Seven Years.

Apparently that’s how long I have been on WordPress. Seven years I have been posting stuff on here. Seven years of random ramblings and rants.

This isn’t the only blog I’ve had. The first blog I started was with a rival site (the one that rhymes with “slogger”). I kept that going for about two years, then let it go when I started to run out of things to write about and just posted the results of quizzes that I did online that were along the lines of “what should your porn star name be?” “which Muppet are you most like?” It’s probably still languishing in cyberspace somewhere, but I can’t remember for the life of me the address.

In between this one I have started others, the one other main one being my Tumblr, but this is the one that I keep coming back to the most. It’s documented my deepest, darkest and most random thoughts and the various notable minutes of my life. I’ve gone from a confused 27 year old to an even more confused 34 year old in this time. It took about three goes to get it right (my archive doesn’t feature anything from 2008 now as I deleted them all when I restarted the blog), but I’m happy with it now.

Here’s to another seven years of saying stuff on here.

30 Blogs of November: Day 6 – Unprompted

Before I started this blog challenge, I vowed that I would do my best to avoid using prompts. I thought it would be more challenging to come up with my own ideas rather than use one of the ideas listed on a site like Plinky or the Daily post.

Six days into it, I am starting to think that yeah, maybe I could use one or two of them during the month. I have used them in the past and they are a great way of combating the dreaded writers’ block, but I thought that using them during a 30 day blog challenge would be a bit like cheating.  Now I know that WordPress and BlogHer are recommending using prompts and giving some I feel more inclined to use them, but I still want to try and do it myself, if you know what I mean, even if my own ideas end up being a load of rubbish. At the end of the day, this is ultimately meant to be a bit of fun designed to boost my creativity and I’m going to do my best to treat it as such.

In the meantime, I am going to read some of the other blogs doing the NaBloPoMo thing to see what they’re talking about.

 

My domain

I will absolutely buy anything off the internet at the moment. Today, I bought a domain name for this blog.

I didn’t really set out to get one, however I have been interested in seeing if I could get one on and off for a bit, so as to make this site a bit more professional, like (well as professional as I can make it). Out of curiosity, I wanted to see if lynsblogson.co.uk was available, and funnily enough, it was. So I bought it. Only for 12 months though.  I’ll extend it if I am still running this thing when the time on it is up.

The only thing now is working out how I actually use it on here. Is it better/easier for me to transfer the name onto here or is it easier for me to transfer the whole blog over to where I bought the domain name from and have them host it? I love using wordpress and wouldn’t want to export it to another host thinking I’d lose everything I like about using this. I have read up on stuff online but all it does is confuse me.

Maybe I should have looked further before doing it, but then it might well have been gone. Well it most likely may not have, but you know…

iPhone, therefore I am(?)

I now have an iPhone. I have had it for just over a week now, and I’m going to be honest, I like it. Really like it.

I decided to get one when I realised the contract on my Blackberry Curve was up. Now I loved my BB (I still can’t entirely part with it – it was a purple one after all), and had got a lot of use out of it over the last two years of having it, but it was starting to get a bit shaky. Its battery life was fading faster and it started to freeze quite a bit. After much looking around, checking out different phones and tariffs, I settled on an iPhone 4S. I could have gone for a 5 if it wasn’t for the fact that the tariffs for it are extortionate. Granted the ones for the 4S aren’t cheap either, but I managed to get a reasonable deal on a 2 year contract. Plus I had been considering on getting a tablet long before I considered a new phone (either a Nexus 7 or an iPad Mini), and I decided that if I did get an iPhone or any other similar smartphone then I wouldn’t get one of those for the time being.

I had held off getting an iPhone for a long time beforehand. Main reason was that I already had an iPod Touch (you know the iPhone that doesn’t have a phone), and I didn’t want to mix the two up. As it is, I don’t think I will get the two confused too often, as there are slight differences between the iPhone and my 2nd generation Touch, especially in the way that they feel in my hand when I pick either of them up (plus the cover I have on my iPhone will prevent me from mixing the two up). The fact that I’m used to the touchscreen on the iPod touch means that I have probably found the iPhone a lot easier to use than I might have done if I didn’t have one. Touchscreens are by no means difficult to use, but they can take a bit of getting used to if you’re new to them. My sister for example, kept cutting herself off accidentally when on a call after getting another make of smartphone that has one. I haven’t done that yet, but I’m always aware that even the slightest touch can have it doing something you don’t want it to do, like take a photo of your brightly socked feet (at least I found out that the camera on it was pretty good). Oh and Siri does provide much amusement as well as information. This might well be the only iPhone I ever get though. I already think that I have too many Apple products in the house. I’m not anti-Apple, I’m just trying hard to not get too attached to their products, what with the price of them and everything.

