That was weird… blog was broke but now it’s fixed.

Sarah pointed out to me this morning that she didn’t have permission to read the blog. Strange. I checked just now and it looks like for some reason blogger had forced my account into a more strict privacy setting, where only specific people (from a list of size 0) have permission to read the site.

Should be fixed now.

Sorry about that.

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Building on bad habits

This site… it’s been pretty dead. I know. I am thinking back over the last year or so and I’m pretty sure that I’ve done quite a bit, but you wouldn’t know it by looking here. I consider this site to be a diary of sorts, so I think it’s a sad state of affairs if the only things that show up on the highlights collection over the last 12 months were a trip to Portugal, a trip to Normandy, some Happy Noodles, and a mysterious man with a wooden cart.

At least in the case of the noodles, I can update that we had many more food related adventures. The one following the noodles was definitely eventful; but, perhaps its better left untold.

Sometimes laziness can be a good thing.

As I look back over the last 12 months, I can definitely target a specific point as to when things went black. Back in March I opted to celebrate the 40-days of Lent by taking a break from the internet (and thus this blog) instead of the 6 weeks of Pescetarianism that typifies the season traditionally. As all good brain hackers know, it takes roughly 30-40 days to form a habit, and so my 40 days of lent became a bad habit of non-communication that I am just now about to break out of.

Today marks my first week of non-blogginess-recovery.

In an attempt to get things back rolling again, I’m going to be shooting for 4 posts a week for the next 6 weeks, concluding April 1st – annual “Dave’s not allowed on the internet” day.

Wish me luck. Nag me if I’m lagging. And please feel free to comment!

daveandsarah.ca is back!

We have moved to a new domain name. Something a little easier to remember, I think.

The name may be familiar to a few of you as the URL that we used when we got married. We originally bought the address in early 2004, shortly after getting engaged. We had the address for a year, but let it lapse after moving to Vancouver. Checking the site in late 2005, I discovered that another Dave and Sarah, also from Victoria, had purchased the domain for their own marriage. Well, they let it lapse recently, and I grabbed the site again.

We’re probably going to hold on to this one for a while.

This is the second change in a list of few things that I wanted to change up a bit… more to come. Next step, I think, is changing up the stock blogger template for something more interesting.

Mega-update

I’ve been holding back on updating the blog for about a month now. Not for any good reason, I had all of the text written on the original date attached to each post. I just wanted to make sure that I had the photos in the right place too — and I was lazy uploading those.

They should be up now, and are available on picassa as well, along with a few others.

Changing up the blog a bit

I’ve been keeping a blog since August 2004, when I graduated University.
At the time, I made a couple of design decisions that I’ve been thinking of changing.

The Title

The title of this blog has always been nink.blogspot.com. Nink == no income, no kids (contrast to our current status as dink’s). About two months after starting, the title became irrelevant as we both had jobs. Still no kids though.

I’ve been thinking about changing it to something more meaningful. Don’t know what that would be exactly.

Obviously the temptation for my own domain is there, but I think that’s the geek in me speaking. It’s very unlikely that I actually need to own http://somedudefromcanada.ca/ (although it appears to be free… hmmm…)

One disadvantage of changing the title is that al of my loyal readers would have to update their bookmarks. Fortunately, studies have shown that I only have about 10 loyal readers, so it’s probably not that bad. =]

The Platform

I’ve been blogging with blogger since the beginning. The main reason I chose it is for ease of use with current services. My thinking was that if my email, blog, photo album, etc. etc. are all located with one vendor (Google) things would be easier. So far it’s been true.

That said, this particular vendor is not the best in its space for the blog or photo software. I’d probably be better off going with wordpress and flickr.

Privacy

I’ve done what I could since the beginning to maintain as much privacy as possible in the blogosphere. I don’t post my name, or the names of other people (such as my Brother In Law, BIL, or my wife, The Wife), and I try to avoid talking about where I work or live.

This isn’t so much for tin-foil hat reasons as it is for big-brother reasons. I didn’t want to post information that might, in some way, restrict my job opportunities in the future.

Facebook has taught me that privacy is over rated.

Also, as I travel more and more, I keep wanting to do things like post pictures of us, and our trips. Or talk in a little more detail about what’s going on in our lives. If the blog platform was different, I could probably have both cases. Places like LiveJournal for example, allow posts to be private or public – so I could publicly post some info, and privately post the rest.

That said, the idea of privacy on the internet is a bit of a sham. As soon as something is digital, it’s going to be seen by someone. Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but soon, and (I don’t know if I want it to be around) for the rest of my life.

I might come up with some new, pseudo-private, scheme that I can use. Perhaps I’ll start with the photos, and then branch into *gasp* first names.

Other friends have struggled with this in the past as well. Maybe I’ll see what she has to say about the subject.

The Publicity

Related to privacy, I’ve keep the publicity of this space to a minimum. Probably too much so. I keep thinking that people I know have this url and come to check stuff out. The reality is, I very rarely talk about this space (probably because publicizing it removes the privacy aspect) and so it’s not really as useful as I’d like it to be. What’s the point of sharing stories and pictures if no one is around to come look?

The look and feel

I’ve used the same template for as long as the sites been around.
It could probably use an update.

Frequency of posting

I’d like to use this space to log what happens in my life. On a few occaisions, it’s been really nice to have a journal to remind me of what I’ve been up to. That said, there’s a fair bit more going on than what ends up here. I should post more, but I’m lazy. I think I will try to change that.

yeah yeah. every blog out there has a paragraph like the above.

But really.

Right after I start exercising regularly, and flossing daily, I’ll begin to blog more.

w.bloggar

I just downloaded a tool called w.bloggar that allows me to write blog posts from my machine in a word processor-like application, and then upload them to the website.

This is test… does it work?