My First VLOG

This is it! I've been wanting to do this since 2004, and I have no idea why it took this long. Let me advise you; this is the VERY first, rough cut and who knows what I'm going to do with it, but please endulge me. I'd love to keep this up and have conversations along the way. Cheers!

Once again, thanks to Mr. John Saddington for being the motivation to finally get around to do this. Follow him on his journey and his blog. And look, it's 23:30 and I was able to to push this out before midnight! 

I've Been Thinking

I've been thinking about podcasting or vlogging every since I can remember the medium becoming popular. Scratch that. I have tried twice and one I thought was "almost" successful (Peak Interest w/ Mr. Channing Work) but after watching John Saddington of 8bit going for 100 days straight of daily publishing, my drive has been reignited. It's still taking a while but I really want to do it. Coming up with topics and then editing daily seems more daunting the more I think about it, but it's all about just recording, editing minimally and pushing out content!

Stay Tuned Internets!

Not sure if the audio of Peak Interest is still around since we stopped hosting, but it'd be nice to come up with an episode. =) Cheers!

Wordpress Throws in Built-In Support for Markdown

With the Ghost platform recently launched and proving to be a viable medium for easy publishing and a clean writing style, it comes as no surprise that Wordpress finally supports writing in Markdown. For those that are unfamiliar with the style, here's the definitely from creator John Gruber.

Markdown is a text-to-HTML conversion tool for web writers. Markdown allows you to write using an easy-to-read, easy-to-write plain text format, then convert it to structurally valid XHTML (or HTML).

I've been learning how to write in Markdown and have installed awesome plugins for support in my Wordpress site such as Markdown on Save Improved and WP-Footnotes. Of course with this launching, I suppose I can turn these off now but I still have yet to find where to "activate" the setting.

You can find a quick reference guide here.

markdown in wordpress text editor

Offline Writing and the Future of

Most of the time when I come across various topics that I want to write about, they usually pop into my head at the most inappropriate time. While I am in the middle of my commute, without an Internet connection and / or just too lazy to log in to a hotel wifi hotspot, my thoughts end up lost in the cloud. I also end up thinking about random topics while I am on an "off day" being a heffalump. The trend that looms... I end up writing a new entry publishing every 4-8 days wishing that I could update more often. With that, I'll have to admit that in order for my blog to stay current and lead to a more successful following, I'm going to have to update it at least quite a few more times increasing the average to at least 3-5 entries a week. It should be a lot easier than I make it out to be but in reality, there are just too many things on my mind to talk or write about and I hate writing multiple topics in one day. The post following this entry will mark the beginning of what I would like to call a more technical / review stance of where I want to take my blog. I've written a few articles and just ended up "sharing" my RSS News Feeds through Google Reader but I have yet to actually share notes, write my opinions and share my analysis of the current day to day.

More or less, it wil remain a mix of my daily activities but I will also gnaw at the various technology trends, rumors and what not posting as if I was an editor for a higher website. It should get a little more exciting here at ... I promise!