So, I’ve spent the past couple of days working on the A Paladin series and it’s mostly just been getting back into the swing of blogging regularly again. I’m a bit rusty but it’s all coming back to me. As I like to iterate and improve my projects over time, this series is getting some enhancements. I’m intentionally keeping these posts free-flowing and unstructured as much as possible. I want to ease myself back into blogging and not stress myself out with too much work. Plus, I want to be careful with what content I decide to add to each post, since they’re supposed to be short and easy to publish. Well, relatively short for me. Heh. I made the mistake with Personal Musings by adding too much daily work and I want to avoid that as much as possible.
I don’t remember if I mentioned this previously on the blog (though I’m almost positive I did) but I will no longer be resharing photos from Instagram. This is due to my issues with Facebook and how Instagram treats photographer’s copyright, which is to say that it’s really murky on who actually owns the photos at the end of the day. I’ve almost entirely quit using Instagram and switched to FB and G+. As such, that means no more photos from Instagram. I also haven’t decided on whether I’ll be replacing that in some form or fashion.
Still, if there is something missing from the series, it’s talking about gaming and tech news. Originally, Personal Musings was my way of expanding my initial thoughts on Twitter from 140 characters to, well, a lot more characters. This included news stories as well as things going on in my personal life. But as Google+ came along and I’ve all but divorced myself from the Twitter platform, the need to expand my thoughts disappeared. Towards the end of the Personal Musing postings, I was basically repeating myself while trying to keep it true to the blog’s “voice”. That created a lot of tiresome work. It just wasn’t fun to repeat my thoughts again at night when I’d much rather talk about what’s been going on for the past day(s). So, I decided to make a compromise.
A Paladin’s Series will now include a new section used only to link my gaming and technology related public posts that I create on Google+ directly in WordPress. You can see an example of this below the paragraph. This will only be posts on my profile unless I hear back from other people that linking to their public posts is ok. I know it’s public and “free game”, but I’d rather get permission first. I think it will strengthen the overall conversation about these topics since it will let you comment down in the comment section down below each post without having to use a G+ account. Win-Win in my books. And yes, it’s my less-than-subtle way of encouraging use of Google+. But I make some really good G+ posts and I don’t want to spend a ton of time repeating/rehashing what I’ve said over there on here. I feel like this is the best compromise of my time and your enjoyment of these posts. Unfortunately, these G+ posts aren’t supported by RSS readers like Feedly so you will have to visit the website for the best experience. But otherwise, the posts should come through fine.
(Google+ post should appear below this line)
Other enhancements include the “more” tag returning after it went missing a few months ago. Ok, I accidentally forgot to put it in. (The more tag keeps the “Published Posts” stream on WordPress clean and functional). Other enhancements include an improved draft for quicker posts, better tags and a few other minor things. Looking towards the future, I’m still messing about with ideas on how to incorporate my Google Music and SoundCloud listening as well as my YouTube recently watched into posts. I have different ideas but nothing that I’m sure I want to use right now. I’ll figure it out sooner or later.
So that’s it, just wanted to keep you guys up to date on what’s coming up. Oh and before I forget to mention, I’m going to work on the website tonight so you’ll see some changes as I clean up some of the fluff.
Until next time…