Reasons Why I Love To Blog

Blogging has become a part of my life since I started in 2006. I blogged in other ways before in HTML files that were constantly updated from 1998-2003. I wrote this post about my blogging habit. Today, I will go into the reasons why I love blogging.

Suplado tagged me with a meme, so here are my reasons for blogging.

1. Power of blogs

More than once, I have seen a positive change in my life due to blogs. For example, there was the time that I had topped my upload limit in a month on Zooomr. I blogged about this. A few hours later I received a comment and an email from Kris Tate CFO of Zooomr. He reset my upload limit for the month so I could upload my photos. I really appreciated that. Earlier this year, I had trouble uploading my photos. Kris managed to resolve my issue in a few minutes.

More recently, I blogged about losing a Better Bottle from CamelBak. I was running at full speed in order to catch the bus. I made the bus, but immediately noticed once in the bus, that I had lost my bottle in my full out run. I asked myself which I preferred, losing a bottle or being in time for my university classes. It took only a fraction of a second to decide that I’d rather go to school on time. I will receive a new Better Bottle from CamelBak later this week, courtesy of their marketing department.

2. Immediate results

As an aspiring writer, photographer and artist, I love seeing an immediate result. This happens when I push the “Post” button in my WP dashboard. Immediately, my post is published on my blog and sent through my RSS subscriptions. With a good Pagerank, what you write has immediate impact as well. The power of your blog relies on how easy it is to find your content.

3. Exposing racism and other injustices

As a visible minority in a largely Caucasian population, I am extremely sensitive to racism. This means that I notice it easily. A look, a word, a gesture. I can interpret these when they are racist. I have said before that between France, Germany and Canada, Quebec is by far the most racist place I have ever lived. I won’t count Taiwan, since the Taiwanese are pretty much racist towards anybody. That’s not necessarily true, but from a certain point of view, it is.

4. Sharing my writing, my photos and art

From paperblogging, to watercolors, to photography, to creative writing, I do create things. Some of them are crap, others are good. In an effort to better myself, I post these. Hopefully some people will like them. I don’t really post them to receive criticism. In that sense, I am my own harshest critic.

The Second Week Of March In Photos

This week was a good week for taking photos. The skies cleared up midweek and I got a few nice sunsets. There was some freak weather midweek. On Wednesday, it snowed. Minutes later, temperatures soared and the sun was out.

Even though I didn’t feel like taking pictures, I did so anyways. It helps that I have my 366photos project going. It forces me to take my D200 with me everywhere. I take it to school, to work, wherever I go, it goes.

The above photos is one of the best of the week. I also have to get used to taking pictures of people. I tend to take pictures of buildings and landscapes. I want to do more portraits. Sometimes, I wish that my camera was glued to my eyes and that I could just snap away whenever I wanted to.

I spent part of the week without any image hosting. I don’t know what happened, but from Wednesday onwards, Zooomr was dead to me. I was able to ping the site, but the site didn’t respond. In the end, I was able to fix this by sending an email to Kristopher Tate. Minutes later he responded and he was able to fix my problem.

It was like my ISP was banned or blacklisted from their server. I could not see any hosted images on Zooomr, this included other people’s photos. As I have mentioned before, even though I sometimes complain about the downtime of Zooomr, their service is impeccable. Kris took time out of his busy day in Japan to help me out and I appreciated it a lot. This wasn’t the first time that I ran into problems and Kris helped me out.

Zooomr Problem

I’ve been trying to access my Zooomr photos since last Wednesday and haven’t been able to. Does anyone else have this problem? My wife told me that she could access the site in Taiwan, but I’m in Canada and I haven’t had any luck whatsoever.

jUploadr

jUploadr finally works again with Zooomr! jUploadr does bulk uploads. (via tomhawk)

Zooomr Exodus

Some Zooomr users have gone over to Flickr in frustration with the unavailability of 6 months worth of photos on Zooomr.

Zooomr Photos MIA

When I said earlier tonight that Zooomr was back up, I spoke too soon.

If you are using Zooomr and you are wondering where the last six months of your photos are, you are in for a shock.

The Zooomr team is currently moving their data from the US to Japan. The first step was to ship over the most recent data. As of last night, all of the photos from August 07 to January 08 are offline. If you are going through my posts and finding missing photos, that is the reason.

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Zooomr Photos MIA

Zooomr uploads are down for the next few days as they are moving their data center to Japan and upgrading to MarkIV.

Nightshot Of Banqiao

Interesting shot I took, but the framing could be better. Still, when I saw Trey Ratcliff’s shots of Asian cities, I was reminded of this one.

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Photography will set your heart on fire or how the Lady In The Water will fare

Photo by Finnigh.

Today’s featured photographer is Ivan. Check out his beautiful skyscapes. The rest of the photos are mostly from the HDR pool from flickr. Check out my series of articles on HDR if you want to know more.

In this post, I cover some Rocketboom, a new TV pilot called Traveler, some Big Brother, some Zooomr, the latest M. Night Shyamalan movie The Lady In The Water, a short dreamlog, the length of my posts, photography, racism, politics and more!

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