Friday, December 9, 2016

Three Hundred and Fifty Blog Posts and Counting

     I noticed today that I have 350 posts on this blog.  I started in February 2009.  That's about 50 blog post per year, or four per month.  This is not really reflective of how often I posted.  I posted more in the beginning. 

     As of this date the stats say that there have been 78 thousand page views.  Really not very many.  It is a little understated because I split the blog into parts several times in the past.  I spent some time in Las Vegas and made a little blog about that and there were a couple of others.  

     I signed up for Google Adsense about a year after I started the blog.  It took a while, but I got it up to about $15 a month in income.  I know, don't spend it all in one place.  Now, if I get $3 a month out of it I am amazed.  There are a lot more blogs out there and that means less money from advertisers.  I know there are blogger that make a lot more money.  I average a little over nine hundred visitors a month.  Some blogs have that in a minute.  I never really tried much to expand my reach. 

I have thought about trying to get more readers.  The problem is that I am not that crafty, don't want to write about chickens, and most of what passes for entertainment today bores me to tears.  I don't look good naked anymore, so there really isn't much left.

     The most visited blog post is about  Jay Walking in Las Vegas.  It has about 2300 views.  I have no idea why.  The most popular topic on the blog was the Duke of Fremont Street.  The Duke is a personality that inhabits Vegas.  He is quite a character.  I met him when I was playing poker at the Golden Nugget.  He sat down and put $186,000 on the table.  I have written about him in 19 post. Someone tried to kill him during a robbery.  It was news for a long time.  

     I hear that there a people who make books out of their blogs.  I have never really gone through the old post and reread them.  I don't think that they would make a good book.  At least not one that I would pay to read. 

     I'm going to keep blogging.  I like to write and I at least have this outlet.  I need to decide to post more or not.  When I am in the old folks home and I am looking back, the blog will help me remember.


Friday, November 18, 2016

Mountains of Yellowstone, Available Soon

I am working hard at completing the final revisions of The Mountains of Yellowstone.  The editing is almost complete and I hope to have the book available on Amazon and other book sellers in a couple of weeks. 

The book is a love story set in Yellowstone National Park. He is way worn and weary and she is at a crossroads in her life.  Both are searching for a new way forward.  Exploring the wonders of Yellowstone, they confront the barriers to their path forward and search for a brighter future.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Life Is Not Like A Spam Folder

     I opened my spam folder today to clean it out and discovered 126 emails.  The first email announced that a Sexy Asian Female wanted to meet me.  A couple of lines down there was a notification that I was a guaranteed winner of one of four prizes.  I hope its money, cause I'm sure the Sexy Asian Female is going to want me to show her a good time.  Wait a minute, there's an email from Desperate Russian Girls looking for dates.  Maybe if they are desperate their expectations will not be as high.

    I should have stopped while I am ahead.  A little further down there is a email from Married but Lonely and another from I Miss My F**kbuddy.   Then there was Irene and Anastasia who wanted to help me improve my "performance".  I wonder if they're the one's that sent me the email entitled "No Prescription Needed"?  

    Thank goodness someone sent me my personal guide to better health care.  If Sexy Asians or Desperate Russians ever get a hold of me, I going to need good health care.  

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Does Anyone Else Want To Sue Verizon?

