I’ve been a bit hesitant to get into other topics on here as this is intended to be a business website. The larger goal is to solicit freelance work by displaying my artwork and contact information. With that understanding, I do realize that visitors will get bored of seeing only technical posts about issues related to graphic design. This is not a political blog nor is it restricted to any one theme. I may talk about politics, the economy and so forth but my intention is to have that kind of commentary be the exception and not the norm. I may also throw in a few bits about the ongoing saga at my company which is going through a massive transformation which will continue beyond the coming layoffs of myself and several coworkers in my department. We are part of that transformation and we’re all dealing with change in our own ways or not.
Hopefully this will be a somewhat informative and somewhat entertaining corkboard on which I’ll be tacking up notes of varying lengths. The next steps in its development will be to hook up other social media accounts and become more active on those websites. I have been hesitant to connect my Facebook account to this website because I am and have been concerned that prospective employers might see something connected with me on FB and decide against hiring me. But as I continue to think about it, I think that is a shitty way of doing business. If you’re a prospective employer and you don’t like what you see among my social media postings and that’s coloring your hiring decisions, I don’t want to work for you.
I’ll try to post something here daily and hopefully related to design. I may include postings about music as I started taking Irish Whistle lessons back in June. I may even throw up a recording or two on here once I get to that point.
I now have the WP to Twitter plugin installed. Posts are now automatically tweeted. Yes, including this one. Since I have not fully decided my business relationship to Facebook I have not installed the plugin for that.
I have added The Ready Store’s widget to the sidebar. I’m looking for other programs that are not connected with Google or Adsense. I’ll be keeping things like that in the sidebar and not between posts. I don’t think I’ll be switching to a three-column template. I’ll probably make a decision on height for ads and limit the links to that.
There’s been a lot going on in my life since I started this blog back in November. Because of that my productivity has fallen off quite a bit. This blog has become an afterthought when the original goal was to build a readership and attract sponsors.
First, to those who have visited here more or less regularly, I apologize. This is important to me and needs to be as much a priority as the other things cluttering up my life demanding attention.
I recently learned that I made the same mistake most people here on blogger make, namely jumping into monetizing way too early. Therefore the Adsense ads have been removed and I don’t know that they’ll ever be back. I am keeping the two book banners: It’s a Disaster and What Are You Going To Do About It? and Making the Best of Basics on the blog as well as whatever the latest patch or craft item I have for sale. The rest of income generation will have to wait while we produce content for the readers. I will continue to cover preparedness, astronomy, space aliens and related literature and films. Until I get the plan solidified things may appear a bit haphazard but we will be posting something every day.
I decided a few days ago to change the direction of this blog. I’ve had some significant things happen to me personally and I see clearly that I have to create a brand and a business out of my online endeavors. Developing brand is not easy and especially to do so in a sustainable way. I made some money a few years ago writing ad posts on a blog and things looked good for a while until “The Googler” showed up and took away my page rank. I won’t attempt to do that here and I really don’t want the content on this blog drowning in ad widgets. So I’ll be working on better ways to bring in money.
In order to make this blog worth a few bucks a month to folks who are willing and able to invest there has to be a much clearer mission and focus to it. We’ll be looking at alien survival from two points of view. The first is where the aliens come or are already here and our task is surviving them. The second is where the alien lands and has to use survival skills to escape notice, fit in, etc.
There are eight alien roles that I want us to focus on to begin with. I’ll be doing this more ore less weekly with a plan on moving it to a daily focus. I’m basing this list on movies I’ve seen and books I’ve read. If you can think of any other, feel free to contact me:
- Alien Messiah
- Alien Conqueror
- Alien Experimenter/Scientist
- Alien as Friendly Visitor
- Aliens at war with Earth as a base
- Aliens at war and Earth is in the way
- Aliens as God/Creator
As we approach these our assumption is that it has already happened and our task is to survive and help those around us to survive. Survive means being alive, awake, free, fed, hydrated and healthy.
I’ll do product reviews and keep you posted on other things that are going on.
I’ll have more to post after the first. One of the things I want to do here is document my training. I’m taking both survival classes as well as self defence. I didn’t stick with Boy Scouts when I was a kid. So I am making up for that now.