Tuesday, March 24, 2009

03/24/2009 - Welcome to the new blog, plus a chance to win!

Hello, what's this?  A new blog?

I had a heck of a time getting this new site ready for launch.  I thought that it'd be nice and easy...install a new blogging software on my Web site, take the main page down for a while, and voila...but no!  I had 42 headaches to contend with.  But now I can take a deep breath, relax, and begin posting the daily rants and ramblings of my mind.  And I hope you'll find some entertainment value in reading what I have to say.

Because if you're new here, you may notice that I've been writing posts for a while.  Seven years, to be exact.  Well before such publishing tools like Blogger, Myspace, Facebook, and Twitter became insanely popular, I was trying my hardest to get content online.  I've met some success throughout the years, but have been reduced to smithereens over and over again because of my uncanny ability to wax lazily into oblivion.  Why do I feel like this time will be any different?  I suppose I never said that.  I'm just crossing my fingers this time!

So, to those of you who haven't stopped by here before, welcome.  What do I do with this site?  The blog page, which you find yourself at currently, is the main portion of the site.  This is where I spend the most time pruning and cultivating the inner workings of my mind.  I try hard to stay relevant, sticking to topics that matter to people that read my work.  Religion, politics, and similar subjects are not necessarily taboo, but rarely discussed here.  But again, trying to stay relevant, they may pop up more as time goes along.  And I must admit, long blocks of text aren't my thing.  Normally, there will be pictures to go along with whatever story I have here. 

Other sections of the site include the Moblah'g, which is powered solely by my iPhone.  There's rarely anything said here of real substance; but there you'll find some of the best personal pictures around.  There's just something about having a camera that can post anything your eye sees, whenever the mood strikes you. 

You'll also find examples of photography, but I must warn you...this is not my strong area.  In recent years, I've noticed the literal explosion of Web sites dedicated to close friends who have discovered the flair for digital photography.  Many of my friends and acquaintances are exceptional at their art, and they nobly make it known with remarkable finesse.  I make no such statement with my photography.  Indeed, as is mentioned on the front page of Outsidetheworld, these pictures are simply what I saw when I was lucky enough to have a camera by my side.  Hopefully I'll get a bit better with time. 

So, that's it for now.  You'll notice that I have a bit of a promotion going on right now, so if you'll be kind and leave a comment at the end of this post, you'll be entered to win one of two $10.00 Amazon.com gift certificates.  To be sure I know who you are, please leave your name.  Any other type of personally identifiable information isn't necessary.  Anyone who leaves a comment will have their name put into a hat for the drawing.   Comment as much as you'd like, but you'll only get one entry.  Sorry!  I have to maintain some semblance of order here.  The contest will run until Saturday night at midnight.  The winners will be announced by Monday.  I'll run campaigns like this every so often to show my efforts toward maintaining a respectable and consistent blog, so keep your eye on the site and bookmark me, neh?  I promise to make it worth your while!

Geez.  I've spent way too much time in front of the computer today.  Time to go play some basketball.  Sorry for the heavy tone of this entry!  I promise to be much more candid in the weeks to come.  This really doesn't even sound like me.  I suppose I'm trying to put my best foot forward, as I only have this chance to make a good impression.  See you next time!

23 comments:

Chelsea said...

Whooohoo! First comment! I'll let Sven know where to find you - although he has a hard time checking my blog.... Glad to see that you're making your inner mind public!!

Go Amazon giftcard! :)

Kami said...

Finally!!! Just kidding. I saw you put on facebook a few days ago it would be up soon and when I checked...nothing. I am just giving you a hard time. Ryan played basketball today too. You guys need to get together.
Anyhow have a great day!
Kami

Jenna said...

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Eric said...

I so need to redo a site of my own. But I would probably wind up wanting to code most of the backend stuff myself (instead of being smart and reusing tools already out there). Oh well. Nice job on the site, sir!

heather said...

Yeah for your new site, good job, can't wait to see your new yard!

adam said...

Very nice, good sir, splendid indeed.
I am impressed and glad for you.
Anything else?
Nah. I'm going to stop typing, now.

Mindy said...

Nice blogging....and yes, I do check in from time to time. Although you use a much bigger vocabulary than me. :)

Matt said...

I like the amazon gift card idea. Maybe we should do that to get comments on our blog.

Steve & Marjorie & Einstein said...

Perhaps? We see...it's a possibilty. ;-)

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