My loyal readers have probably noticed there are few new posts in this blog. This has happened for several reason. But first I want to provide a couple of links to where I am actively blogging, so give those a look.
I started this blog to mostly rant about politics. That was interesting, for a while (at least to me) but as the US gets closer and closer to the Trump dictatorship and single party rule ranting seems pretty pointless. The news today is just overwhelming and instead of enjoying it I can hardly stand to consume any news (the “fake” kind, of course, meaning real news were truth is still truth). So that part of this blog is gone.
Then I bored my readers with tons of statistics of my exercise and weight loss. At the time it was helpful to me (although boring to readers) to “publish” the results so I’d stay on track. That also led to a lot of rants about stupid “nutrition” nonsense that floods the Net.
I also used the blog to describe my adventures in baking bread and these posts, politically neutral, have had more audience over time, so I’m glad you enjoyed them. But alas, I still have my weight issue and bread is simply too high calorie to consume what I baked. So that topic has disappeared.
And I managed to stick in a few travel posts which generally get more attention since they had some pretty pictures or possibly useful information for other travelers. But my travel and camping is pretty much at a standstill so nothing to post about there.
So I ran out of stuff to say. What I did learn, from analyzing stats of site traffic, is: a) rants rarely get attention, b) boring posts get little attention, and, c) most relevant, a blog without a single focus and style doesn’t hold readers’ attention. Also blogs where there is some original contribution, rather than yet more opinion (after all who cares what I think) seem to be more interesting.
So I started a new blog (the links above). There I focused on a single (and neutral) topic. A virtual trek on the Camino de Santiago (loyal readers will recognize this from my posts here about virtual trek on the Pacific Crest Trail) and progress reports (and anecdotes) of developing an extensive corpus of Spanish (Spain) food terms to build an app that could be used to decipher menus in restaurants. In that work I compare the current state of machine translation (Google and Microsoft) of Spanish to English and the silly mistakes they make that I, despite knowing no Spanish, am able to figure out the correct translation. So that blog, in my humble opinion, has some interesting posts, especially for anyone who might be heading to Spain.
So on a regular basis (like monthly) I’ll post links here from readers who just drop in and don’t do a follow on that blog. Enjoy!