A Blog Note

So this is awkward.

Apparently, the free version of WordPress changed its 3,000MB of media storage to only 500MB of media – photos, videos, or documents. I have been using this blog since 2015, and space was never a problem.

Until Thursday.

On Thursday, I received a notice stating that my 1,500MB of space was now over the limit, despite the fact I went over 500MB years ago. So, I did my best to delete as many unnecessary photos as possible, and I’m still way over my space.

WordPress would allow me more space for media, if I would gladly pay $15 per month, which is never going to happen. So, from here on out, I don’t think I’ll be able to post photos here, which also means we won’t be having Caption Contests or Olympic Babes O’ The Day anymore, either.

I mean, I may be able to just out up the URl, and have everyone click on it. I don’t know, but this is a really annoying development.

Sorry about this, but I’m not having WordPress gouge money from me while I have a free site.

P.S. – Oh, for f**ks’ sake! WordPress Went back to the 3,000 MB space Sunday afternoon, just after I deleted a ton of images from the Sunday Services posts. Disregard all of the above. From here on out, I’ll try to reuse some photos so I can save some storage space. Blogging really shouldn’t be this difficult.

P.P.S.Erik visited Alvernia University on Saturday and Arcadia University Sunday. He really seemed to like Alvernia, but did not like Arcadia at all. Lots of blue-haired SJWs and everyone was giving their preferred pronouns.

A Thank You

This is just a quickie post – heh, heh, “quickie” – but I wanted to thank everyone here for coming to this insipid blog. In the last couple of weeks, my visits went from 300 to between 500-600 every day. A lot of that has to do with the generosity of other great bloggers – Ace of Spades HQ, The Pirate’s Cove, etc. When blogs were a lot more popular – like the mid-2000’s – I was receiving a thousand visits a day.

At this point in my blogging career – not that I make money, but you get the point – I don’t fret about visits as much as I used to. So I wanted to thank everyone who spends some time here; the regulars, the lurkers, the curiosity seekers for dropping by, reading a post or making a comment. I am truly thankful.

Also, since I haven’t mentioned this in years, you can also take a look at Only Son, the book I co-authored with my friend Pamela Meister.

Thanks For Nothing, WordPress

While WordPress has been a decent platform for most of my blogging career, lately, they have made changes literally no one wants. Every few months they tweak something which never needed tweaking. Their original system had you either post normally, or post using HTML codes. I liked the HTML, because it was easier to post photos, copy links, etc.

Now, then entire platform has turned to crap. It’s very difficult to post in HTML now, and they made blogging very complicated. I hate this new structure, and posting photos is increasingly difficult. Why would you want to anger your publishers?

I don’t know what I’m going to do from here on out. Blogger is awful, and there aren’t any really good platforms worth using. At this point, I may just jettison photos and just write. WordPress ruined their entire system, and they did so for nothing.

About That Post

I put the previous post back into draft after my sister said she thought the post could be a problem down the line. While I disagree, and I think the people involved have already made their decisions, I respect my sister’s opinion.

The post is not deleted, and it will not be. The post will be up for all to see when we’re sure they are rejecting the case. Sorry for the confusion, but I didn’t want to give my sister even more stress.

Fifteen Years

Fifteen years ago, I put fingers to keyboard and started my career as a very mediocre blogger. In the years that followed, I made – and lost – a lot of friends, enemies, and readers. While the experience wasn’t always enjoyable, I have tried to stick with it through thick and thin.

I’m not entirely sure how long I’ll keep doing this – when I retire, I may retire from blogging as well – but I want to thank all of you for continuing to stop by and read my rantings. This couldn’t happen without you, and I truly appreciate your support lo these many years.

Thank you.

A Minor Programming Note

A very good friend of mine sent me an email the other day and said they may not be scanning the blog as often because between the Wuhan virus and other matters, life has become a little too hectic.

I told my friend to get bent.

No, I’m obviously kidding, but the email had a specific message that is worth addressing here. As you can see in the photo above, this blog is basically written by a monkey – and not the smart ones NASA sent into orbit. The Wuhan virus has affected everyone, whether physically, mentally, or economically. Most of us are stressed out, dealing with health issues, or worrying about family members.

Writing posts for the blog has been a chore lately, because it is difficult to find stories which are not Wuahn-related. No one wants to keep reading about the doom and gloom every day – certainly not me. The blog has been hemorrhaging readers for a while now – self-inflicted, after quitting blogs the past few years – and that’s okay. I’m nowhere near as obsessive about this place as I was in the late 2000s.

There are a good amount of core regulars who stop by and comment occasionally, but please do not feel like that is an obligation. Everyone has other serious obligations awaiting them, and this blog is not on that list. If you can use the blog as a momentary escape, terrific. If not, then attend to your family, friends, and most of all, yourself.

I’ll continue posting here, since I feel it helps me do my part to keep everyone somewhat sane. You don’t have to read the posts or comment. At all. When things get back to normal, the blog will still be here. Seriously, attend to your matters and keep yourself safe and healthy.

We Lost A Family Member

Longtime reader/commenter and my good friend TX Nick lost his mother yesterday. And while I hope TX Nick isn’t angry with me posting about this, I did want to mention it here because she seemed like a truly terrific person.

It’s never easy losing a parent, but she lived a long, fruitful life. I consider most of you my extended family, and when someone loses a family member, we should all send out condolences and prayers.

A Frustrating Rant

Yeah, I’m really getting sick of this.

When you’re trying to entertain people, it helps to mix in some variety. As it stands, the only stories appearing in the media and on various websites have to deal with the Wuhan virus.

There are no odd stories, no sports tales, no celebrity profiles, and very few Florida Man stories. I can’t – and won’t – go all Wuhan all the time here. At this point, the entire story has become boring to me.

Yes, it sucks that people are losing their jobs, and yes it sucks that the elderly are passing away, but for the most part, this entire situation has turned into little more than keeping the citizenry panicked. It transformed from a pandemic to a political battle between despicable politicians and their desperate power grabs.

I can’t take it anymore.

Do yourselves a favor; stop watching network news, and stop reading their websites. Live your life as best you can and ignore the people who want you to panic.

I’ll do my best to post some non-Wuhan stories tomorrow.