Category Archives: Blogging

Blog Posts vs Writing in a Personal Journal

Almost ten years ago, in early 2006, I started writing in blogs on the Internet. In some ways this was a mistake, as one’s writing changes when he knows it is being read by strangers. Also, the topics change as well. When keeping journals, I wrote a lot about my private problems, hopes and accomplishments, things that would not be interesting to strangers. So a lot of personal writing never happened. Most of my blog writing is utterly forgettable and irrelevant. In hindsight, it was a mistake.

I will be 71 years old next month, and that seems indeed quite old to me, and yet I don’t feel that old. I am retired, but still work occasionally. My major goal and focus at this stage of my life is to greatly enhance my skill and ability as a bassist for jazz. I have a fully carved string bass, as well as three bass guitars, and practice regularly with the Cats Swing Band of Los Gatos, a project of adult education there. In the past year I have learned to read notes and expand my knowledge of music theory. I am currently immersed in bass study, with the intent to bring myself up to a professional level as quickly as possible.

I am now in the last stage of life. Tess (my wife) has several physical illnesses, including a heart problems, diabetes and asthma. I suspect she will precede me into whatever comes after this life, and that will be hell for me. I have no desire to live without her.

I have no great fear of death, no remorse or sorrow at its approach. I see it as the inevitable way of all flesh, and rather than face it with dread, I am merely observing to see what happens.

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WordPress vs. Other Blog Providers

I have been looking at various blog providers to find the best looking format for a blog.  I prefer a wide page of text, not these narrow pages with lots of blank space behind them.  I also like larger fonts, not the tiny ones you see in many of WordPress’s templates.  Xanga has a nice format but they don’t seem to have the same exposure to search engines.  Your stuff may look great but few people actually read it.  Blogspot’s formats are easily edited in html, but their look is somewhat overdone and amateur looking.

I think WordPress has the best of both worlds in terms of presentation and visibility.  Still, I’d sure like to expand the margins of my text area.  If anyone knows an easy way to do that, let me know.