Lunch With Out Of Town Friends

Today I met with some online friends who used to blog here on WordPress and used Instagram too. We have known each other via the web for three years now. Since they were in town we met up at a fun restaurant next door to the world-famous Pawn Stars shop, the same one you see on the television.

This restaurant is owned by Rick Harrison who owns the pawnshop. The food there is absolutely delicious! We three had a nice chat about many things including WordPress. The other photos were taken on the way home from lunch. Today is so beautiful, sunshine and 85 perfect degrees.

I have several more photos from today to share, please stick around!

Another Chat With WordPress

Exchanging comments yesterday with a fellow blogger, I became annoyed again with how WordPress has forced that stupid block editor on its users and community, with no option to continue using the Classic editor. Below are my opening thoughts in the chat yesterday:

Thanks for your time. I have the Business Plan and am using the Classic Editor plugin. I have read so many blogs lately that talk about the changes made for them by WP, especially the block editor. Most people don’t like it including me. Why does WP feel that it’s OK to force these changes on blog owners? It’s not OK. Nobody really wants your new editor. And, will my plugin be taken away too, thereby forcing me to use the dumb block thing? This could force me off of WP.

The chat went on for about ten minutes, to make this long story short, I do not believe that WordPress truly gives a shit about their users, or customers if you prefer. The person on the other keyboard did a masterful job of smooth-talking with me and I just don’t buy it. Since I have the overpriced Business Plan, I still use the classic editor, but the cost to be able to retain such basic features is too much in my view. Shame on WordPress and its greedy business.

Thank You For 200K

I want to say a warm thank you to each of my followers for this wonderful milestone for this simple photoblog, run by an amateur photographer who loves his photographic journey one day at a time. Thank you! I found the potatoes and chili iPhone photos on the phone, so why not add them in? Have a delicious day my friends.

Drone Days

Should I spend the money on another drone? I sold my first drone because I was frustrated with too many rules and regulations. I suppose this ‘hobby’ is completely run by the fools in Washington by now since these people always believe that they know what is best for the lot of us. Oh hell no they don’t!

On another note, did you find some changes in your Site Admin this morning? I did. No, the legacy editor I’m using via a plugin wasn’t taken away thank God, but the left sidebar has been altered to make you use a different Stats page which actually works better. Gee, WordPress did something right?

I Must Be Doing Something Right

Las Vegas Photoblog is technically five years old although the numbers in the Archive Search in the sidebar don’t reflect this. Those years were removed due to storage limitations thanks to the dolts at WordPress and their greed. That said, I am now running the Business plan and its terrible price. The tradeoff is that the site storage limit is way higher now and that I am running plugins for the custom fonts and items in the sidebar too.

I believe that the name of this blog has helped accelerate the views number but also that I am not that bad of an amateur photographer either. I very much appreciate each of my followers and wish that more of them would return and comment once in a while. I am thankful for so many of you that do return both daily and occasionally, you are very much appreciated! I plan to continue this meager photoblog indefinitely at this point. Wow, 200,000!

Commenting Issues

Over the last few days, it has come to my attention that some of you are having difficulty posting your comments to this blog. I apologise for these problems, friends. Honestly, I have no idea what could be causing these problems. Several weeks ago, I purchased the Business Plan which is ridiculously priced, but there are some nice advantages and upgrades too. Using my iPad and iPhone, I see no issues with how the site loads up and does so very quickly.

Please leave me a comment about this should you have any problems, I will appreciate that. Just one other thing I want to add to this space. Are you a Twitter user? I recently set up a Twitter account and have made maybe three tweets to the account. My problem with Twitter is the way the platform is set up. I find the entire system very confusing and just a mash of stuff thrown onto a web page. The tutorials I’ve seen don’t really help me much…

That said, I’m not so sure I will continue to use Twitter. Other than Las Vegas Photoblog, my only other social media platform has been Instagram for at least three years, I have plenty of online friends there, some of which I also follow on WordPress. All of this came about from my IG account being recently hacked. Gladly, I was eventually able to recover the account still intact. I have over 8000 posts on Instagram too which is a sizeable investment.

This is a rather big investment in my photography hobby and time. The biggest thing I dislike about Instagram is the bloody advertising. Every fourth or so account you pass, wham, another ad. I remember the days before the evil Facebook purchased Instagram, such a damn shame because of the ads, and because I have never used Facebook and never will so this puts me in a situation. But what can any Instagram user do, other than not use the platform?