Oh and in playing around with said phone I ended up signing up to Instagram, to see what it was like. My username is lynstagram2, if anyone is interested (I thought I was being really clever calling it lynstagram until it told me somebody else had the name, so I had to put a random number in it).

I also installed the wordpress app, obvs.

Post a week?

I have done three blogs on here this week. Well, four if you count this one.

It’s weird, but I’ve probably been a bit more productive on all my blogs this week than I have been since I first took on the Post A Week Challenge. Even my Posterous blog, which I nearly forgot about, has been shown some love.
It might be that I have had a lot of things to write about. It might be that I’ve been more motivated to blog stuff. It might also be that I have been bored more often this week. It could even be a combination of all these things.

One thing’s for sure, I seem to be finding it easier to blog recently. I think having a BlackBerry also makes it easier to post my thoughts on this blog. Who’d have thought you would be able to blog from a mobile phone as well as a computer? (yeah it’s a smartphone, but it’s still a mobile phone). What’s more, I can do it from pretty much anywhere as I can with twitter. Useful for when I go on holiday (whenever that might be).

Does this mean that I will soon be changing this blog to being part of the Post A Day challenge? Not really. I still can’t see myself being arsed to update every day.

2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Fresher than ever.

Crunchy numbers

Featured image

A helper monkey made this abstract painting, inspired by your stats.

The Leaning Tower of Pisa has 296 steps to reach the top. This blog was viewed about 1,000 times in 2010. If those were steps, it would have climbed the Leaning Tower of Pisa 3 times

 

In 2010, there were 53 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 76 posts. There were 13 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 568kb. That’s about a picture per month.

The busiest day of the year was November 24th with 93 views. The most popular post that day was Good news. Bad news..

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were twitter.com, blogger.com, markwatsonthecomedian.com, en.wordpress.com, and alphainventions.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for myspace nomachinemusic, the hoosiers choices download, the hoosiers choices, “lyns27”, and vlog or vblog.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

1

Good news. Bad news. April 2010

2

About April 2008
1 comment

3

A message. November 2010

4

ATTENTION PEOPLE OF THE INTERNET: January 2010
4 comments

5

Something to write about. March 2010
2 comments

 

WordPress sent me the above statistics in an email today.  It is a little bit interesting to see just how much I have actually used this blog over the last twelve months – as well as seeing how often people have read this thing. Anyways, I thought I would share it on here, seeing as I’ve got nothing else to say at the minute (well, I have something to say but can’t quite put it in words just yet).

A belated Happy New Year to you, by the way.

 

Too Many Blogs.

I officially have too many blogs.

Yesterday I ended up signing up for an account with Typepad.  I did it in order to transfer some stuff from an account I had with Vox (a social networking site that was a bit like a more mature version of MySpace). The latter website is shutting down for good on the 30th September, and they were sending me emails offering me the chance to switch the stuff I posted over to it, or lose them forever.

At first, I wasn’t going to do it.  I hadn’t logged into my vox account for a very long time, so I wasn’t really bothered if my ramblings ended up in cyberspace heaven. After about the tenth email from them though, I thought I might as well look at them one last time before they go – if I could remember my log in details.  When I finally got on to it, and looked at all the things that I’d posted, I realised that I couldn’t just let go of them.  Sure, they weren’t the greatest things that ever graced the blogosphere, but they were my things.  Seeing them again made me realise how much I loved the vox website itself .  They brought back good memories – and switching them over to Typepad was free.

Thing is, now I have another blog to add to this, my Tumblr, my Posterous (which I don’t use much) and my MySpace blog (which I don’t really use at all now). I had a Blogger one too, but I don’t count that as I let go of it a very long time ago. So long, I can’t even remember its address.

I’d like to use the typepad for something other than as a shrine to the blogger that I was three years ago, although at this point in time, I’m not sure what.  I’ve aimed to make each of the blogs I regularly update be for different things – this being my main blog and the Tumblr and posterous ones for the things I like and what interest me (photos, music, videos and stuff), as well as the occasional little quote or rambling.  However recently, I’ve noticed that some things that I’ve put on one blog would be better post on the other one. I really don’t want to neglect any of them, unless I get fed up of one of them to the point of deleting it.

Suggestions for what to do with this latest blog are of course welcome. In the meantime, if you want an insight of the blogger I used to be (and perhaps still am),  go to my typepad site.