Category Archives: writing life

Blogging-What is it good for? Absolutely Everything!

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Got a headache today, a result of my body fighting off a virus? Not sure what it is so I just try and ignore it and move on. Life and its little pains.

Got another video blog post up and happy to have almost 90 videos in. That is good, for I will be happy if I can get more than a 100-sort of the goal, but I am going to keep going until something stops me.

To be honest the video blogs have not been a challenge in the get-it-done sense. They are easy to shoot and edit. The goal of posting them each day has brought a couple of benefits and at least two draw backs.

Benefits:

-more blog views

It’s just the truth that the posts bring in more views because they are regular.

-keep me more aware of what to be thankful for

Telling people about your life makes the good things stand out, at least it does for me. You should be thankful for something every day

Negatives:

-not getting out typed posts

Because the video posts take more immediate attention, I haven’t been able to put out printed posts like I should and like many of the follows of this blog had expected

-Not getting my book writing done

This might be true of blog posting too, but anything can get in the way of my “writing” to be a writer ideal. Hey life does this all the time, so maybe it is just one more thing in the way!

Either way there has been one really good thing that has come out of the video blog posting and that is encouraging likes from many regular followers of my blog. That is great and thank all of you so much. You are helping me reach my dream-to be an author someday.

As a side though, what do some of you think of the way WordPress is changing their formats and stats? I am not saying I dislike them, just that when I first started on WordPress many years ago my blog was getting many more views from people at large. Now most views are through the reader or those following me. All well and good, but it seems like far less are seeing my blog now, compared to before. And I am uploading content to this blog far more than my last. Any ideas or comments on this?

I was thinking of creating a mirror on Blogger to re-post material, anyone tried that before? On the other hand keeping it simple would be a lot better!

I like WordPress and the community it has helped foster in many ways. Thanks to all of you and I will write more posts of the typed type in the near future!

Keep writing.

The Alphasmart Neo 10 Years On!

It’s been nearly 10 years since I bought a brand new Alphasmart Neo from their web-sight. You might be asking what on earth is a Neo? Simply put, it is a typing pad originally designed as a cheap alternative to laptop computers for schools. They are tough and durable, with a non-back-lit screen like that of a calculator. And they have a 700 hour battery life on three AA batteries!

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I had been hearing about them for a little while from other writers as they were much more portable, but had one advantage over laptops or computers-no internet access or other features.

BOTTOM LINE-NO DISTRACTION!

I started using mine in November of 2007 and haven’t looked back. Most of the posts and books I have written since then have been on it. I have only changed the batteries three times (because I bought really cheap batteries twice!). It is hands down the best thing I have ever typed on.

With a turn-on-start-typing format a writer loves it became my go to tool. I do most of my journaling on it as I just keep a running, dated, file on it which I keep adding to. I replaced the enter key once. Otherwise it is running just as well as when I first bought it.

To get text onto a computer I plug in a printer USB end to a computer, open a document program and press send. It acts like a person typing and sends the words into the document from which you save it. This is not ideal in the beam, email, wireless world we live in, but if you use a computer then you can use this device. Windows did have some trouble recognizing it, Windows 7 I remember, but 8 works well. I just keep an extra printer cable plugged in so I can attach the Neo at any time to transfer.

Honestly, after using it for a decade, I would recommend it to anyone who is looking for distraction free writing. Especially if you are the sort of person who really hates back-lit screens. The battery life is unbeatable as is its durability. There are few electronic items that can take a beating and still work.

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Sadly if you want to get one you will have to look on Amazon or eBay because they have stopped making them. This is a sad, sad thing I believe. There are the Neo 2 which has more memory and I believe a slightly bigger screen, though I could be wrong. There is also the wi-fi equipped Dana which is almost the same size and does have a Palm based platform. I bought a Dana, but found it lost my data and the battery life was terrible. That should be in another review, but suffice to say that they should have kept it simple. Still, if you can find one, I say it would be a great tool for any writer out there. After all, that is what I typed this review on!

Keep writing.