Yes, it's a joyous occasion, as today I've finally managed to make thinksojoe.com mobile friendly! It took some effort but I was finally able to make the site conform to Google PageSpeed standards. Mostly. Oh well, good for me!
Meanwhile, I've actually been getting paid voiceover work. It's not much but $5 is $5. Couple more jobs and I'll be able to pay Virgil to show up on BoredWrestlingFan Radio. #F***Money. No Olive Garden though. I'd rather go to a real Italian restaurant.
That's it. Go on. Go about your day. Off with you then. 2016 and more ThinkSoJoE news is just around the corner, I promise you that.
If you haven't noticed as of yet, this site has a new design yet again. It's pretty similar to the old design, just with a new banner image and a few other tweaks. The overall goal is to make this site more mobile friendly, which is already happening. The next steps are to make some design changes specifically for mobile devices and get this blog to pass Google's Mobile Friendly test.
The biggest change at the moment effects the complete opposite end of the spectrum. This site used to be confined to the middle of your screen if you were on a widescreen monitor. I've fixed it so that it scales to the size of your monitor, and it should look good regardless of what you're viewing it on.
I've got some behind the scenes stuff I need to figure out too. I posted an article the other day that is scheduled for New Years Eve at 11:59PM. The link posted to Facebook and Twitter immediately, which is not good. I have to figure out how to get it to publish on social media at the time it's scheduled, not the time I hit submit. Oh well.
Here's a screenshot of the old layout for comparison.
Jack of all trades, but perhaps master of none. These are the words that have opened my "About" section since day one. I often use that phrase to describe myself, because I like to dabble in just about everything just long enough to be able to say I've done it. Some stuff I stick with. Other stuff, not so much. So it should come as no surprise that something else has caught my attention.
I've always admired voice actors. It made my day to get retweets from Rob Paulsen and Tara Strong of characters they've voiced. I very much enjoyed the documentary "I Know That Voice." And I can always pick out Maurice LaMarche when he's voicing an animated character. It's an art form I've always very much enjoyed, but I don't think I've ever really mentioned that it's always been something I've wanted to do myself. I just never knew how to get into it.
A few weeks ago, Noyce, my BoredWrestlingFan Radio co-host, mentioned on facebook that he had gotten his first ever paying voiceover gig. I congratulated him, and told him that I'd always wanted to do something of that nature. So he pointed me toward Fiverr. I never thought about selling voiceover work, but as I looked into the category on Fiverr, there are a lot of people out there doing voiceover work, and a lot of people buying it. Noyce encouraged me to put up an ad, and after a week of thinking about it, I finally did.
So, ladies and gents, if you want to hire me to read your ad, poem, short story, bedtime story, voice your audiobook, or pretty much anything, you can do it for just five bucks. Check out my ad!
So the last time I posted here (way back in July - it's freaking OCTOBER now!), I mentioned the new music site I was planning on launching next month. Here's a progress update - there IS no progress. And that's not a bad thing.
I bought the domains and everything for the music site, but I was failing to get support from local musicians and promoters. I was trying to book a show to launch the site for my birthday, which is November 13, and couldn't get help with that. On top of all that, when I actually sat down and thought about how much work was actually going to have to go into doing everything I wanted to do, and it was overwhelming. So, I stopped working on it for a while, and was going to come back to it soon. In retrospect, I'm glad I didn't get back to work on it.
Around a year ago, I deleted all references to All WNY Radio from my bios, blog posts, and my resume for personal reasons I'd rather not get in to. As I sat down in my studio one morning last week, I saw the logo in a very unexpected place - as the Facebook profile picture of the founder of All WNY Radio, Scott Leffler. It had been years since Scott was involved with the station, so I was surprised to see the logo on his page. I come to find out the old regime decided to cut ties with the station entirely, and Scott got it back. As such, I'm pleased to be back on board with All WNY Radio. I'm in on the ground floor this time, working directly with Scott and trying to make things much better for our listeners. Stay tuned, I'm sure there will be a lot more coming your way soon!
Wow, it's been a while since I've posted here. So long, in fact, that my last post references my wife, whom I've been (amicably) separated from for almost 5 months. I guess it's time to update you guys on what's going on with me.
Since my last post, I've officially been named one of the three Buffalo Joes, as I've taken on a role with The Buffalo Joes' Booking & Promotions. This stemmed from my attempt to create a one-stop destination site for all things music in the Buffalo/Niagara region, which is an ongoing project that I'm currently taking a moment away from to refresh and approach with new ideas. A moment in which I'm writing this blog post. I've got a renewed interest in the local music scene, and these two projects are helping me reconnect in a new way, being active while not being a performer.
It's summer, which means I've been mostly up to going to as many free outdoor shows as I can. Earlier tonight I saw Street Dogs and The Mighty Mighty Bosstones. Next week I'm going to see "Weird Al" Yankovic for the second time, and the following week I'm going to see Reel Big Fish and the Sublime tribute band Badfish. There's nothing I love more than a good live show.
That's pretty much everything that's going on since the last time I posted. I'm hoping to put together a show with some great local bands on my birthday as a launch party for my new music site. I'll try to pop back in here more often and keep everybody up to date on what's going on in my life.