New Year’s Resolutions Concerning Social Media & Time Management

Friends,

Basically, it comes down to this; I’ve got too much too do. I have a family that I love, and friends that a like. I have a novel to write, and a web space to build. I have a house that is solid, but requires the investment of time. As of now, I do not have students to worry about, but that can change in the blink of an eye. I once was called to take over a class mid-term, so who knows? And I have a school to figure out how to build, all in a less then ideal economy with inflation on the rise. All of which takes time.

So with the elections over, and the Bakers married, and my MA in Public Administration finally done, I have resolved to scale back my social media time in favour of all of the above for the duration of 2013 and beyond. The blog posts should, I stress the word should, keep coming through. Facebook seems to be the most arbitrary about posting through. So please let me know if it goes silent too long.

All that said, it’s been a wicked good and bad year all rolled up into one. A new son, and new back, and new degree, and a renewed prospective on an old project. I’ll skip the summery of the bad- it’s over and should be left that way.

I’ll still answer email of course, including Facemail. Hell, I might even catch-up. No, that’s overly ambitious and too tall a tale even for me. But I will do my best to keep up with one to one communications, and posting of/for arts events on the Louisville Creative Centre group page on Facebook. But other then that, I’m gone like something metaphorical.

So at the risk of repeating myself, I’ll stop.

Pax Tibi, James

This Is Why Google+ Sucks.

My name is “James H. Peterson III.” It has been all my life. James, plus a middle initial, plus the last name of Peterson, which occurs some 266,109 times in the United States making it the 68th most common last name, and the common suffix of III. This should not confuse Google. This should not require a “review” by Google. This should not effectively shut down my account for who knows how long either. But no:

“Your profile is currently under review to make sure it is in compliance with the Google+ Names Policy and User Content and Conduct Policy. Reviews are typically completed within a few days.

During this time, you won’t be able to make full use of Google services that require an active profile, such as Google+, Reader, and Picasa. This will not prevent you from using other Google services, like Gmail.”

I think my favourite part of the Google “review” process was where it asked me to upload copies of two forms of identification. It suggested my driver’s license and passport. Personally, I don’t care that much- not even close to that much. The plug-ins for WordPress that connect to Google+ hardly work, particularly if you are trying to export content. And the only Blogger plug-ins out there seem only export from Blogger to WordPress. Maybe this is why Google+ is not doing well compared to Facebook? Yeah, it’s doing “well enough,” but given Google’s resources, and supposed “know how,” it should be doing better. Perhaps it’s the autobots being in-charge, or maybe their censorship, or perhaps the fact that they actually do do evil that’s the problem?

But, like I said, I don’t care enough to waste any more time on it.

Pax Tibi, James H. Peterson III