Goodbye, Post A Week

So, I guess, I failed the Post A Week challenge, massively. My last post was in early March, almost 10 weeks ago. Well, never mind. Like I said in the beginning, I do this mainly for fun. Recently, I just preferred other things to writing blog posts. That doesn’t mean that I have to stop completely, but I allow myself not to have a target schedule anymore.

Thank you, WordPress.com, for the idea and the challenge! Maybe, I’ll try again next time. To anyone who is still on the Post A Day/Week challenge, keep up the good work and enjoy!

How to get a list of your blog posts on your website

I have recently updated my website. One of the things I wanted to include was a list of my most recent blog posts. Well, not the whole posts, but the titles of and links to them. I searched a bit and found RSS-to-JavaScript.com. It does exactly what I had hoped for and is also damn easy to use. Paste/type the RSS feed address into one text field, choose a few options and click on create JavaScript. Then you can copy that code snippet and paste it into the html file of your website. Or a local file if you want to create your very own RSS feed reader. (I’m getting ideas there …) To also include my twitter updates, I used the twitter widget.

You can admire the result here not anymore, unfortunately.

Post A Week 2011

Should I really? Really really?

WordPress.com has started two challenges for 2011, “Post A Day 2011” and “Post A Week 2011”, together with the blog The DailyPost, providing tips and ideas for topics. I’ll certainly only go for the latter. The year only has 52 weeks, that’s 52 blog posts. That seems just about doable to me. And this one already counts as the first one. Ha! 😛

I guess I’ll give it a try. If you already read my blog, I hope you’ll encourage me with comments and likes, and good will along the way.

Oh and: Have a Happy New Year 2011!

Why I started this blog

Well, first of all, I love reading other blogs. The day I found Google Reader not long ago, I immediately added 30ish feeds on there, for blogs I had already been checking almost daily and some others I had given up checking because they had too infrequent updates for that, and I keep adding almost every other blog I stumble upon. I somehow want to add my bit to this as well and not only be a passive consumer anymore.

I like computer stuff. I like trying out new things and playing around with them until I can get them to do what I want. I already enjoyed going through all the themes a lot, trying a few, and tweaking things a tiny bit. I first chose Contempt, then decided for the current theme Vigilance. Although, I also like Albeo and Spectrum

I want to practice touch typing. A while ago, I did this one day touch typing course that teaches you which letter to type with which finger and how. Then you only need to keep practising to become quicker over time. Well, here I go.

I am too lazy to write. This is not as contradictory as it sounds. I am very bad at replying to friends’ emails. Now I will be able to direct them here. O:-)

I keep talking to myself anyway. Whenever I’m alone and my mind isn’t occupied, I end up talking to myself, usually just in my head. And yes, that is perfectly normal and healthy. So I can as well try and sort my thoughts, type them up and send them out into the world.

I just want one. I want to prove myself and the world that I can keep a blog running for more than a week or so. That said, I promise nothing. This blog is purely for fun. I don’t plan to become famous, not with this blog at least, maybe with some groundbreaking research in the future. (I’m allowed to be optimistic, ain’t I?)

So what about you? If you have a blog yourself, why did you start it in the first place? And why do you keep it up? If you don’t, any particular reason for that?