because I finally figured out how to customize it to my liking. I might change my theme again now that I got what I wanted out of placing a “blog posts” block when I edited the home page. By the time you read this, I will have a different theme and a real home page, although I’m kinda still working on that, but it’s literally the hardest page I’ve made on here (even harder than some of my posts)

Favorite posts from fellow WordPress Bloggers from the past week

Loving WordPress is Not Hard To Do from Renard’s World

Where in the World: Western Asia Part 6 from It’s Good to be Crazy Sometimes (I may have to go back to read the whole series because this looks fun and I love geography)

Why Do Some People Get Fed Up with Blogging from Renard’s World

Do We Need to Promote Our Blog Posts on Social Media from Renard’s World

The Last Lesson on Life from dkchauhanpoetry

What I Love and Hate about Blogging from lifesfinewhine

Using Your Blog to Help and Inspire Others from Renard’s World

WordPress Adventures #3: I Made a Tutorial???

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Sunday, September 4: I worked on a couple of upcoming anti-MLM posts for this blog. One will be out by the time you see this, but the other one will be coming the following Monday, September 12. I am starting research on another anti-MLM post that will be coming the following Monday, September 19. I think you know where this is going. Anyway, if you missed last week’s episode, here it is

Monday, September 5: It’s Labor Day here in the US, so I got down to writing. I started a writing prompt post and a post about stealing content that I will publish next week. Every Monday is Anti-MLM Monday, so this week, we look at manipulation tactics used by huns to recruit and maintain their downline

Tuesday, September 6: I published my 25th blog post, which is about how I turn my post into text-to-speech using anchor.fm, YouTube, and my native Microsoft Video Editor. It’s a long one and even I was surprised by how many screenshots I took to make this post.

Wednesday, September 7: I didn’t do a lot of writing, but since I’m pulling back from posting daily to posting 3-4 times a week, I decided to focus more on using the WordPress Reader, both on the web and on the app. Today, I started following a few anti-MLM blogs and liked some of the posts from those I have already interacted with (and even left a comment). I mentioned in a comment left on someone’s post that though I am the least sociable person, I will slowly make an effort to interact with fellow bloggers here. With that being said, I finished a post endorsing the survey app Qmee and it was published today

Thursday, September 8: Busy, busy day today. Watching the coverage of the death of Queen Elizabeth II for starters. My sister’s boyfriend celebrated his birthday. We were treated to a nice steak dinner, so that was cool. Speaking of, I posted about my personal weight loss journey.

Friday, September 9: It was an off day, but I did publish a post about the NFL season. I must say, I’m excited about it.

Saturday, September 10: It’s Eurovision Saturday, so here’s this week’s ESC post. I’m still waiting for the online song contest on a sports forum that I’m a part of, so I’ll keep you updated about when it starts and ends.

This upcoming week, I will have an anti-MLM post, as well as a post about stealing content and I am also trying out a writing prompt. I did that in a form of a script because I find it easier to start off with than writing an actual story. I’m also taking a couple days off from posting next week to see how the traction goes. I’m starting to experiment here to see how my blog performs.

Weight Loss Update

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A couple weeks back I posted a blog about the best diet you can possibly have, and I can tell you that in the 6 1/2 months since I started this journey, I have lost 30 pounds.

I started at 296.4 pounds on February 22. I decided to change my lifestyle that day. I switched to vegan foods for breakfast and lunch. I stopped snacking at night. I started exercising even just 30 minutes a day. I walked around the block once a week. I sometimes dabbed into dairy-free and gluten-free products. Essentially, I stopped gorging and started writing down everything I ate each day

6 1/2 months later, on this day, September 8, I now weigh 266 pounds.

I’m not done yet! I’m 16 pounds away from reaching my first major goal of 250, and 66 away from my ultimate 200-pound goal

My smaller goals are in increments of 10. I think it’s important to set smaller goals to achieve your bigger ones. It makes your progress more bearable

So, that’s my weight loss update. If you have yours, let me know in the comments below.

WordPress Adventures #2: Going back to class… sort of

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New week, new recap, y’all

Sunday, August 28: I started the week by discovering that I have surpassed 200 views, doubling the 100 mark from just a few days ago, so you know I have to thank you for stopping by. You are awesome. Anyway, I didn’t have the motivation to write today, but the first episode of WordPress Adventures went live

Monday, August 29: Did Module 1 in the Intro to Blogging course (I will be doing this all week). Might have to add a page, but we’ll see. Every Monday is Anti-MLM Monday, and I did one on the two hunbros that had gone viral for all the wrong reasons. I am truly sorry if you have learned about them through me lol

Tuesday, August 30: Did Module 2 in the Intro to Blogging course. The thought of asking what and why over and over again shudders me, but apparently, it works in blogging. Didn’t do much writing, tho. I had a busy day outside blogging (worked, planned my weekend schedule). Today’s published post is on why I even made this blog in the first place, which is on brand for the module I worked on today

Wednesday, August 31: Did Module 3 in the Intro to Blogging course. Again, did very little writing, but I did have a post about working/studying in blocks of time more manageable, known as the Pomodoro Technique

Thursday, September 1: Did Module 4 in the Intro to Blogging course. Revised some of my future posts to make them cleaner. I started using some external writing tools to help me keep my writing anywhere from a 4th to 8th-grade level because I have a bad habit of writing in levels beyond 9th grade. My post about people being smug on social media re student loans went live, so go check it out if you haven’t already

Friday, September 2: Did Module 5 in the Intro to Blogging course. Do literally no writing apart from updating this post until it went live. My short post about the popular classic card game UNO went live

Saturday, September 3: Did Module 6 (the last one) in the Intro to Blogging course. I had a great time learning about the basics and I plan to apply them in the weeks to come. Saturday-Monday is where I do the majority of writing, and because it’s almost Labor Day, I have scheduled some time to write posts for next week. Every Saturday, I plan to do a music-related post. It will be mostly Eurovision-related but I will dab into other areas. Speaking of, here are 14 things I’ve learned after following the contest for over a decade

Stats wise, I have surpassed 330 views on this blog from 181 different visitors living in 36 countries and territories. Whether you came here through my blog’s Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram pages, my personal YouTube channel or Tumblr page, WordPress reader, or search engines (some of my pages are getting indexed now, so that’s cool), thank you so much for coming.

I am planning on scaling back a bit after I reach my one-month mark on September 14. I have found my primary niche and a few other topics that I have a bit more knowledge of.

One thing I learned this week was a month-long blogging blitz called “Blaugust”, and as far as I was told, it’s 31 days of new blog posts from participating bloggers. I will leave a blog post about a blogger’s experience with participation here, but it’s kinda hilarious I found out about it as I started this mid-August. I might do it next year, who knows. Thanks for stopping by, and remember to like, comment, and share if you find this (or any of my posts) valuable

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