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NaBloPoMo: The NaNoWriMo for Bloggers

NaBloPoMo  November 2012

National Blog Posting Month or better known NaBloPoMo, has turned from a yearly thing only in November to a year-round event. I remember taking part in this a few years back.

This year, I thought, why not do that again. It’s not as if I already have a novel to write, a job to look for and basically, a life to live? That how I roll.

November is the only month a year where you don’t have a theme to follow. November is when you get to blog for blogging’s sake. November, where you anyhow whack the blogposts. I haven’t been blogging very often lately and I think this will be an interesting exercise to see if I still have that blogging drive. I’ve missed it actually.

So, if anyone is interest, you can still sign-up here.

Hmm… I wonder if it’ll be considered cheating if I queue posts instead of blogging everyday.


And We’re Live! – A brand new blogsite, same old crap.

After years or debating, it wasn’t until I discovered that I haven’t been able to autopost my blogposts to Twitter easily that I decided to say, “Screw Blogger, lets go with WordPress.”

I’ve imported all my posts from Blogger to the new blog. 

For anyone who’s interested, I’ll be be blogging from lookykrill.wordpress.com. The Blogger address will be decommissioned as of now. Do update your blog roll or what not, if you guys still do that.

Cheers.


The Blogging Itch. What Am I To Do?

Every couple of years, I have the urge to do something different with my blog. The last time the itch got so bad that I changed my blogging platform from LiveJournal to Blogger, mostly because I wanted a platform where I could easily modify the layout to one that I like.

Lately, changing the template has not been able to quell the itch and once again I’m thinking of doing something different. However, I do have some questions that I’d like to blast to everyone out there to see what they have to say.

1. Should I get my own domain/host for my blog? Actually, why do people get their own domain/host thingies?

2. Should I export my Blogger blog to WordPress? What at the pros and cons of both?

3. Is there a local domain/host provider that you recommend? Why?

4. I’m thinking of combining my different Tumblr sites into my main blog. Is that possible to do if I get my own domain name and hosting?

Even though I’ve been blogging for a couple of years, in some aspect I’m still considered a n00b too, so I’ll be most appreciative if you guys could tell me what you think in the comment section.


Testing out the iPhone Blogger App

It’s close to 5pm on a Friday when @hai_ren tweeted a link on Mashable about this app and so I thought I’ll give it a try.

At first glance the app looks clean, with white background and the orange header.

When I first signed in, it brought me straight to the posting page to one of the blogs that don’t use anymore. I had to figure out how to change to the blog hat I normally use.

I’m disappointed that I can’t type this post in landscape. It most uncomfortable for me to type in the portrait keyboard.

Personally, I think this app is just for quick updates, with pictures and little texts since I think it would be difficult to create posts with links and multiple pictures.

Also the damn autocorrect is annoying me like crazy.

Any way, this is just my first impression of the app after only downloading it not 5 minutes ago. I’m going to give a couple more tries before I make up my mind if I like it.


The Need To Write Better

Lately, I think that my writing has reached a plateau; a plateau of mediocrity. I rarely have anything intelligent to say and when I try to contribute to what ever topic that is making its round on the web, I just come across incoherent, rushed and not really adding anything new to the topic of discussion. Most of my recent writings have been nothing but rushed cobbling of sentences with barely a thought that goes into it. I just slap on some pictures, right a few rushed paragraphs and post it up, without even bothering to read through it check for spelling mistakes, broken links and various other mistakes.

Truthfully, I miss the times when I used to take time and effort to read through the post a few times, making sure that the grammar, spelling and vocabulary that I use it correct. Nothing is more embarrassing then telling everyone that you’re a writer but your writing is a mess. I know for a fact that my grammar may not be spectacular even at the best of times but I do try to make as little mistakes as I can. I could say that I don’t have the time or energy to write better but those are just excuses. If I had the time to write a post, then I should put in the effort to make it worthwhile reading.


This brings me to the question, who do I write for; myself, others or both? After much pondering, I realised that I’d like write for both myself and for others. So, I should make an effort to at least make the writing funny, if not interesting, and keeping the self-indulgent posts to a minimum.

I want to be able to write, not necessarily wittily but at least in a way that’s interesting enough that the readers would come back. I need to write better, to put in more effort in my writing, taking a few days to do a post if needed. I miss being able to easily collect my thoughts and lay them out coherently, funnily and at times with a sprinkle of wit.