     I have been a Verizon customer on and off for many years.  I couple of years ago I got a Hot Spot with 20 gigs of data.  I used somewhere around 12 to 15 gigs a month and was a happy camper.  During the last six months I have been over my limit almost every month.  At first I paid it, then I began to question the bill.  I hadn't changed the amount of time I spent on the computer or the kinds of places that I visited.  I fact, I reduce my use of the computer.  Yet every month the bill went over.  Then one month, I was told that I had 29 gig of overage.  This was simply impossible.  
     I had spoken to Verizon in previous of months about my concerns and I was promised that they would look into it. They would open a service ticket and said that an advanced level technician would investigate and that they would get back to me with the results. Of course this never happened. Every month I called Verizon and complained about the overage and they modified the bill. They kept promising to investigate and kept giving me service ticket numbers. They never inform me of any results of their investigations nor did they ever contact me as promised to discuss the results. 
     Somebody should seriously sue Verizon. I truly believe that they are overbilling their data. The simplest way to to increase corporate profits is a slight modification and how they count data usage. Of course if we had unlimited plans we would have to worry about them properly accounting for their data streams. I for one would love to see someone sue Verizon and investigate how they account for the data used in their systems.
     The problem with all that is that it takes a lot money to sue anybody in this country. So someone should set up a GoFundMe page, to raise enough money to sue Verizon. Maybe this should happen a whole bunch of times and that would let Verizon know that we are going to hold them accountable for their business practices  and ensure that they are honest in their billing system.
     Whatever happened to consumer protection organizations in this country anyway. We can't rely on the SCC, they're probably in bed with the wireless companies that are designed to regulate. So it's up to us.  What do you think, somebody out there want to sue Verizon?

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

NaNoWriMo What Was I Thinking

     So I signed up for NaNoWriMo this year.  For all of you who do not know, that stands for National Novel Writing Month.  Which is November.  The idea is that you join a whole bunch of other wordsmiths and try and write a fifty thousand word novel in the month of November.  I normally try and write fifteen hundred words a day  and that actually will put me a little short.  I need about one thousand six hundred and seventy to make the mark.  
     I did absolutely no planning for this event and it is day two and I don't have the kernel of an idea about what to write.  Not a good start.  Maybe I'll cheat and use something that I have already been working on.  No.  I will come up with an idea, or not.  Why do I set such rigid goals for myself any way.
    I am currently parked in this little town called Bryson City.  It's not really a City, that's just the name.  It's not really even a town.  Very small, with its main claim to fame the Rocky Mountain Railroad.  It is a railroad that doesn't go anywhere.  You get on the train and ride down the rails a way and then come back.  It is a ride through a river valley in the mountains so it is visually interesting.  In December they do a Polar Express thing that brings in a lot of people.  There is also the Road to Nowhere. (please see previous post).  So I guess that goes right along with the Railroad to Nowhere.  
      Anyway back to NaNoWriMo.  Who thinks up these things anyway.  Why do I need some external time clock ticking away in the background as I try to make my words make sense.
      Okay that's about three hundred words, thirteen hundred to go. 

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Historical Mile Markers and Why I Pass Without Stopping

     I have traveled all over this country and on almost every road that I have traversed, there have been historical markers along side the road.   I almost never stop and check out the markers.   I like history and I love to explore.  So why don't I stop. When I was younger, I would occasionally stop at these historical markers and without fail they usually read something like "1/10 of 1 mile to the west is the grave of John Smith, who in 1874 invented a whatchamacallit that changed the way we do whatever." 
     I began to think that they should change the name to historical proximity markers. These markers were seldom at the site of anything. Recently, I moved to a small town in western North Carolina called Bryson City. There are three or four local monuments around this town. In an effort to get a feel for the location where I'm staying I did a little web searching on the subjects represented in these markers. I stumbled upon it a webpage that is a database of all of the historical markers all over the United States. It is called the historical marker database   So now I don't have to feel guilty about driving past these historical markers. I can just pull out my computer and read about them at the next rest stop.
     If you want to go old school and hold a book in your hand, there are books on almost every state.  A quick search of Amazon brought up one dedicated to the markers in this state,  Guide to North Carolina Highway Historical Markers has been revised ten times since it was first printed.

Monday, September 26, 2016

The Iron Skillet Restaurant, Bryson City, North Carolina

     It is been my custom for many years now, to eat breakfast at a local restaurant and spend several hours writing. When I'm in a large urban area, I usually look for a Denny's. The food there is relatively inexpensive and they generally do not mind if I occupy a booth for a couple of hours in the morning. When I'm in more rural areas I look for a nice friendly local restaurant. Here in Western North Carolina, in Bryson City I have found a place to write at the Iron Skillet. 

It is a little cafe in a small commercial strip in downtown. The food is good and the waitstaff have come to tolerate my presence. If you're ever passing through the area I would suggest stopping by for a burger. You may find me in the back room pounding away on the keyboard.