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I get the message

I livew in my own little world

I have always been a people person, generally enjoying being around people, interacting with people , visiting people….

If your blog is marked private, and I apply for a password to come visit you, and you never respond, well, I get the message.

Poop in a wheelbarrowIf the “WELCOME!” page on your blog (new since last time I camped there) says, “This is a “Like”, “Share” and “Comment” free blog and I am not big on Social Media either,” well, I get the message. I’m curious, though, about your purpose for blogging….

If, during my campout on your blog, I find several posts about how despicable and inherently evil I am because I’m gay, well, I get the message. I’m openly gay and will be celebrating my 20th anniversary with Jim on May 26, 2014. Trust me, I’m not going back in the closet for you, your fairy tale god, or anyone else. Again, though, I get the message.

Poop on them!

If everything (defined as the most recent 30 posts) you have to say on your blog is ultra-right-wing-tea-party-conservativism or ultra-religious, well, I get the message.

Effective today….

If I can’t get to your blog, can’t comment on your blog, can’t leave a simple LIKE on your blog, don’t even agree with (or LIKE) a single one out of the most recent thirty of your posts, well, I am keeping you in my Excel Spreadsheet but you will be marked in orange, the color I dislike the most.

You get the message

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I won’t be back anytime soon.
Won’t even try to visit you.
I get the message.
Do you?

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Blog love

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The end of my WordPress problems on March 29 have provided me with the daily pleasure/privilege of going blog camping again.

Morning glory, my wise old grandmother's favorite flowerMany of you who have not heard or seen me in several months have been seeing me camping out in your blogs again, even though they have been mini-campouts, defined as any combination of LIKEs and comments adding up to three.

Those of you who have been visiting here regularly, even daily, have been getting National Park-like campouts, defined as any combination of LIKES and comments adding up to four or more. My Excel spreadsheet tells me the winners for last week, defined as the recipients of the most LIKEs and comments from yours truly, Russel Ray Photos:

  1. Unknown flowerjeteliot, 26 total

What’s my purpose in providing that list? Notice that those blogs are linked? I get excellent Google juice here on my blog, so when Google, Yahoo, and Bing come by here a couple of minutes after I publish this post, their spiders will see my links to those blogs and will see the love, giving a little extra weight to them!

Unknown flower in La Mesa, California, on January 23, 2012When my WordPress problems ended, I was about four months behind in visiting the blogs of those I follow. I’m pleased to say that as of last night, I was exactly 30 days behind. If you’ve seen me in your blog this past week leaving likes and comments, that’s an excellent indication that I follow your blog and have you in my Excel spreadsheet!

Flower and rain dropsWhat all of that really means is that I have more time to do things in my blog rather than waiting on WordPress to load LIKE buttons, or load the comment box, or post the comment so I can move on. Click on my menu items and look at the submenu items. Those are the various series that I enjoy doing, and now I can get back to doing them. I re-started yesterday with my San Diego Historical Landmarks post. It had been ten months between posts in that series; I promise the next post will be in days rather than months.

Another series that I really like is my History Through Philately series. I’ll have a post in that series up later today.

Yellow Flower 4Lastly, I liked doing this Blog Love post and think I will make it a regular Sunday series. I’m even putting a Blog Love submenu item under SNIPPETS to make all of these Blog Love posts easy to find.

The cool thing here is that the top love recipients for next week will be completely different than this weeks. Once you make it into a Blog Love post, you’re ineligible until everyone has had a chance. With 3,787 followers, it will take me about 30 days to get to everyone, so those getting blog love today will have to wait about 30 days for their next chance. However, you can leave lots of blog love here because my Excel spreadsheet loves blog love!

Sunflower and clouds

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My new (and temporary, hopefully) blog camping protocol

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Now that I have solved my WordPress problems, I can go blog camping again, a bog visiting tactic that I thoroughly enjoy and which, I do believe, I invented way back in 2008 on another blogging platform.

FireMy theory behind blog camping was that I wanted to visit lots of blogs, but I also wanted to get to know the person whose blog I was visiting, and I wanted that person to get to know me. I didn’t think that reading just one post in any blog would allow me to get to know the other blogger, and I didn’t think that leaving just one LIKE or one comment would let the other blogger get to know me.

Additionally, I knew from decades of experience that the 80/20 rule that my wise old grandmother taught me probably worked in the blogging world. It does. In a nutshell, if you do unto others what you would like others to do unto you, 80% of them will do unto you that which you did unto them. The other 20% won’t.

