Category Archives: blogging

Nothing Lasts (not even audio players)

Why doesn’t anything seem to last these days?

Last year, our podcast host shut down operations and I had to find a new home for all of my audio files. In the process, some shows were lost.

Today, I logged on to my favourite media player for blog posts and found this message.

So, the players on the bottom of all of my posts no longer work. It’s going to take me some time to fix all of those broken links.

I don’t understand why Mixpod has ceased operations but still seems to have an app. I don’t have an iPhone, tablet computer, or anything that will let me run apps. I just have a blog. A blog with broken audio players. I better get to fixing those.

200,000 Pageviews!

Last year about this time, my blog reached 100,000 pageviews. I was proud of this milestone even though it took me four years to reach it.

Now, less than one year later, I’ve doubled that number.

Silent Cacophony has just reached 200,000 pageviews.

Here are my stats for the week.

I know I don’t have a superstar blog but I am really happy with what I’ve built here over the past five years.

Thanks for sharing this journey with me.

Silent Cacophony Turns 5!

In March of 2007 I started this blog with a very specific goal. I wanted to become a published author and thought it would be a great idea to establish a presence online. So I started this blog with the goal and desire to become a published author within five years.

Well, tomorrow, this little blog celebrates its 5th birthday. It feels like a great accomplishment in and of itself and it is definitely worth celebrating.

I have fallen a little short of my goal of becoming a published author. However, I am not giving up on that dream. While it looks like it may not happen by the end of 2012, I am still dedicated to getting my name in print. It doesn’t matter how long it takes.

I am still writing and perfecting my craft. I will be participating in Script Frenzy again next month and in National Novel Writing Month in November. I plan on writing a Teaching Tip ebook later this year as well. So lots of things are in motion. I am currently working on a few revisions and hope to start sending out queries soon.

What I didn’t know when I started out this little blog was that it would become a hub for teachers. I was unaware that my Teaching Tip Tuesday posts would become a popular feature here on the blog. While the posts may not get much in the way of comments, they continue to give teachers what they are looking for and I’m glad.

I also had no idea that I would become part of a radio show and a regular contributor to a hip-hop magazine website. I am having so much fun producing radio segments, doing artist interviews, podcasting, and writing album reviews and articles.

Overall, I can say that my foray into the blogosphere has been a great experience. Thank you for tagging along with me.

Please leave a comment below and help celebrate my blogging birthday!

Thanks!

I Should Blog That!

Illustration depicting thought.Image via Wikipedia

There have been many, many occasions where I have been out and about and thought, “I should blog about that!”

Ideas float around in my head constantly. I can be inspired by something as simple as a comment or part of a conversation. Sometimes a great idea comes from something I have read or seen.

Most of the ideas that float around in my head would be great topics of discussion here at Silent Cacophony.

I’ve been blogging for a while and I am never at a loss for ideas. The thing that stops me from posting all these things is, invariably, time.

I simply don’t have the time to write everything that I want to.

That being said, I’m sorry for the ideas that have floated by and away from me. It’s too late to catch all those strays.

I still want to write…
– album reviews for projects that came up earlier this year.
– those interesting blog challenge and unity days that have long since passed
– commentaries about events that have passed.

Those strays are gone, but I do have ideas for posts and short stories that I have scribbled down that will, hopefully, see the light of day soon.

Hey, I just thought of something else – I should so blog about that.

Gotta go now. See you soon! Happy blogging!

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It’s My Self-Referential Introduction Post

My girlfriend reads exactly one blog. Mine! The other day she asked if she could do a guest post. So without further ado, here is Witgirl.

After this I’m no longer a virgin

I’m new to the blogosphere, yet thanks to the trusty guidance of Chase March I am slowly becoming acquainted.  I know I talk a lot however when it comes to writing something, I’m at a loss for words.  I also question whether or not what I am about to write really matters.  I know I often will read a post, reflect on it then move on.  It has become a part of my daily routine, yet with all else that life has going on I soon forget.   I am by no means a writer; I am just a very curious person who is open to learning and experiencing new things.

I think it is at about this point where I should voice my opinion about something, to give my post a little street credit.  Here it is, I hope you’re ready for it.

I work in a hospital where there are a lot of veterans as patients. I have gotten to know some of them quite well over the years.
At first I thought the patients were there because they had no family members to look after them, it made sense.As I have discovered over the years, they have family, lots of them.

It seems as though family members appear when the patient is near death.

Why?

Why was this person not important before they were dying?

It really irks me to see this happen time and time again. These last minute visits seem very insincere. I see these men on a daily basis, bored and lonely. There is one man in particular who waits in the foyer daily for an hour hoping his son is coming to visit on his way home from work. The son only comes roughly once a month. I have a feeling I will be seeing him more as his father has fallen ill recently and most likely won’t live much longer. Sad isn’t it?

I guess the point I’m trying to make is if you have an older family member who lives alone, in a hospital or a nursing home take the time to visit them. They devoted so much of their life directly or indirectly helping to make yours, it’s time you do the same.

I honestly thought I wasn’t going to use this opportunity to rant about something but here I am.

One last thought for today, hopefully something bring a laugh: SOME PEOPLE ARE LIKE SLINKIES – NOT REALLY GOOD FOR ANYTHING BUT THEY BRING A SMILE TO YOUR FACE WHEN PUSHED DOWN THE STAIRS. Try not to be a slinky.

– Witgirl

Thank you MC Lars for the title idea. We stole it from your song. 

I Thought It Wasn’t For Me

It’s no secret that I don’t like social networking sites. I’ve written about this topic several times here on Silent Cacophony. That’s why you will probably be surprised that I have been won over by one of them.

