Friday, September 30, 2016

When to Post Each Day

Scheduling posts for 8:00 A.M. each day presents certain problems.  It means that I often can't wake up in the morning and work on a new post, because I'll usually be sleeping past 8 A.M.

When I've scheduled a post and then try to edit it later, Blogger tends to create duplicate copies of that post, which is an annoyance.

If I usually sleep between midnight and 10:00 A.M., then that would suggest I should schedule blog posts sometime in the afternoon or evening.  That way, I'll have usually been awake for a few hours before the deadline.

Maybe I should ditch the schedule altogether and just focus on making one-post-per day.  That gives me far more flexibility, and it will let me edit posts up until the moment of publishing.  I'll also be able to edit posts after publishing without worrying about making duplicate copies.  It does take away an element of reliability from this blog, but the truth is I already missed a couple of my 8 A.M. deadlines this week.  

Thursday, September 29, 2016

MetroCard Leftovers

I rode the subway yesterday, and my MetroCard showed a balance of $6.39. How is that even possible?  What purpose could it serve to have an amount ending in a 9?

I may need to contact Ben Wellington so he can help me retrace the process.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

New Plan: Buy Cups

I was watching that Anna Kendrick video "Cups," and realized that I don't own any cups at all, despite ostensibly being an adult.  But if I were to own cups, I'd go with those big red plastic cups they used to have at Pizza Hut.  Those cups were great!  They kept your Pepsi nice and cold.  They seem better than typical glass cups, which are delicate and get smudgy.

And they're on sale at Amazon.  The future is now!
https://www.amazon.com/Restaurant-Beverage-Stackable-Break-Resistant-Commmerical/dp/B007G6CEVE

Also, here is the "Cups" video.  It's a catchy song, but why would a cute girl be working in a food prep position instead of as a waitress?  That isn't how restaurants work!


Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Watching Sports While Reading

Football is the best sport to watch while reading, because there's a 40-second break between plays.  So you can read for a while, then watch the action, then go back to reading.

Baseball is also a great sport to watch while reading, because it has a 30-second break between pitches.

Soccer is a terrible sport to watch while reading.  Not only does it lack any breaks, but the sport is boring as fuck.  I guess I can rephrase that as: "Soccer is a terrible sport to watch."

Monday, September 26, 2016

I Lose Less Money Than The Guardian

Let's take a look at some news stories...

1.)  According to Politico, the Guardian U.S. lost $15.85 million dollars last year.  That's pathetic!  By comparison, the cost of registering my own website is only $12 per year.  The only other costs come in the form of WiFi and electricity, which are things that I'd be paying for anyway:
http://www.politico.com/media/story/2016/09/guardian-us-lost-1585-million-on-revenue-of-155-million-last-year-004779

2.)  I was reading a New York Times article from 1997 about Donald Trump's divorce, and it's hilariously written!
http://www.nytimes.com/1997/05/03/nyregion/donald-and-marla-are-headed-for-divestiture.html?_r=0.  It really makes you think. Did there used to be a time when the New York Times was well-written and interesting?  The 1997 headline is structured like actual sentence, and not this weird Yoda-speak the Times practices nowadays.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

My Policy On Editing Posts

Sometimes, when I publish a post, I'll look it over later and decide to change a whole bunch of words.  There may have been a time in the past when I believed in the "purity" of not altering your words, or whatever.  But times have changed, and I no longer care about being 100% committed to any sort of strict blogging habits.  Heck, just yesterday I missed my regular deadline.  So instead of flagellating myself for already fucking up on Day #2, I simply wrote a normal post and fudged the timestamp.  That may happen again in the future!  I may also go about editing a post throughout the day, adding or removing paragraphs.  It happens!  One particular change I've already made is that I was originally planning to make two posts per day: One at 10:00 A.M. and another at 7:00 P.M.  But that scheduling started to nag at me after a while.  How would I determine which post was the more important of the two?  So I just said, "Screw it," and switched back to a once-a-day format.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Timestamps Are The Best

Let's talk more about Timestamps.

It really boggles my mind that WordPress might not support timestamps.  To me, that's one of the most important things to establish (after purchasing the domain).  How will I know when to make my posts if time does not exist?  I've checked a dozen different WordPress sites from established bloggers, and none of them have timestamps.  A few of the blogs have a little calendar icon that you can hover over and which will you show you the time, but that isn't the same thing.

My whole gimmick here is that I'm going to post at a specific time each day.

I sent an e-mail to WordPress's customer support.  The automatic reply mentioned the entire team was on some communal trip (which apparently started back on September 3rd).  I let them know that WordPress was the WORST product I'd ever tried, and, to their credit, they reimbursed me quickly.

There's a political movement right now called Never Trump.
The movement they should have is Never WordPress.

There are a few other changes for this blog.  I'm going to start using titles, because it's a real pain to check my archives and not have ANY CLUE what the individual posts are about.  And, um, maybe I'll change the font to make the titles of the posts bigger, and also add some gadgets/widgets.  I need to figure out how to put some more permalinks in the sidebar.

So there you have it.

Friday, September 23, 2016

A New Blogging Day

It's a new day here at Massler Blog.  I've customized the domain, so now it's my actual name. Which means if some fool stumbles upon this site, he may for a moment not realize it's a Blogspot site.

I originally purchased a domain through WordPress, but within a day I realized that WordPress was awful.  Jeez, why don't I ever learn?  I had to use WordPress at some job back around 2009, and it was awful back then, too!  It hasn't improved at all in the last 6-7 years.

And it was soooooo slow to navigate.  It took several seconds to load any page.  And WordPress didn't automatically support timestamps, either.

This shouldn't be rocket science, and I shouldn't have to search through a dozen forums just to figure out how to use timestamps.

Also, WordPress was charging $99 for whatever premium content I was supposed to be getting.  Although at the end of the day, the most important thing is the domain itself, and Blogspot gave that to me for $12.  Thanks, Blogspot!  You're the best!

So here's the deal: I'm going to schedule posts for 8:00 A.M. each day.  And if you stumble on this blog and want to write a comment, then just leave a comment!  It's that simple!