30.4.08

The Last Post : Sundown at CommonSense


Sunset - Photo: AlphaTangoBravo / Adam Baker

CommonSense With Markk -- my very first blog launched in early 2006 -- has gone past its sell-by date. The time has come to send it to pasture. This is it, folks! Finito.

I hate to do it but I'm not going to feel nostalgic or sentimental about it after almost two and a half years of blogging on this site which, at one time, was going places. But since the Google PageRank slapfest late last year, things have not been the same like the "good old days."

I felt great with CommonSense when the going was good. It rose to PR3 in about four months after its launch and at one stage it attained PR5 before Goog started the slapfest. As is commonly known, writing paid posts has its downside - and that had incurred the wrath of Big G.

I'm taking this action now because the Google jive has started again and I'm not expecting Big G to show a benign smile on this blog. I've seen the little green thingy fluctuating in the last couple of days. Don't know when it will settle down but now I'm packing up here, don't care much for PageRank now where this blog is concerned.

Although I tried to plod on I found the task too tiresome and it was like a millstone hung around my neck. I soon realized that you can't be running two personal blogs -- the other being The Next Post -- at the same time. As it is, it's already tough for some bloggers to churn out post after post and making sure the stuff you write are not crap or fluff.

There's a lot of disadvantages in having a name like CommonSense With Markk. It's too personal and there's not much you can do to broaden its scope. I don't know what you all think but that's what I have learned through three years of running a couple of websites and a number of other blogs. I supposed if you treat blogging as just a hobby then it's fine to stay with it and continue posting at your own pleasure.

If I had wanted CommonSense to continue, I could, but reality check tells me I have to devote more attention to those other sites of mine. They are going to take up a lot of my time in the days ahead.

From here on, you can read future postings of mine at TheNextPost.

I have taken CommonSense With Markk off of the MyBlogLog site. I would like to thank all those kind bloggers whom I had crossed paths in our blogging journey for visiting this blog, especially those who had entered into some kind of communication with me and came back often to leave appreciated comments in my posts. If you happened to read this and has a blogroll link or any other in-post links to this site, please take the necessary action to avoid broken links.

Also, I have terminated my web hosting account for CommonSenseWithMarkk.com and have switched my URL back to Blogspot where this site will be left to dry under the blogging sun! I'll be doing some "house-cleaning" for a while (don't know how long it will take) and then if the weather is right, I just might press the self-destruct button for this site. Kaboom! Meanwhile, enjoy.

Adieu.




27.2.08

Hello, Hello, Are You Home On Your Blog?


What's so grand about this free service from Google that's called GrandCentral? For starter, it's a free service and you can get a free account right now if you have half a mind to do it.

The service, launched without much fanfare about one or two weeks ago, is still undergoing a private beta test.


So what is GrandCentral?
It's a service whereby you can receive phone calls and post voicemail right on your blog.


What you need to do is to add a WebCall button to your blog which will enable people to easily call your phone or leave voicemails without ever seeing your telephone number.


Such calls can be screened. You can block unwanted callers, accept calls or send them to voicemail. Voicemail is all kept in a visual online Inbox. They can be stored there as long as you like. According to Google, there seems to be a limitless capacity for this.


I'm sure this new novelty from Google will get a lot of people signing up for a Webcall button especially those yakety yak types. Like other widgets, the CallMe button and the Inbox will be adding to the space on the sidebars of sites that are already taken up by banner ads and other items. But that's up to each individual to decide whether he or she would go for it.