Two days ago I mentioned that I intended to post more about why I blog, expounding more on the history of this blog. Since then, I remembered that I’ve posted about that once or twice in the past, and I feel that these are excellent posts if you’re wanting to know more about the Why and What of Rememorandom. In fact, I don’t really have much more to offer to these past posts other than I enjoy the community and company of my fellow bloggers (both readers and posters).
I’m a big fan of the commenting part of blogging. I typically subscribe to comments via email and I enjoy reading the reactions of other folks, to see other opinions opined. When I get comments here at my blog, I attempt to comment back, in part to let folks know I’ve read it, and in part to carry on a (slow and often short) conversation. (It’s like email. If someone sends me an email, I usually attempt to respond to let the sender know I received it and have read it.)
But I really like reading other blogs, too. The blogosphere is a continually growing world, and there are so many I enjoy that I think I’d be lost without Google Reader. It’s no secret that I love Google and it’s products (yes, I’ve been using Chrome as my browser for a few months), and naturally I use Reader to manage my subscriptions. I’m not completely sure I’m sharing notes and stuff correctly with my Google Friends, but I’ve got the subscription thing down. If you need help managing your many blogs you read, I’d recommend trying out Reader (if you don’t already).
There’s no easy way to transition from Google Reader into writing on Diet Mt. Dew. On most mornings, on my way to work, I stop by a gas station and get a refill on my 44oz cup for $1.05. This is a fair price for 44oz of delicious fountain-tapped Diet Mt. Dew. My transition to the world of DIET soda was pretty smooth, and now I can honestly say I prefer the taste of DIET Coke (not Pepsi) and DIET Mt. Dew to their non-diet counterparts.
As most of you are probably aware, Pat Rothfuss has posted up on his blog a raffle for a chance to get your name into The Wise Man’s Fear. It’s really a pretty simple, straight-forward process. I’ll be mailing in my check and stuff within the week hopefully. And if you don’t know who Pat Rothfuss is, please leave my blog immediately, go to Borders (or B&N or BAM or your local bookstore) and buy the paperback copy of The Name of the Wind. Or, if you’re too lazy (or cheap), send me an email and I’ll mail you a copy. I keep two or three paperback copies to give to unsuspecting folk…
Last week, Shellie suggested I try out Windows Live Writer, and I’m proud to say that I love it. The interface is simple. The problems I occasionally encountered with HTML and things are all but gone. The only qualms I have with it is that I have to double space between paragraphs and that I can’t use my Blogger Labels. I can’t fix the double space thing, but I can go in and edit the Labels after I publish my post. So if you have any problems using your blogger, try the Windows Live Writer. You can download it (for free) here.
I’m reading through the entire epic of Y: The Last Man right now, and it’s pretty good so far. 30 Rock starts back up tonight, and Flash Forward comes on, too. I’ve been savoring and taking my time for Joe Abercrombie, but The Last Argument of Kings is coming up next.
And now the bad news. You may or may not be aware of this, but I have a brother named Jake. I did a 3 part post series on our relationship and my love for him back in February (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3). He’s in the Army. He served in Iraq for a year or so a year or so back, and since he’s returned he’s had a baby (just born back in August). Turns out, he’s going to be going to Afghanistan in January and he’ll be gone for a year or so, this time driving a truck or something. Needless to say, it’s stressful, and I ask for you to all pray for his safety.
That’s it for today. A lot of stuff. Now, it’s time for a crossword puzzle…