A new theme

Hey Everyone,

    I’m sorry for not being around recently. I was on a camping trip with my youth group. I am back now though. I was also not paying very much attention to the blog before the camping trip, but I am back on a gaming freeze. I have a great new idea for the blog. I want to spend as much time as possible getting the news out about the new blog concept. 

    Here’s what it will be. Twitter has been a big part of my life recently. I have been using twitter a lot. I don’t even have that many followers. (only 3 lol) But, the blog is going to be a blog written by me “@benwillis” (my twitter name) and all of my followers on twitter. You can continue to just come on the blog as normal, but I will be inviting my twitter followers to post on the blog. This should help get more post on the blog, and get me more followers on twitter.

    Twitter is such a fun thing to use, and I want it to be part of the blog. I also am looking for something to set us apart from all the other tech blogs. If I just post and post about normals tech things that everyone else does, I will never get an audience. I have to create a sense of community. I have to have something that people look at and say, Wow why has no one thought of that.

    Once again I would like to say that I will not be kicking anyone off the blog or anything like that. I will just be inviting more people from twitter. 

    I will be going to walmart to pick up my iPod touch tomorrow, hopefully. I will do a full post about that after I get it all set up.

    I have been gone for a few days with no access to a computer, but I don’t think anything major happened in the tech world that I missed. I have read up on all the rumors on Mac Rumors, and I think the only thing big that happened was Microsoft gave the lets just be friends talk to Yahoo. Ok, I’m going to go spread the word on twitter. 

Gotta Go,

Ben Willis


Connecting Online

Hey Everyone,

    I have mentioned before how important it is that people stay connected online. If you don’t have connections online, all you have is hardware and software. No greyware. 🙂 There is no point in modern computing if you don’t share it with others. That is why we have blogs, social networks, online gaming.

    Blogging is an awesome way to stay connected online. Why? Because it is so easy. Even the most computer illiterate person can have a blog. A grandma can have a blog for all her children and grandchildren. You can make a blog for your school, youth group, sports team. Or you can even blog about something you are interested in, for anyone to read. (sounds like geekhangout). For whatever or whoever you blog, you are connecting with people.

    Blogging has been made so easy in the past few years that anyone can do it. You don’t have to know how to do anything except write. WordPress, Blogger, Live Journal, all these sites make it easy to have a blog, or multiple blogs. 

    Social Networks connect people in a special way. You can send people messages, see who your friends friends are, meet people just like you. Social Networks like Facebook, Myspace, and Twitter make it easy to connect online.  

     On Facebook each person has a profile page you can leave messages on, upload pictures to, or add applications that you think are cool.

     I have never used Myspace so I’m in the dark there. I like to try to keep it simple, the best way to do this is use one (maybe two) social networks, and one blogging network.

    Twitter is very cool. It allows you to post little updates through the day telling people what you are doing. You can follow people on Twitter, which means you see their updates. And people can follow you which means they see your updates. Twitter is an awesome way to keep up with friends, or find out what people you know do during the day. I have recently started using twitter, and I love it. I don’t have any friends from my South Carolina world on there yet. But, I have some online friends, like Chris Pirillo and Chris Farley. 

    Online gaming enters a totally different scene. Blogging and social networks are used by all. The old the young, the computer illiterate and geniuses all use these things. When you start talking about online gaming most of those people go to sleep and the teenagers wake up. Gaming is super fun, but online gaming is super super fun. Not only do you get to play your friends and strangers, but the skill level never stops increasing. Normal games get boring after a while because you beat them. In online gaming there is always some freak out there better than you. (unless you are the freak 🙂   )  You can game online using things like XBOX LIVE, and online gaming on the Wii and PS3, or you can game online using your computer. I don’t have a gaming system yet (we are getting a Wii), so I online game on my computer. It is so much fun. I play this game called Urban Terror. It would be a fun game even offline, but nothing compares to it when you through in onlineness. Urban Terror is a first person shoot em up online game. All of my friends play which makes it cool. Last night I played for two hours with some of my friends. Yes that is why I didn’t post on here yesterday, silly me. Online games are another way to keep people connected online.

    I hope you found this post interesting. I must now go do Math and mow the lawn. 

Gotta Go,

Ben Willis