That’s right, I am on Twitter and enjoying it. At first I didn’t get it and I thought about quitting the site several times but I hammered on anyway. As I did, I realized that Twitter can actually be a useful device.

Twitter is essentially a microblog reader. You post small updates that can be no longer than 140 characters. It sounds really limiting and when I first heard of Twitter, I immediately decided that it wasn’t for me. But I tried it out for a while and began to see the benefits.

So what won me over?

1) I have picked up more readers and subscribers to my blog since I have been on there.
2) It isn’t difficult to get updates. If you decide to follow someone, their posts end up on your homepage and it is quick and easy to scan them.
3) You can find out some interesting things about your favourite artists. MC Lars posts regular updates about his tour. They are cool to see.
4) It is quick and easy to post things up.

Here are the latest Tweets that I have posted there;

“I’m working on my short story for the contest that @writerdad is hosting. Entries are due Friday. Look for my story later this week.”

“I’m glad most people here write in sentences. I don’t get text message lingo. I’m too old school but not old enough for Twitter, it seems.”

“I should be writing now. I said I was. Maybe just knowing that you know I’m working on this story will get me moving & get in done in time.

“Just joined a twibe. Visit http://twibes.com/kidlitosphere to join”

“Still working on my short story. I don’t know why I always find it harder to write one of these than an entire novel.”

“Watching Sopranos Season 3 DVD. Episode 1 is amazing. I love the way it is cut and the music editing is brilliant.”

“Check out this intriguing blog post about the “Privitization of the English Language” and trademarks on @zen_habits

If you are intrigued or like what you see. Head on over to http://twitter.com/chasemarch and follow me.

Double Spacing Between Sentences is Not Cool Anymore!

I never really learned how to type properly. I’m not horrible at it. I can type fairly fast but I only use about four fingers and a thumb to do so.

I remember learning that it was proper to hit the space bar two times at the end of each sentence. For typewriters this was an important rule. It also helped to do so if you had a dot-matrix printer (I did by the way).

The problem is that with the computer fonts we have these days two spaces can often look wrong. It can also lead to some weird formatting problems.

I have always written paragraphs with two spaces after each sentence. I’ve been doing so for years.

Whenever I publish something online, whether it be a blog entry or a comment, I always check to make sure it looks okay. Sometimes the double space causes formatting problems and actually fragments a perfectly good paragraph.

I subscribe to an agent’s blog and he had a post on there a few weeks back about what was proper – one space or two. Most people voted that one space was better. I voted for two and decided that there was nothing wrong with it. I wasn’t going to change.

But then I decided that it might be good to change my habits to reflect the times. It has been hard to change. I always hit that space bar twice. So all week I have been going back and deleting one of the spaces. This is taking up a lot of time. Maybe after a while I will just automatically only insert one space. Or perhaps I am forever doomed to filling in that extra space for the rest of my life.

Editors will painstakingly have to delete all those spaces. They will curse at me and my old school ways. Or maybe I will get it. Does it even matter though? What do you think?

Year Three of My Five-Year Mission

My five-year mission was simply to write as much as possible with the goal of being published within five years. I started this blog two years ago today with that goal in mind. It seemed achievable and I have been working towards that end since then.

This was my first-year update at the start of year-two.

This past year, I finished writing another novel. I revised and rewrote sections of my young adult novel as well. I believe that it is nearly ready to be shopped around to publishers. I really like how this story turned out.

I wrote my first short story this year. You can read it for free here.

So far I have written a screenplay, a verse novel, a young adult novel, a literary novel, a short story, and 504 blog entries. That’s a pretty good haul for two years.

I also joined the airwaves this past year and became part of the production team for Dope FM, a hip hop mix show on 93.3 CFMU here in Hamilton. The show is available as a podcast each and every week.

I have interviewed artists and really enjoyed my role as an on-air personality. This year, I will be launching a new monthly segment for the show on the history of hip-hop. I am really excited about this project.

It should be another stellar year here at Silent Cacophony. Thanks for coming along with me on this mission. I really love having this outlet and I appreciate you reading my words, commenting on posts, and following me on Twitter.

Happy Blog Birthday Silent Cacophony!

Here’s to a great Year 3!

Journal Vs Blog

Last year, I wrote 250 blog entries. Do the math.

250 entries divided by 365 days in the year = a 68.5% efficiency.

That number is misleading though since my goal was to write a blog entry every weekday. So let’s revise the numbers

52 weeks in a year times 5 days a week = 260 potential blogging days

I actually posted 250 entries so let’s divide that by 260 to get a 96% efficiency rate.

I would say that’s a pretty good record.

Let’s look at my journal now. I started it up quite a long time ago. I have managed to keep it updated but my entries have gotten to be very few and far between. I want to correct that this year. I have lots of things to write about that I wouldn’t want to put on the World Wide Web. My journal still has a purpose, even if I have neglected it.

Total Journal Entries 56

56 divided by 365 days in the year = 15% efficiency

Of course blog entries are short, most are only about 300 words long. My journal entries by nature are much larger, most of them are anywhere from a page and a half to six pages.

Total journal pages for 2008 = 134 pages.

Each entry is then roughly 2 and a half pages long. I guess that’s not too bad. I bet if I counted the number of pages I did the year before, it would probably be pretty close to that number as well.

There used to be a time when I wrote in my journal every single day. I love being able to look back at my old writing and relive those moments in time. I really wish I could write in them more, but I just don’t have the time. I write blog entries, journal entries, and fiction.

I probably write now more than I ever did. I guess I don’t need to keep score. This really isn’t a contest. My blog and my journal both have their place and my attention. They both are permanent records of my thoughts at the time. As such, my writing serves as a time machine to my mind state and feelings at the time of each entry. That is the magic behind my writing and what keeps me going.