Tid-Bits, Tics, Left-overs, Loose Ends, Nits, & News

Shameless self-promotion: The wondrous internet makes world-wide communication common-place. Still, it is delightful to know that after just a few months, jesloneauthor.com has had viewers from Pakistan, Canada, Germany, China, India, South Africa, as well as the United States. To all who take time to visit, we extend a sincere ‘Thank You.’ We promise to keep working to improve and expand our messages to all who believe, all who are sincere, and all who seek to present their thoughts through our written and audio-visual media.


Changes, certainties, and the future: As noted below, we are embracing the ideas of ‘publishing’ vs ‘blogging’.  As our media matures, we must adapt and adjust to remain competitive, useful, and relevant. Each day, we see examples of growth, maturity and expansion of this region of the internet. I submit, “The only thing that is certain and doesn’t change is the fact that nothing is certain and everything changes.

As our efforts to learn, communicate and share, we will continue striving to reach out to you. We see no benefit or value in being self-focused. Our intent is to serve and communicate; not to bask in pointless self-musings.

More and more, we are leaning toward video presentations. We see video as an area of growth and greater service. Toward that end, we are adjusting our systems to be ready for embedded video and are working to prepare suitable and useful content. An article is in the works describing this in more depth, as well as an article aimed at internet publishers (fka ‘bloggers’) who share our interest and want to move in this direction with us. To this end, we are preparing materials for our sister Pinterest site visit here. If you subscribe to Pinterest, you are welcome to follow us there. As always, drop us a comment with your website or Pinterest address and we’d be happy to join up with you.


From Blog to Publishing and Site: We are moving forward, word is out that our beloved term “Blog” is headed for the wayside. Personal and business communications via websites has moved far beyond the “web-log” days. Now, these are bigger, broader, and more complex and commercial. In an article in  WordPress Tavern, Sarah Gooding describes changes coming in the WP ver. 5 series. These include changing references to “blogging” to “publishing” and “blog” to “site”.

The new style, in my opinion, is more precise and descriptive of the realities we now operate in. Most of the serious participants in our community are more like publishers than diarists or opinionists.


Google: Serious about quality An interesting item about Google getting tough with a low quality website is detailed in the Search Engine Roundtable. Apparently a blogger complained about his site’s ratings. Google let him have it in a pretty stern way. They left no doubt about their regard for valuable, useful, quality, original content; and their disdain for “spun content” (a new phrase for me). I love the following line from Google’s leadership to the offending site, and the rest of us :

“Make something awesome, don’t just make a website.”


 

Moving forward: The dust is starting to settle from the 5.0 and 5.0.1 releases of WordPress with the new block orientation. The world has not ended as some foresaw. Instead, there is much to learn and many new opportunities to enjoy.

Elsewhere, I have spoken of what amounts to a new era for blogging. I see a coalescing of movements which, I feel, will provide opportunities and experiences we can only begin to imagine. Join us as we move into this new territory and time.

Share you thoughts and contact info and join the movement with us.


WP 5.0.1 Security Release released. A week after WordPress 5.0 was put out the door, a security release for it and every version back to 3.7 has been tendered. Tacitly acknowledging those users who have not updated to ver. 5.0, the developers provide individual updated versions for 4.9 and earlier releases.

What’s fixed: A batch of illegal access routes have been blocked preventing unauthorized users from exceeding their own limits and dibbling with the work of more senior workers. A release with more details is here. The update is being automatically downloaded to users who have automatic downloads active; those not using automatic processes can use the updates option in the dashboard. Need to check which version you have? Peek into the WordPress Settings option on WP Admin. The Settings box (see above, right) should be on the right side of the page on a full-size or laptop screen.


The unrelased Release is set for release: Once again, WP 5.0 has been scheduled to go. On Monday, December 3, WordPress announced the new version would go live on December 6. We are not aware of why the short notice, which will probably catch a lot of users unaware. One hint might be the WordCamp US scheduled for December 7-9 in Nashville.

What to do? Being one who does not like surprises, this website will embargo all updates at least until a week after the release. Much experience has taught us that being a new release test dummy is not fun. So, we will let the update go into a holding pattern until there is news from the field on how it is working out. A wise friend once said, “When in doubt, Don’t. You are fixing to mess up.” This family of sites is running too well to risk any unknowns. So, we wait.

Meanwhile, no word has reached here about what is going on with Gutenberg. While that new offering seems to have little to attract us, we will be taking a wait and see attitude towards it as well.

At jesloneauthor.com we will be watching what transpires. Meanwhile we are examining all our settings to insure that no unmonitored updates slip through. Personal thought, I really don’t like short-time-frame updates.