In blogging from July 2008 to January 2012, I proved that. If I left a LIKE, the other blogger would be by soon to leave a LIKE on my blog. If I left 10 LIKEs, I’d get 10 LIKEs in return. If I commented four times, I would get four comments in return. If I followed, I was followed. I quickly realized that one way to get a huge number of followers was to follow, LIKE, and comment on blogs. When I did that, 80% of those bloggers would follow, LIKE, and comment on my blog.

I have proved it again here on my WordPress blog, which I started on January 7, 2012. Before my WordPress problems began on January 2, 2014, I was visiting hundreds of blogs a day. My world record was on September 10, 2012, when I visited 401 blogs, leaving a total of 2,388 LIKEs along with 1,433 comments.

Yes, I really do keep track.

Here’s the portion of my Excel spreadsheet showing that world-record day:

Likes and comments

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The Evelyn Woods Speed Reading course, which I took in 1973, helps, as does Dragon Naturally Speaking, which I have been using since 2001.

Notice that those statistics are in columns I through M. Column H is blank. Wonder what’s in columns A through G? Those columns contain the links to the blogs I follow, the date the other blogger first visited my blog and last visited my blog, when I last visited that blogger’s blog, and how many comments and LIKEs I left on that blogger’s blog the last time I visited it.

Fire danger in East San Diego CountyThe only problem with blog camping is that each time I leave a LIKE or comment, YOU! get an email notification. My world record for the number of LIKEs and comments left in any one blog at any one time is 66 LIKEs and 24 comments. I did have one person ask that I never visit his blog again, but if I did, not to leave LIKEs and comments because he hated getting all of those email notifications at one time. Request granted. I don’t visit his blog anymore.

My problem today is that after not being able to go blog camping for the past three months, I’m now way behind. I kind of follow the tit for tat protocol, so if someone came by my blog and left two comments and four LIKEs, when I visit that blogger, I am going to leave at least two comments and four LIKEs.

Fire Mitigation TeamSince I am so far behind, I am going to change my protocol for at least the foreseeable future to try to get to as many people as possible of those who have been by to see me these past three months. When I come by to visit these next few months, I am going to leave only a total of three, i.e., three LIKEs, or three comments, or two LIKEs and one comment, or one LIKE and two comments.

I know everyone will understand, and as soon as I go through my list of people whom I follow at least one time, I’m pretty sure I will revert to my old way since I really, really enjoyed that.

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How sweet it is!

I livew in my own little world

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I can’t tell y’all (that’s Texan for “you all” or “you”) how good it is to be able to go blog camping again.

Three months without a campout was waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay too long!

The extreme speed of Internet Explorer 11, coupled with my reading speed (courtesy of Evelyn Woods back in 1973) and Dragon Naturally Speaking means that I might soon be back visiting 120 blogs each day and leaving LIKEs and comments all over the place.

Goodbye 2014 first quarter, hello 2014 second quarter!

Pelargonium (geranium) from my back yard garden yesterday:

IMG_3364 collage (Custom)

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WordPress problems resolved!

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Microsoft Internet Explorer 11 is fast, fast, fast, fast, fast.

As many of you know, I have been having WordPress problems since January 2, 2014. Many things:

  1. LIKE buttons were not loading on any blog whose URL ended with wordpress.com. Other blogs were fine. Just those ending with wordpress.com were problematic.
  2. Most of the time, not always though, I could not comment on blogs either. This problem affected all blogs, not just those whose URL ended with wordpress.com.
  3. My blog would not load correctly the first time. I would have to refresh or reload it in order to get it to work.
  4. My site stats would not load at all. Never.
  5. The gold star notification at the upper right would not work unless I clicked on the star twice.

SkyTower at SeaWorld San DiegoToday I had some extra time while preparing to go Dine With Shamu at SeaWorld. I could not access the WordPress Help Forums from anywhere on my blog like I could prior to January 2, 2014, so I went to Google, typed in wordpress help forums, and got to them that way.

I spent several hours reading through several hundred threads in the Help Forums before I finally found a clue about what might be happening. The clue was in a very long thread and was about the hundredth comment from someone outside of WordPress, someone like me who was having problems.

