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The Impending News Section

September 28, 2009 Newbs No Comments

I’m not entirely sure how I fell into the habit of making a Monday blog post every week, but here I am yet again.

I haven’t stopped thinking about the development of Shufflingdead, and am dedicated to keeping the site interesting to both our readers and to myself. Over the next couple of weeks, I plan on first shifting to a two-column layout rather than the current three, then adding tags to the content on the site, and finally launching a “news” section.

You might have seen some strange things going on with the front page this past weekend, and that was from me doing some early tests on these changes.

My plan is that I will have a daily news item appearing on the site, complete with sarcastic commentary from its poster. I’ll then shift to only having a couple TotWs running at a time, but continue the same number of total updates.

As I like to say, let’s begin.

A Haiku About High School

September 21, 2009 Newbs No Comments

High school students are…
The morons I remember,
Still just as douchey.

The Music of YouTube: Ménage à Twang

September 16, 2009 Newbs No Comments

As I’ve said, I like to spend a lot of time watching and re-watching goofy little music videos on YouTube. Here’s another one. Also, I only listen to girls sing.

That’s the only video they have on YouTube, but Ménage à Twang has plenty more songs on their MySpace.

Further Planning

September 14, 2009 Newbs No Comments

Let me begin by apologizing for the lack of a video yesterday, I’m planning to get one up Tuesday instead. Future weeks will see the schedule restored.

As development of what I’ve been calling “The New and Thrilling Shufflingdead.com” continues, I’ve reached the point that I must now consider Phase 5 and beyond. Let’s look at the phases thus far:

Phase 1: Finish porting site over to WordPress
Phase 2: Update at least minimally
Phase 3: Promote site
Phase 4: Expand the Shufflingdead empire

All of those have now been accomplished, and for those that require an ongoing effort, those efforts continue. Now, what is Phase 5? Phase 5 is Increase quality. I’ve already laid out much of what I want to see happen with regard to content on the site: more articles, more videos, more comics, and more TotWs, with many of those things being contributions from people who aren’t me.

The other thing that I haven’t mentioned before is that I am also slowly trying to get the TotWs rejuvenated. Last week saw the rebirth of “Prehistoric Organism of the Week” as “Creature of the Week,” and I want to consider what other old TotW I can bring back like that, I’ve been mulling over “Game Character Q&A” specifically.

Phase 6 and beyond are still unknown.

Summer ‘09 To-Do List: Concluding Ruminations

September 9, 2009 Newbs No Comments

As promised, I would like to offer a few concluding thoughts on my Summer ’09 To-Do List.

Biggest Successes

While I only accomplished 30% of the list, much of what I managed to complete was not simply coincidental. The effort that has gone into Shufflingdead, and that I hope continues even now that the list’s deadline has passed, has very much been in response to the Shufflingdead-related goals of the list, like #64, expand the Shufflingdead empire.

Even some goals that were left incomplete still managed to be a positive force. I’m thinking specifically of #11, get in good enough shape to fuck with impunity. I didn’t get quite that ripped, but I did work out a lot more than ever before.

I also consider the list itself to have been incredibly successful and enjoyable. I liked having a little something to blog about each week, I liked having a convenient list to refer to when I was bored, and I especially liked the list as a motivating force in actually doing things other than lying on the couch. The summer of 2010 will certainly feature another such list.

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