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What I’ve been up to

So, it’s been quite a while since I’ve blogged.  In fact, it looks like the last time I updated was back in May.  I haven’t forgotten about this blog or blogging in general.  Today would’ve been my tenth year on Xanga, but it died.  Well, it’s technically not dead, but who’s really paying to blog there these days?  Anyway, I haven’t been blogging because I’ve been busy, plus I haven’t had much of a muse.  But yeah, the past few months have been busy.  I went from a temp to permanent about the time I wrote my last blog post.  With this promotion comes more money, which means moving to a new place.  Back in August, my girlfriend and I moved into an apartment much, much closer to where we work.  While I do enjoy the new place, moving is such a pain in the ass.  So it took a bit to settle in, but now we are.  In other news, I’ve signed up for an improv class.  It’s been something I’ve been wanting to do for many years, so yeah, I’m a bit excited about it.  With all that said, I hope to be blogging again soon, but it may be awhile until I do.  Until next time, remember to eat more cow.

Rob of the Sky’s Guide to Clickbait

Hey everyone, hope you’re all doing alright in bloggy land.  You’ll never believe what happened to me!  Do I have you hooked yet?  Well, you’ll find out what happened to me at the end of the post.  Until then, I’m going to talk about clickbait.  If you’ve ever spent more than five seconds on the internet, you’ve seen headlines that hook you into craptacular articles.  According to the person in charge of the internet, this is called clickbait.  Seems like clickbait has infested Facebook recently with links to crappy sites like Buzzfeed, Upworthy, and Facebook.  It seems like clickbait takes a few forms, like so:

  • You won’t believe what happens next – This seems to be the only way people ever get to Upworthy.  Usually, someone will post an article that starts out with an innocent sentence like “this blind homeless veteran lost his pet dog” followed by those 6 overused words.  You are supposed to click the link to find out the answer, but who the hell cares anymore?  Seriously, does anyone still click on these links?  We all know that the homeless vet is going to find his dog.  The end.
  • Which X are you – This is common on Facebook.  You’ll see links like “which Harry Potter character are you” or “Which Beatle are you” or “Which solar system do you belong in” plastered all over the newsfeed.  Technically, nobody that I’m friends with is any of these things at all.  Most of us are just average joes who don’t have lives interesting enough to ever be part of these quizzes.  Besides, they aren’t really an original idea.  Back when I first did Xanga (back in 2005), people took similar quizzes on some possibly defunct website and posted the results on their Xanga site.  Buzzfeed just ripped it off.  At least people on Xanga these days don’t post Buzzfeed quizzes, but that’s because Xanga is basically a pay site these days anyway with fools who paid $48 a year to do what I’m doing on here and have done on there for many years for free.  Anyway, it’s not like Buzzfeed is all that original anyway…
  • X number of things only y group gets – This is another Buzzfeed thing.  Such titles include “25 things only 90z kidz will understand” or “10 things only cashiers will get” or “68 things only people who attended Idaho Falls High School in Idaho Falls, Idaho will know about”.  The problem is that these lists are usually just pics with a sentence or two about each pic.  They really don’t have much in the way of content or depth.  Not to mention that these lists appeal to an audience that’s either way too broad (like pretty much the 90s kidz one, as one would hope that most people above the age of 20 would remember the 90s) or too narrow (like limited to a certain city or school).  The thing is list sites can have a bit of content and still work, like Cracked.  Also, this site exists too.
  • Group X hates him! – This is probably more spammish than it is clickbait, but I still consider it clickbait.  Usually found on the side of Facebook in the ads, this will be a link that will be like “Economists hate him” or “Doctors hate him” or “Pedophiles hate him” (in the last case, they’re talking about Chris Hansen).  The idea is that someone will have discovered a major, groundbreaking secret to things like making money, losing weight, and beating the Water Temple in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, that will make you life easier and bankrupt those who profit off of what you couldn’t do before.  110% of the time, this is complete crap.  Oh, and the Group X in the bullet point should not be confused with these guys.
  • Has the cure for [insert medical malady] just been found? – No.  No it hasn’t

Well, that’s all I have for now.  Oh, and nothing happened to me.  I just wanted to hook you in so that you’d read my post.  I’m not sorry about that at all.  Anyway, until next time, remember that Buzzfeed hates Rob of the Sky.

Hello once again, WordPress.  Yeah, it’s been awhile.  In fact, it’s been two years since I’ve last graced the site with one of my posts.  Now, the both of you who still follow my blog may be wondering why I’m reviving this site after a two year vacation.  Well, the answer has absolutely nothing with the impending demise of Xanga, which is where I’ve been hanging out.  No WordPress, you aren’t a rebound.  I swear.  So anyway, due to reviving my WordPress, I have been thinking about how people revive their blog sites.  It seems like a lot of blog revivals fit into one of the following:

  • I forgot About my Blog – This seems to be the most common type of blog revival.  Somehow the person with the blog has somehow forgotten that they signed up for it.  Usually involves a forgotten password, as they tend to sign up and then not log in for a long time.  They usually start off a blog post stating that they forgot about the blog, then finish with the actual blog post.  After that, they usually don’t post again for a long time, with of course another post about how they forgot their blog.
  • The Real Life Blogger – This blogger tends to have a busy “real life” and thus has no time to actually blog.  As a result, this blogger will start each of their many revival post explaining how they have a busy life and that’s what’s keeping them from blogging.  Then of course they tend to not blog again for a long time, because their busy lives apparently won’t let them.
  • The Slacker – This blogger knows that it’s been awhile since they’ve blogged, and they claim to have no excuses as to why they haven’t blogged in a long time.  Sometimes they promise that they’ll blog regularly, but they usually don’t keep this promise.
  • Non-revival Revival – Sometimes a blogger will create a new blog post after a lengthy absence and will not mention where they’ve been or what they’ve been up to during that time.  It’s like time stopped for them and they just continue blogging like normal, unaware that so much time has passed.  This is perhaps the strangest type of blog revival there is, mainly because it doesn’t feel like a revival at all.

Well, that’s all I have for my first post in two years on WordPress.  Until next time, remember that if I don’t blog on here for another two years, it means that I either have a life or forgot my password.  Goodbye everyone.

Hello world!

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Thanks for the warm welcome, WordPress.  As you can tell, I am Rob of the Sky.  I may be starting a new blog on WordPress, but I’m hardly new to blogging, having blogged on Xanga for over 5 years.  In fact, my WordPress is going to be similar to my Xanga.  I hope that this new chapter in my blogging life will be fun for me and you.  So stay tuned as I start my WordPress journey in earnest!