I start my 3rd-week with the “Low Carb” diet this week, and I can honestly say it’s going very well. I’m getting a little tired of the limited food choices, but I found a few cookbooks over the weekend that should help mix things up a little.
My original goal was to do this for 2 weeks, but I’ve been so pleased with the results I’m going to keep up with it for a while. I’ll admit I’ve had a few cheat meals, but just being conscious of what I’m eating vs. just eating to bet full has been truly eye-opening. Also, the energy I’ve gained by drastically reducing carbs (and sugars) makes this all worth it.
Dining out has been a little tricky, but it’s doable. I’ve found most restaurants have a low-carb option on their menu, although it’s not always called that. Asking for things without bread or adding a green vegetable over fries or other starches helps keep the carbs down. Now on to our regular programming…
I decided to refresh the look of the site over the weekend & turned on a new theme called “Kvarken”. It’s an older theme and might not be supported in upcoming releases of WordPress but it was time for a refresh. I still haven’t found the “perfect” theme for the site, but as time goes on, I keep getting closer. Unfortunately, there are so many themes to choose from, and many of them are not backward compatible with what I’ve been using, so I’m a little limited in my options.
I downloaded the Grammarly app over the weekend, and I’m in the process of testing it out both personally and at work. Grammarly is a real-time spelling and grammar checker with a huge list of features available (when you pay for a subscription to access them). However, the free version is also very useful and might be what I fall back to after my 90-day subscription ends.
Finally this week… The NY Times had an interesting article about the “issues” created when switching from plastic bags to cotton “totes”.
Finally the upload error has been fixed! If you like to MoBlog (mobile blog) you’ve probably run into the (mobile client) upload errors that have plagued recent versions of WordPress. The latest update finally fixes that and makes it easy to draft/publish blog entries when away from the computer.
If you’ve been a webmaster very long (I started in 1995) you learn quickly that links to external sites will eventually break. Website-sites go down, domain names change, pages get stale (and eventually deleted), old pages become available via subscription only, and finally sites get abandoned
As you build your site the number of links can get pretty large. IndyScan.com has several thousand links and up until recently it’s been a challenge to make sure every link took you somewhere.
When I moved the site to a new host last weekend I found an application that makes the process of monitoring external links a breeze. Broken Link Checker has been a HUGE help with cleaning up dead links in posts and it does it automatically every couple of days. I even get an email report letting me know what’s broken and why.
If you use WordPress this is an awesome FREE plugin to help you maintain the links on your site.
I’ve been using WordPress (WP) for a while now & thought I knew all of the ins and outs. After playing this game I’ve discovered I still have a lot to learn.
Click the image to play the game for yourself!
I’m thinking about changing the look and feel of the Blog again. Unfortunately I can’t seem to find a theme that I completely like. That’s where the flexibility of WordPress comes in; I can design my own! Now I just need to set aside the time needed to research, develop, test and implement.
Since the beginning of this blog I’ve been looking for ways to use technology to write more. I don’t always have the laptop with me but my Blackberry never leaves my site. What else do you need, right? well, it’s not that easy…
The folks at WordPress have released the latest version of their mobile application and it seems to resolve some of the issues I was encountering when attempting to update the Blog when on the move. While the Blackberry app is functional I’m finding the iPhone (iPod touch in my case) is a little more streamlined for quick blogging on the go. I just can’t quite get used to the virtual keyboard on the IOS devices…
With either mobile platform the addition of graphics to the post is more difficult and, unless you remember all of the HTML tags, formatting can be a little tricky. There are ways to publish via email, and that might be worth pursuing more.
In the end, nothing really beats sitting down with the laptop and being able to visualize the blogging process. I find myself using the mobile devices to capture blog post ideas and subjects and finishing/publishing the post from the laptop. Perhaps that’s where I need to concentrate my efforts…
Hey Bloggers, what tools are you using? I’m especially interested in hearing from the local food bloggers. Are you writing your reviews while mobile or using the computer when you return from your visit?
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