June 2005 Posts

CommunityPromotion.com Launching July 7

CommunityPromotion.com (previous discussed) will be launching on July 7.

If you would like to submit tips, please feel free to do so.

I don’t see this site being very big (it will be very small to start), but I can see it being a useful static resource that people can refer to.

Looking For a Good 3.5″ SATA Hard Drive External Enclosure

Any recommendations?

Looking at getting a 250 GB SATA for backups to go along with the 250 GB SATA in my PC.


Productivity Tips

Chrispian wrote a good piece about productivity over at ProBlogger.

My favorite parts:

… So many people complain about not having time to do stuff, or that their kids get in the way or that they are just too tired when they get home etc. The fact is, if you want to do more, or not even do more, but do something other than your’re doing (maybe your’re spending all your time watching kids, or working in the garden, whatever) then you need figure out what your priority is. You can tell me all day long that you want to be a writer, blogger or web developer and do more, like I do, but if you don’t make it a priority then you’ll never do any of it. If you really want to do it, then do it. It’s that simple. Don’t tell me about why you can’t do it. There are days when it’s hard for me. Don’t lecture me that it’s because I don’t have kids, Aeryn and I decided not to have kids. Don’t tell me you have other things to do. I do too. I just decide what’s most important to me. Watching TV, reading a book, going out to eat, laundry and the million other daily chores, or is my priority writing, blogging and working on my web sites? Sometimes I have just as much trouble getting to what I love to do because of life just as much as the next person. But at the end of the day, I want to be a writer. I want to blog. I want to build up my websites. So, before you decide that you need to get something done, you need to decide what that really is. That will make the rest of the decisions easy. …

Just Do It
I’ve lived by this simple philosophy for a while, unapologetically borrowed from Nike. Don’t talk about doing it, Just Do It. I know so many people who talk about doing this, or talk about doing this. And I fall victim to it from time to time myself. But that’s why I wear a Nike ball cap to help me remember that sometimes, you just have to do it to get it done.

I am responsible for 18 sites and they’re all running at “peak efficiency” (lol… this sentence seems funny to me, but whatever), so that is definitely some work. Especially when we’re talking about communities.

That said, I reevaluate my routine every little while to see how I can improve it. I did this just yesterday. Basically…

I start by checking my e-mail. Responding to and taking care of everything that doesn’t have to be documented at one of my communities (like communication with banned users – I’ll wait until I visit the site, then document the messages exchanged and send them then).

This is followed up by checking into my fantasy sports teams. Takes 2-3 minutes and has to be done daily. Call it “fun time”. lol

Then I head to my communities. I go one by one, opening up all threads that I need to open. Responding to staff threads, starting threads where appropriate, reading where appropriate and doing administrative tasks, such as moderation and banning users.

Then I head to other communities I visit. 7 in all at the moment. This goes by very quickly. These sites include the Top Hosting Deals Community Forums (where I am a moderator), Web Hosting Talk (I check the Advertising Offers and Other Offers forums only), the 100 Megs Web Hosting Forum, Jared’s forums and Chris’ forums (another Chris). Finally, I visit SitePoint (where I am an Advisor) and do what I need to do there.

Then I go to Bloglines. I have folders for each site and I have them ordered in the way that I visit them. These include the blogs I read as well as relevant Google News searches. So, for instance, I have a MarianoRivera.com folder. This has a single feed in it. A Google News search for “Mariano Rivera”. I start with the news sites/blogs in my network, which are MarianoRivera.com, YanksBlog.com and DrGregHouse.com. I read any new entries and then post to the blog as needed (if there is relevant news/content or if I just have something to say or had some inspiration).

This is followed by a visit to this blog (and a checking of the blogs I read – linked to in the left menu) with the posting of new content if there is anything to post.

Finally, I check my e-mail one more time, take care of any business and my “routine” is done.


I am kicking around the idea of doing a weekly (hopefully) podcast. Basically, this would consist of an issue or an issue or two that I would normally have blogged about, but instead will talk about. This could be any number of things, really. Why did I think of it? Because I thought it would be fun.

Thinking about it – I guess it is a pointless podcast. I could just blog it. What do you think? Would you be interested in it? Or is it just a waste of time and bandwidth.

I am an ENFJ

According to this test. Descriptions: 1 and 2.

56% Extroverted
12% Intuitive
25% Feeling
67% Judging

You are:
moderately expressed extrovert
slightly expressed intuitive personality
moderately expressed feeling personality
distinctively expressed judging personality

Via Jeremy via Darren Barefoot.

DrGregHouse.com Launches!

DrGregHouse.com has launched.

Being a fan of the show House, I decided to start a fan site. So, I worked to create what I feel is a pretty good site. I scoured the net for info and organized it. It’s running on Nucleus CMS and phpBB and I am pretty happy with it. We’ll be posting House news as it comes up (Atom and RSS 2.0 feeds available! :)) and I’ve got my friend Tanner on staff. If you’re a fan of the show, please stop by.


Fun little game. I got 5650.

Via Jeremy via TDavid.

“Criticism awaits the successful.”

I like that quote.

Also, there was a good Steve Jobs quote posted over at Common Craft.

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”



I had to notify a guy on one of my sites on a violation as he used a vulgar term which we don’t allow. Anyway, his response included this:

“Are you New to the whole admin jobby?”

Happy Fathers Day

Happy Fathers Day to all of the fathers that read my blog.