Rambling

Feb. 21st, 2009 08:01 am
jmfargo: (pooch page)
I was thinking about it the other day, and I had to laugh. I currently run four blogs:

The Pooch Page
Insect POD
[livejournal.com profile] jfargo101
[livejournal.com profile] jfargo

The Pooch Page takes up most of my time, between advertising it, taking photos, editing photos, and actually writing the site. Adding new things like "cutest dog" takes even more time. (As I wrote this I realized that there was something I needed to do on the site, and spent 10 minutes fixing it.) Whether I spread it out over a week, or do it all in one day, The Pooch Page probably takes me 3-4 hours a week to continue doing. Not a lot of time, but for something that I'm only sort-of-kind-of getting paid to do ($.03 a day is not getting paid to do something), it can seem like quite a bit. And that doesn't include processing all the submissions I'm getting from people who want to show off their dogs to the world.

No matter how much time it takes though, it's also something I love doing, so that makes it much less of a chore and more fun. Lately I've been using my early-morning time to work on cropping/resizing pictures and writing posts for the site. Before I started getting up at 5 AM, I'd sometimes forget to update the site until the post was late, but as it stands now I'm a week ahead, with more pictures queued up to go. Today I'll be going to the SPCA to help with the dogs, and take pictures of them for the site. I don't count this towards the "time spent working on The Pooch Page" because I'd be working with the dogs anyway. And probably taking their picture. I just like dogs.

Insect POD is similar, something I started doing when [livejournal.com profile] chalain had too much stuff going on in his life to keep updating. There's no way I could make that a 7-day-a-week site; I just don't have anywhere near enough photos to go for more than a few weeks. So, I update three times a week, Monday, Wednesday, and (spider) Friday. It's fun, and while I miss reading [livejournal.com profile] chalain's updates (he was MUCH funnier than I am, and more informative), I'm glad that I can share cool insect pictures with the world. I'm particularly appreciative of the fact that all the readers are so appreciative of the site; it's a friendly and welcoming community.

This blog and [livejournal.com profile] jfargo101 are my "maintenance" blogs. What's going on in my life? What am I thinking about? You know, the day-to-day stuff, the big picture stuff, the little stuff, generally whatever I want it to be. They're the only two blogs I have that can't make money, and that's okay; nobody should have to pay to read about my life! Heh. I like writing about my life, having a journal to look back to and say "yes, I remember that," or "wait, I did what now?" The "to do" blog, the [livejournal.com profile] jfargo101, is just a good way to keep track of my accomplishments. See how high I aimed, and if I made it. If I did, I have to aim higher, because we only know our limits when we push ourselves past them, right?

I'm just rambling. I'm sorry if you're looking at this for a point. Thoughts are running through my head on an early Saturday morning and I wanted to let them flow. I haven't felt very interesting as of late, but I'm hoping to change that. I was thinking that this blog would be where I try to do some creative writing. Not fiction, mind you, but making my life more interesting, my writing better. Maybe starting tomorrow I will attempt to live by the "ham sandwich" rule, that at any time my readers could decide to go make themselves a ham sandwich and so I have to always strive to keep their mind on what they're reading, not the applewood-smoked ham piled high, covered with a slice of provolone cheese, a dab of mayonnaise, and a thinly-sliced tomato on two pieces of perfectly sandwich-sized Rye bread.

Mmmm. I'll...be right back.

Wow

Feb. 2nd, 2009 10:32 am
jmfargo: (chico)
The Pooch Page shot up into the 100-reader range this week, which is absolutely awesome to me. I've been dropping in on animal communities over on Blogspot, which has garnered much more attention than I thought it would.

One of my 101 goals in 1001 days (a list that I will shortly be redoing, as that one is somehow sadly out of date) was to increase my traffic to 100+ hits a day for at least a week, and it looks as though I'm on my way to that, which is nice.

What does this have to do with you?

Well, nothing, I suppose. Of course, you could help me out by checking out the site, but if you're not already doing that then I'm guessing you don't care much about the awesome dog photos I put up there every day, so I won't beg. Just like I'm not begging for votes at LJ Idol. See? I can be strong.

Seriously though, I'd just like to say that it's cool for me to see my site actually getting some attention. I'm psyched!

Puppy!

Jan. 9th, 2009 09:38 am
jmfargo: (Default)
Go check out [livejournal.com profile] ravenofdreams' awesome puppy*! Her submission to The Pooch Page was fantastic! It's a great action shot. Go check it out!

Thank you!

If anyone else has an awesome dog and you'd like them featured on The Pooch Page, please send a high-res photo to jeremiah@thepoochpage.com. Include, if you'd like, the dog's name, breed, and any pertinent information you'd like shared! Make your pooch a star!

And, since I'm already unabashedly and shamelessly promoting my page, I may as well mention that there is an LJ-feed: [livejournal.com profile] thepoochpage


*Okay, well, maybe not "puppy," but considering I call full-grown rottweilers "puppies," take it with a grain of salt.
jmfargo: (Default)
Whoo! The Pooch Page finally got over 100 views today. Yay! Celebrate! Break out the champagne! Yes!

Wonder where they all came from? Hmm.

Let's look at those stats!

Craigslist?

What the hell?

Maria posted something for Pooh Bear (the dog we're fostering) and linked to a picture on my site.

Oh.

I thought maybe word of mouth was just spreading.

Bah.

Still. 100. Whoo.
jmfargo: (Default)
1.
At 9 EST, you'll be able to see a different, cooler shot of this amazing bug over at Insect POD. Just click on the picture to go there and see! I'll be doing a guest stint for the rest of the week!

2. I'm looking for submissions for The Pooch Page (LJ Feed Here), and if anybody wants their pup featured, they just have to email me a high-res photo with whatever info they may want to go with it! Just drop me a line!

3. I'm looking for a new job. Anybody out there want a work-from-home transcription specialist?

4. Arabic class is going well. Today's my first quiz, and I'm hoping to ace it. Guess we'll find out.

Forgive Me

Sep. 14th, 2008 08:54 am
jmfargo: (Default)
As many of you know, I'm a man who likes to chase many dreams.

Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] ravenofdreams you can follow one of those dreams, should you choose to do so.

The Pooch Page has a Livejournal Feed! You don't have to go anywhere to get your daily dose of cute dogs!

So, there's that.

Yay!

Two Things

Sep. 12th, 2008 08:08 pm
jmfargo: (Default)
First off, I'm very purposely not putting in any input about the werewolf vs ninja fight. Fight it out amongst yourselves over who would win! (Okay, I had a ~little~ bit of input, which I shouldn't have done. Ignore that comment.)

Secondly, is there anybody out there with a paid account that would be willing to do me a BIG favor? I'd love to see The Pooch Page turned into an LJ feed, if at all possible.

There's not much I can offer in the way of thanks beyond saying thank you, but it would be heartfelt, I promise.
jmfargo: (Default)
The Good:

1) The Pooch Page, my secret project, went live a few days ago!

2) Cody, our foster dog, may be getting a new home this weekend!

3) Arabic class with Khalil and Ikram Masmoudi at UD is actually better than I thought. I'm not great at it, but I'm catching on, and pushing myself hard to learn. It's not easy, but it's not impossible.

4) I made $10 today! That may not seem like much, but I've been relatively job-less for 3 weeks, so any money is good money right now. (Tomorrow I'll hopefully make a hell of a lot more.)

The Bad:

1) I feel like I'm coming down with a cold.

2) Umm. Hmm. That's really it. Weird.


The Ugly:

1) Politics. It's like putting lipstick on a rock. It's stupid.

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