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The Search for New Content

So I’m trying to figure out what sort of content I want to push via my @YouTube channel, as well as my @Twitch channel… and to an extent here until Overwatch comes out (see below with my open letter to Blizzard hoping to get in the first wave) and that content push starts.

Let’s back up. My loose New Years plan was to start pushing more content this year (2015).

The idea is to push at least 30 videos to my YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/brianathomas during the year, and to try and not go over 2 weeks between videos.  So far I’ve been more or less on target (EDIT: By mid year that was no longer true, I fell way off, especially coverage of Heroes of the Storm). Sometimes a few days more, sometimes pushing a couple videos in a week. This year has seen 6 videos (2 more that were published late December that I sort of count to the 30 goal, but I’ll skip counting those for the moment since while being 27 and 28 December, they are technically from 2014, though they are under the newer format). So far so good, for the most part. Continue reading The Search for New Content

More Content Coming Soon

I said before that I was going to slow down the gaming content, but since then I’ve done nearly anything but game related posts, and in all honesty too little content. That’s all about to change.

I’m a gamer, so most of the posts will be gaming related. Be it board games, LCGs, or video games. My ideal job would be in the gaming industry, and aside from a few “what the heck why not” applications to testing/PR/Community Management type positions, I haven’t made a real serious effort to that end. So time to step up efforts, to prove myself to the gaming press and gaming industry that I can be a valued member of their teams. So I am going to try and create more content, both here and on my YouTube channel, and perhaps even my Twitch channel. The eventual goal is to either support myself via here, YouTube and possibly Twitch (bandwidth issues at the moment prevent going full steam at Twitch), or as noted, prove myself to the gaming press and gaming industry and get a job in the press, press relations, community management, testing or even development.

So watch for more gaming content coming to this blog soon. Let’s face it, as a gamer at heart and spirit, not posting about it is a disservice to whom I am and if this blog is a reflection of me, then it should be honest and reflect my passion for gaming.

Wishlists Updated

I updated my Amazon Wishlists.

Brian’s Wishlist is mostly odds and ends that I want, books, video games and the like.

Brian’s Computer Build Wishlist is the wishlist in order to build a new computer. There are a few parts from this that I could use on the computer I have now… like a new headset and webcam… the primary list above includes a hard drive I need for the computer I have now, which is different than the hard drives on this list.

There are other wishlists as well, all on the side and visible when you go to one of the above. With all lists, remember to sort by priority then go from there. 🙂

Back Up

We… well I… am back up for another year or so.
Plans:
More updates on the kids.
More Star Wars the Old Republic news/views.
iPad app reviews.

We’ll see how the best laid plans actually work out. 🙂

Trying to Block Some Posts from the Front Page

Calling all WordPress Gurus.
I am trying to block posts from a category from showing up on the front page. I tracked the category number down and put this code at the end of my functions.php file, but they are still showing up.

[php]// remove from home page
function exclude_category($query) {
if ( $query->is_home ) {
$query->set(‘cat’, ‘-11′);
}
return $query;
}
add_filter(‘pre_get_posts’, ‘exclude_category’);
// remove from home page[/php]

Am I supposed to put a call to this in my Index.php? Or am I missing something? Did they change how this works with WP 3?

Hacked

We were recently hacked. I am trying to mitigate damage as I write this. Hopefully I’ll have Internet access back at home real soon so I can properly fix everything.

Theme Change and Update Coming

I changed themes again (a few times today actually as I tested various ones out).
I’ll probably update WordPress itself here real soon. I spent this morning updating the themes and plugins to make sure they are up to date, though I may wait until 2.5 comes out in a few days.
The host seems to be having issues, so if this site doesn’t show up, or a post doesn’t on a try, try again and it usually will load. This was happening with all themes I tried today… of course if it isn’t loading then you may not be seeing this post in the first place. 😉

Now 33rd in Google for Nelson, New Zealand Blog Searches

EDIT: As I jumped from 33rd to 1st, this isn’t a Nelson, New Zealand Blog… at least yet. 🙂 So if you are searching Google or whatever, ignore this entry… hopefully you see this show up before you follow the link. Original post below:

I am presently the 33rd Google result of looking for: Nelson, New Zealand Blog. 🙂
I was actually looking for another blog I saw before and ran across mine… actually an entry from just yesterday.
I was amused… go about your normal business, there is nothing to see here.
Still trying to find that one to my entry on the Pros of Nelson, New Zealand

Intense Debate

Okay, so I have been playing with Intense Debate (ID) for today. Most of the problems I have run into are either problems with compatibility with my theme, or other plugins.
For example, my theme used to put a little gif on the sidebars for list items, however, I had to turn that off for now as when I put up Recent Comments on ID, it had that gif at a bad spot on all of them. So for now, until I figure out how to override the theme’s default on just that small section, this is calling for CSS above my norm, it seems all I need to do is set the script that adds the recent comments inside a div tag and id it with something, then in the theme’s CSS override the li placement of the gif, but none of the stuff I tried works yet, so for now the gif is gone, which honestly is okay, the thing looks fine. Odds are I’ll have to make a separate CSS for it, then let the ID system know where that CSS file is, and have that override the gif placement. More trouble then I want to go through.
Another problem is that it doesn’t work yet with the code highlighter plugin I use…or the plugin doesn’t work with the ID… time will tell on this one, I contacted both ID and the author of the plugin to see where the problem may lie. I suspect the problem may be on IDs end, and that they’ll just have to add a code highlighter themselves. This is fine since there was little code on any comments.
Importing old comments doesn’t seem to work from my old WordPress posts to the new system. I would need it not only to import them, but to keep the names if possible, a sort of self validate process.
The only other problem is that trackbacks doesn’t seem to show up.
Aside from those issues, and of those only the importer not working is of any size so far as I am concerned for the moment. It is a very good system and I recommend everyone upgrade to it. Of course we’ll see how it handles Spam and if they use Askimet or something like that.