Construction-Zone-End-of-Road-Work-SignHave you driven past a road construction sign that announces “Road Work Begins”? I’m sure we all have. And then about two miles down the road, there’s another sign stating that at that point “Road Work Ends”.  Have you noticed that at some of these construction zones; it looks like there hasn’t been any construction, nor does it look likely that any construction will ever happen?

workinprogressThat’s not the case regarding the recent construction here at this blog. If you’ve stopped by over the last few days, you were greeted with a page that said I was doing some work on the blog and you could proceed no further.  That “work” is now completed and as you look around at the place you may ask yourself, “What construction took place? I don’t see anything different” Let me show you around.

Since May of this year, the blog is written with WordPress.  All the older entries dating back to June of 2004 were written using Blogger.  Those entries from Blogger transferred just fine to WordPress, but they also appeared on the web through search engine results under the old format and design from Blogger.  This caused multiple errors and 404 Error Redirects.  It also caused the “Archives” of older entries to work improperly by only showing the entries originating from WordPress.

After much research and trial and error, I hit upon the idea of going into the server database and poking around in the files for clues that might lead to a solution. Bear in mind, I’m not a computer programmer or HTML/CSS expert–so the results could have been disastrous.  I experimented and changed some file names of the old transferred Blogger files. This “unlocked” the access of the improved WordPress files and disabled the old entries so they would not appear on the Web.  It also enabled the entire “Archives” located at WordPress.  And that’s when I put up the “Road Construction” block and made a few more changes.

1. Each blog entry has a unique URL (permalink) ending in (dot)html.  My understanding is that this helps with Search Engine Optimization and listing results through Google.

2. The above change, resulted in work that involved inspecting 3758 links on the blog and correcting over 250 “broken” links.  All links should be corrected now. If you notice an errant link as you browse the Archives, please send me an email and I’ll correct it.

3. Those Archives I keep talking about are now in the blog’s sidebar, listed as The Old Roads. I hope readers enjoy looking back through the years.

4. I made a minor change at The Historical Marker page. I changed the background color surrounding the page to better match the feel of a roadside historical landmark and the color of many signs in state and national parks. It’s subtle, but I like it.

I think that any future changes I make will occur simply and through the daily course of writing at the blog. New banners, new sidebar links, and new photos will naturally happen. I don’t anticipate making any other changes that would require closing the blog for any length of time. But, you never know.

Thanks for your patience and I hope I didn’t get any dust on you during the construction.

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Sunday Thoughts

EqualSign“If a man looks upon any other man and estimates that man as less than himself, then he is stealing from the other. He is stealing the other’s birthright – that of equality.”

–Neville Goddard

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Playing For Change

Nothing elaborate or in-depth today. Just one of my favorite videos on YouTube from a cool organization; Playing For Change.

Their mission:

playforchangePlaying For Change arose from a common belief that music has the power to connect people regardless of their differences. In 2005, a small group of film makers set out with a dream to create a film rooted in the music of the streets. Not only has that dream been realized, it has grown into a global sensation that has touched the lives of millions of people around the world.

When the crew set out, they created a mobile recording studio and went around the world filming musicians in the places where they lived. The sound was then mixed, and although the musicians were never in the same room—or even the same country or continent—they were unified through music with each contributing her or his distinct gifts to the whole. While traveling the world to film and record, the crew got to know the music and people of each community they visited. Those involved wanted to give something back to the musicians who had shared so much with them.

In 2007, the Playing for Change Foundation was established as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization created to inspire, connect, and bring peace to the world through music.
 Our mission is to create positive change through music and arts education.  As one of our students in Nepal stated, “Music is an indispensable part of life -‐ you cannot live without music.” We couldn’t agree more. At the Playing For Change Foundation, we live our lives by this principle and apply it to everything we do.

(Links include the .org and .com sites)


Photo from Musician Profile: Alidu

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I’m Not Ready For Blog Promotion

This was not a planned blog entry for On The Road With Dave.

BAD2016I received an email today reminding me to participate in Blog Action Day 2016.  The international blogging event is being held on October 16th, 2016 and will focus on #RaiseYourVoice. Blog Action Day is an annual event held since 2007. Each year, a cooperative effort among thousands of bloggers focuses on one issue and participating blogs devote that day’s entries to the issue at hand.

OTRWD participated in 2007, 2008, and 2009.  The issues during those years were Environment, Poverty, and Climate Change.  Since OTRWD is back up and running; I registered to participate in this year’s event.

While at the BAD2016 site, I noticed a listing of “Partners” for the 2014 event.  2 sites grabbed my attention.  BlogUpp and BlogsRelease.

These two sites promise to promote and grow a blog’s audience. Registration is free, and the sites’ guidelines are simple. There seems to be no “trick” in their methods and they are honest in how they work. Looking at some of the blogs that belong to both sites; I couldn’t help but notice that a lot of the blogs were “keyword” heavy and possibly (not for sure)  “link-farms” regarding products for sale. A lot of the blogs were endorsing products for pay. That being said; I registered at both.

bloguppBlogUpp has a widget that requires embedding at your own blog, that promises to help other blogs discover your(my) blog.  I added it to my sidebar for about an hour.

It operates much like a Twitter ticker. (Those little widgets that display a feed of your latest “tweets” from Twitter) The BlogUpp Widget displays two boxes that scroll and/or repeat a paid promotion and an unpaid blog member listing.  Clicking on the blog listing takes you to that blog and displays a BlogUpp Toolbar on the site that you can access other member blogs.  My first impression was similar to belonging to the “old-school” webrings.

Frankly, I was annoyed by the widget after only a few minutes and have deleted it from my sidebar.  For me, it just didn’t seem like a good fit.

I’m sure sites like these and other Search Engine Optimization sites work brilliantly for other websites and blogs.  I’m also sure there other blogs out there promoting the hell out of their blogs and making lots of money.

For now though,  On The Road With Dave won’t be one of them.  I’ll just keep writing and whoever stops by can leave a comment and say “Hi”.  I do have a Shop AMAZON link that might provide me with some “small change” every now and then– and I have an Amazon ad that I change personally to books or videos I feel like someone should watch or read.

As far as, “driving traffic” to this little road, I’ll leave that up to the Google gods and readers that want to tell somebody about my site.

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