My first focus here is to write for myself. I am not sure how many people who actually read this blog, so I make it that its for me first. Sometimes you end up reading on one of my rants I am having. That is part of what this blog is and for the most part it helps to get that frustration out. The other part is to write informational information on here. Money is in the back of my mind, but I have to do it for me first. If I am interested in a subject, it will show. I know there are times my posts have more meat in it compared to other times. I have my good and bad moments when it comes to writing.
I am always about setting goals. If I set things as deadlines for things and I do not meet it for whatever reason, it would stress me out. I prefer to set goals for that reason. I try to go for specific dates, but I use it as a goal. Having said that, I do have a goal for that and that try to make money through the website.
Right now, there is a store. The only thing about that is the fact that there is only one item. If you need wordpress installed, I can do that. I just will need information on where to install it. I will not be doing any installations from this website. To be honest, if you have a webhost, its really easy to set up as most webhosts these day have a one click option to install wordress. For me, I never use that option. I have had back luck with it in the past and prefer to do it the old fashion way and upload the files myself.
Knowing that, at some point, I will be trying to get some ebooks up. More than likely the first one will have to do with setting up a website and wordpress. It will take a little bit as they will be coming from these posts.
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Okay, so last weekend, I decided to change webhosts for this website. Renewal was coming up and this was a perfect time to switch over. It was not exactly last minute either. There were some people who were compaining that the site was slow. For me, I was not noticing those issues.
I digged deeper into some stuff and found that the hosting company was big, was part of a big company. A company that has a whole bunch of different webhosting companies under them. When I started with them, it was not the case. There was more of a personal touch back then. I’d say, I was with them for at least 10 years.
So it was time for a change and one that seemed to have more of a personal touch and is not part of a big company. I am going to be spending about $3 dollars more, but the speed seems to have improved and that was the big thing that I was interested in. According to their website, we are running on a SSD drive whereas the other one, that was not the case. When setting up the DNS, they had 4 instead of the 2 I had before.
I will say this; moving over was not an easy task. I downloaded and uploaded everything via ftp. I actually accidently trip the filter to where they thought it was a virus. I actually reviewed that file and it did not look like one at all so I hit a false positive and IP banned me. Since I messaged back from my email, I ended up with two tickets. I had one of their support staff who was not going to admit that the filter was wrong so you are going to get a mixed bag when it comes to support staff and that happens anywhere. The file in question, looked like a remnent of an old theme file. The other ones were actually helpful and I learned something new that I did not know and they told me about the sftp so I will not trip the filter again. The thing is, I do not use the ftp unless needed to install a script or editing a file that needs be edited in that method.
Bad beginning, but they were on the ball. Not all support staff is the same. Some of them are not going to admit that they are wrong. In the end everything did get fixed and yes I did get my ip unbanned. I had to figure out I was IP banned in the first place. Here is the other thing, there was a site I was locked out of because facebook logins were not working anymore and this happened months ago. I was never getting the emails to reset the password. I figured out of a whim to see if I can get the emails to reset the password. Guess what, I got the emails which tells me that those emails were getting to my other host and they were never being redirected to me like they should have and yet they are working on my new host. I even had some people spoofing my email and I am not even getting that now from what I can tell. At least, I am not getting the email giving me errors as if I have sent emails.
The other thing is since I run wordpress on this site, when it comes to registrations, people are getting the emails and I do not have to use a plugin to accomplish that. The amount of files on the website has gone down drastically. I have not changed anything either and I am working on moving most of my images to imgur, but I have not moved them yet. I am still working on matching them up with posts and then once I have, then I will start moving them over. This host really is probably the best when it comes to running wordpress websites and these days, there are a lot of sites that do use wordpress.
For the most part, I am easy going person. I do have a sensative side. I may be sensative, but there are people that are even more and I hate having to walk on eggshells with them. On the other hand, I can be opinionated at times. Its not a bad thing but there are times I cannot get a word in edgewise, and when I am able to say something, I am in the wrong. Thank you for making me feel like shit.
There are times that I do not feel appreciated and no matter what I say, its in the wrong. If I do not agree with them, I am in the wrong. I make a suggestion, i’m in the wrong. Why should I be in the same room with them? I don’t try to be and its sort of hard to avoid them anyways.
Trust is earned. There is a reason why I do not fully trust many people. Every time I let that wall down, I get hurt. If it seems like I am cold or whatever it is, its because I have been hurt by someone recently that I thought I could trust.
I am not going to let people push me around or bully me into what I think is right. They may not agree, but I am not going to be a doormat either.
If you have hurt me or made me cry, you have just earned an enemy and you will have to work on getting that trust back from me if that is even possible. Yes I hold a grudge especially when you have pissed me off to the extent that you have caused me to cry.
Everytime I get hurt, I am not the same for quite a while, but eventually I bounce back.
