Tater Tuesday

Another one of those mornings where I think “I should write something” so I get my laptop, sit on the couch and then stare at a blank screen with a blank mind rejecting ideas that pop in to my head. So, here are a few of my rejected ideas and why I rejected them.

The “War on Christmas” – I’ve written about how I feel about the fight over Happy Holidays vs Merry Christmas before. My thoughts haven’t changed. Wish me a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa, whatever. I won’t be offended and my ability to celebrate the holiday of my choice will not be affected at all. I think it’s time we all grow up and stop fighting about stupid stuff.

The Electoral College – Yes, it would be nice not to have a President Trump but I was not expecting any other outcome. Yes, I will peak up over the next four years against policy and action that I feel is wrong, but right now I just want to focus on trying to get in to the Christmas spirit.As usual I am having trouble in that area.

Changes – I’ve bored everyone enough with how I’m struggling with the changes in my life. Nothing has changed to warrant a new blog post. I’m still adjusting to the new job. Next week will be hard being back home with my mom not there. I have been able to start focusing on reading again have a shot at reaching my goal of 100 books this year.

2016 – It’s still a little early for any sort of year in review post. I will do my year in reading post around January 1. I might do just a general year in review post around the same time. If I do it now I might miss posting about something exciting.

Current events in general – Too depressing at the moment. I need to start searching for funny news stories to share. The regular news is not fun.

I’m way too boring to do any sort of regular post about my days in general. A more talented writer could probably do something with that, but not me.

So, there you have it. My thought process while trying to decide what to write.

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Tater’s Thursday Thoughts

Yesterday, I decided I was going to stop thinking about upgrading this blog and just upgrade to the premium version of wordpress.com. I know there are a lot of articles out there that say there are better options, but the one thing they said was good about what I did is that it is easy and doesn’t require much from the user. That was what I was looking for because I have no idea how to do most of the stuff that would come with migrating and this means I can just keep doing what I’ve been doing. Of course, now I feel pressured to post more. If I’m paying for it, I need to make it worthwhile. So be prepared to see more rambling posts for now.

As I type, it is pouring down rain again. It seems these days we either have drought or we have flood conditions. I really miss the days of a light, steady rain that gives the lawns and gardens the water they need. We really don’t need 3-6″ of rain every time it rains followed by weeks of drought. I also don’t like the days of cloudy, rainy weather because it does affect my mood and no one wants me crankier than I already am.

I have been posting about TV recently and have said a little bit about some of the new shows I have tried. Below is a list of what I’e watched and what I think:

Kevin Can Wait – typical laugh track heavy sitcom. Not horrible, but the laugh track is too much. Not bad as a time killer if nothing else is on.

Speechless – a really good, laugh track free comedy. We laugh a lot while watching this one.

Designated Survivor – I really like this one. A mix of mystery, political drama and family drama. Well done show.

Lethal Weapon – A lot better than I expected. Very funny and good action scenes.

Pitch – Also very good, but my wife thinks the premise will get old fast

Macgyver – mediocre at best. could improve, but not a good start.

This is Us – I watched because I was curious about the twist. It was very good, but I’m not sure it is a show for me.

The Good Place – another one that is pretty funny, but another with a premise that may not be sustainable.

I will be trying Timeless, Conviction and Frequency once they air and will report here.

Tater’s Sick Day Ramblings on the Debate, Sick Days and Blogging

Today is one of those rare days when I actually feel bad enough to stay home from work. This only happens once or twice a year. It’s hard for me to call in sick. There’s always a part of me that thinks I should just suck it up and go to work. I feel guilty about someone working extra desk shifts because I’m not there. I think about the stuff I was supposed to do and feel guilty about not doing it. I know it’s better for me and my coworkers for me to stay home, but I still feel like a slacker. Of course, being at home isn’t easier. I feel like I should do something productive instead of resting like I should. It will be hard for me to rest instead of cleaning bathrooms or doing laundry. I don’t know why I feel lazy when I  know I need the rest. I blame the Obama administration. Thanks, Obama.

I watched the debate last night. Maybe that’s what made me sick. I feel like there was a clear winner, but it seems the thought on that depends on who you supported going in. Trump people say Trump won(he didn’t). Clinton people say Clinton won(she did). I don’t think the debate changed anyone’s mind. I’m not sure the undecided voters will be swayed by the debate. If you are undecided at this point there is probably one candidate for which you refuse to vote. If you are an undecided Republican I assume you can’t stomach voting for Clinton, but can’t decide if you can bring yourself to vote for Trump. You will either not vote, vote Johnson or vote Trump. If you are an undecided Democrat I assume you can’t stomach voting for Trump, but can’t decide if you can bring yourself to vote for Clinton. You will either not vote, vote Stein, write in Bernie or vote Clinton. I’m note sure the debate changed any of that.

I’ve been considering the possibility of paying to upgrade my blog. I would like to make it look better and have the option of making money off of it if I can grow my readership. I told my wife this and her response was “You have a blog?”I just looked and confirmed O started this blog in 2008. I did just start writing more regularly recently, but 8 years and you never noticed? Anyway, I made the mistake of reading articles about the pros and cons of a wordpress.com premium account and just confused myself. I really just want to write my blog, make it look professional and have the possibility of monetizing it. I think the wordpress.com one is good for that, but articles point you toward wordpress.org, but that seems much more involved than what I want. Maybe I should just ramble free for a while longer.

How/Why I Got Into Blogging

I was tagged in the latest blog meme going around by baldgeekinmd.  So, here goes:

How/why did you get into blogging:

Many moons ago a friend of mine started posting his book reviews and other musings on LiveJournal.  I was interested in what he had to say, so I started reading and then set up an account so I could comment.  I decided since I had an account I should start posting.  Most of my posts there were rants about my personal life and family issues in general.  After a while, I got tired of having a whiny online journal and stopped posting.  My next blog I did for work and the 23 Things training and only posted what I had to for homework.  It was a very boring blog and I stopped it as soon as I could.  I started writing here because I still feel like I occasionally have something to say and want to have somewhere to say it.  I also used to be a decent writer and have ignored writing for so long, that I seem to have lost the skill. I’m hoping writing here will help me redevelop my writing skills.

How Did I Gain an Audience?

I haven’t.  I have my blog set up with FriendFeed and Twitter to announce a new post and I registered at BlogCatalog.  Until recently my most read post was read 14 times.   I recently posted thoughts on an issue in the religious community and it has been read 50 times.  That and my TV reviews seem to be what people are interested in on my blog. Most of my hits on those came from tags.  So, based on my experience, I would say tagging your blog posts will increase your readership quite a bit. It also helps to be writing about a topic of interest to the people reading blogs.

What advice would you give to new bloggers who want to make a name for themselves in the biblioblogosphere?

Being a new blogger myself, I’m not sure I can answer this one.   I would say write what you know and within your interest areas.  Don’t be afraid to go days without blogging if you have nothing to say.  Don’t be discouraged if you don’t get a wide readership right away.

I think anyone who will read this and blogs will have already been tagged, so I tag no one.