Here are two Sony RX100-7 photos from yesterday.

Snow Squalls Blow Over The Ridge

This morning I headed back out to the open desert for some landscape photos since the weather called for snow showers at higher elevations. I was well rewarded for the trip out there. I brought the 200mm lens along but never used it since the 24/70mm was doing a dandy job with its wider angle.

I did stop by Calico Basin for some (redundant) squirrel photos, but the little buggers were apparently hiding from the strong, very cold wind. Just one brave squirrel came out from the thick bushes to grab a peanut I threw out. Even the little birds were not interested in coming out to play.

Smart little birds and squirrels! It really was quite cold up there, all I had on was a Tee and light jacket, oops.

I will upload a few more landscapes tomorrow with the snow coming over the ridge of the escarpment, or fault line. Since my Instagram account is now dead, I have thought about my posting schedule here on the blog. Things seem different now for the blog, so, what I am going to do now is upload just twice per day.

I fully admit to uploading too much which has made it somewhat difficult for folks that follow this blog to keep up with the busy schedule I’ve used for a long time now. I hope this change will help my visitors! I will be looking around for another platform for my photography to reside at too, which will take some time to figure out.

I hope you like this next set of photos, thanks for stopping by!

The Other Sony Photos

While not exciting, these three photos do show my beloved blue sky looking beautiful as always. That little Sony does take some dandy photos, eh? After crawling out of the sack this morning, my left leg muscles were strangely sore until I remembered the reason why. Ouch! Coming down the grade yesterday on that loose gravel and rocks, I nearly went ass-over-teakettle.

You know, when your moving too fast and are a bit out of control? The Sony may have met its demise should I have rolled down the hill. For the last few days, the Lightbox feature wasn’t working correctly so I was using the Slideshow feature. Unable to find a solution, I opened a chat with one of those WordPress happiness engineers as they like to call themselves.

As much as I and so many others have complained about that damned block editor problem, I need to give credit where it’s due. Whoever this person was on the other keyboard helping me was, she was extremely helpful and did some digging around while I waited. After fifteen minutes or so, she had the problem sorted out. I was again a happy camper, haha!

Whether this speed and efficiency have anything to do with my purchasing that damn Business Plan, I don’t know but it seemed like a much faster response time. Thanks, WordPress. There, credit was paid. Beyond this, the site runs much more quickly than it did before the plan. I suspect that it’s because of the plugins that are speeding this site up so much.

Looking Deep Into The Deep Blue

Good morning friends, welcome to Monday morning, I hope you have a wonderful, blessed week. I took these photos in the backyard early this morning since I have zero new photography. Last night, I wrote a post in an external editor regarding this blog. It’s a draft at the moment but to sum it up, this blog is not what I wanted it to be. It’s not as successful as I had hoped for.

Of course, I have everything to do with this. My photos are pretty darn good for an amateur photographer, but the blog lacks a broader list of subjects such as more trips into the desert, or day trips where I could go to Death Valley, or Laughlin or Hoover Dam for example. The pandemic has plenty to do with this, of course, it’s not so smart to be out and about too much is it?

I’ve been using Instagram for at least three years now under the same account name and I very much enjoy the platform. I have over three hundred followers there, and many more of those followers interact with me on a daily basis than do here on WordPress where I have at this moment, two-hundred-fifty-one followers. But, only a small percentage ever come back to visit.

Last night, I was considering leaving this blog as-is and basically walking away from it regardless of the fact that there is a small fortune invested in it in terms of money and so much of my time putting posts together and all of the photography processing. Honestly, the investments are at this point, not really worth my time and effort. The other option is a complete, total takedown.

I need to think about this a little longer

Pulling Out Some Oldies

Well, since I’ve not been out of the house today, I have nothing new for this space so here ya go. I pulled these photos down from the cloud. On a different thought, after using this site for a full day now I will say that the ‘upgrade’ I made yesterday for the WordPress Business plan has this site loading much faster both the site and the Admin pages just pop right up. Nice!

It does help though, that I have a super-fast cable service too. It was worth? the too-high price they want for one year but no regrets yet. And yes, I was totally against this plan, however, the damned block editor will come, the works perfectly well classic editor will go away next year. That’s no longer an issue, nor is storage space. Still, the price is too damn high, Matt!