Back To The Roots of Social Media

2015-01-14 21.25.51Well, maybe not the “Roots” but the lower part of the tree.  For me social media started in the late 80’s with the world of non-Internet based 300-Baud bulletin board systems.  Being telephone based the costs of long distance really kept the community small and localized.  Once the Internet was invented by Al Gore a whole new world opened up and that initial excitement is something that I won’t soon forget.

Unfortunately much of that early generation has left the scene as back then the cost was still a factor which drove the average age up to the point where many never kept up with the new technology of today.  Which leaves me in that awkward state of being one of the older people in my various social circles.

But lucky for me I’m at a stage in my life where I’m not driven by the desire to cash in on this ether based world, I just want to have fun.  So in that vein, poor grammar, pathetic writing and all, here I am! I’ve dusted off my old podcasting gear and vlogging camera and I’m just going to see where it takes me.

To my surprise I’ve already brought a vape (e-cigarette) YouTube and Twitter account online with some promising traction.  I’ve since been off of cigarettes (4-months now) so I do have motivation to keep it going.

As you’ve seen I’ve already brought some podcasting over to this site and good old fashioned vlogging back to my original YouTube channel.

I really don’t expect the podcast and vlog to achieve any real level of popularity but you know what, I’m gonna have one hell of a time playing around with them.  In the end, isn’t that really all that matters?

 

PodCast 001 – Wendy’s Gets it Right!

2015-01-06 12.13.46I could have went anywhere for lunch and more than likely I would have received just what I expected from each vendor, but that’s the easy part… it’s what happens after things go wrong that count.  In this audio podcast I talk briefly just how Wendy’s handled it when I was forgotten at the drive thru.

Podcast? Maybe.

This is just a test, nothing to see here folks.

If you couldn’t resist pressing the play button then I guess you have an idea about what I’m up to.  Perhaps you’d like to get a little background by peeking at my YouTube vLog entry?

As usual, the new year makes me think of areas I’d like to focus on and as always it involves social media.  Personally I think I did a fairly good job in 2014 but I’m never satisfied and always want to raise the bar just a bit more.

Happy New Year!

One Down, Just One To Go!

wishboneWell, that wasn’t too bad.  Usually when there’s a disruption in my schedule (like from a holiday) I’m in total disarray.  But this time I just set aside my “fun” and manned up to take care of business.  Sure, I’m absolutely miserable but do feel good about getting things done.

A strange phenomena does seem to happen when I get into a productive zone… more work seems to come my way.  This isn’t really a bad thing when it comes in the form of new clients but it does make me a bit anxious to get my fun time in as well.

Guess I just have to keep looking on the bright side.. the more business the more fun I can afford to have!  Well.. like that ever happens, I’ll end up doing the adult thing and re-invest.  Oh well.. there’s always retirement.

Arrgh.. Exploding Head!

docsThe Gods are conspiring against me!  All geared up for a productive weekend, things were looking good.. felt a little congested on Friday but nothing to really raise suspicions then by Friday night it started… Throbbing head, stuffy you know what I’m talking about.

Well to make a long story short by Sunday I was in absolute misery.  It progressed from the throbbing eyeballs and jaw to the ice-pick in the ear.  Luckily in occured to me that my doctor was affiliated with the local ProHealth Express Care clinic..  at first I hemmed an hawwed about it.. never having been to this clinic before I envisioned long waits and a room full of sick people.  To my surprise, I was greeted with borg-like efficiancy.  Within 5-minutes my insurance information was logged and I was checked in.  Minutes after sitting in the waiting room a nurse pulled me in and took vitals… shortly thereafter doc took me in.. flushed my head out and in less than an hour I was out the door with prescription in hand.

At first I was a bit disappointed, expecting to get some antibiotics but it was quickly explained to me that I don’t currently have an infection and by my own account of the timeline there simply wasn’t enough time for infection to manifest.  Instead I was given a corticosteroid that gave me near immediate relief!

It’s been 2-days since I started the treatment and though I can’t say I’m 100% better my symptoms are down to a minor annoyance.

With any luck I’ll have a “normal” day at work tomorrow and really get back on track.

Fall Back… And Crash!

Fall backFamily issues, Halloween, Elections, Falling back to Eastern Standard Time and CRASH!

The pots been simmering for a while, adding a few ingredients here and there and next thing you know the lid is bubbling off the pot.  That’s pretty much how my life’s been since my last update here.  I’m not exactly sure what happened but after setting the clock back to Eastern Standard Time it seems that I just can’t catch up on sleep.  This is very odd since normally one would have the perception of gaining an extra hour.. or at least that’s how it has historically worked for me.

In the coming week I have a few unblogable items of a personal nature to deal with, once they are behind me I hope to snap back on course.  Really wish I could discuss them here.. or anywhere for that matter but it’s just one of those things, you know how that is, right?

On the positive side I’m wrapping up a client project just in time to entertain a new one and I’ve been tobacco free for well over a month now… and I mean TOTALLY tobacco free, not even a cigar. Of course I’ve been vaping like a mad man but that’s infinitely better than analog cigarettes.

Sucked into The Sims 4

My addictive personality gets the best of me again.. I avoided purchasing The Sims 4 on its release date because pas experiences with The Sims 1, 2, 3 (not to mention the rest of the franchise) has had me glued for 20+ hour stretches.

Compared to previous versions The Sims 4 may seem a bit lacking at first glance.  Lots and neighborhoods are smaller, fewer occupations and household furnishing choices are a bit sparse, but all for good reason. The AI of the game is vastly improved.  It is now reasonably safe to leave your Sims unattended and trust the autonomy mechanics to take care of things,  actually I sometimes think it runs better than if I manually controlled them!

Building has been simplified, you can now save complete rooms or lots with ease as well as import them from the online gallery.  There is no shortage of user created designs and with time, we’ll quickly see user generated clothes and objects flowing as well.

As typical with this series I’m sure a number of add-ons will be introduced expanding the capabilities and continuing to keep us addicted.

So Vlogging Isn’t Dead?

youtubeI previously posted that I’ve re-discovered Let’s Vlog and was thrilled to find a venue filled with good old fashioned face in camera vlogging.  So I was curious to see if maybe this form of video is making a comeback and I did a YouTube search for vlog with a tight date range.  To my surprise I found a number of active vloggers ranging from random camera rants to borderline “i wanna be Internet famous” types.

Inspired, I decided to resurrect my original YouTube Channel and start vlogging again.  It’s been about a year since I’ve p;osted, no guarantees that it won’t be another year till the next one but for now the potential is there.

A Bit More Motivation

Black Sneakers IsolatedRan into a diabetic friend the other day sporting a cane.  Came to found out he had an open would on his foot for months and had no idea due to diabetic neuropathy. He went on to tell me it was a bit of a medical challenge to avoid losing part of the foot.

This really shook me up a bit as he is a bit farther along with living as a diabetic than I.  Seems like every new symptom he tells me about I follow suite a year or so later.

Perhaps I needed to be stirred up a little, just to keep me focused and on track.  Especially after peeking at some data put out by the Amputee Coalition and Lower Extremity Magazine.