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Blog Changes


Hi all – just want to let you know of some changes to the Blog I’m working on. Firstly though, thank you to my small band of loyal followers and commenters – I appreciate all of the feedback I get from you. I also thank every visitor to the site (except the spammers – way too much of that and I don’t like it!). I appreciate everyone’s visit here and hope you get some joy out of the visit – at least don’t go away feeling worse than when you arrived. If you have a blog site, feel free to leave a link in your comment – I do try to visit the sites of those who visit my Blogs.

I have been Blogging now for a good number of years, not always as regularly as I would like due to Internet issues, health matters and the like – all of the usual suspects for falling behind in posts. Sometimes I just simply don’t feel like posting, being too tired or something like that. But I do try and post regularly. Now I feel like I need a little change – not too dramatic though. Just a little something to stop boredom, becoming stale, etc.

I am still going to try and post either a photo, a video, a link or a quotation per day – that’s one of those four options per day. I am working on changing that a little by way of post structure, content and variety (rather than just weeks of photos for instance). I have a bit of a plan which I hope will be useful. I have already tried out a few things in recent weeks – especially using Storify (which I’ll use more often in the future). So you can expect some quotes (don’t think I posted any before) for a change too.

The other real change to the site will be an additional post per day – so it will now be two posts a day. The second post will feature a story on some aspect and/or experience I have encountered (usually from the day of the post). So it will basically add something of a ‘365 Blog‘ feel to the Blog as well. I’ll probably try and tie my Foursquare and Foodspotting presence into these posts a little also.

So hopefully you’ll like the changes.

Kevin’s Walk on the Wild Side


Today’s link is to one of my other Blogs. The Blog is called ‘Kevin’s Walk on the Wild Side.’ The Blog is a place for me to post news about my trips into the Australian wilderness, environmental news, conservation news, etc.

Take a look at:
http://kevinswildside.wordpress.com/

Massive Multiplayer Online (MMO) Browser Game: Land of Destiny


And I’m back (again – I know). For the next couple of days I’ll be posting links to various browser games that I’ve been indulging in (or perhaps, wasting time in). I’m not so much into the shoot-em up type games and/or the SciFi/Fantasy type games that are so popular these days. For some reason I’m not big on all of the Facebook games either – probably because my news feed is full of them (which I block by the way). Anyhow, there will be a few games that I have started to play a bit over the next couple of days.

Land of Destiny is a Massive Multiplayer Online (MMO) browser game. It is a Real Time Strategy (RTS) game in which you are up against thousands of other players building online villages at various levels of development. The game is set in Roman Times and your objective is to quickly build a village and then participate in defensive/offensive strategy/battles. Not only is it necessary to be aware of potential attackers, you also need to contend with the weather (the season changes on a weekly basis and each day the weather can be different). Of course there is a lot more detail to the game than that.

The current online world is coming to an end in early July 2011, so a fresh start is just around the corner. I am using the remaining time to learn the game and develop my strategies for the new gaming world when it arrives.

Play the Game at:
http://www.landofdestiny.com/

 

Random Thoughts


I have a number of Blogs that I maintain dealing with a number of different subjects and things. One of my Blogs is called Random Thoughts and it is really a Blog about many things. Some of the chief subjects covered in the Random Thoughts Blog are various Christian subjects including persecution, my perspective on various issues and so on. The Blog also covers various news items from around the world including various disaster stories, war stories, terrorism, etc.

Visit my Blog at:
http://pbaptist.wordpress.com/

Digg


Digg has been in the news a bit over recent months, with stories of its demise and failure to stay relevant. Personally I think such talk is premature, though certainly it did fail to listen to its members and its membership dropped as a consequence. This has all changed now and the site has again been overhauled, more in keeping with the wishes of its users.

Digg is a social network where members ‘Digg’ news stories that appeal to them as they surf the web. This can be done by posting the link of the story on the Digg site, in browser extensions/plug ins, etc. Digg is a very user interactive site, where the users likes/dislikes help to promote stories or bury them. If you are a website owner, you can integrate Digg into your site with various widgets and buttons. In short, Digg allows the users to share web content with friends and others within the Digg community.

You can also use Digg to explore news articles and content, simply by visiting the site and looking at the current listings.

Visit Digg at:
http://digg.com/

skinnyo


As I try to get back into Blogging on a regular basis again (yeah, I seem to be struggling with that at the moment), I thought I might use my daily posts on this Blog to offer up some links to some more web applications and social networking sites. I generally think that most of these are applications of some type or another, even though some of them will have a social aspect to them.

The first is skinnyo. Skinnyo, as the name probably suggests, is about getting ‘skinnier.’ It is an application to assist the user in loosing weight. Skinnyo gives you a personal weight loss diary that includes embeddable graphs and a photo history for tracking weight loss – which also includes a target goal that you can set and aim at.

If however you are unable to find the motivation to stay on track by being a private user of the application, you can also pull in friends and other users to assist in your weight loss efforts. This is done by setting challenges and/or joining other challenges set by others. This is where the social side of the application and community comes in. Of course there is also a status and news feed of others within your circle of skinnyo friends, so you can keep track of your friends weight loss efforts and share your own with them – setting up something of a support network.

As for showing others your weight – that doesn’t happen. Skinnyo will only show your differences in weight (that which has been lost – or perhaps gained). So no need to be too embarrassed by it all.

There is interaction available with both Facebook and Twitter accounts as well – should you wish to do so.

There is also a widget that is available allowing you to embed your weight loss efforts in a website or Blog (only showing the weight loss – not your weight).

Did I mention it is free to use?

Me? Well, I’m on my way loosing weight and to reaching my goal.

Check out the site at:
http://www.skinnyo.com/

Jessica Watson’s Blog


Jessica Watson is heading for home in her solo sailing navigation of the world – the youngest ever. She is currently below the Australian mainland and closing on Tasmania. All the news and information on Jessica can be found below, at her Blog:

http://www.jessicawatson.com.au/

Sermon Audio


Here is a great site for sermons. You are able to download both MP3s and videos of the sermons. For a number of sermons there are PDF transcripts available – if there aren’t any available you can pay a fee to have one done for you.

It is a great site, with not only sermons available, but other forms of teaching available also. The latest in Christian news can also be found via this site.

Visit at:

http://www.sermonaudio.com/