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Finding Myself – Day 10 of the April Platform Challenge

Today’s April Platform Challenge; do a search on my name. Nine search engines later and boy, was I humbled, or as close to humble as I normally get.

I searched for ‘Paul K. Ellis’ on Google, Bing, Yahoo, DuckDuckGo, Ask, Dogpile, Yippy, YouTube and Google Images. First, the good news, no asheretofore previously unknown videos or images. Yay! Now, the bad news; I also do not appear in any search engine results. Wow, talk about having no social media presence.

However, if I searched for ‘dsnite’, this blog is returned at the TOP of the search on all the engines except YouTube and Google images. HA! Take that!

All a-Twitter – Day 9 of the April Platform Challenge

In today’s episode of the April Platform Challenge, we respond to three tweets. This will not end well for me. My wife and daughters claim they have well documented my Twitter addiction. I needed the break today. I was up all night suffering from seasonal sinusitis. Blergh! Naturally, the first tweet I replied to today also concerned an individual suffering from a similar malady. Birds of a feather flock together on Twitter. Hey, that’s pretty cool! Remember, you heard it here (hear – pun intended) first.

Robert has us building a brand and getting accustomed to utilizing social media. For early adopters (relatively) like myself, this part of the challenge has been comparatively easy. Makes me wonder what danger lies around the corner

In other news, I’m trying a new approach to my template and “Share” button woes. Hopefully, I won’t have to rewrite much of it to get the buttons to appear. If so, you should see them shortly. Or, you’ll see a new template. When template customizations go bad, next on Fox! 

Getting LinkedIn – Day 8 of the April Platform Challenge

Today’s April Platform Challenge is setting up a LinkedIn profile. Fortunately for me, I’ve already got one. (I told him we already got one!)

So, here I am. Come visit me at  LinkedIn.

Sharing … Not so much – Day 7 of the April Platform Challenge

The assignment for today’s April Platform Challenge is to add a “Sharing” button to my blog. As it turns out, it’s going to be harder than than I thought. I had “Share on Twitter”, “Facebook”, and “Google+” buttons on my blog. All of a sudden, they started pointing towards”nullblog.” I don’t even write on a site called “nullblog”.

The template I’m using was originally a WordPress template that got ported to the Blogger format. I’ve modified it since and it no longer plays well with the new and improved Blogger admin console. If I want to successfully add Share buttons, I’ve going to have to use a newer template, which will mean porting the graphics and style sheets to the new engine. This may not happen in April. Stay tuned.

IMHO, or perhaps, not so humble – Day 6 of the April Platform Challenge

Today’s April Platform Challenge is near and dear to my heart: giving my opinion. The exercise said to “direct your attention elsewhere.” I didn’t like the sound of that, so I changed it. Seriously, we were to read a blog post and *thoughtfully* comment on it (more on that, later). Oh, and link back to our blog; in my case, back to here! So, if you’re new here … Hiya! Strap in, things tend to get pretty weird, pretty fast.

Standard Caveats Apply

The beautiful thing about an opinion is, it’s never, ever wrong. Wait-wait-wait! Think about it. I’m not saying the information used to form the opinion or the sources the opinion is based on are never wrong; I’m saying the opinion is (due to it’s very subjective nature) never wrong; because it is an opinion, not a recitation of fact. 

The delivery, on the other hand, is a whole, ‘nother story. When some yaybob (not me) starts spouting their opinion like it’s indisputable fact, you have a troll on your hands; particularly when attempts to reason with said individual are met with derision and personal attacks – the virtual equivalent of hurling feces. Like I recommended yesterday; disengage. You are truly attempting to put lipstick on a pig. The pig doesn’t care for it and you look ridiculous for trying.

I know, I know, you’re like, “Paul, what about your opinions? You’re not shy about waxing on and on with them.” Ahem. Please click on the Standard Caveats Apply link. At present there are 10 caveats I use to disavow trollish behavior. If nothing else, just read number 1 and number 10. Especially number 10.

My victim selection was the Fit-2-Write Podcast. It’s sort of an audio blog, right? Shoutouts to Lauren “Scribe” Harris, Tee Morris, and Justin Macumber. Yes, I’m going to name drop and drag y’all into this, too.

Anywho, my clever remarks can be found here. Or, the comment will be there after it has been moderated. It may not be, though. I referenced nose-blowing. So much for thoughtful remarks.

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