Category Archives: Blogs and blogging

God Speed George Roper

The conservative blogosphere lost a truly good friend yesterday with the passing of George (GM) Roper. His wife and daughter posted this on his Facebook page.

To all of George’s Facebook friends:

This is a post by his daughter, Jennifer, and wife, Norma. We are sorry to have to say it this way and we are sure that some of you deserve a call, but we are unable.

George passed away this morning, shortly after 6 AM. We are devastated by the loss, but know that it was his time to go home to God.

Memorial services will be held at Kreidler Funeral Home in McAllen, Texas on Saturday, November 30th at 11:00 AM.

George had been battling leukemia in recent months after beating lung cancer previously (he was a non-smoker).

I never had the opportunity to meet George in person, but I did have many occasions to correspond with him by email or online. It was always a pleasure. I found him to be kind, helpful, and insightful with a great love for his family and his country.

My prayers go out to his family and his many online friends. God Speed.

Full Time Blogger

For the first time in almost seven years I’ve gone from Monday to Friday, and while I’m not sick, it’s not a holiday, and I’m not taking a vacation, I haven’t gone to work all week. I guess that means that, until something changes, I’m a full time blogger.

Over the past several months, since the last election actually, I’ve gotten out of the habit of blogging regularly. Not because I’ve become any less passionate about the greatness of our country and the unlimited potential of our experiment. I have grown weary of the people, our fellow citizens, who have descended into a mindset of “What are you going to give me?” And to be honest, there is a part of me that questions whether there are enough people left who care about our country or if we’ve reached a critical mass of looters.

It’s not merely the economic looters, those wanting the government to provide their every need. What bothers me more are the social looters; those who feel entitled to offend but never be offended, to dictate to others but never be held accountable for their own actions. Are we too far gone?

Yes, this is rambling. I’ve got a lot on my mind. Perhaps I can put some more coherent thoughts down soon. After all, I am a full time blogger now.

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Help Day by Day

Things have changed greatly in the eight or so years that I’ve been blogging. The tools we use, from our blogging platform to the way we measure and interact with visitors, are all much different now. Group efforts have largely surpassed the lone blogger, pioneers have reached a national audience or faded from the stage. A large number of well known writers in the infancy of the blogosphere have moved on to other projects and places in their lives.

Not all things have changed. One enduring part of the conservative portion of the blogosphere is our daily dose of Chris Muir’s Day by Day. Even on days when I don’t write anything (and lately that’s been more days than it should) I open this site so I can read the latest from the fictional lives of Sam, Zed, Jan, Damon, and the rest.

Chris’s efforts are 100% reader supported. Every year he holds one fund raiser to sustain his work. In years past the goal has been reached early, and usually surpassed previous years. This year things are going a little slower. In order to reach his goal Chris has extended this years fund-raiser. I urge you to visit Day by Day and contribute what you can to keep this wonderful part of our daily lives going. Please visit soon and push this years totals over the top.

New Year, New Theme

screenshotI know. I just changed themes back in November. Truth be told I never was quite satisfied with that theme. It was OK, but it just wasn’t what I was looking for. So I did what I’ve been putting off for a really long time – I dug into the process of creating a child theme.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with WordPress, or just use it and don’t care how it works, WordPress allows you to create child themes that are based on a parent theme. Think of it this way, when you create a child theme WordPress looks at your theme first. If it finds what it needs it uses it. If not, it looks in the parent theme. The advantage is that you can make all of your changes in the child without harming the parent. Also, if the author of the parent theme updates it you don’t lose all your changes when you upgrade to the new version.

The requirements for a child theme are very simple. You need a folder in your theme directory and a style sheet. You could easily create a child theme that does absolutely nothing by having only those two elements. If you have no other files and nothing beyond what is required in the style sheet your child theme would behave exactly the same as the parent. Exactly. But that would be silly.

I started with Twentytwelve, the latest theme from the creators of WordPress. It was already pretty close to what I wanted, but not quite.

The first thing I changed was the navigation bar. In Twentytwelve it is above the header image. I wanted it below, so I moved it. Of course I wanted to keep Chris Muir’s Day By Day. I’ve displayed that cartoon almost as long as I’ve been blogging. I already had the code to display the strip between the first and second posts on the front page, but now I won’t have to re-insert it if the parent theme gets updated.

Those were the two major coding changes. The rest of the adjustments were cosmetic. On the web cosmetic means CSS. Those changes are easy to do, but the tweaking process can be exasperating and time consuming.

You see the results before you. I’m very pleased with the results. I’m also happy with the things I learned. Let me know what you think.

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Face Lift

Maybe giving the site a face lift will help lift me from my post-election funk. As you can see I’ve installed a new theme. Of course if I don’t start writing something it really doesn’t matter. If there’s anything that doesn’t work in your particular setup, please let me know. I’ve also linked new posts to my bRight & Early page on Facebook. Why don’t you jump over there and give the page a like.

Consolidation

I have some great ideas. At least I think they’re great ideas, especially at the time the come to me. Some are, some aren’t. The big problem is following through. Well, it’s time to simplify a few things.

I own eleven domain names:
4bauer.com – 1
blognewscoop.com – 2
floridimagine.com – 5
marbleheadregiment.com – 3
polkfamilyfunguide.com – 1
procleanextreme.com – 1
reclaimconservatism.com – 2
rv-bloggers.com – 1
spot-trot.com – 1
valetsplus.com – 1
and, of course
brightandearlyblog.com – 2

That’s bad enough, but do you see the number out to the side of each one? That’s the number of blogs or sites associated with that domain. Yeah, I’ll do the math for you, twenty. They are spread over five hosting accounts.

Three are for businesses, but aren’t being used — ProCleanExtreme, Spot-Trot, and ValetsPlus. They’ve gotta go. As for the rest?

Blogs.4bauer.com — This is our world-famous group blog dedicated to “24″. It’s going to stay. It’s historical.

FloridImagine.com — Will stay, but several of the sites will have to go. Some of the sites, like my high school alumni one, can stay even without much content.

BlogNewsCoop.com and the separate blog was, and is, a good idea, but it’s just never gone anywhere. I don’t have the time or the talent to take it where it needs to be. The concept was for it to be a place where bloggers could submit news stories that would then be used by other bloggers. Sort of an AP for conservative bloggers. I would love to see someone take on this project. @AndrewBreitbart Call me!

MarbleheadRegiment.com — This was originally a site for supporters of Fred Thompson four years ago. I still like Fred, but why am I still holding on to (and paying for) these three sites? And why did I set it up with three separate sites? Anyone from Boston want to make me an offer?

Polk Family Fun Guide — A good local idea that I never followed through on. It would have taken a big time and money commitment, and I didn’t have either to spare.

ReclaimConservatism.com — I’ve already pared this down somewhat, to just the two blogs; the main one, and The Bullpen (http://bullpen.reclaimconservatism.com/). Simply, this was intended to be a group blog focused on the theme of reclaiming conservatism. GM Roper and Doug (Stix1972) Welch are great contributors and I thank them both for their work. It could be something special, but I need to “do two” or get off the pot, so to speak. I would love to hear from any writers who would like to contribute.

RV-Bloggers — A nice idea, but I’m not living the nomad life just yet. Time for this one to move on down the road.

As these domain names and hosting accounts come up for renewal some, if not most, will be gone. I need to do some consolidation to make what remains more effective. If you see something here that you’d like to be a part of let me hear from you. I bet we can work something out.