Category: Art of Blogging

  • A blogger prepares to say goodbye — Links, Links, Links

    Reflecting on the blog of Jake Seliger. By Robert Nagle

  • Facelift is a-coming!

    Blogger Robert Nagle vows to improve the look and feel of this blog.

  • New — Social Media Posts

    Happy 2021! Starting this year I’ll try to repost my social media posts from social media here on my blog. I’ve tried doing this before, but somehow I always forget to update things, or it’s too much of a bother. I’m going to try something different this time. Make a post for every 2 week…

  • Robert’s Rapid Remarks (Introduction)

    This week I’m going to start a new series (long overdue): Robert’s Rapid Blogging. I am approaching my 20th blogging anniversary and reflecting on the experience. I like blogging a lot, and there have been times where I’ve blogged often — just not anymore. As writers age, they have higher standards. It’s hard just to…

  • LIF (“Life” minus the letter “E”)

    To my dismay, for six days or so, I found that typing a particular button on my PC wouldn’t work. I had to push this button again and again until it (finally!) did its job. That nonfunctioning button was (obviously) my “e” button. How long could humans last without it? Upon making a visit to…

  • Amazon, affiliate program, goodbye!

    To my surprise and chagrin, I see that Amazon cancelled my participation in the Amazon Affiliate program (which I started a month ago). The email announcing the cancellation did not mention the reason, but after reading the terms, I see something: z) You will not display on your Site, or otherwise use, any Program Content…

  • New Strategy: Longer and Less Often

    Texas litblogger Robert Nagle announcs a change in blog strategy.

  • Housekeeping Notes

    Ok, running a little late on my roundups.   I’ve busy doing other book-related stuff. Some other thoughts. Smashwords Roundup will definitely be tomorrow (it was practically ready last week).  Before I thought I could do 4 Amazon roundups and 1 SW roundup a month. That’s not realistic. 1  SW roundup and 3 Amazon roundups seems…

  • Ok, what happened to my old stuff?

    In 2000 or so I bought the idiotprogrammer.com domain. I had intended it to be my professional portfolio site, with some bloggy articles on it. This would contrast that with my personal domain imaginaryplanet.net which would contain my (nonpseudonymous) personal/creative stuff.    About 5 or 10 years ago, I decided not to renew the domain…

  • Beware the auto-renewal beast!

    Call me a procrastinator. I plead guilty. (I have also been very busy with a move and a job search). For a while I have been meaning to transfer my domain hosting from greengeeks to a slightly more powerful hosting service to accommodate future  web projects. I kept delaying the decision for 2 years (costing…

  • Here is some news (or pre-news!)

    I have been busy publishing the first ebook story collection by Jack Matthews, the first collection he has published in 23 years. Despite the somewhat small size, I consider this to be a major work — perhaps one of his best story collections. My company will be publishing his contemporary microfiction title, Abruptions this summer.…

  • Not breaking wordpress — Oops, I just did

    This is just a test to see if I have broken wordpress. Fingers crossed that I didn’t totally break it. Update: With sorrow I report that my wordpress is broken in ways I will not disclose here. All I will say is: I’m 95% sure that the problem lies with an incompatibility between my Thesis…

  • Getting sucked into the Social Media Tractor Beam — and Trying to Break Free

    I am keenly aware of how over the past few years my blog posts have decreased while at the same time my posts on Facebook and Google Plus have soared.  It’s an odd situation — about 90% of my posts now  are AWAY FROM THIS BLOG. The reason is simple: there are significantly more readers…

  • “That Fish has been fried”–definition and explanation

    “That fish has been  fried”  is a slang phrase used in the context of  an Internet thread. It expresses (in a terse & colorful way) the speaker’s opinion that a thread is growing tiresome, tedious or repetitive and that the speaker is leaving it for that reason.   In no way does it imply that the…

  • Soon there will be book reviews! (Thank you Tablepress!)

    I am embarrassed to admit this, but one of the reasons I haven’t posted book reviews in a while is in wordpress it is difficult to make tables well. A good 2 column table is the perfect format for displaying capsule book reviews. The left cell contains the cover art; the right cell contains the…

  • Getting Up All Riled Up for Nothing

    This morning I spent 2 hours reading about a semi-scandal on the Net. I am not going to be specific or even link to commentary about the scandal. I don’t want you to be distracted; I actually spent a lot of time reading about it and the back and forth between players. I even wrote…