The clue was that the commenter was of the firm belief that WordPress was not compatible with Internet Explorer 10. I knew that I had upgraded from IE9 to IE10 but I didn’t know when. I pulled up my computer records and what do you know? I upgraded from IE9 to IE10 the night of January 1, 2014. Ah-ha!

I tried to downgrade from IE10 to IE9 but that apparently isn’t possible. All of the computers that I use daily are running IE10. I pulled out an old laptop computer that I don’t use anymore but which I knew had IE9 on it. Sure enough, I had no WordPress problems on the old computer using IE9.

I saw that IE11 was available, so since I couldn’t downgrade to IE9, I considered upgrading to IE11. I created a restore point on my Windows 7 computer so that if IE11 really caused problems, I could easily go back to IE10. Well, not only did IE11 load easily and quickly, but I have no more WordPress problems. LIKE buttons are loading, my stats page is showing up again, etc.

So there you have it! The problem wasn’t with my computer per sé but with a computer program that I needed in order to even get to my WordPress blog. The interesting thing is that apparently when Internet Explorer is your main browser, Firefox, Chrome, etc., don’t override everything in Internet Explorer. That explains why I was having the same problems in Firefox and Chrome.

I’m so happy! I can go blog camping again now, something that I really missed doing these past three months.

Lastly, not only is my Internet browsing so much faster than it was with IE10, but my whole computer seems to be much faster. Can’t explain it, but it is what it is.

And following a close-up of Shamu from this evening’s Dine With Shamu at SeaWorld San Diego. Jim and I were sitting about three feet from four Shamus, separated only by a piece of glass four feet tall.

Shamu at SeaWorld San Diego on March 29, 2014

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Not wasted time

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As with most high school teenagers, when I was that age I also wanted to go out with my friends. Most of my friends had cars; I did not. I got my first car when I was 22.

My wise old grandmother, having adopted a juvenile delinquent named Russel, was leery of me having too much freedom, especially with other teenagers in the range of 16-18 years old. Thus, I rarely got to go out whenever I simply asked, “May I go out with Jim/Mark/Lynda/[insert name]?”

However, if I was going to study, I almost always got to go. So I learned that if I really, really wanted to go somewhere, all I had to do was say, “I’m going to the A&I library to study.” “What time will you be home?” was the response.

Sometimes, I actually went to the Texas A&I University library, and that’s when I discovered Bartlett’s Quotations. I was addicted to it . Still am.

One of the things I like to do with my pictures is dream up quotations to attach to them, such as this one:

Time wasted sleeping is not wasted time

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Please thank Zoey the Cool Cat for her invaluable help here. She’s sleeping, but I’ll pass your thanks along to her when she wakes up.

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Choices and decisions….

photographic art logo

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FlowerMy final thing to do in preparation for selling my Photographic Art is to get a Seller’s Permit, which allows me to collect sales tax.

Well, that’s not happening anytime soon.

Now I understand what people mean when they say that California makes it extraordinarily burdensome on businesses, especially small businesses, and why many of those small businesses flee to other less burdensome states.

So….

My next venture is to open an online store where someone else, and their automated shopping carts and checkout counters, collect the sales tax on my Photographic Art.

The places that I know about are:

►Etsy
►Fine Art America
►SmugMug
►Zazzle

Rear end of a polar bearDo any readers have any experience with those, good, bad, or indifferent? Or know of anyone who is using any of them? Do any readers know of any other online marketplaces? I will be spending most of my day today investigating those four and any others that I discover.

At this point, Etsy looks pretty good. They charge 20¢ per listing and then, when the listing sells, 3½% of the sales price. Not sure how my Photographic Art fits in there since my work is not one-of-a-kind. So I wonder how I’m prevented from selling multiple items via one 20¢ listing. I suspect they have a way. I would prefer a marketplace where I don’t have to pay per listing. It’s not the price. It’s the inconvenience of having to do all those listings and, presumably, when a listing sells, do the same thing again.

I’m looking at Fine Art America due solely to the fact that I found products similar to my Photographic Art hanging on the wall at the Wesley Palms Retirement Community last Sunday. So perhaps there is a demand of some sort for Photographic Art in larger sizes than what I was going to offer.

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Upcoming concerts for Russel Ray, page turner

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I am the official page turner for Jim when he’s playing the piano with his chamber music group.

They play at retirement communities and libraries throughout San Diego, and although the concerts are free, rarely are the rooms more than half full.

