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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Sunday, February 24, 2013

Google Chrome Misbehavior

Wow!  When I bought this new laptop last year I decided to use Google Chrome.  I'm sorry, I just don't like Internet Explorer due to their poor security issues.  I like Safari for my Mac.  Google Chrome was working fine then it decided to have issues with Adobe Flash.  I fixed that then updated Flash but after a week or so, it started acting up again refusing to work or forcing reboots.  Well, today was the final straw.  I use Norton, not because I want to but because it is part of our multi-license.  I get a warning from both Google and Norton that Google Chrome had turned off the extension for Norton Identity Suit.  There is no way, no how, for any reason that any browser should shut down any security program you have on your computer without your permission EVER!  I downloaded Firefox to test out which worked perfectly with no crashes, stalls or problems.  Until Google Chrome gets its act together I'm uninstalling it as well.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Does SEO Really Matter to Bloggers

SEO (search engine optimization) is something Google has been fighting for years.  The premise is if you use good SEO techniques, you will rank higher in their search engine results which ultimately brings you more traffic.  Notice how the numerous other search engines say nothing and yet I get rather good traffic from Yahoo and Bing.  They are giving no hint as to how their algorithms work.

As a blogger, I have pretty much given up on stressing out over SEO.  As long as I'm getting traffic from any search engine, I'm happy.  If I were selling a product ... well actually I am selling my ideas through blogging ... I would be more concerned.  I'm not trying to make a living off of blogging.  I blog because I can and because I enjoy it.  In the end SEO really doesn't matter all that much to me as long as my blogs are read by someone, somewhere.

Panda and Ads Above the Fold

Some affiliates want ads above the fold and in fact Google Adsense encourages it but according to SiteReference ads above the fold can hurt your ranking.  Ok, so you listen to Adsense and put the ad above the fold then get penalized by Google for doing so.  Does anyone see anything wrong with this?

New Language Feature on Dashboard From Blogger

Blogger just added a nice feature with a drop down menu for language on the dashboard.  I'm not sure how helpful it be but it looks pretty good.  Being Canadian and using Canadian spelling, I switched my preferred spelling to UK English that should save a bit of headaches using their spell check.  Other than that, I don't have a use but it is a nice feature.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

I'm Seriously Nuts!

Ok, it is official!  I am serious nuts.  I just started another blog and actually have another one in the grand scheme of things.  I know I can handle the extra blogs and the timing is right but honestly, I must be nuts to try doing it!  I do have to say, starting a new blog is like a burst of energy.  I have so many ideas to share, directions to take and you know it is just exciting!

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Ask Jeeves

Anyone remember Ask Jeeves?  I'm serious. as he was a bit better than even ask.com.  I have not seen Jeeves in about three maybe four years which is a pity because he was a rather likable bloke.  Anyways apparently Jeeves was fired.  Can't say those in the know knew what the heck they were doing but Jeeves is no more...pity as he was rather cute :)