I’ve turned off and closed comments on this blog. It occurred to me the other day that with the multitude of social outlets online–Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Tumblr, not to mention email and instant messaging–having comments on this blog isn’t really necessary and doesn’t generally add anything to the blog. If you want to give me feedback on something I’ve posted, you can do it elsewhere (and people usually do, more so than here). Otherwise, I’m just going to post what I post, without wondering what people will say about it or how it will be received.


Why I’m Here

I’ve been blogging for about 11 years. I’ve been on Twitter for 5 years. I joined Facebook pretty much as soon as it opened to everyone (besides university and high school students) and joined Google+ as soon as it went live in beta. Why?

As I’ve said, I’m an extrovert. I love making new friends and meeting like-minded people. As shy as I can be in person, I’m pretty bold and outgoing online. I’ll charge in like gangbusters and throw myself to people I think are smart, funny, kind, geeky and frighteningly interesting. If I like you, I let you know it in as clear a way as I can and I’ll happily share my fears and anxieties, my passions and inspirations, and my hopes and dreams with you. Maybe it’s obnoxious, but…fuck it, I’d rather wear my heart on my sleeve and honestly show my interest and enthusiasm for people I like.

In that spirit, I ask of you all this: please share this blog, my Twitter account, my Google+ account–hell, even my Facebook account, even though I’m not a huge fan of Facebook–with people you think might dig what I write about. Not because I’m looking for fame or fortune or glory, but simply because I like meeting new people and making new friends with people I have things in common with. I’m not looking to be indiscriminately promoted, but if you think someone might like what I write about, please send me their way. And please feel free to leave comments on this blog or start conversations with me elsewhere on the interwebs, and if you’d like, please drop me a line and start up a conversation with me. I don’t think it’s possible to have too many friends, so please do what you can to connect me to people you think I’d like (and who would like me).

And if you’re already one of those people who leaves comments here or who talks with me on Twitter, Google+, Facebook or other social sites: thank you. I sincerely appreciate the feedback and engagement, the support and encouragement. I’ve made some amazing friends online over the years, and I’m always thrilled to make more friends. Let’s dance on!

Sharing is Caring

I added the ShareThis plugin so now all of my posts and pages have the ShareThis button. I probably should have done this ages ago. Honestly, I don’t know why I didn’t. But I have now. So go ahead and share my stuff. LET IT SPREAD ACROSS THE INTERNET LIKE A GREAT WAVE OF GOBLIN CARTOONINESS!

Or, um, something like that.

ADDENDUM: Go read Felicia Day’s rant about RSS feeds. I think it’s utterly bizarre that people would remove the option of subscribing through RSS and push people to move to Twitter and Facebook. I love Twitter, but it’s not a great platform for subscribing to a blog. (The less said about Facebook, the better.)

The First Decade

August 22, 2011 was kind of a cool anniversary. It marked 10 years of me blogging, 10 years of I torched the original blog some time ago, although some of it is still findable through the Wayback Machine. And my blog has gone through some other changes over the years. But still. 10 years of blogging. Pretty cool, I’d say!

To celebrate the anniversary, I ran my three most recent posts through this “How Shakespearean Are You?”  thing and got, on average, a rating of 84%. Which makes me very, very happy.

Here’s to the next 10 years!

Rules of Engagement

I get in a lot of discussions, arguments, debates and the occasional verbal donnybrook, especially online. Because I’m opinionated, I come from a family of arguers, and, well…the internet is full of people who like to rumble. A friend of mine linked to this flowchart of discussion guidelines which I like a whole hell of a lot, so assume these are the rules for getting into discussions and arguments with me, both online and in person.

Our Discussion

Moving to a New Home

Two or three of you may have noticed that in the past two weeks, my website has been down a few times, sometimes for up to 12 hours or more. I really like my hosts, Logjamming, but when I’ve emailed their support about my website being down, I haven’t gotten a reply. And their website has been down for the past few days. What’s a poor boy to do?

After asking around on Twitter and checking out some other hosts, I decided to switch to Laughing Squid. I like their name, I like their attitude toward art and culture, and they host (among others) The Nerdist. And I like their rates. I started the switchover process yesterday and just finished it, with some help from Laughing Squid’s very nice support.

Unfortunately, I had a problem backing up my blog before I switched over, so I lost the two most recent posts. I added them back, but lost a couple of comments. Still, everything seems to be working really well, so I’m awfully happy.

Thanks, Laughing Squid!