The Cake and a Movie Movement

Wow, this Cake and a Movie thing seems to be taking off, at least on Twitter. There are reports of #CaaM being held from California to Illinois to North Carolina to Florida and all the way across globe in Australia. How awesome is that?

I registered CakeandaMovie.com today but haven’t decided how I want to build it out. Another WordPress blog? A Joomla or Drupal content management system? I’m taking ideas from anyone that has them.

With this site I want to help other people host their own Cake and a Movie gatherings with movie reviews, recipes, tips… etc etc. I’d love to figure out a way to have a live stream of the #CaaM hash tag from Twitter. Anyone know how to do this?

Another cool feature would be for people to post their Cake and a Movie events for others to join, a GoogleMaps integration would be great. Plus people could submit their movie reviews and recipes, how fun would that be?

Make this whole #CaaM thing go big. I feel that in a time where there is so much uncertainty, when we are all a little bit down, something like this could be the very thing that helps pull us up. Sometimes it’s just the simple things.

Plus… these get-togethers are a blast! Just search for #CaaM on Twitter and see what everyone is talking about!


Reblog this post [with Zemanta]

New Photoblog

After a several weeks of my PiczarPhoto site being incredibly slow and much research, I decided to move from the WordPress and Yet Another Photo Blog (YAPB) plugin system for something especially made for photography blogging.

So with no further adeu, my new PixelPost photoblog.

The system is both faster to browse and faster to manage.  It isn’t as beautiful on the backend as WordPress but the speed is so much better and the number of plugins to increase its functionality are endless.

Check out the new site and start leaving comments there.  I am going to work this week to move everything from PiczarPhoto to the new site, along with comments (one at a time).  Once everything is moved over, I’ll redirect PiczarPhoto.com to go to JustinMooreScott.com

I am very excited about this new option for me and can’t wait to see you guys over there!  I cannot express enough how much I appreciate your comments and critique.  You cannot become a better photographer without studying other people’s work and taking criticism, both good and bad.

Reblog this post [with Zemanta]

Optimize Your WordPress

I have been dealing with some sluggish blogs for a while now.  Seems like it has been getting worse and worse every day.

PowWeb is my host for all of my sites and I really love their service, but recently my blogs have gotten several 500 series error messages, especially on my PiczarPhoto.com website.  I talked with their support people and, well I haven’t been too impressed.

Their servers for regular data are blazingly fast and the features are amazing, especially the database and entire site nightly backups.  Incredible.

Plus unlimited bandwidth and storage and MySQL servers.

Sadly, the MySQL server I’m on seems to be on the fritz.  I went ot Pingdom.com to figure out just how slow the site was and did some research on how I could fix some things on my end., even if PowWeb couldn’t or wouldn’t fix things on theirs.

This is what the speed of my site was like when I first tested it.

It’s Just Justin

IJJ Ping1

Piczar Photo

Piczar 1

Anyone find it interesting that both sites take 18.7 seconds to load?  Crazy huh?

Well, then I ran the most awesome WP-DBManager plugin on both sites.  This plugin will allow you to easily backup/restore/delete/repair/optimize your site’s database.

I especially like the repair and optimize options.  I had never really noticed a difference but decided that I’d run both of these and then do the same test through Pingdom.  Check out the results.

It’s Just Justin

IJJ Ping2

Piczar Photo

Piczar 2

What did that addup to?

It’s Just Justin was 40% faster

Piczar Photo was 52% faster

That’s a huge improvement.  The MySQL server is still too slow, 11 freaking seconds?  Bullshit. However, a 40-50% increase in speed is always welcomed.  Next I will try a few WordPress Cache plugins, though I think WordPress already had a caching system built in.

Hope this helps someone else out!  So go out and download Lester Chan’s awesome plugin WP-DBManager and any of his other awesome plugins.  I also use his Blog Poll plugin, awesome.

Reblog this post [with Zemanta]

Mother Fucker

I just lost a 5 paged post.  I’m pissed.

I just wrote a post that was so long, my hands now ache.  It covered all the things that had happened to me in the past year that I had not blogged about so far.  It was hard to write.  It was personal.  It was impossibly well linked.  It had pictures and trackbacks.  It told a story I have never told anyone. It was emotional. It was real.

Now it’s gone and I am so pissed off.  This hasn’t happened to me in years.  Not since WordPress Autosaved.

Yeah, well it didn’t this time.  I hit publish and it brought me to the login page.  I even tried to quickly copy the entire post just in case, didn’t work.

I am so so so so so mad.  This stuff shouldn’t happen.