So how do I do this? How do I make time out of an already busy schedule, to come up with quality posts? This, I have yet to figure out.


The First Adventure Of The Year: Things We Went Through Just For Awesome Italian Food

When the lovely Rinaz and Cart invited their friends over for an informal get-together to catch up, play some games and enjoy some home-made Italian food, I was excited and looked forward to it since I have not met them in so long. What I didn’t know was that it was going to be my first adventure of the year.

I was to meet Sarah at 4pm but I was running a little late. While on the train to the meeting place, it started to pour and I should have known that it was a sign that an adventure was going to happen. When I met up with Sarah, we decided to take the cab since it should drop us off near the apartment building and that meant being drier than if we’d taken the bus and having to walk from the bus stop. Anyway, the cab ride itself was eventful.


When informed where we wanted to go, the cabbie asked if we could direct him but since we didn’t live in the area, we couldn’t. I think he took us to our destination via a longer route, that had us going through the industrial district. We drove through multiple flooded roads that if the water was any higher, we could have been stranded in it; exciting and somewhat scary.

When we arrived, Daphne and Furry Photos were already there and Rinaz and Cart were still hard at work in the kitchen, which was filled with the wonderful scent of frying onions. While we waited, I got to pet and plaay a little with RInaz’s cat, Janet.

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She was affectionate, sidling up to everyone and rubbing against their legs and allowing everyone to pet her. It was so cute!

A little while later, we were joined by Chillycraps, Xinyun, Hisham, Arzhou, Farinelli, Paced, Brokenshardz, the two Justins, a couple of Rinaz’s friends and Ridz who came just as I was leaving. It’s been a while since I last met most of the people who attended and for some of them, it was the first time I met them.

You might be wondering why there are barely any pictures in a blogpost about a gathering of bloggers? Well, that’s because everyone was too busy playing games or eating.

While waiting for everyone to turn up and for Rinaz and Cart to finish their kitchen duty, we played a couple of rounds of Monopoly Deal. It was in the middle of the game when there was a power trip, plunging the whole house into darkness. That happened a couple of times before a kitchen appliance was found to be the cause of it.

Then, it was time for the food.

Rinaz’s mum made coconut rice and all the trimmings and I must say, it was so much better than the famous one in the west. It was so good! Fluffy rice, spicy sambal and there were tempeh too! Then came the Italian meatballs, lovingly made by Rinaz. It was most awesome! It beats every single meatball that I’ve tasted so far. Mmm… Just thinking about it is making me hungry.

We had to wait a while for the lasagna since it had to go into the oven for an hour and the tiramisu was chilling in the fridge so we took more time to play more rounds of Monopoly Deal and some Wii games. The lasagna was awesome and the tiramisu, made by Cart, was a wonderful way to round off the meal.

I had a wonderful time at the gathering and it was great fun to meet everyone again. Sarah and I thanked our host for their hospitality and left, soon after dessert. When we got to the void deck of the apartment, it started to storm. Again. Since we couldn’t find the bus stop, we ended up going through flooded sidewalks and getting drenched despite the umbrellas we were using. The moment we got into a cab, the rain stopped. Both of us went, “WHAT THE HECK!!”, though that is usually the case when we’re on adventures. We got to the train station half drenched but oh so full from the wonderful food and the awesome company.

I’m hoping that the next gathering won’t be in another year. Thanks again to Rinaz and Cart for inviting us to the gathering and cooking for us.


Testing This New Blog Layout And Stuff

I had the itch to start fiddling around with my blog layout again after such a long while. This time around, I didn’t take too long to find the layout I wanted. It seems that I seem to have a preference for scantily clad ladies as my masthead.

Remember my old masthead?

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There’s just something about classic pin up girls that I find exceedingly sexy.

Anyway, I finally figured out how to add a favicon to my layout and the best part is, Blogger finally came up with a cut-tag that is similar to the ones that I was used to when I was using Live Journal, way back in the day.

It didn’t take me as long this time around to change the layout, though I did spend quite a while trying to figure out how to fix a bug with the cut tag. It didn’t appear correctly until I finally found the missing code that I needed to add.

For now, I’m happy with the layout but I might still tweak it a little over the next few days.

So, what do you think?