There are advantages and disadvantages to using Artisteer.net as my hosting provider. One advantage is that it’s free. A disadvantage is that it is not compatible with blogging software. I can live with that.
Today’s Daily Prompt Word is Conquer. For me if I make it through a day without encountering major adversity I have Conquered the day.
My posts are short and sometimes to the point. I know this post won’t show up on the Daily Prompt page because I use Artisteer.net as my host, so no one will read it.
I may eventually move my site back to a paid hosting service. I wonder if it is really worth the cost.
First a definition:
Dictionary.com defines record as:
[verb ri-kawrd; noun, adjective rek-erd]
verb (used with object)
1. to set down in writing or the like, as for the purpose of preserving evidence.
2. to cause to be set down or registered: to record one’s vote.
3. to state or indicate:
4. to serve to relate or to tell of: The document records that the battle took place six years earlier.
5. to set down or register in some permanent form, as on a seismograph.
6. to set down, register, or fix by characteristic marks, incisions, magnetism, etc., for the purpose of reproduction by a phonograph or magnetic reproducer.
7. to make a recording of: The orchestra recorded the 6th Symphony.
verb (used without object)
8. to record something; make a record.
noun, none, record [rek-erd] (Show IPA)
9. an act of recording.
10. the state of being recorded, as in writing.
11. an account in writing or the like preserving the memory or knowledge of facts or events.
12. information or knowledge preserved in writing or the like.
13. a report, list, or aggregate of actions or achievements: He made a good record in college. The ship has a fine sailing record.
14. a legally documented history of criminal activity: They discovered that the suspect had a record.
15. something or someone serving as a remembrance; memorial: Keep this souvenir as a record of your visit.
16. the tracing, marking, or the like, made by a recording instrument.
17. something on which sound or images have been recorded for subsequent reproduction, as a grooved disk that is played on a phonograph or an optical disk for recording sound (audio disc) or images (videodisc) Compare compact disk.
18. the highest or best rate, amount, etc., ever attained, especially in sports: to hold the record for home runs; to break the record in the high jump.
19. Sports. the standing of a team or individual with respect to contests won, lost, and tied.
20. an official writing intended to be preserved.
21. Computers. a group of related fields, or a single field, treated as a unit and comprising part of a file or data set, for purposes of input, processing, output, or storage by a computer.
1. the commitment to writing, as authentic evidence, of something having legal importance, especially as evidence of the proceedings or verdict of a court.
2. evidence preserved in this manner.
3. an authentic or official written report of proceedings of a court of justice.
adjective, none, record [rek-erd] (Show IPA)
23. making or affording a record.
24. surpassing or superior to all others: a record year for automobile sales.
25. go on record, to issue a public statement of one’s opinion or stand: He went on record as advocating immediate integration.
26. off the record,
1. not intended for publication; unofficial; confidential: The president’s comment was strictly off the record.
2. not registered or reported as a business transaction; off the books.
27. on record,
1. existing as a matter of public knowledge; known.
2. existing in a publication, document, file, etc.:
There was no birth certificate on record.
For my purposes I will use record as keeping a record of events from my life.
This website contains a record of the history of the many places I have lived during my life. See the “My History” section of my website.
I haven’t written a post in a very long time. It’s been such a long time I’m not sure how to start. Recently I have heard it said that bloggers should focus on posting information that the main stream media won’t print. I’m not sure if I can do that, I don’t have any sources that provide me with unpublished news feeds. What I do know is I’m not very happy with the way things are going in this country today. I am speaking of the November election. As a country our choices for president say a lot about how far we have fallen since the founding of our country. We have the opportunity to choose from a habitual liar and a conceited narcissist. What kind of president would either one of them make? I believe the habitual liar would continue to move our nation into a communistic socialist society. We are nearly there now. As for the conceited narcissist I’m not sure what his agenda is. It may be to sell out to the highest bidder in the world market. Who knows? In my opinion neither one of them are qualified to lead this nation into continued prosperity for all. Unfortunately moving this country back into prosperity and a position of power is not as easy as recharging a battery.
I have a lot of writing to do to catch up on my daily post prompt writing (not going to happen). I am certainly not obsessed with creating a post to answer the prompt challenge every day. In fact, I have lost interest in the daily prompts, that doesn’t mean I won’t start writing more regularly again at some point. It’s unfortunate, but when something I like to do becomes a chore that has to be done every day I tend to lose interest.
I still read posts others write and for the most part I enjoy reading them. I sometimes take inspiration from what I read, and I do find some useful advice from time to time, but I’m not inspired enough to write my own post. Most of the time I don’t feel very creative.
I started taking another WordPress course “Commenting Basics”. The problem is I haven’t actually done any of the challenges yet. I keep putting it off. I’m fearful that I may offend someone or cause discomfort in some way. Not something I want to do. Perhaps in time I will “Just Do It” and start participating in the WordPress community again.
