Welcome to The Blog Report

I'm so glad you stopped by and hope you find this blog an interesting read. I've been blogging since April of 2006, currently the author of six public and two private blogs. In the beginning I knew absolutely nothing about blogging. Over the years through trial and error, frustration and elation, and a few tears I've learned a lot. However, the learning process when it comes to blogging continues to evolve. Here you will find a hodge podge of my blogging experiences, useful codes and how-tos, sprinkled liberally with my opinions. Enjoy!

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Monday, August 27, 2012

I Have a New Comment Spammer :)

Normally I don't give comment spammers much attention other than hitting the 'spam' button and not publishing the comment.   I have a new comment spammer that is just too cute.  S/H/it is going by the name SEO Marketing.  Now, I should be very flattered as obviously my blogs are showing up on search engine results otherwise how would such an esteemed spammer be able to find them?  The funny thing is the commenter is actually using a Blogger account to spam from.  This one is just too easy :) 

Monday, August 6, 2012

The Ultimate in Mobile Blogging

When I first started blogging back in early 2006, it was on a Windows based desktop.  That has so changed in just such a short time! Mobile blogging has become the vogue and while you do need the necessary equipment, it does free you from the old desktop computer.  I went to an Mac and still love Mac!  My main blogging is done from an iMac desktop but I now use and iPod Touch, iPhone and hubby's Windows laptop when on the road.  Then earlier this year indulged in a nice Windows based laptop.  A week ago my husband gifted me with with an iPad.  Oh good gosh, the iPad is like the ultimate in mobile blogging.  You get all the benefits of a laptop without the bulk.  My iPad can fit right in my purse ready to blog wherever I have Wi-Fi access.  There's no cables, large cases, attachments, or anything else.  It fits right in my purse quite nicely. There is just the iPad and it works like a dream!  The battery battery lasts a lot longer than it does even on the newest laptop.  So far it is the ultimate in blogging!

Sunday, August 5, 2012

External Factors

Some blogs are very much geared towards external factors.  This includes but is not limited to gardening blogs, cooking blogs, and blogs relying on current events.  Well, the problem is this doesn't always work well in the big scheme of things.  For example, I author a rather successful cooking blog but if for whatever reason I don't cook for a couple of weeks my blog fodder can quickly dry up.  Another example is my gardening blog that has taken a bit of a hit due to pre-moving and moving events combined with adverse weather.  In some ways it is a lot easier to blog without having to factor those external influences in.  Keeping a blog generic, not dependent on external factors is a great idea except then it become depersonalized and boring.  Just saying...

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Looking Back on Over Six Years of Blogging

I started blogging back in early April of 2006.    It wasn't like I had just fell of the 'computer turnip truck' when I started blogging.  I had authored a successful website that started with HTML and uploading via FTP that was updated at least once a week.  I participated in newsgroups, ICQ and chat rooms.    I became quite interested in computer security so learned about firewalls, malware and spyware detectors, anonymous proxies and antiviral software.  With the exception of learning touch typing in high school many moons ago, all of my computer skills have been self taught.

Back in early 2006 I was getting bored with dealing with a lot of Windows problems and having to load up several security programs just to go online so I switched to Mac.