Monday, February 25, 2008

Tagging and category (in blog) do not work

Recently, I've been writing many things in my blog(s). I used to write things related to information technology (IT). It is not exclusive on IT, but IT is the main theme.

Now, I am writing different things; live, music, poems, business, religion, and much more. (I don't think I will write about politics, though.) When I write about different things, I use category (a feature provided by the blog provider - eg. to indicate the type of my articles. I also use tags or labels to add some keywords and also to indicate the content of my articles.

This, apparently, is not good enough.

There are people who complained that they only want to read (my) articles that are related to IT, for example. Filtering based on category / tag / label is not good enough.

On top of that, my blogs are aggregated in many sites. Those (aggregator) sites take all my articles. They don't filter the articles based on the type of the content. So, in an IT aggregator site, they also see my poems and my articles about life.

One possible solution is to have multiple blogs. Each blog is dedicated to a certain topic. I have taken this road. I have more than a dozen blogs and most of them are active. (No, I am not kidding. I write a lot.) Again, my readers don't like this approach. If they want to read my articles (not specific to a certain topic), they have to jump from one blog to another. They don't like this (obviously).

I use planet to agregate my own blogs - called PlanetGBT - (thanks to Priyadi for providing the service). But, it is still to "complicated" for my readers. On top of that, I use multiple blog providers (wordpress, blogspot, multiply, ...) to host the blogs. Sometimes readers must have accounts in those providers to give comments. This is another problem. They don't want to create more accounts. Having one blog account is (confusing?) enough for them.

Complicated, eh? One thing is clear; tagging and category don't work as expected.

I am still going to write many things in a blog. Yeah, I will get (more) complaints for this.

Monday, February 18, 2008

New Guitar

I wrote it elsewhere, but I think I should post it here too. I just got a new guitar, my 4th guitar. It's a Gibson Les Paul-look like. It's actually a Greg Bennett guitar. In the store I was toying between two guitars. One is a Fender strat-like and the other one is this.

Finally, I decided to take this guitar just because I want to experiment with the humbucker pickup. My other guitar, a Yamaha, has single coil pickup. I was told that single coil pickup is good for clean sound and it does. But my playing style (and sound) is more suitable to this guitar. We'll see how it goes.

I am going to give it a try in a gig next month.

Welcome, my new guitar.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Money Transfer Problem

I was trying to buy a CD from a friend. It costs £6 UK sterling plus some shipping cost. So I went to my bank (here in Indonesia) and told them that I wanted to send £10 UK sterling. The teller looked at me in disbelieve.
Just £10 UK sterling, sir?
Yup. What's the problem?
The fee is US$20

Hah? That much? I cancelled the transfer.

This sucks! This is how it feels living in a distrust society. I've got to open an PayPal account. Any experience in opening PayPal account from Indonesia?

Friday, February 01, 2008

Losing My Mind

Things are happening so fast these past few days (weeks?). I have to do too many things. (Right now I have to write three documents in 1 hour!) I am losing my mind. I made too many mistakes.

Like last night, I turned on electricity to water pump in our house and forgot to turn it off until the next morning. Usually it runs for 30 minutes or 1 hour. This time I let it run for 6 hours! I hope I didn't break it.

This morning, I thought I lost the key to our door (gate to be exact). The whole family was looking for the key. Finally, I found it in the pocket of my jacket! Great! It's official, I am an ass.

What's happening to me? Weary ... I think I need a break!