Answering totally off-topic questions.

I’ve received a lot of comments asking about how to run a blog. These aren’t really related to what I’m talking about on here; however I’m hoping to answer all of these questions in just one go so that people will stop asking them.

“How do I avoid being hacked?”: In order to avoid being “hacked” you need a good password. This comic should help explain how to make a really good password. I know this goes against what most people are taught about passwords; however it really works. Also if your browser has the option of using a “master password” I would recommend taking advantage. I know Firefox has this option.

“How do you setup a blog?”: I have mine setup through Dreamhost. It does cost a little bit of money; but not very much. I would definitely recommend it over making your own server because server maintenance is really difficult and it’s better to start out with something easy.

“Do you have any advice?”: No I don’t. I’ve just recently started and I don’t
know very much about this. The most I can offer is an observation, a little bit of general Internet advice, and some advice on paying bills for the site.

*Observation: There is A LOT of Spam comments. Far more than I had originally thought there would be. So much in fact that I haven’t checked any of the
comments in a while and I’m really starting to wonder if I should pay any attention to the comments at all. If you’re wondering why it seems like I haven’t read/approved your comment, then this is why.

*Internet advice: Once you put something out on the Internet, taking it down can be next to impossible. Be careful and really think things through before you post them. Also you might want to get a web browser with a built-in spell-checker. This is another reason why I use Firefox. Be sure to read this article about the Streisand effect because the Streisand effect can apply to anything you put on the Internet.

On a side note: when you mess up (and you will mess up eventually) by saying something
offensive/embarrassing, remember that there is a time to stick to your guns, and a time to apologize.

If you are extremely certain that you’re right about something (you can never truly know anything for certain) then you stick to your guns; however if you realize you’re wrong or are proven wrong, then you need to admit that you were wrong.

Admitting you’re wrong about something isn’t easy. We all like to make other people believe that we are perfect and know exactly what we are talking about (especially now that you can get a lot of people to hear you); however if you know you’re wrong about something and insist that you’re right when you clearly aren’t, then you’re just wasting everybody’s time and making a fool of yourself, and no, people will not think less of you for admitting when you don’t know something.

On a side side note: If you offend someone, then it never hurts to apologize for offending them even though you aren’t taking back what you said (just don’t say “I’m sorry if I offended you”, instead try “I’m sorry I offended you”). Just be sure that you’re able to take back anything you say.

Remember: “The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.” -Socrates

*Paying bills: Set your account to automatically renew itself. That will save you a lot of hassle.

“Does your blog use a “What you see is what you get” editor?”: Kind of. I haven’t experimented with it very much; but I’m definitely not using a command line if that’s what you’re asking. I’m instead using a web interface which handles most of the work for me (including HTML).

I don’t plan on answering anymore off-topic questions like this again in the future.
I DEFINITELY won’t be answering any questions about blogging unless you’re asking something really new and important.

*Paying bills: Set your account to automatically renew itself. That will save you a lot of hassle.

“Does your blog use a “What you see is what you get” editor?”: Kind of. I haven’t experimented with it very much; but I’m definitely not using a command line if that’s what you’re asking. I’m instead using a web interface which handles most of the work for me (including HTML).

I don’t plan on answering anymore off-topic questions like this again in the future.
I DEFINITELY won’t be answering any questions about blogging unless you’re asking something really new and important.

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