Blog Thoughts

I have been thinking for some time that the tech blog may not quite be something for me to continue with.  It seems, to me, to really limit what I want to talk about.  I feel like I have more ideas and photos and “stuff” that I would really like to create.  The problem is that I don’t want to create something too broad, but I also do want to create too small a niche that I lose my focus and passion for writing.

I want to express myself through the blog, but also have it be something that I could maybe earn a living from.  A travel blog might be nice, but it seems like there are a million of them out there, and I don’t know that I travel enough to be able to keep the content going as much as I would need.

So right now I am researching where I want to go and what I want to do.  Who knows, maybe the research will inspire me to just put more time and effort into this site.  Maybe it will inspire me to take this site to the next level that it needs.

Stay tuned.

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Evernote

I really do like writing in real, paper, leather-covered journal, with a real pen and real ink.  The problem is that I don’t always have them handy, nor can I always just stop what I am doing and pull out pen and journal whenever I have an idea.  The alternative for me seems to be an online journal or notebook.  I have tried a number of them including Journey, Evernote, straight up Google Docs, none of them really seem right.  I don’t own a decent laptop, and the tablet gives me the same issues as the physical journal and pen, I don’t always have it with me right when I find the need to write something down.  What I do always seem to have handy is my cell phone.

I have tried using my phone for short journal items or reminders, mostly though for to do lists when going to the store or getting a list of household projects that need to be done.  I just find that, perhaps due to age, that the phone is too small (even though I currently own a Pixel XL).  The biggest issue is, most likely, that I haven’t really given it a real chance to see if it will work for me.  But what will work for me?

I have used Evernote in the past and to be honest it is a nice platform.  I have tried others as I mentioned earlier, but for some reason keep coming back to Evernote.  That must mean there is something there, right?  I listen to leadership and business podcasts every now and then and I keep hearing these people say what an essential tool this is for them and how they couldn’t do without it.  Maybe I need to give it another chance to see if it grows on me.  The thing that I am struggling with is that it seems to be getting more and more commercial and wanting monthly subscriptions if I want to access my account on more that one device, or more storage, or more features.  What will happen if I really get hooked on it?  Will suddenly one day it will be a pay only site and then if I want access to all my stuff am I going to have to pay for it?  On the other hand I do understand the need to monetize the system as it isn’t free for the company to maintain and add new features and support.

The free sites are nice.  Who doesn’t like free?  But I find with the free stuff, you get what you pay for.  Google Docs is nice, free, but I have to create the forms and notebooks and all the extras that Evernote has already built in.  I can also use Evernote offline and it is easy to jot down a quick note on the fly, or add a photo, or audio.

I am going to give Evernote one last good, honest try and see what happens.  Who knows, it might become one of those tools that, in time, I will wonder how I ever did anything without.

 

 

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Twitter

I now have a Twitter handle for the blog.  Follow me there @thattechieblog.  Come say hi and tweet at me.  Feel free to follow and I will follow you back.

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New Content

Well I am back to writing content for the blog.  I have been quite busy with a new job and settling in to new routines and responsibilities.  To that end though there is quite a bit of content I have been building up over the months so I am really hoping to post more over the next few weeks.

Some of the things that will be coming soon are a few game reviews that are coming up, some new tech purchases I have been thinking about, and a new phone review.  Yes that’s right, I have another new phone.  So stay tuned for new posts coming.

Yes the photo I have attached to the post is nice, but really has nothing to do with this post other than the fact that I like it.  And yes it is taken with my new phone.  I will leave that up to a new post.

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Still here/MLB 16 The Show rant

I just wanted to put up a short post just so you know I am still here.  I was going to post about how there hasn’t been anything going on to post about, but that isn’t exactly true.  A true blogger will always find something to blog about.  Truth is that I really haven’t put the time into the blog and writing that I really should.  To be even more honest, I have been playing alot of MLB 16 The Show.  That kind of has me surprised though as I have never been much of a baseball fan.

Ok, I do have my favourite teams (Mariners and Cubs), but beyond that I never really watch more than a couple of games a season.  Mainly because of the length of the season.  At 162 games it is a long haul.  I get excited for the beginning of the season and then fall off shortly there after as I realize that there is so much time for things to go wrong, or right.  I think that is where MLB 16 The Show gets me.  I can play a whole game in RTTS (Road To The Show), where I can make a player and take him from minors to the big leagues, in minutes and I only have to play the plays that my player is involved in.  There are more modes and play styles in the game but I haven’t even looked at those yet.  The graphics on the PS4 are amazing.  So much so that I have had a few people ask me if I am watching a baseball game or playing a video game.

Well now, see, that wasn’t so hard to come up with a topic for a blog.  To be honest I really could go on and on about this game.  But I won’t.  Mainly because I have only really scratched the surface of what is in this game.

So now that the train of thought has totally derailed, I will get back to my original thought.  I am going to try and spread my time out between gaming and blogging and see if I can come up with a happy medium.  Stay tuned to see what happens.

 

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Short trip to Courtenay

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We recently took a quick trip to Courtenay, BC to visit some friends.  I have been going through Courtenay for years on our way to the family vacation property further north.  Often only stopping to visit my aunt and uncle who lived nearby.  We never really stopped to smell the roses so to speak, so this was a nice little trip.  My first surprise was the Mad Chef Cafe which is an amazing restaurant not to be missed if you happen to find yourself there.

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It is a very funky place with amazing food.  I had the best Oyster burger I have ever had, and I have had a few amazing ones.  The staff were very friendly and made the dining experience all the more enjoyable.  Great place to take the kids.  One tip though is that if you are going for dinner, it is probably best to try and make reservations.

The other surprise was the Riverway walk around the airport.  It was a beautiful walk, very nicely maintained.  There is even a great playground for the kids at one point.

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We stayed at the Holiday Inn which backs on to this amazing walking trail so it it something not to be missed if you stay there.  The hotel also has a great indoor pool with a huge waterslide for the kids.

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Friday blog

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I really wanted to make sure that I posted at least once a week.  Since I have been on spring break I have been really busy and haven’t had time to do much blog work.  So here is a picture of sushi.

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