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A gentle reminder…

Hello again.

I have noticed there has been a certain amount of understandable confusion, surrounding the switchover from this blog to my new home, Return of the Internet Nobody, with some readers possibly being directed to the wrong site from e-mail notifications.

So this should clarify matters once and for all:

THIS BLOG HAS MOVED TO A NEW LOCATION, BUT HAS KEPT THE SAME DOMAIN NAME – diaryofaninternetnobody.com

All you need to do is to CLICK THIS LINK and re-follow me from over there.

I hope that has reduced the possibility of further misunderstandings and I look forward to seeing you all soon on my shiny new site.

Thank you for your attention and I apologise again for any unnecessary confusion.

 
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Posted by on August 22, 2017 in Blogging

 

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The last post…

This is it, the time has finally come.

I’m making the Big Leap to a brand new blog, Return of the Internet Nobody, which now resides at the domain this one occupied until earlier today.

Yes, WordPress’ Happiness Engineers have just informed me that all the virtual juggling has been completed and this post is being published at my old dalecooper57.com address, so I will now be posting everything to my lovingly crafted new site, starting with this week’s SoCS post on Sunday.

I am going to add a static page to the front of this blog, to redirect anyone who comes here to join me over at Return of the Internet Nobody, but I hope you’ll make the switch with me today by quickly following the link and clicking that follow button when you arrive.

I’m massively grateful and hugely flattered that more than 850 of you have already chosen to follow me this deep into the blogosphere and it wouldn’t have been anywhere as much fun, without all the amazing people I’ve met on my five year voyage of discovery, so thank you for your support, you’re all awesome.

See you on the other side.

Love and peace,

dalecooper57
(Guy Thair)
19/08/17

 
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Posted by on August 18, 2017 in Blogging

 

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Right, where was I?

Right, where was I?

It’s here!
My new blogging home is taking shape and I’d love you to go over there and check it out in situ, so you can give me your first impressions of my creative efforts.

It is still in the development stage at the moment, but it will be up and running very soon.

Just click where it says “Return of the Internet Nobody”…

RETURN OF THE INTERNET NOBODY

So here we are on a brand new blog, which I’ve decided to call Return of the Internet Nobody, because it didn’t appear to be broken, so I didn’t fix it. Well, I did give myself a definite article, by way of a promotion.

The Internet Nobody sounds a bit more important than just being any old nobody and I have been at this blogging lark for over five years now, so I figured I deserved some recognition, even if it was only from myself.

I’m still in the process of tinkering with the overall layout of this blog, so you’ll notice new pages and widgets being added over the next few weeks, because it’s always fun to play with new toys. In fact, the whole point of this post is so I can see what it looks like when I add new content over the top of my…

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Budget blogging, maxed out media and the Next Big Step…

I would have liked to begin this post with a nice, eye-catching photo, but I can’t, because, as of yesterday, Diary of an Internet Nobody is full.

I suppose I realised, in a tangential, vague sort of way, that there was a limit to the number of media files I could upload on my free WordPress plan, but I hadn’t actually considered what reaching that limit would result in.

Now I know.

No. More. Pictures.

I really don’t like the sound of that, not at all.

When I first started blogging, five years ago, I had no idea what I would do with my own little corner of the internet; it was just another experiment in what could be achieved with my trusty phone, a void to shout nonsense into, in the hope someone would listen.

But it evolved, it grew extra parts, it multiplied, it spawned siblings and bred with other blogs to produce interesting hybrids, it settled into its own comfortable space in the blogosphere and started to enjoy itself. It discovered there was more to being a blog than just words.

The most enjoyable extraliterary elements, for me anyway, are the photography/video/animation projects, which have continued to evolve as smartphone technology rapidly develops more complex apps and software, enabling me to dabble in almost any medium I fancy, for just a few quid or, more often than not, for free.

I have always loved taking pictures, ever since I was a kid, (although I’ve never owned anything more complicated than a 35mm point and shoot “instamatic” camera) so finding a phone which could produce high resolution photos and video was a big step in upping my game. And because the smartphone became my weapon of choice for blogging, it seemed only natural that I should employ it in the photographic phase of my own personal creative renaissance, too.