The Release is not released: November is over. The planned releases of WP 5.0 and Gutenberg were both planned during the month and both were delayed. Many users are not upset; and with good reason. It doesn’t seem to make a lot of sense to put our a new version of the core and a brand new content creator anytime in the November – December time frame. There is just too much going on for users to embrace new software – even under good circumstances.

The word is, the circumstances are not that good. Problems keep peeking out from one corner and another. Let’s back up a step and get the big picture. First, this is high tech software. It has a market of millions and millions of users. Dealing with these dimensions leaves countless chances for problems and glitches.

WP and G’berg must navigate carefully and could learn from the cellular phone industry. Cell devices have various afflictions of their own. Often, these are not discovered until the product is released into the market. Without naming names — we know who they are — certain brands of cutting edge equipment often hide their defects until the consumer gets them. This nightmare is not good for anyone.

Maybe we missed the memo, but no one asked us whether we needed another document builder. I have a friend who still has a typewriter on her desk — and she actually uses it. The point is, sometimes things work well enough and changing everything around doesn’t really make anything better. Go ahead, call me ‘old fashioned’. I plead gulty. But decades of tech experience have taught some of us that we don’t really want to be on the cutting edge. (You can get hurt there.) Even on routine updates to operating systems, software, and especially new restaurants, we like to let others be the guinea pigs. It’s often better to lean back, take the slow lane and wait at the rear of the line until the kinks and bugs get worked out.

So, what about WordPress 5 and Gutenberg? Well, hopefully the powers that be will see fit to keep working on these projects; and decide to release them in January or later. For our friends who just have to get their hands on the newest and greatest, here is some advice: Set up a staging site as a test-bed and play to your heart’s content. But for goodness sake, don’t turn these pre-release packages loose on live sites, the rewards are too small, the risks too great and the remedies potentially nonexistent. Till you hear of a pattern of successful installation and use, proceed with extreme caution.

Some news about the news: We have been writing and blogging a lot lately about faith; but not so much about writing and blogging. So, we wanted to let you know we are in the process of developing an expanded focus to include those creative niches.

With the advent of WordPress 5 and the Gutenberg feature now upon us, there are lots of questions in the air. Along with that, Pinterest is still growing and has passed the 250-million user per month milestone; meanwhile the visual search engine is valued at over $13-billion, expects to bring in a billion dollars in annual revenue, and is said to be looking at an IPO during 2019. We believe the sky is the limit in opportunities for bloggers who make use of Pinterest.GutenberTitle

With that news, come reports that Facebook and Twitter are seeing slow-downs in their growth. There is too much to keep up with.

Our plans are to slice through the stacks of business and financial news and bring our blogging audience reliable, up-to-date information that will be useful for them in their day to day work.

Do you have a suggestion or idea? You’re welcome to share it with us as our plans are still in development.

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Mountains, Mercy, and Miracles: Some ideas in the mix include this title. There is something spiritual, wonderful, kind of Close-to-God about living in the mountains. From valley to peak, there is a constant variety of experiences and sensations. For many, it just seems they are closer to Heaven. Not to discount the sea shore, the vast plains, the stark desert and many other earthly blessings. We should make the best of what we have; and right now, right here, it’s mountains.

Mountain people are special, unique, and a study in mercy. They can be the sternest folks imaginable, but also carry hearts of pure gold. Pain is a part of their culture and they have endured it for generations. Their experience teaches them to be especially sensitive to the needs of others.

As for miracles, mountain people are experts. After enduring pain, loss, and unimaginable disasters, they appreciate divine intervention, heavenly help, and Godly generosity. Moses and the prophets have nothing on mountaineers. They are close to God and God frequently touches them. There is a special relationship between these beautiful souls and their maker. It is private, personal, and powerful. They don’t take it for granted. They fear and love God concurrently.

Mountains, mercy, and miracles; a special treat found in few places and appreciated by few people on earth. Thanks and praises to the Lord.

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Never stop: “Christians don’t stop lifting up those they care about. You keep doing it until your life, or theirs, ends. We can change lives through the Lord. You may never know who you have touched; but God does; that is what matters. Our efforts, care and prayers should never cease.”

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Amazon publishing: Comments online say Amazon is randomly deleting ebooks by independent authors from its Kindle platform. (11/12/18)

Ask yourself: “What do I want that I don’t already have? Do I really need it?”

Expand your thinking: Select three female Christian writers and your favorite quote from each.

Promise: Then, because you belong to Christ Jesus, God will bless you with peace that no one can completely understand. And this peace will control the way you think and feel. Philippians 4:7

From Jesus: But I tell you to love your enemies and pray for anyone who mistreats you. Matthew 5:44

Solid: “Joy is the serious business of heaven.” C.S. Lewis

On Faith: “Dare, dream, dance, smile, and sing loudly. And have faith that love is an unstoppable force.”
Suzanne Brockmann