Last night they had a performance at the Wesley Palms Retirement Community in Pacific Beach. The room was completely full, about 200 people. It was awesome!

Their next concert, and three of the next four, is at the new San Diego Central Library (see my blog post here about the new San Diego Central Library):

New San Diego Central Library on February 2, 2013

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Their concerts are titled “The Composer Alive In His Music.” Coming concerts:

  • June 29, 2014—Claude Debussy. San Diego Central Library
  • July 9, 2014—Manuel de Falla. Carmel Valley Public Library
  • July 13, 2014—Robert Schumann. San Diego Central Library
  • July 20, 2014—Manuel de Falla. San Diego Central Library

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Chargers, WordPress update, and Zoey the Cool Cat

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For the last five years, the San Diego Chargers, purportedly a professional football team in the National Football League, have played way below their abilities. When heavily favored, they have proceeded to lose quite handily. For the last five weeks, they have been heavily favored…. to lose! Each time, they have won. They are on a five-game winning streak, which includes a road win over Cincinnati in the playoffs. That has gotten the area into Chargers mode, reflected most recently in the new San Diego Central Library. During the daytime, it has looked like this:

New San Diego Central Library on March 23, 2013

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For the past few nights, in preparation for the Chargers taking on the mighty Denver Broncos in Denver today, the library at night has been dressed out in rotating Chargers blue & gold colors:

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Update on my open letter to WordPress: Things are still messed up, and WordPress has not responded to me, either on my blog or in their Forums. LIKE buttons still don’t show up on blogs that have a URL ending in wordpress.com, but I am able to comment on them as long as I click directly on the words “Enter your comment here…” Previously I could click anywhere in the comment box, which was really convenient. Now, not so much convenience.

My stats page still doesn’t show up, and the little gold star at the upper right that notifies us of new comments and LIKEs only shows up if I load my blog, and then reload it!

I shall continue to camp out in blogs but it won’t look like I’m camping since I can’t leave a slew of LIKEs everywhere.

Lastly, I’m heading out into the boondocks today, deep down into the boondocks. I’m leaving Jim and Zoey the Cool Cat at home alone, all by themselves, no one to listen to (they say that I like to hear myself talk). If I get lost and don’t make it home, I want the last thing you see to be Zoey the Cool Cat. So here she is, from the comforts of her newest home:

Zoey the Cool Cat

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She doesn’t look at all interested in the Chargers playoff game today, and she doesn’t even seem to know that I’m going to the boondocks. Ha! She will later on when she wants to play red ring fetch and eat, and realizes that I’m nowhere to be found. She’ll have to rely on Jim, which might not be a good thing to do when it comes to playing red ring…. or even eating, for that matter!

I always like it when I go away for more than a couple of hours because when I come home, Zoey the Cool Cat is a real love bug. She knows who’s Chief of Staff, attending to her every whim……………….. and she misses him when he’s gone!

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Sunflower

Dear WordPress…………………

Snippets

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Dear WordPress:

It still is not possible for me to LIKE or comment on any post in a blog whose URL ends with wordpress.com.

I have no problems with WordPress blogs ending in anything else. It’s just the wordpress.com blogs, specifically those which actually end the URL with wordpress.com.

No, it’s not my browser because I have tried Internet Explorer 8, 9 & 10; Google Chrome; and Firefox. Same story, different browser.

No, it’s not my computer because I have tried my big work computer, my little desktop computer, my secondary computer, my laptop, and my husband’s smartphone. Same story, different computer.

I left a message in the WordPress forums but only one person has responded. She said I have a nice blog………

This situation started late last week, around January 2. I noticed shortly afterwards that the WordPress gurus had made some changes to the WordPress core because when I create a new blog post, I have a few new icons that I can use: Paste as Plain Text, Paste from Word, Remove formatting, and Insert custom character. I suspect those changes have something to do with this inability to interact with bloggers who have a wordpress.com URL.

I would greatly appreciate it if you could look into this situation and, perhaps, even get back to me. If you are looking into it, I think six days is way too long to have this type of problem. Perhaps you could revert to the December 31, 2013, core until you figure this out.

Thanks, and hope your day is filled with sunshine, or at least sunny flowers.

P.S. Starting at the same time, my stats is just a blank page, and the little gold stars and such that used to be at the upper right? Not to be found….. unless I open my blog twice. The second time they are there but when I click on them, nothing.

Sunflower

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