End of Summer Update #1: Personal Musing Changes…

Update About Version 3.0 of Personal Musings.

Its unfortunate, but the end of Summer is fast approaching. Gone is the free time (wait, what free time?) and the relaxation (wait, what relaxation?). Now, I have to go off to college soon to face the challenges of learning again. I feel this time, it’ll be different. Not in just the fact that I’m going to be in a different house or in different classes, but in that I’m willing to face the challenges college has in front of me. The past year, after tripping, I had a lot of difficulties encouraging myself to keep pressing forward. But I did and I managed to get through with pretty good grades. Sure, I could have done better but I could have done a heck of a lot worse. Sure, it won’t likely be an easy road for the next year, but I’ll be darned if I stop now. Anyway, that wasn’t the point of this post. The point of this post is that quite a number of changes are coming to my blog and I’ll be highlighting them in a series of update posts as the end of Summer approaches. Winter is coming. In this post, I’ll be discussing the changes to Personal Musings.

Personal Musings were initially started as a way to keep me writing on a consistent basis. It was also to fight through some of the worst writers block I had going at the time. And it was also a way to share some really cool stuff I found in my travels throughout the Internet. Plus, share what I had been up to on the web and in the physical world. What I share is difficult to quantify, but generally its things I think people really put effort into and deserves attention. I generally avoid the extremely popular stuff as I don’t think its necessary. Memes being a great example. Anyway, that’s my goal with Personal Musings. And I’m constantly expanding what I look at on a daily basis.

Personal Musings are one of the most successful things I’ve ever done with this blog and that makes me happy. Its a long way from perfect but this next update to PMs will add more interesting content to each post. So here goes.

Changes Coming To Personal Musings:

  1. Audio will be coming to Personal Musings. This includes sound from SoundCloud, YouTube (non-music videos) and Podcasts.
  2. For Photos I share, I’m now including photos shared on Twitter and Google+ publicly, in addition to Instagram. If you do not wish your photos to be linked here, please contact me or mark private.
  3. Short musings about a subject that is on my mind that day.
  4. YouTube Videos are now embedded into each post instead of linked. Meaning that you can play videos directly from more programs such as Google Reader.
  5. Personal Musings titles now include more information about each post besides the date.
  6. More photos in each post to enrich the reading.
  7. And other slight enhancements, tweaks and improvements.

After mulling it over and thinking about it, I decided I wanted to include audio into these posts. I mean, I already include videos & photos and I enjoy listening to audio of different kinds, so why not include it? But since music sharing is still a sensitive problem right now, I decided to use SoundCloud. That takes care of any problems that could have happened otherwise. I will also be including episodes of podcasts that I liked recently. I used to share those episodes on Twit/FB, but decided that people weren’t really interested in those kinds of posts, from what I could tell. So I’ll be sharing them here instead.

Photos that are shared publicly on Google+ and Twitter, I figure, are fair game for resharing and I’ve heard no objections to this so far. All the other changes are to differentiate Personal Musings from each other besides just having a date in the title. So if your looking through my recent musings, you’ll have a better idea of what each is talking about. The YouTube thing was for the convenience of those who read through RSS readers. It just requires me to click another button. No big deal.

Quite a few of these changes have already been happening in a few previous (if random) PM posts as you may have noticed. Those were tests. Now that I know my changes work, I’m bringing all the changes into one big update for Personal Musings. This will be the last major change and addition I will bring to PMs for sometime.

However, there are still a few things that could change. I’m still undecided on the “Personal Musing” name. I’m also not 100% happy with the news section, so I’m still deciding what to do with that right now. But we’ll see.

While I’m sure some of you are wondering how I accrue all this content to share on such a frequent basis, I have a method that keeps things sane and not require a ton of time. So its nothing to worry about, I manage my time just fine as far as Personal Musings are concerned. Its also really fun finding new things so that keeps this enjoyable to do every week.

So I hope you have enjoyed Personal Musings and what has come thus far. If you have any comments, please leave some, I’d like to hear your thoughts.

In any case, stay tuned for more updates as the End of Summer approaches!

Until then…


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