I’m writing about WordPress vs. Blogger because I just started a new blog, which uses the WordPress/RRP platform, had previously setup a Blogger blog, and think my experience might benefit someone trying to start their own blog.
Blogger and WordPress are the leading free blogging services. If you type “blog” into Google, it is most likely that the number one result will be Google owned Blogger, followed by WordPress. I never really got into my Blogger blog. There are some really nice features, especially when it comes to integrating other Google services like AdSense for monetization and Picassa for photos; however, you can easily embed their widgets in WordPress.
WordPress is more open source and community driven. I have decided to go with WordPress because it is completely customizable. Most importantly, it was easy for me to download and host on my own server, thus giving me control over the databases and server-side scripting. I think WordPress has been around longer and has more features and plugins.
After getting started on my new blog I saw someone else post a link to their Blogger blog, was almsot tricked into switching back, but after tinkering around with my old blog I realized I just liked the newer and more sleek generic layout, upgraded the layout on my new blog a bit, and could not be more satisfied with the time spent.
Google+ is the new social networking site, which is based on the Google platform, and currently stands as the second biggest competitive threat to Facebook; the first being yours truly. The last two people I had conversations with claimed to have never heard of Google+. I was surprised to discover it wasn’t something everyone knew about. I heard about Google+ through the social web two months ago and received invites from both an old friend from school and a new one who follows Weed Connection. You have to be invited to join. Comment or email me your email address and I’ll send you an invite. Google has been limiting the number of invites because it is supposedly in some sort of beta mode. There is a lot of hype on my feeds about whether Google+ is going to take over the social networking market or if it’s going to be an epic fail. Reports allegedly indicate that Google has more users at this point, but that does not seem like a valid argument as we are now more connected and Google has been limiting invites.
Personally, I think the video conferencing seems like more of a new stand out feature. I find it strange that Facebook has slowly been eliminating the friend list feature while Google+ is promoting their similar circles as the new innovative thing that sets them apart. Most of what I have heard and read about Google+, which is not much as I’m mostly focused on Weed Connection, & Russell Rope Productions, does not address what I think is cool as an avid Google user. Google+ is a combination of many pre-existing Google services and I see a future convergence of Google everything being interfaced through Google+. So I guess the moral of the story is hit me up if you need an invite or want to talk about conspiracies involving Facebook & Google.
p.s. This will hopefully get to people @Google & @Facebook, so you should both pay me for my ideas and respond to the business plan I submitted to Google Ventures. Thanks! Fuck you Facebook. You owe me. Google prolly owes me. Got truth?
About six months ago, give or take, I broke our treadmill from running too hard. Considered sabotage at first; regular use, accompanied by serious noise and minor earthquake factor was prolly annoying for those whom I live with. After taking the thing apart and remembering some sounds from when it functioned, I decided that was not the case. The broken rear rollbar/parts can’t be replaced, my old indoor basketball shoes are no good outdoors, and I’m not a fan of public gyms, so I haven’t ran since, but I’ve been regularly active.
Today I bought a pair of all terrain Nike Trail Running shoes; good for the track or streets, and kinda cleated for z trails. The curved bottom in the front of the shoe really keeps you on your toes and the thick cushiony sole made me feel light on my feet as I broke in these kicks for the first time. I took these sweet shoes and new i-Phone arm band for a run on the trails through some semi-local hills. I think it would have been best to have waited longer than about 30 minutes after eating. I felt nauseous after the first mile and a half, but I was motivated to keep going after a group of girls who I think were soccer players passed me. The view for as long as I could keep up was as nice as the view in the video below. Thanks to the ladies for guiding me to Lizard Rock.