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Top Reasons I Haven’t Blogged Lately (Reasoning vs. Reality)


Later is the New 'Now'

It has been a long time since my last post, and I thought I would offer some excuses reasons I have not updated Worthless Genius in a while.

So, hit the jump if you would like to read my pathetic attempt to justify my absence.

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Yo, Ho, Blow The Man Down!

I will be attending the Pirates Ahoy! today in Frostburg, MD, taking photos and video for The Appalachian Independent.

Put on by the Frostburg State University Children’s Literature Centre and FrostburgFirst, there will be a costume contest, treats, and a treasure hunt!

My 2-year-old son is really looking forward to it.  I hope that I get to see many youngins and adults alike dressed in pirate garb.  It should make for a pretty interesting video.

So, if you aren’t busy this morning, come on up to Frostburg, and have some piratey fun with your children!

Podcast Episode #3 – News and The Appalachian Independent

I had originally planned on re-recording this, but time dictated me no grace. A more well-rounded episode will be available for next week.

Episode 3 of the Worthless Genius Podcast brings us back to the format that premiered in Episode 2. We have two short news article discussions, and a Site to See. Classes start today for me, so this week’s release schedule may be a little tight. I would like to get into a 10 minute show every Monday, Wednesday and Friday if possible, but we’ll see what time is like. Here’s what we covered today:


Site to See

Thank you for listening, and feel free to discuss this episode here in the comments. You can also email me suggestions or comments at worthlessgenius [at] gmail.com, or hit me up on Twitter, @stroz. Also, check out my FriendFeed, with username strozykowski.

The music featured in this episode is by the artist 16Ambianceur and was entitled “The source of my blood ambient ver.”. This music was provided free of charge by the Podsafe Music Network, where you can find thousands of songs to be played in your podcast.

Or you can download it here: mp3 format

Post #100!

I can’t believe that I’ve made it this far. 100 posts, WOW. I haven’t stuck to something like this before, and I’m really excited that I’m still here taking things on.

Though, we’ve been through a domain change, several starts and stops, we’ve chugged along at a decent pace.

The first article was posted on 04/23/2008. It’s been 171 days since then, which means there was an average of 0.58 posts per day. Now this is far below what I am hoping for the future, but it sure is a start. I’d like to take a few moments and write about a few posts that marked points in the blog’s life.

In this time, I’ve been through a job, struggled to find another one, and ended up going to back to college to get that degree that I’ve been chasing for a long time. This has been a hard decision, and it has contained a lot of work, but it’s been a wonderful ride so far, and I hope to see things increase in funness into the future. With the changes to scheduled posts, and all the other stuff going on, I expect this next 100 posts will be the best yet.

Verbal Constipation

Since my last post, I have started and not published 3 or 4 posts, but haven’t had the wordsmith hat on straight enough to actually finish an article.

What’s going on? It’s not that my GTD system is failing me, it’s more like my time is being eaten up by school and work for AppIndie. I really need to get off my butt (or on my butt, as it may be) and finish these articles that I’ve started.

My “Next Actions” list is full of articles to be written, and yet I haven’t had a chance to touch them. It seems like each time I try to do something, other stuff comes up. Whether it’s homework, family time, or just plain laze, I just can’t seem to write.

I wouldn’t give up family or study time to write blog posts, but I feel like I am not trying hard enough to take the five to ten minutes I have free to actually write something.

Also, I’ve got some sort of stomach bug, so that makes me irritable (well, more irritable), and I don’t feel like doing anything.

In fact, the articles that I started are a bit harsh, and I may end up just deleting them, as I would probably piss of quite a few people with derision without suggesting a way to fix things.

The Appalachian Independent

I have recently been invited into an internship working with a new government-funded startup independent newspaper entitled The Appalachian Independent.

This new media source in the local area is striving to be a community-based project, with high-reaching goals. It is powered by the community, and is aiming at producing a wholey separate view of local arts and events as well as environmental and wellness issues.

The first release has been made, and you can view it at The Appalachian Independent’s Homepage. The next release is set for Wednesday, September 24, so keep an eye out for some new articles and content.

The project was started in June of this year, and received one of 10 national “New Voices” grants awarded by J-Lab, the Institute for Interactive Journalism.

At the moment, the project is a periodical being released twice a month, or roughly every two weeks. The articles are written by members of the community with a local mindset.

So, what am I doing?
Glad you asked. I am a junior administrator for the server and software that is powering the site. Currently, the site is running the Joomla! framework, and is limited only to the articles that are being released during the edition cycles.

The future roadmap is being hammered out at this time, and this is where I come in. According to the Mission Statement, the purpose of the Appalachian Independent is:

  • The active involvement of citizens in the democratic process;
  • The richness that results from sharing diverse viewpoints and thought provoking analysis;
  • The empowerment of all voices in the dialogue of democracy;
  • Respectful conversations about things that matter; and,
  • Our rich and vibrant mountain heritage.

At this time, though, the interactive participation mechanisms are not quite ready for prime time. In the future, we would like to be able to make each article an interactive experience, allowing the viewing community to comment on the stories, and thereby allow a dialogue to occur between members of the community and the writers of the articles. Sort of mini letters to the editor.

Also in the future, we would like to have a forum system so that conversations independent of the main articles can occur, allowing community members to bring up concerns about our region.

A few other features that I would like to mention that are in the roadmap are a “Barter Board”, ride share listings, a cultural calendar and an open system of classified ads that are posted by community members.

I am hoping that this experience will be a boost to my future career, as well as providing a great service to the community. I’m really looking forward to start getting the technical things running on this venture, and be able to put ourselves out there to the world.