Meaning that, the more I got into blogging, the more photography I did.

And the more photography I did, the more I wanted to show off my newly-found skills and improvised audio visual experiments, to the point that I began a whole new blog to showcase my creative efforts.

However, Diary of an Internet Nobody was my first and proudest blogging achievement and I ended up wanting to post everything on here, for all you lovely people to admire and/or recoil from, depending on the vicissitudes of my oeuvre.

All of which creative outpourings have led to my current situation, a blog with no space left for further photographic adventures.

Which, as I see it, leaves me with four main options:

1 – Continue the blog, but with no pictures (not an option I’m willing to contemplate).

2 – Move to a paid WordPress plan, doubling my storage space in one go and gaining still more space by “optimising” media file sizes for future uploads (something to consider, although it means a double compromise; I have always promised myself that blogging would remain as cost-free as possible, as I cannot justify spending much-needed funds on what is, when all is said and done, a hobby. Plus, I don’t like the idea of lowering the resolution or quality of images I use on the blog, simply so I can add more of them) And what happens if I suddenly can’t afford to pay for it in a few years, will my lovingly crafted, lavishly illustrated journal of gibberish just cease to be?

3 – Delete old posts with photos in and/or link to copies of those posts on Photo Sans Frontiers, or possibly even use a completely new blog to archive photo posts in their entirety.

4 – Draw a line under this blog completely and leave it for anyone who wants to nose around it as it floats, adrift and rudderless in cyberspace.
Then I’d start a whole new free blog, carry on where I left off, possibly transferring my custom domain name to the new site (not that I’m even sure this is possible, so if anyone has any experience in such matters…?) and hope that I can persuade my loyal followers to…well, follow me, to pastures new.

Any thoughts?

I’ll have to make the decision soon, because I have a Cosmic Photo prompt to set on Friday and I’d like to be able to take part in my own feature, so if you would like to wade in with any advice, now’s your chance to help decide the fate of the blog you’ve gone to all this trouble to read.

 
 

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The big five oh oh…

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When I published One liner Wednesday today, I was delighted to receive a notification from WordPress, informing me that it was my 500th post on Diary of an Internet Nobody!

In a little under 4 years, the blog has had 62,700 hits, it’s been visited by 34,000 of you lovely people and has gained 558 of you as followers.

 

I’m extremely proud of my little corner of the internet and, despite not having had the slightest idea what I was doing when I started my adventure in the blogosphere, I believe that I’ve just about got the hang of it now and I’m enjoying it more every day.

Looking at those numbers, I’m quite frankly astonished that so many of you think my rants, musings, stories and ramblings are worthy of your time, so I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you all for accompanying me on my journey of exploration, discovery and improvisation.

Not only that, but I’m also rather pleased that I’ve managed to stick to my original mission statement; having no discernible theme, producing everything you see on the blog with nothing but a smartphone (and occasionally a tablet) and including as much original content as possible (including, but not limited to; general nonsense, opinion, fiction, photography, video, animation and music).

But that’s not all. Now I have three blogs to keep me busy; Diary of an Internet Nobody, the sci-fi collaboration, Starship Gypsies and my photographic blog, Photo Sans Frontiers, along with the other regular features I participate in, such as the aforementioned One liner Wednesday and Stream of Consciousness Saturday.

Speaking of which; I am about to embark on a new participation feature, namely The A-Z Blogging Challenge, which starts on Friday and continues throughout April. That should be interesting, given that I have nothing prepared for it whatsoever.

So, to celebrate this, my 501st post, here’s the latest musical creation to make it onto my lovely new Bandcamp page; a serene little number that may well be the most melodious attempt to date, which I have called, for no good reason (other than the fact that it’s quite floaty) “Glydr“.

Click the big red link below to listen to it in all its chilled-out gorgeousness.

                                                Glydr

http://dalecooper57.bandcamp.com/track/glydr

 

Thanks again for all your support, here’s to the next 500 posts.

 
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Posted by on March 30, 2016 in Arts, Blogging, Music, Personal anecdote

 

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