I’ve caught the Flux! BlogFlux!

Hey all…

BlogFlux

I thought I’d try and add my blog to another blog network, this one called Blog Flux. According to their site, they have more than 95,931 blogs listed on their site and have been getting quite a number of hits on a daily basis. Yesterday, based on their statistics page, they had more than 2,318,010 unique visitors and 4,451,527 page views. I’d say they’re generating a good deal of traffic!

They also offer some cool services like e-mail obfuscation, a button maker, and so on.

So we’ll see if it helps out traffic to Fitzy Business and the Lair of the Green Knight. One can only hope!

–Fitz

“Meme”-orizing Technology Tidbits… (Techmeme)

Hi all…

This term keep surfacing in my web surfing… Meme. According to Dictionary.com, the definition is:

a cultural item that is transmitted by repetition in a manner analogous to the biological transmission of genes.

There’s a cool service for us tech junkies called Techmeme.
Techmeme logo

Techmeme’s mission is as follows (according to the Techmeme About section):

At this moment, the next big story in technology may reside on a blog you’ve never heard of or a news site you don’t have time to scan.

So I built a software agent to surface these links in real time and the result is Techmeme, the site you’re visiting now.

Coverage is driven by a mix of industry insiders, passionate independents, and established journalists. So Techmeme gets the story no matter where it appears, and often days before it hits major sites.

Techmeme has consistently provided interesting stories from the forefront of technology… Today’s headlines include information about the iPhone, FCC, AOL, Google, Intel, AMD, Blogging… and so much more. It’s a feast for the mind for us techno-geeks.

And if that wasn’t enough, Techmeme also provides a leaderboard for the top sources for the information on their pages.

Techmeme Leaderboard Top 10

So if you’re a tech junkie like myself, you can keep abreast of what’s going on in the industry pretty easily by browsing the headlines here. Techmeme does an amazing job of transmitting these technological items repeatedly!

Until next time… Enjoy!

–Fitz

Where do you find art for your website?

Hi all!

If you, like me, are bereft of art skills, (Pictionary is about as far as I go these days…) I have to recommend a subscription-based service that has served me well over the last couple of years when I needed art for my t-shirt or bumper sticker designs, or for inside a book.

Clipart.com is a spinoff of Jupiter Images, which is one of the largest image banks available online.

Clipart Banner

If you haven’t taken some time to check them out, I highly recommend them, especially for holiday clipart with Thanksgiving, Christmas, Kwanzaa, and Hanukkah coming up. (As an aside, I can hardly believe the holidays are coming.) In addition to the standard clipart, there’s tons of useful content for books as well. I found myriad pictures I could use in conjunction with the fantasy roleplaying game I wrote.

So check them out! I will be using them for blog article art from now on since I’ve seen the jump in readers when there are pictures present. 🙂

Have a great day!

–Fitz

The Home with Heather Challenge…

Hey all…

So as a relative newcomer to the blogging world, I saw the challenge from Heather from Home With Heather this morning…

Answer these questions about yourself…

  1. How long have you been blogging?
  2. What inspired you to start a blog and who are your mentors?
  3. Are You trying to make money online, or just doing it for fun?
  4. Tell me 3 things you LOVE about being online.
  5. Tell me 3 things you STRUGGLE with in the online world.

So I thought I’d try to answer these questions…

  1. I’ve been blogging for a few months personally, but just started a blog to try and generate some revenue towards the beginning of October (this blog http://www.fitzbiz.org). But before that I had been blogging on a personal blog putting up observations, movie reviews, and other odds and ends for a few months (here at http://writer.fitzhome.com).
  2. Well, initially I started blogging to write up my movie reviews. Most people who know me know that I love to see movies, so I’ll get coworkers, friends, and family members asking about what movies I’ve seen lately at the theater or on DVD. So that started out as reviews on my website, but blogging made that SOOOO much easier.Mentors? For the business side, I have to go with Yaro Starak and John Chow, but I’m finding that there’s this great big community of people who want to help, like Heather… So I’m hopeful that I’ll find a few more folks to guide me along the way!
  3. A little of both… I have three blogs — one for fun, one for business (which is fun ’cause it’s a learning experience, and one for the roleplaying game I’m trying to bring to market).
  4. I love the internet — it consistently blows my mind with the breadth of information and the people that are sharing that information. I love connecting with people from my past — recently connected with a friend of mine from High School that I’d lost touch with and found again on FaceBook. And I just love that I have a reason to write again.
  5. Like Heather, I have to say writing is sometimes the toughest part. Coming up with topics some days is also a struggle. And then fighting the addiction to keep going when I should be doing other things… Those would have to be my top three!

So Heather, thanks for making me think about myself and what I’m doing as a blogger. I’ve enjoyed many of your posts and am sure I will glean much from your blog!

Until next time…

–Fitz

Great Halloween Blog Post

Hey all!

The Great Pumpkin left us a present in the form of a blog post:

here

I thought I’d spin it off into a post of my own… Science Fiction-themed blogs…

1. Blog Trek… Boldly goes where no Blog has gone before…

2. The Blogtrix… We’re all just part of the great Blog machine… Really!!

3. The Blog Element… The perfect blogger returns to Earth to save us from anhilation!

4. The Blogger Strikes Back… A rebellious blogger is put in his place and has his homepage rampaged by an evil blog corporation…

5. The Day the Blog Stood Still… A blogger from another world comes down and speaks in Unicode, but nobody understands him until it’s too late…

6. War of the Blogs… A race of invading bloggers attacks Earth only to find that they are allergic to… gossip columns!

7. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Blog… A small, hand-held device helps intergalactic blog readers pop from one blogging universe to the next in search of a towel and a good mug of beer.

I could go on… But what do you guys think? Any cool ideas for Sci-Fi-themed blogs?

Until next time… I blog in peace!
–Fitz