TV Series “24”When I think of dramatic I think of Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) from the TV series 24. The drama is never-ending. Jack never gets an even break. He moves from one dramatic situation to another.
I have been watching the series 24 on “Amazon Prime Video” for the past several weeks. It’s the first time I’ve seen most of the episodes. It’s all new to me.
A short blurb from IMDB about the TV series 24.
Jack Bauer, Director of Field Ops for the Counter-Terrorist Unit of Los Angeles, races against the clock to subvert terrorist plots and save his nation from ultimate disaster.
Each season is one 24-hour day. Each episode is one hour of the day. I’ve noticed that the characters in the series never have any time during the 24-hour period to sleep. They are always at work. I’d like to know how they do it. Maybe they sleep between seasons. Whatever they do to keep going the series works for me. 24 is one of my favorite TV shows, it keeps me on the edge of my seat.
It’s been a while since I wrote a post. I’m the kind of person that loses interest in things when they become a task rather than a desire, and writing posts for the “Daily Post” became a chore. I also lost interest because I was writing to please the program rather than to please myself. I had lost my craving to be creative.
I have been reading a lot of posts trying to get an idea or some inspiration to help me write better posts. During this research I also read many “About” pages. I found most “About” pages to be very uninformative. In many cases the about page was written as another blog post not providing any information about the person writing the blog. I think an “About” page should provide information about the writer like a name (at least a first name), a location (where do you live), your gender or a picture of yourself. And a generalization of who you are and what you are interested in. I have started reading the about page first, if there is no information about who you are I generally won’t read your blog posts. I like to know who is writing what I am reading.
This post is re posted from my Learning Curve blog
Today I am supposed to write a post using information from one of the comments I’ve made in the past. I reviewed the comments I made and decided there wasn’t one worth writing a post about. I’ve concluded that my comments aren’t worth reading.
I thought I’d include my picture today on this temporary post that I am writing to test some things that I am trying to do. (Long sentence) Wow. I’m not satisfied with the way WordPress.com’s desktop application is working. I’m trying new and different programs to write and publish my posts. MS Word works well but it lacks the ability to add tags. I need to be able to add tags. If anyone knows of a program that works well publishing to WordPress please let me know. Now if this post is not full of wind (airbag) I guess I’m cheating again. It is my intent to write a real post that includes the word wind later today. Please forgive me for now.
I have spent the afternoon exploring the WordPress DailyPost sites and reading blog posts from days gone by. I have also been searching the internet for free online creative writing courses. There are not many free courses available. I discovered a site that looks promising. The cost is minimal and it’s a learn as you go e-mail course.
I have discovered that reading posts from other bloggers is a very good way to learn. There are a lot of very talented writers on WordPress. Many writers have very interesting stories to tell, some of which I want to continue reading as more is written.
As I read todays prompt “unstoppable” I thought about a train moving rapidly down the tracks. The momentum and speed of the train make it unstoppable without previous planning. The engineer needs several minutes to slow the train and prepare for a scheduled stop. Unfortunately, bad habits are like fast moving trains, very hard to stop. Over the years I have developed many bad habits that need to be stopped. Procrastination being the foremost on the list. Inactivity being another. I procrastinate every day when it comes to writing my blog. It’s much easier to watch TV, or better yet take a nap.
To help me to stop procrastinating I have developed a daily routine. When I wake up I thank God for the new day and allowing me to be part of it. I then make an entry in my journal. Writing on my blog has helped me with my journal writing. After my journal I read some news on the internet, usually not much because the news is extremely depressing to me. Then I read my email and look for the likes or comments on my blog posts. There are several more activities, but at some point I read the blog posts of the writers I’m following.
I then get around to writing my post for the day. Some of my posts are quite good others not so much. When I take the time to read what others write, and then think about what they are saying and how they are saying it, then I’m learning. I think that’s what blogging is all about, sharing experiences and feelings, learning from others. I can experience the adventures and lessons other people write about, and even dream about writing my own, whether real or imagined.
Early one morning in November 1998 I found myself in a crisis situation. I woke up around 4:00 AM not able to breath. Not knowing what was wrong or what I should do I rested until it was time for work. Feeling a little better I started my workday but soon realized working was not the thing for me to be doing. After much hesitation and rationalization, I asked a co-worker to take me to the ER. I was diagnosed as having a heart attack and was admitted to the hospital. I was administered medication to relieve the pain and given oxygen to help me breath. In 1998 the local hospital didn’t have the facilities for heart surgery so I was flown to Salt Lake City. The surgery was successful and my recovery was quick. I’m grateful for the medical arts and the ability of doctors to perform delicate repairs on my body.