I cannot type anymore, I’m nearly in tears and my hands hurt too much.  Christ. The past hour and a half was a waste.  Getting emotion out only to have it thrown away like trash doesn’t have the theraputic effect actually publishing does.  WordPress is dead to me right now.

Zemanta Pixie

I Wanna Be Popular

I began blogging back in 2002 using the site Xanga.  I thought it was the coolest thing in the world and the community behind it was pretty great.  I even paid the $25/yr to get Xanga Premium, and paid for a few friends just to keep them blogging.  It was a pretty sad state, in high school and into college and stuck on Xanga.

It wasn’t long into my college career that I decided to make the move to something a little more powerful.  MoveableType was the answer to my prayers.  For the first time, I was in control of what I wrote, how it was presented and I didn’t even have to pay for it.  I had tried LiveJournal (yuck) and Blogger (not bad but kinda boring) but there was something about another company potentially owning my material, or being able to shut me down, that bothered me.

As I began to grow my blog and needed more flexibility, and when TypePad started to want to charge me for features I used to get for free, I began another search for a great blogging platform.  That is when I was introduced to WordPress, which had only recently changed from b2.

Moving my site over from MoveableType was supposed to be really easy but I was new to the whole MySQL thing and, well I deleted most of my posts, possibly all of them.

Back when my blog first started, I was afraid of people reading it.  Now, my friends and dorm mates all knew the address and read the blog, but anyone outside of that; well that made me quite nervous.  My father had recently gotten a new job in a high position with a boss would was very much against homosexuality and if they found my blog, he could lose his job.  Or so my brother convinced me.

Heck, my family didn’t know I was gay, I wasn’t really out to them; and that’s even a little iffy these days.  But I was terrified that a professor or a family member would find the site and I’d be done with.  So I kept the blog as a subdomain of my main site, Soundwise.  I haven’t updated Soundwise since, oops.

It wasn’t until I moved to California that I felt comfortable with a blog that had its very own domain, and it even had my name in it.  But that was the trick, if someone asked me, “I hear you have a site/blog, what’s the address?”

I would simply respond, “Oh, yes!  The address is really simple, it’s just justin dot com.”

They would go, “awesome, I’ll have to check that out”

Clickity clackity, www.justin.com

Booyah, tricked.  Now, if I wanted them to make it to my site I’d just say, “Oh yeah! just go to www.itsjustjustin.com

Now-a-days I don’t worry so much.  I am more or less completely out to my family and no longer have skeletons in my closet to worry about.  I have made myself public and in many ways that is incredibly freeing.

Not only have I found a way to release stress and tell a story; I’ve found a new way to making friends.  In the past two months I have made so many incredible friends through blogging and through one guy in particular, Jester from Jestertunes.com.

Here’s a quick list of bloggers I have recently befriended or have been inspired by their site…

Winterheart/Sunlight Sucks
ToriBlaine
Jestertunes
UncleMonkeyBoy
Blogography
Down With Pants!
Socially Dead
Snackie’s World
SecondHand Tryptophan
Brainporn

I read these blogs regularly and so do a lot of other people it seems.  Snackiepoo seems to average 20-50+ comments on each of her blog posts, and that’s really nothing compared to some other bloggers who are getting hundreds of comments.

So what I’m here to find out is, how do they do this?  I don’t care about monetizing my blog, that would be awesome but I just like blogging.  I love to write and to post my photography out there and my thoughts on whatever comes to mind.  But it seems that my hiatus a while back where I stopped posting really hurt me, I’m down to 50-300 hits a day.  That’s too big of a range and only a comment or three per post?  How disappointing.

I get the most hits on nerd posts.  If I write about Apple or something totally nerdy, especially if I complain about something nerdy, hits galore.

Something personal, not terrible.

Photography… people love it but rarely comment (sad face)

Political (nothing, zero, zilch)

John Mayer Kissing Adam Levine CRAZINESS!  Tons of hits and comments

So what is the key?  What is it that makes people keep coming back and gets them to post comments?  I’d love some input, especially from the guys on my blogroll.

To me, blogging is like High School all over again, we are all battling to make it to the top and we don’t mind shitting on anyone in order to get there.  Well, I don’t care to be on the top, I just want to maybe make it up the bank of the mountain a bit; and I could use your help!

Much love,

Justin

WordPress iPhone Native App Released

The new WordPress app for the iPhone was just released, and blogged about right here! Check it out at:

http://www.snurl.com/32wnl/

It’s awesome. This is the first time I’ve used it and had it installed and to writing this post in under two minutes.

Let me know how it works out for you!  Even the picture was embedded through the WordPress application.  I guess you can’t do inline formatted pictures, but meh, it can’t do everything I guess.

photo

Zemanta Pixie