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I’m Sunk

From Andrew Sullivan’s piece for The Atlantic, Why I Blog,

And, as Matt Drudge told me when I sought advice from the master in 2001, the key to understanding a blog is to realize that it’s a broadcast, not a publication. If it stops moving, it dies. If it stops paddling, it sinks.

I’ve actually been wondering if I should give up on blogging. I get tired of the crazies harassing me on a regular basis and the myriad of problems that arise from hosting my own blogs are neither trivial nor cheap.

Just yesterday I received a letter from my hosting company, Siteground, telling me I overuse CPU server resources. They want me to upgrade to a virtual private server (VPS) that would cost between $150 to $250 a month. Blogging just isn’t worth that to me. So, it remains to be seen whether Cottontimer.com and EyeOnDNA.com will remain standing. Probably yes but if I go offline for a little while, it’ll be because I’m dealing with related hassles.

NB: Thank goodness I have knowledgeable friends like Christina who guide me through server messes.

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Blogging without Obligation

bwologo2Life keeps on chugging but this blog has obviously been dragging. I have some pretty good reasons for the slowdown but won’t be ready to share them publicly until the new year. Until then, I borrow the words of tartx who has introduced blogging without obligation.

  • Because you shouldn’t have to look at your blog like it is a treadmill.
  • Because its okay to just say what you have to say. If that makes for a long post, fine. Short post, fine. Frequent post, fine. Infrequent post, fine.
  • Because its okay to not always be enthralled with the sound of your own typing.
  • Because sometimes less is more.
  • Because only blogging when you feel truly inspired keeps up the integrity of your blog.
  • Because they are probably not going to inscribe your stat, link and comment numbers on your tombstone.
  • Because for most of us blogging is just a hobby. A way to express yourself and connect with others. You should not have to apologize for lapses in posts. Just take a step back and enjoy life, not everything you do has to be “bloggable”.
  • Because if you blog without obligation you will naturally keep your blog around longer, because it won’t be a chore. Plus, just think you will be doing your part to eradicate post pollution. One post at a time. . .

I’ll never give up blogging because of all the friends I’ve made and kept and all the amazing people I’ve come across. But blogging is only one of many items on my to-do list that I value – #1 is family, #2 is work, #3 is sanity. Or maybe work and sanity should switch places…? Ahhh! Hence the much needed break here and elsewhere.

via A Book A Week and Petrona

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Hard Disk Failure

Forum hostingThe hard disk of the machine handling the MySQL databases on my host server for Cottontimer.com and EyeOnDNA.com failed. The last back-up they had didn’t include the three posts I wrote yesterday. I’ve posted two of them again but am going to hold off posting more until the server gets the all clear in case things go missing again. Even though it sucks to have a machine go down, I’m still impressed that the SiteGround (aff) team pinpointed the problem quickly with regularly updated, detailed notifications. Well done!

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Me on Blogging and Personal Brand

skinny moose mediaSteve Remington of Skinny Moose Media*, a friend from my b5media days, just interviewed me about blogging. I’ve reached the conclusion that for most people, blogging is more useful for building personal brand than it is for earning money directly.

I am certain that had I not made so many contacts during my genetics blogging days, I wouldn’t have been able to make a return to biotech consulting. GeneticsAndHealth.com and EyeOnDNA.com show people where I stand on issues concerning genetics, genes, DNA, and the genome revolution and are proof that I stay on top of the industry. If you’re interested in learning more about how to blog successfully and use your blog to promote your personal brand, I hope you’ll have a look at my interview!

*A Skinny Moose Media advertisement runs at the bottom of Cottontimer.com.

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The Living Dead

I’m such a star blogger that my old (dead since end April) genetics blog, Genetics and Health, still managed to came in at #18 on a list of The World’s Top Blogs on Health and Medicine. Eye on DNA is doing as much traffic as Genetics and Health did at its peak but because Eye is less than 2 months old, it didn’t rank at all. ARGH!! Here’s hoping I’ll rank next time.

I just submitted Eye on DNA to be included. I know it’s totally meaningless but once it’s ranked, I’ll feel more satisfied.

Update: Yee haw. Eye on DNA is #109 on the list…for now. I fully expect to crush Genetics and Health after the next Google PageRank update this summer.

HT: Medgadget

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Rotating Clothespin Banners

clothespins

Following my triumph over developing different banner images at Eye on DNA, I’ve done the same here at Cottontimer.com! So far, I’ve only got four different banner images (one is shown above) but if you want to try and catch them all consecutively, you can do so by doing a hard refresh (ctrl key+refresh/reload). Bet you never knew clothespins could be so fascinating.

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Changes

Sorry for the mess around here. Big changes going on…. Update as soon as I can. :)

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Do You Have a Blog?

Are you keeping your blog secret from me? I just found out yesterday that my friend Lilian, who I’ve known since I moved to London in January 2006, has a blog. And it’s not a new one either. She started it last year and had apparently kept it invitation-only, but her invites must have been routed to my spam folder because I never saw a single one. All this time, she never uttered a word when we were together while I went on and on and on about blogging. Why didn’t you tell me?!

caterpillar cupcakesLilian’s Wrong Side of Thirty is so much fun. She writes about the science experiments she does with her two boys, crafts, cooking, and life in London. Best of all, she shows lots and lots of pictures. Lately, she’s been making cupcakes so be prepared to drool.

Go say hi and tell her I sent you!

If you’ve been lurking and keeping your blog secret from me, I demand to know!! Don’t be shy. I’m really very nice and will leave you lots of comments.

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Mommy Bloggers Win

traffic bully

From bLaugh with slight modifications

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Granoli

Fashion Angel Living Doll- IzzyBarbie lovers are taking offense to my characterization of their dolly in a review I wrote for Play Library about the Fashion Angels.

They quoted me as saying,

…they are well made and perky rather than trashy (Bratz) and not so provocative (Barbie). Their wardrobe is amazing – glitter, sequens, and leopard print trims all sturdily tailored for endless changes of ensemble.

And they continued in response,

What planet is that person living on? Laughing [emoticon] I’ll bet that woman doesn’t allow her child to watch television, and makes her eat granola and tofu! LOL! Laughing [emoticon]

Granola and tofu? YUM!!!

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