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A new place for old stuff

Blogging is work. Not hard work like digging ditches or building a building. But it takes no small amount of effort. Mainly I’m thinking of the actual physical part of typing out words. There is also the mental part of determining what to write.

That’s my explanation for why I don’t post more often to this blog. I have found out – like many other people – how time-intensive regular blogging can be.

So, I started another branch of the blog.

Actually, I’ve taken some of the content from this blog and I’ve created a new place for it. You can now find the sermon series I have been posting in the “Learn” category of this blog at its brand new home – NUMB3RS.SarcasticMonkeys.com. It makes sense for the series to have its own place. Now it does.

In the meantime, I’m trying to determine what content I really want to blog about here on the S-M Home. Most of the content I produce is found elsewhere. SO…for both of you that check in on this blog…thank you and I haven’t forgot you.

As a side note, I’m considering changing the look of this blog again. If I can’t produce content, at least I can make the old stuff look different.

Now head on over to the NUMB3RS blog. I’ve just posted the next chapter.

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WordPress vs. WordPress

A little technogeekery for the non-technogeeks.

SarcasticMonkeys.com is a WordPress blog. That means that I use the WordPress software to create, post, and manage this website. The WordPress software is open-source and can be downloaded for free from WordPress.org.

DreamHost is my hosting provider. Not only do they host the domain – SarcasticMonkeys.com – they host all the sub-domains that I have created, including Shae.SarcasticMonkeys.com, TBQ.SarcasticMonkeys.com, and SarcasticMonkeys.com/Sammy.

As you can see, having a hosting provider provides me with more flexibility and control. There are also some sub-directories you can’t see in my account that I use to store different things. I have a couple of websites that I play with – but I’m the only one who knows they are there. (If you’ve found them, let me know!)

The disadvantage of this strategy is that I have to keep the software up-to-date. While DreamHost makes this very easy (the video at the top shows how it’s done), it is still another step I have to take.

The easier path is to use WordPress.com. One of the reasons I went to my own hosting provider was because I wanted my own domain name. This wasn’t possible through WordPress.com.

Now it is. And this makes WordPress.com much more attractive. It is also – in most cases – much less expensive. If I’m only using my hosting provider for one domain, it only costs $15/year through WordPress.com. That’s less than two months hosting with most hosting providers.

WordPress.com also has a lot of built-in features, including stats, that can only be done through plug-ins with WordPress.org software. Working with plug-ins can be very time consuming.

I have also used Blogger.com and all the Googleness that it has.

But if you are considering beginning your own website, I would recommend looking at WordPress.com.

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Company’s coming

A few folks might be dropping by the blog in the next few days. Jon Acuff, creator of the Stuff Christians Like blog, and author of the book by the same name (get it on Amazon), is promoting his stuff and including regular and irregular bloggers like me while doing it.

His post tomorrow will link to a number of blogs, including this one. Each blog will have a piece of the whole.

It won’t be as confusing as I’m making it.

But that means there could be some new people here, poking around, looking for treats.

It will be like having Halloween in April.

I’m not doing too much to get ready, though I feel I should straighten the living room or something. Most will probably only come to the front door, read Jon’s contribution and move to the next blog.

But if you’ve made it down the page this far, welcome. Thanks for stopping by.

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Just checking in

For anyone who happens through this part of the blogosphere, I want to assure you that I’m still here and I plan to continue the Numbers series and do other things with the blog.

As many bloggers who are not “writers” discover, committing to writing regularly is a sometimes difficult thing. It’s not easy.

I started to create a post last night. It was going to be a one paragraph thought-dump at 11pm. It turned into a multi-page story at 1:30am. So I’ve taken it off-blog and I’m working on it to make it something else.

Anyway, thanks for stopping by. Maybe next time there will be punch and cookies.

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Testing from my phone

This is a test of the WordPress 2.0 app for the iPhone. I tried the first version of the application and couldn’t get it to work correctly. Every time I would try to write a new post, it would work…until I tried to save or post it. Then it would disappear.

So far, this version seems more stable. And if you’re reading this, then we both know it actually works.

This picture – if you see it – is from another iPhone app. NASA’s appos free and has some really cool pictures you can download. I’m including the picture here just to test the picture-inserting capability of this app.

Judging by the fact that I’ve been able to get in and out of editing this post without losing it, I’m guessing that posting this will be no problem. So I can also tell you that, should you decide to use this yourself, it’s a pretty straight-forward application. You can’t see the formatting of your template, and there aren’t any options to take care of most of your administrator options, but you can post, moderate comments, insert pictures, and work with pages, too.

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I keep fiddling

I keep fiddling with the look of the blog, trying to find a balance between interesting and busy. Visually, less is better. I keep coming back to this Thick template from WooThemes, but I wish it had a ready-made YouTube widget.