There are a few reasons for my disappearance that's I'd like to explain.
1. As the next pictures will show, the Achiever Card Blog is not the only thing in the Kramer household (Yes, my name is actually Kramer) that is under construction. My wife is doing a little constructing of her own. In her crazy world what she's working on is more important than baseball cards and baseball card blogs. Yeah, I know, it's crazy. But, what am I going to do. There is just no reasoning with the woman. And, seeing as how she is way out of my league, I go out of my way to keep her happy.
This means a lot of time at doctors appointments and the store for me and more computer time for her. "Little Larry" and anything having to do with him takes precedence over pretty much everything else right now, as he should. The silver lining is that every trip to the store is another potential pack of baseball cards for me. This does leave less time for me to blog. I've been busier at work so I usually have time to occasionally check the internet but not really make a post. I guess I have to teach myself that every post need not be a book. In fact, the shorter the post the better, in most cases.
2. My wife, in addition to the kid, has started teaching part time at Case Western Reserve. Because of this she has needed the computer more to throw together lectures and power point type stuff. Hopefully we'll have another computer soon, but right now there is only one. It's just hard to convince her that she needs to get off the computer so I can check ebay or see what Gellman and Mario have to say.
3. The Access project. I recently acquired microsoft excel and access. I decided to use access to catalog my cards and have spent hours fiddling with it. I finally have what I hope is a working database and have been diligently entering my cards. I still have a long way to go. My estimate is that it will take months. My fear is that when I'm finished, it won't work the way I envisioned or I will realize that I should have done something different. Only time will tell.
4. Most importantly, I just don't really like my blog. I do have fun doing it, but I know it isn't very good. I need a direction for it. I figure that will come with time. I have a few ideas and I hope they pan out.
My immediate problem with it is that I really don't know what I'm doing on computers. I'm extremely lacking in basics of computers and blogging. I hesitate to ask questions because, even if I knew what to ask, I probably wouldn't understand the answer and get discouraged. The truth is I've never had any reason to learn about computers. The only thing I've ever needed one for is to write an occasional paper, check email, and look at news on ESPN. It never really mattered how things worked.
I'll give you an example of my ineptitude. Whenever I make a post I have to work out everything from the start. If I add a picture it goes straight to the top of the post. So, I can't start typing and then decide to add a picture. I have to upload every picture I want in reverse order and then type around it. I can't imagine that this is the only way to do it, as it is an incredible pain in the ass. And that's just one thing. Another thing is people talk about how many hits they get. For the life of me I can't figure out how they know. If anyone can give me some advice on where to go and what to do to get myself up to speed on maintaining a blog page and adding features it would be greatly appreciated. I know this exposes me for a fool, but I need more help with thing than just asking a few random questions and hoping I understand the replies.
Hopefully soon I'll be able to overhaul the and start posting things worth reading. I don't know it the name will be the same, or not. I just know I don't like it how it is and how it looks right now. I'm hoping that the few blog rolls that I'm on will give me some time to get my shit together before they boot me. Although, I'd understand if they did and would just hope that I'd get this thing to the point where I'd be worthy of getting back on them.
See what I mean? I'm just so damn long winded. Really, who the heck do I really expect to read this whole thing?