Saturday, April 2, 2011

Passing 300

Ugh, I wish this had come at a better time. Right in the middle of writing this I learned that my grandmother has only about 2 days to live. She has signed the papers for life support to be cut off. She's been in the hospital the last couple days and had a pacemaker put it, but she just doesn't look like she's gonna make it. So my whole family is heading up there for this. I know you all will understand that all updates and everything are put on hold, and I am going to turn off comment moderation so that way I don't have to constantly check it. Anyways, here is what I had written about passing 300:

I passed 300 followers! (A shout out to cool_cicler for being number 300.)

It feels pretty awesome to know so many people have an interest in astronomy. I have also enjoyed the comments and support I have received. I plan to keep going with blogging, who knows where it will take me.

You guys are what it's about though. The chance to bring some new ideas and perspective to people. I like trying to answer your questions when you have them. And then just the general following of astronomy news and relating it to others. I really have been trying hard to produce interesting content for anyone who reads this blog.

Future Blog Plans: somethings to look forward to.

-Template. Work on getting perhaps a more official/professional look to the 'HZs of the Internet'. Some people have said it's fine when I show it to them, but I like to nitpick at this sorta thing.

-Advertise! Of course that is how you get more readers. I just need to find an effective way to do so. 'Grassroots' seems to have been working, but there's only so far. I am going to look into Carnivals, in particularly astronomy/space related ones.

-A banner. I am tired of just having text. I need an image to associate with this blog. This may also come with a button too. So if any kind soul would like to donate some time into making me a banner, I would appreciate it. Also, if you really need it, I'm sure some form of compensation could be determined, I would definitely advertise you as the banner creator.

-Address. Getting a web address that isn't a XXXX.blogspot.com seems like a good idea and could have wider appeal. Eventually there is a goal in my mind to move this entirely off of blogger, perhaps through wordpress or something. Blogger is a nice place, but I see it more as a petri dish for testing things out. This blog is still less then 2 months old, I am learning how things work.

-Astrophotography. With my own camera on its way, and the couple of images I have been posting from the HCAS, I plan to increase astrophotography. Bringing you all more great images of the night sky.

That more or less wraps things up. I have a regular post going up to. As I said in the beginning, this isn't the best time for me. In addition to that, there isn't a good internet connection or cell phone reception where my grandma lives, so it will be quite physically impossible for me to do much. I will be back though, don't give up hope on that, even if it might take a week. I have really enjoyed this experience of writing.

Thanks for reading and may you have pleasant skies.
~ Tim


10 comments:

Rob said...

I was just thinking about adding an actual real web address to my blog too...

Congrats on the 300

and I'm sorry to hear about your G-ma.

Jay.CA said...

i'm sorry to hear about your grandma.

please do continue blogging, i find your posts very informative.

mac-and-me said...

oh man that are bad news, my condolence

and grats on 300

mmmpieohyeah said...

sorry about your grandma, really.
those updates, I've been looking to apply some similar changes myself

The Lazy Geographer said...

Congrats on the 300. I'm still sitting at just over 100 some people. Someday maybe I'll be a great and famous person, but I'm just too lazy.

KB said...

Sorry about your grandma :/

As for the new domain, I think it's a great idea. I myself went with Wordpress, and I'm not disappointed. I'd look into Drupal and Joomla though. If you wanted to see how the site turned out with Wordpress, it's here: http://www.technology-flow.com

Necroticism said...

First of all: auuu! auuuu! auuuuuu! (300)

Now serious: sorry 'bout your grandma, that's always bad news.

You should check "godaddy" to buy a domain, $10 a month, or a year? I don't remember well :D

Pago said...

Damn that sucks about your grandma. I know how it feels losing your grandma, stay strong yo.

ggtbishop said...

my condolences,
on a lighter note, i am looking forward to your future blog plans

Killer salmon said...

Sorry to hear about your grandmother. It is a shame to have life disturbed by these events.

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