Here are some things I've been a part of online in recent weeks:
One place that hasn't seen much of me lately is my very own website, thinksojoe.com. I've been neglecting it. I want to change that, and I think the way to go about it is to change the look again. I'm not happy with it. Some things will stay - I like the twitter thing at the top, that's staying. We'll see what happens.
I was going to start a new blog wherein I did product reviews for pretty much anything and everything. In fact, I've already got it set up at thinksojoe-reviews.blogger.com, and I was planning on getting started tonight. However, the site I was going through in order to find reviews to do has these minimum requirements for blogs who want to do that kind of stuff, and that site doesn't meet a damned one of them. So instead I tried to use this site. I have at least 10 posts, which have presumably a minimum of 200 words in each (save for the first one), been active for a minimum of three months (the first post was early May, it's late August now), and searchable on Google, which it is. Yet, I was rejected for "not meeting the minimum requirements." So I tried the old blog, thinksojoe.thinksobrain.com - and once again I was rejected. I'm not sure why, that blog has been around forever and easily meets the minimums. Oh well, I guess I'll try to go a different route. Meanwhile, I'm down with reviewing anything anybody wants to send my way, and I will certainly post it on the new blog linked here earlier.
UPDATE: I'm now able to use the site I was trying to sign up with via an old blog that didn't exactly make the minimum requirements - http://thinksojoe.blogspot.com
Dear Nate Beutel,
I just took a glance at your article on the N-W school board on the front page of today's edition. I'm very concerned about a number of things in your opening sentence: "It's going to get a whole lot easier for board members, school personnel, community members and yes --- even members of the media --- to get their hands and eyes on board of education materials from the Niagara-Wheatfield Central School District."
While the words make perfect sense, I'd like to correct some punctuation and capitalization mistakes (with notes in parenthesis). Ahem. "It's going to get a whole lot easier for board members, school personnel, community members, (you missed the comma) and yes, (a comma, not a dash) even members of the media (no need for a dash here, either) to get their hands and eyes on Board of Education (it's a proper name, thus it should be capitalized) materials from the Niagara-Wheatfield Central School District."
I'm just a blogger, so I could be wrong, but I just thought I'd let you know how I would write said sentence.
This entry is written in response to the article "Board info on the Web" by Nate Beutel of the Niagara Gazette. I tried to post it on the Gazette facebook wall, but it contained too many characters.
I was walking down the street with Mrs. ThinkSoJoE yesterday, and I got hit with a huge wave of inspiration. I think sometime soon, I will be self-recording my first song since I left thinksobrain last October. I've got it pretty much written, and I have the music in my head, so it's just a matter of recording. Yeah, I think it's gonna be epic.
Not to spoil the surprise, but I will tell you that it's definitely not going to be something you'd expect from me. I'll be posting here as I progress with recording this - and I will have a video for it, whether I have to do it with my webcam, my cell phone, or borrow a camcorder. Look out for the next big thing on YouTube!
I just tried logging in to the backend of this site for the first time since I uploaded all my local files associated with the new look. I also uploaded all the admin files again and found out that I wasn't able to log in because I forgot to get rid of the "localhost" reference in the source code. I'm brilliant.
Anyways, I thought I'd pop in and let everybody know what's been going on with me lately. I've pretty much been keeping a low profile, working quite literally 8 days a week at "real life" jobs, and still finding time to post on BoredWrestlingFan.com occasionally. The best part about owning a site like BWF is that I really don't have to do a lot of work, I have a very talented staff that covers everything for me.
I'm currently in a self-imposed exile from the WNY music scene. I don't know how long that's going to last, but for the time being I'm focusing more on things where I can make some money and put food on my table. Believe me, there have been some very tempting gigs out there for me, but the timing hasn't been right.
As far as the web/design aspect of my career, it's pretty well stalled. I've designed a couple things here or there - the new BoredWrestlingFan layout, and of course, the new look of this particular site - but nothing major. If anybody's looking to have any of that stuff done, let me know. I'm available for fliers, logos, websites, and press releases. I'm also considering getting into band management. My job would be to help the band get gigs, promote shows, and order merch, among other things. If any bands think they might be interested in that, let me know, but keep in mind that I've only done that stuff for thinksobrain before. Of course, we had no trouble finding gigs, getting people out to them, getting good deals on t-shirts, and we were in the studio when the band broke up.
Other than all that, I don't really have a lot to talk about, just wanted to get a decent post up here for now. Anybody interested in the services I've mentioned in the previous paragraphs, e-mail [email protected] !