2018 Stats

Here’s my much delayed 2019 graphic and here’s hoping that everyone had a great New Year celebration and is ready to get started on 2019. If not, too bad. It’s already begun.

So, like everyone else, my email was full of year end summaries and reviews at the beginning of January. Let’s take a look at my info, or the bits that I find interesting anyway. The rest we’ll ignore. Nobody is interested in my health care summary, banking overview, or whatnot. Moving on.

Google Maps tells me that I traveled 25,141 miles in 2018. That’s about a trip around the world. And it’s no surprise to me that both my furthest and longest trip for the year was the drive south to visit my mother in Florida.

I was interested to see that I made 51 visits to The Home Depot, 33 visits to Lowe’s, and only 15 visits to Menards. All of those numbers seem very low to me, as it seems like I’m at one or more of those every day for work. It’s probable that those are numbers for individual stores, rather than for the chains as a whole.

In other Google news, I reached level 5 as a Local Guide. Yay me. I was level 4 at the end of 2017, so that’s something. Apparently, I made 310 contributions to Google; 13 reviews, 31 ratings, and more notably I answered 266 questions about various places. Somehow that puts me in the top 15% of Local Guides in Grand Rapids… must be a pretty low bar. Mostly I do restaurants, but I also answer questions about hardware stores and my client locations.

One of my favorite things is audio books. Now these numbers are from Audible and that’s an account I share with Lady Ronn, so keep that in mind as we go through this. Also, it doesn’t include anything I listened to on Hoopla or from my own personal collection. We’re on the 2 credits per month plan, one for me and one for her, but somehow, we managed to add 43 audio books to our collection in 2018. Must have been the sales and freebies. We listened to 354-hours, and I betting that was mostly me. I only reviewed 15 titles, but I gave star ratings to everything I listened to in 2018.

Lastly, I let the Baenrahl domain expire and I’ve deleted my Yahoo! Account (Yahoo, Flickr, whatever else that links to). I wasn’t using any of their stuff anyway and it’s all part of my half-assed internet housecleaning.

That’s enough about last year. Let’s get on with 2019.

Scrubbed Everything Down

I’ve given everything a thorough cleaning. Through a combination of several plugins (Anti-Malware, Sucuri, Wordfence, and Bluehost) I think I’ve cleaned the bug from my site. And that is not an invitation to test my security. I shut off the comments, changed the passwords, removed a couple ‘users’,  and tightened things up. As an added bonus, I seem to have deleted the entire baenrahl site–accidentally. That last bit makes me less than happy, given the current back-up situation around these parts.

I don’t know what I’m going to do about baenrahl.com, if anything. It’s been a while since I did anything with that stuff and the RPG aspect sorta didn’t go anwhere. So, what to do? Whatever it is, it’ll be starting from scratch.
I still need to get on the phone with Bluehost and get what I’ve got coming to me, ensure we’re on the same page, and generally read them the riot act. But for now, I think I’ve got everything cleaned up and locked down.
 

What to Do

It’s decision time again. Last year, Christmas Day I picked up the domain name baenrahl.com from Google Domains. I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with it at the time, but I wanted to check out that particular Google service. It’s been a year now, and it’s time to renew it or let it go.

As far as Google Domains goes I really have no opinion one way or another. It’s a service. They sell a product. That’s about the extent of my feelings on the subject.

baenrahl.com, on the other hand, is something I’d like to keep. Initially, I had no idea what to do with it, or at least just vague ideas of what to do with it. But I like the idea I ended up going with, that I was chronicling the adventures of a “sword & planet” genre hero, someone in the vein of Dray Prescot or John Carpenter. But with school and life and whatnot, there hasn’t been much work done on that idea.

 

Baenrahl isn’t the kind of name that I’m worried about losing. I don’t think someone else is going to come along and grab it up. Although they might just to hold it for a year or two, so that if I want it back I have to pay a premium for it. But like RonnMcCarrick.com, eventually they’ll let it go, because, well, there’s no money in it. Right now, I have two other domains, arohen.com and RonnMcCarrick.com. So, that’s three websites, only one of which is actually getting any content posted.

That is my conflict. I have a few days left to make a decision, but I’d be interested in any thoughts anyone else might have on the matter. If you have any such thoughts, leave them in the comments.

Spiders are Yucky

Just put up my Sunday post for Baenrahl.com. Today’s article clocks in a just under 800-words.
Also, I don’t think I mentioned it, but Doug pointed out that if you didn’t type www.baenrahl.com your browser wouldn’t find the site. So typing baenrhal.com would just bring up a page saying there was no such page. Which is dumb. I can’t remember the last time I had to type the www. Anyway, I fixed that. You can get there either way now. It was just a check box in blogger that make the redirect happen. It wasn’t hidden exactly, but it wasn’t terribly obvious either. Thanks to him for pointing that out.
Here is a bit of a teaser for today’s post.
BaenrahlWebsiteBaenrahl is Spiders & Stratagems
The world of Kirrac, as presented by Jovan Dorr, is one of swashbuckling action and adventure, he and his cadre of comrades are constantly confronted by challenging foes who inevitably have more influence, money, and power than they themselves. But such is the life of a courtier to be bathed in politics and constantly faced with the malice of one’s rivals. It is a life that should be full of wenches and wine cups, but is instead fraught with distressed duchesses, betrayed barons, and endangered emissaries who turn to these flashing personalities for protection and justice. Read more here…