Posts Tagged ‘Wordpress’

A Quick Update On the Blog

August 10, 2012

Okay folks. I realize my last blog post was on May 17. I’m also fully aware that I haven’t been reaching my snark quota on Twitter lately. I’d like to explain myself. I’m lazy. Okay. That’s not at all true. In fact, it’s exactly the opposite.

I thought that by now everyone knew I was working on a new Web site. Yet when I recently tweeted that I was working on the new site, someone asked me, “What new Web site?” Apparently, I was once again wrong. Imagine that. I swear. One of these days I’m going to get something right.

So what is this new Web site? Basically, it’s just a re-branding of the About Trucking Jobs blog, with some additional features that I couldn’t get through WordPress.com, which is the free service where I’m hosted now.

I’ve already got new hosting, a new theme up and running, and most of the data transferred. Yes, I realize that doesn’t sound like a big deal. It really wasn’t. It did take a while to find a theme that suited all my needs, but once I did all my blog posts, pictures, and comments, transferred over with a few clicks. So what the heck has been taking so long?

For one thing, tweaking the Web site has been harder than I expected. The majority of it looks fine, but every once in a while, I can’t get some weird little thing to work. For instance, on my main blog page, I keep getting the wrong picture on one of my blog posts. I can’t for the life of me figure out why. Another time, I couldn’t figure out how to have two different header graphics on different pages (one for the main site and one specifically for the blog). My theme provider, WooThemes, has been extremely helpful with making changes to the programming code that looks like gobbledygook to me. But they’re busy lads, and sometimes it takes some time for even them to figure out what’s going on. In short, I really had no idea how much more was involved with moving your Web site from a free service to a self-hosted one. Still, necessity won out. Gotta do what you gotta do.

I’d really love to tell you all what to expect from the new Web site, but as of right now, I’m keeping most of it hush-hush. The blog will have a new name and a new layout with different colors. There will also be links to stuff my online friends do (if you’re interested in swapping links, shoot me an email at AboutTruckingJobs@gmail.com).

There are much bigger things afoot too, but as of now, only a handful of people who REALLY needed to know are aware of those new features. So if you want to find out, you’ll have to figure out who those people are, kidnap them, take them to an abandon warehouse, and whip out the vise grips and wire cutters.

Once the new Web site is live, it’ll be clear why all this took so freakin’ long. With the grand opening of the site, I’ll also be doing a blog post detailing the new features of the Web site, with further info on what it took to put it all together. Until then, I’m working with a couple of people to provide guest posts for you. In keeping with my guidelines, these posts will be about subjects I know little or nothing about. I think you’ll enjoy them. Of course, I’ll also be adding my thoughts to these guest posts.

So for now I ask for your patience. I swear that when I’m not posting blogs and I’m absent from Twitter, I’m either driving, working on the Web site, or at home where I actually get to cohabitate with real live people. And FYI, I tried having Twitter open while I worked on the site, but quite frankly, my mind isn’t capable of it. Every time a tweet popped up, I totally lost my train of thought. Now that I think of it. That’s probably why it always took 4-5 hours to write a blog post. I’m starting to think Twitter is truly evil. Still, be suere to hold my place until I get back in the swing of things. From what little I’ve seen, it looks like you people are providing plenty of snark to keep Twitter afloat.

Okay, enough explanation. Back to trying to figure out why that stinking picture keeps showing up where it’s not supposed to. Ah screw it. I’m not that smart. Time to contact to the WooThemes dudes. Ciao.

Why I Do This

December 16, 2009

Most everyday on my Twitter account, I post a little ditty about trucking. Here was my post from a couple of days ago:

Daily Trucking Tidbit: As you do your Christmas shopping today, remember that every item you see was delivered by a truck driver.

That’s seems fairly benign, doesn’t it? Well, for this, I received a message from a follower (and fellow trucker) that basically told me to check my bloated ego at the door and do my job like every other American worker out there. His point was that lots of workers are responsible for getting a product onto the shelves. Everyone from the forklift driver to the secretary in the front office all do their part in the process. He’s right.

Now here’s my point. How many people do you hear complaining about unsafe forklift drivers ? Ever heard of anyone complaining about the nuisance of having too many secretaries? I didn’t think so. Now when was the last time you heard someone having the same complaints about truckers and trucks?

As I explained in a message to my attacker, I’m not looking for any sympathy out here. I chose this job and I can leave it any time I feel like it (or so I like to tell myself). One of my goals for writing a blog and tweeting my fingers to the bone is to let the general public have a glimpse into the life of a trucker. I’m thinking that the more someone knows about what we go through to deliver the goods that they need and love, the more respect we’ll get, both personally and professionally.

On the personal side, I’m not too worried about what folks think about me as a person. Sure, most people love me because I’m so freakin’ adorable, but even if they didn’t, I wouldn’t slit my wrists over it. What I’m really hoping is for people to give trucks a second thought when they encounter them on the road. Yea, I know. I may as well wish for an obedient wife that hangs on my every word, but hey, what’s life without hopes and dreams?

Think about it. Other than truckers themselves, who are the people who are most helpful to a truck tooling down the road? You know, the car that lets you change lanes in front of them. Or the minivan that stays back from the intersection so you can get around that tight right turn. I’d be willing to bet that the majority of these helpful drivers know a truck driver. I’ve had friends tell me that they pay more attention to trucks nowadays, simply because they know The Evil Overlord and I drive one. How about you, truckers? If you’re anything like me, before I started driving a truck, I hated trucks. Then again, some days I still do.

Nowadays, when I’m off-duty, I help other truckers when I can. Usually it’s just helping a driver merge into traffic or something easy like that, but one time it called for a bit more effort. One cold Christmas day, we stopped to pick up a trucker who had run out of fuel. To make matters worse, he didn’t even have a gas can. As you can imagine, it took quite a while to find a store that was actually open on Christmas, buy the gas can, go fill it up, and take him back to his truck. When the engine wouldn’t start, we made another run to fill the fuel can. After that, he insisted that I go on with my day, saying that if it still didn’t start then, there wasn’t anything I could do to help. At that point, I was kinda glad.

Now I’d like to think that I’m a helpful kinda guy, but if I wasn’t a trucker myself, that guy might still be sitting on the side of the road. I can easily see someone who has a friend or a family member who is a trucker doing the same thing. I believe I forgot to mention that I had a carload of eight family members at the time. Not one of them complained. I apologized to them when the guy went in to pay for the second can of fuel, but they just said, “Hey, what if that was you guys? We’d hope someone would stop for you.” Once again, consideration because they knew a couple of truckers.

So that’s my goal. To have world peace through my blog and a few tweets. Okay, not realistic. Still, if shedding a little light on the trucking lifestyle makes a few more people drive a little safer and friendlier around trucks, then I’m not wasting my time. And if you still aren’t going to help me change lanes, then you better start scooching over! I’ve had my signal on waaaaaay too long. Freakin’ jerk.

*So what about you? How do you help truckers? Or do you? Leave a comment to show us all what a thoughtful and caring human being you are. And consider passing this on to a friend or two. I know you’ve got at least one that drives like an idiot around trucks. Or do you look at them every day in the mirror?*


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