Come Join Me!

Now that I finally got off my butt and purchased my own webspace, I’ve migrated this blog over to it as well. You’ll find the same lack of posts over here. I’ll probably delete this blog within the next few months, so check me out over there. See ya!

Lessons in Web Hosting

Ever since the Internet began (I think that’s a pretty epic way to start a blog post, don’t you?), I’ve been wanting to purchase myself a website. Not because I have anything I want to put there, I just have been learning HTML, PHP, ASP.NET, and so on and so on for the past 10 years. Yeah, I can practice them all just by creating local webpages, but you can’t get a true feel for it unless it’s out there on the scary Web. I want to play around with databases. I want to create web forms and have people submit them. I just want to explore. Well, it looks like I finally got that opportunity.

A close friend and I had been talking for a while now about doing a podcast. You know, one of those podcasts where we talk for a while about whatever we feel like (mostly games, of course). I finally got our act together and we actually moved forward with this plan. While I don’t have anything to reveal just yet, I have been learning a ton this week about web hosting. It’s amazing how much I didn’t know, and I found it terrifying that these sites don’t actually adequately explain what it is you need to purchase.

For example, let’s say you’re a complete beginner on the Web, but you want to start a webpage. What does “Domain” mean? What does “Hosting” mean? Where do I get these things? What other things do I need to consider when purchasing? What’s “Shared Hosting”? What’s the other option?

I don't know what that means!

I know all the answers to the above questions, but not because any of the hosting sites I visited explained them to me clearly. It’s entirely possible I looked in the wrong place for the answers, but I think that should be the most important thing you see on a site that’s trying to sell you a product. What is your product? Why do I need it? This is Marketing 101, folks. Even I know that.

So, in order to have a site that can host a podcast, I figured out that I need enough storage to host, let’s say, at least a year’s worth of audio files. And I have no clue how much bandwidth I need, but I played it safe and went with “unlimited”. Can’t really go wrong there, right? It ended up being way cheaper than I expected, especially when we end up splitting the cost between the two of us. (Oh, yeah, did I mention that, partner?)

Right now I’m waiting for the Domain registration to complete (which takes 24 hours? That sucks), after which I’ll have fun playing around with installing WordPress, some forum software, and maybe a little playspace for me and my databases. I’ve always wanted to try to create a web game. No, Jick, I’m not copying off you.

New Theme!

I know this is super exciting for everyone, but I’m excited, so you’re going to have to deal with it. White text on black backgrounds just doesn’t cut it anymore. Five years ago it was COOL and EXCITING. Now it hurts my eyes. So I’m changing it up. What do you think?

I also updated my Blogroll (actually, I didn’t even know I had one) with blogs that I regularly read. A few are just my friends who happen to be excellent writers, and the others are all a bunch of industry people I’ve never actually met. But they’re all very excellent blogs to read, especially going back through the archives. If you’re bored (or if you want to see my taste in writings), check them out!

It’s kinda fun to have started blogging regularly again. And I actually have pageviews this time, too! Twitter never ceases to amaze me.

Hello and Goodbye?

It’s been a while since I’ve posted here, and I’ve thought a lot about whether I even want to keep up this charade of a blog any more. It’s not that I don’t like the blog idea, because I really do. It’s just that…this can no longer be a personal blog. It wasn’t so personal to start, but now that I’ve got a job that takes place in an online space, I’m a sort of online public figure, in a way. I know that people in my community have discovered this blog, so it’s not like I can pretend to hide it. It’s sad to admit it, but I’m just not sure that I’m going to try to stick with this blog anymore. The sacred few friends who I know read this (Yes, I’m talking to you, Ron and Jackie) I keep in touch with anyway, so I don’t feel so bad about that. And for all my “real life” friends, there’s still Facebook. I still proudly admit that I’m legitimate friends with everyone on my Facebook, and that I refuse to accept random friend requests. My Facebook profile is still my personal private bubble. Sort of. I mean, nothing’s private on the Internet.

I guess the moral of the story is that if you’re reading this, and you want to keep up on my life, just give me a call. Don’t rely on this site anymore, just be my friend.

Yours truly,

Me

Why Internet?

I use the internet to escape, I’ve determined. I don’t mean that in the emo, sad way. I just mean it in that I’ve established a different life on the net. There’s plenty to do, there’s new people to meet, and it doesn’t trap me in a specific character that people expect me to be. If things don’t work out, you can start again as a new identity, and no one is the wiser. Not so in real life, obviously. If things suck, well, you’re stuck with the people you’re stuck with. Not that it’s a bad thing. It’s just a different thing. I mean, look at me right now. I’m posting to a blog about nothing substantial. It’s a good way for me to vent, to just talk, or to ramble. Doesn’t really matter much.

My apologies for the pointless post. I just needed something to do as a bit of a distraction from the chaos in my apartment right now. Too many people in one room yelling and singing and such. You know…acapella kids.

Why “Of Tolls and Rolls”?

I figure I should explain my new Blog title choice. If my close friends at FLS are reading this, they should understand it. But if you don’t get it, you should probably go watch “Robin Hood: Men In Tights”. Firstly because it’s an awesome movie, but secondly so you can keep up with the references here. Like the title of my blog.

Also, I’m going to try and post more pictures in my posts from now on. It breaks up the monotonous walls of text that tend to amass.

New Website!

I’ve decided to switch over to WordPress. It’s prettier, and I don’t like the stupid URL I had made for this website too long ago. So I made an even stupider URL, and you should switch over to this site:

https://oftollsandrolls.wordpress.com

I’ve moved all the posts over there, and I won’t be updating Blogger any longer. It’s been a pleasure, Google, but your time has come. Later!

As for those of you on WordPress, stay tuned. I’ve got some fun blog stuff coming up, I think.