One thing you do not want to do is piss me off. That is the simple fact. I may cool down for a little bit, but I will get mad again and pretty much go on a rampage. Its between that and crying a lot. You do not want to talk to me when I am pissed off unless you want your head chopped off. It is never a smart idea to piss me off royally. Going behind my back and saying things that are hurtful will push me off the edge.
Its the one thing you do not want to do.
Back in October 2005, I started my first website that cost me money. Back then, I did not know much about the different webhosts that were available. I started with Invision Powerboard and ran a Star Trek Simm (RP) off that board. It was not until a year later that I had bought the standalone version of the board and moved over to hostgator which is still my webhost today. I have checked out other hosts over the years, but none that I have tried compare to them.
For the longest time, I used to make themes/skins for invision powerboard. Having said that, the forum will be coming back to this website once I can afford to pay the invoice. Since I need an upgraded version, I need to pay for it, but its worth it and I have all the addons. Once that happens, new themes will be coming back. I will have some for free, but also I will have some that will cost a little bit, but its not going to be expensive. I do not believe in charging a lot of money for a skin, nor have a maintenance cost ever so many months.
One thing I have learned over the years, is that I am rare when it comes to website. I took the time over the years to learn how to set up a website, but there are people who do not have the time to set it up. In those cases, they rely on other people to set up a website.
Even though, I have been running a website for this long, that does not mean I know everything. Things have changed over the years though.
I may be a Trekkie, but I also like Star Wars. I would not be playing SWTOR if I did not like Star Wars. I own all but one of the Star Trek Movies and I have watched all of the Star Wars Movies. I only have Force Awakened but if I can, I will be getting the last Jedi when its released on DVD. I do not own a blue Ray player so, it has to be in DVD format.
About a little bit over a year ago, I spent time watching all of the Star Trek Series. It was around the time of the original Star Trek being 50 years old which by the way is older than me 🙂
It was not until I was in High School that I started to liking Star Trek. Part of it was because there was nothing on television but the other part was because I remembered that my grandfather loved Star Trek and he used to watch it when I was younger.
When the series were originally aired, I really did not see TNG until close to the end of the series. Voyager, I did not see it until it was in reruns on Spike TV. I was working when it originally aired. DS9, I did not like at first, but when there were showing a buch of them back to back, it grew on me.
Of all of the Star Trek Series, TNG and Voyager were my favorite. Still, I had an appreciation for all of the series, but TNG and Voyager are the ones that stood out to me and I still love watching when I can. TNG and Voyager were the ones that probably had the best ending to the series. Both were two parters. I hated the way enterprise ended the series. I would have loved to hear Archer’s speech, but they ended it there.
As many people know, I am very organized for the most part. Everything has its spot and of course its not messy. I hate disorganization.
Over the years, I have had multiple desks and most of them have been ruined in one way or another. My first desk I spent over $200 on. I was planning on having it for years. It was a good desk and they do not make them anymore nor is the company around. It was a O’Sullivan Desk and the closest you will get to one is Bush I believe. Because of the moving around, it got ruined and I have not been happy about it. It had a hutch and everything. One side I had a place for my tower and the other side, I had a place for to put papers in so I had two drawers on one side. It was not perfect though as sometimes the keyboard tray would fall off and I would have to put it back on. Still, I loved that desk.
A few years ago, we moved into this place. The thing is the desk I had at the time cracked when we tried to move the desk so I lost that desk. My mother promised me that she would replace it with a desk that I liked. Its always an excuse as to why she has not done so. I told her that I did not want this desk as the one I am on is squeaky and it shakes. I have the computer tower against the desk so it does not shake as much, but it still shakes. Its a metal desk so its very squeaky when it shakes. The other issue is that I can’t put my chair in fully because of that and that is not good for posture as I can’t sit the way I like to as I never keep the computer tower under where the chair is.
Safe to say with the moving around and the way my mother is, I really can’t have nice things and that makes me unhappy. Whatever desk I get, I am the one that has to put it together so I have to get a desk that I am capable of putting together. When I had my O’Sullivan desk, they put it together for me. I was at work at the time so my mother was around when they worked on it. When it comes to desks, I like to have something that is sturdy of course.
Okay I could not find the exact desk of what I am currently on but this is as close as I will get to what I am currently on. Its not exactly what I currently am using but I do not like how the legs are. I need something that has more on the floor than it does. This is the closest of what I had on the last move, but it had a hutch.
This is what I am currently looking to get once I have the money so at least if I move around, at the least the desk won’t get damaged. It can be pulled apart easily and if anything gets damaged, the top would be easy to replace. I originally was thinking of using regular file cabinets but these looked more stable than the ones I had seen online.
I have learned early on that its not a good idea to keep everything all in one basket. That is what I have done when it comes to earning amazon gift cards. When one source dries up, you have another source to take its place when the time comes. That is why, I am always on the lookout for new sites. I try them out before I even post about them to make sure that they are legit before I do anything.
These sites are currently the ones that I earn Amazon gift cards from: