A Slight Variance

Here’s a different version of that round building that is the Cox customer service building. The photos are slightly different. I heard some thunder a couple of hours ago, looking outside the cell was west of my place but it kept moving north. Damn… Once again I had a look at trying a new theme for this blog but as usual, nothing was worth the effort. Changing the theme almost always messes your site up in some way which takes time to fix. WordPress needs to get serious about the free themes they offer!

Lake and Sky

Good Saturday morning, people! These are iPhone photos from yesterday’s short bike ride. Other than being a bit chilly, it was a nice five-mile ride. Glorious sunshine and 56 degrees are up for today, maybe it’s time for another bike ride! The back end of this site has had one glitch for the last two weeks which has had me in contact with those lovely WordPress Engineers frequently.

So much so that we have been in contact via email as (they) dig into the issue. This morning, the problem seems to have been rectified. So, what’s the problem? If you have followed this site for a while then you may know that I do not allow spam blogs or businesses. I have not been able to remove those businesses or spam blogs for a while for whatever reason. They are now gone until the next time.

In the process, I have a new follower who is one of the WordPress Engineers. You can stay, Engineer!

I’ve Been Blogging Eleven Years

Why thank you so much, WordPress, for letting me know this this evening! Before I began using WP, I was on Blogger which I suspect is where many of us started blogging. I used to have a self-hosted WP site early on in this blogging thing, but that didn’t last long because it was about Michigan politics. Today I say hell no to political blogs and have very rarely mentioned anything political in this space.

Las Vegas Photoblog has been at this address since 2016, but the content doesn’t say so. Before I purchased the Business plan from WordPress, I ran out of storage way too fast and basically had to delete a hell of a lot of photography. Lovely! My first post at this address was in 2016 and I feel ripped off by you know who. Regardless, I do not regret staying with WordPress for so many years regardless of the quirks.

The Firefox Browser Is The Culprit!

This morning, I had a lengthy chat with one of those WordPress Happiness Engineers about the ongoing problems so many WordPress blogs are having. To make a long story short, when my Firefox browser did its usual automatic update, the privacy setting was different.

If you use Firefox and are having problems with using the Like button and even leaving a comment on your favorite blogs, try this: At the far left of the address window you should see a little shield. Click that, and you should get a popup with an option to turn off Enhanced Tracking Protection.

Turning that off fixes the problems, yet, I still must do this for every blog I visit which isn’t a problem at all. I hope whoever reads this and tries it will finally be able to use the Like button on other blogs. I took the photo this afternoon, it’s threatening rain but never rains which totally sucks!

Sunset 7.7.2022

Here are some sunset photos from last night, not enough clouds for my liking but they are pretty good photos. Mostly sunny and 102 toasty degrees is the forecast for the first day of the week, I wish you all a great week ahead. This morning I found that nothing has changed regarding the dysfunction with WordPress. What do you think? Will those “happiness engineers” resolve the problems? This is ridiculous!

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.

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!

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!

Random, Crazy Thoughts

This list came to me via my buddy in Michigan yesterday, a collection of thoughts. Before I paste the information I want to admit something. Maybe it’s bad, maybe not but after all of my pissing and moaning about that damned block editor, I went so far as to purchase the Business plan offered by WordPress.

I’ve tired of the ridiculous space limitation imposed on the users here, and dealing with that freaking block editor being the only choice at some time next year. Hence, I made the purchase. So far, I don’t regret this.

The links to choose the Block or Classic editor are gone, the link now goes directly to the classic editor thanks to the plugin. Also, the entire site is loading much more quickly which is great, I hope it will also load as quickly for you too. Moving along now…

1. When one door closes and another door opens, you are probably in prison.
2. To me, “drink responsibly” means don’t spill it.
3. Age 60 might be the new 40, but 9:00 pm is the new midnight.
4. It’s the start of a brand new day, and I’m off like a herd of turtles.
5. The older I get, the earlier it gets late.
6. When I say, “The other day,” I could be referring to any time between yesterday and 15 years ago.
7. I remember being able to get up without making sound effects.
8. I had my patience tested. I’m negative.
9. Remember, if you lose a sock in the dryer, it comes back as a Tupperware lid that doesn’t fit any of your containers.
10. If you’re sitting in public and a stranger takes the seat next to you, just stare straight ahead and say, “Did you bring the money?”
11. When you ask me what I am doing today, and I say “nothing,” it does not mean I am free. It means I am doing nothing.
12. I finally got eight hours of sleep. It took me three days, but whatever.
13. I run like the winded.
14. I hate when a couple argues in public, and I missed the beginning and don’t know whose side I’m on.
15. When someone asks what I did over the weekend, I squint and ask, “Why, what did you hear?”
16. When you do squats, are your knees supposed to sound like a goat chewing on an aluminum can stuffed with celery?
17. I don’t mean to interrupt people. I just randomly remember things and get really excited.
18. When I ask for directions, please don’t use words like “east.”
19. Don’t bother walking a mile in my shoes. That would be boring. Spend 30 seconds in my head. That’ll freak you right out.
20. Sometimes, someone unexpected comes into your life out of nowhere, makes your heart race, and changes you forever. We call those people cops.
21. My luck is like a bald guy who just won a comb.