I’m a pathetic blogger.

Many years ago, I created a blog. Over the course of about 4 years or so, I realized that I was terrible at blogging. I consider myself a strong writer, but a world of difference exists between writing and blogging. I’m a pathetic blogger, I really am. I closed my blog down in January 2011 and made podcasting my full-time gig. Turns out, I’m pretty good at it.

I do blog here at QAQN occasionally, though. With a week between shows, I often think of things to write that I don’t want to sit on until the next recording day, so, here we are. The QAQN blog features a diverse range of topics, from affiliate marketing to comic books, movies & television, family life and site news & updates.

The art of improvisation can be a powerful weapon in your podcasting arsenal—but it cuts two ways. Used wisely, improv can make a good show great or a great show awesome. Used incorrectly or lazily, it can absolutely ruin what might have otherwise been a good episode. Read on as I give two examples from my own experiences: one where improvisation resulted in a great show and another that resulted in a train wreck.

I spent most of last weekend redesigning QAQN and I’m quite pleased with the result. The site still runs on Thesis, but I am no longer using the heavily modified ThesisFolio skin that I’ve been using and abusing for the past couple of years. That skin was good, but there comes a time when you have to change things up a bit. Say hello to Blink.

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I’ve tried doing “weekly recap” posts in the past and just couldn’t get into them. I hated being a slave to the schedule, mostly—and what about weeks when nothing much was really going on? You end up looking like a slacker!

Well, more than a few things have happened recently that I feel deserve a recap post, so here ya go. Enjoy ;)

I’m writing for BlogWorld again! I’m happy to be writing for the site again now on a bi-weekly basis. My first new article is 7 Things I Wish I Knew When I Started Podcasting and here’s a preview.

The weight loss podcasts ended, and so did my efforts at getting in shape. I’ve started to turn that around by getting back on my bike and riding around a local recreation facility. In this post I explain the new plan. The plan that’s working.

I deactivated 20(!) plugins that I wasn’t using or didn’t need. My site’s load time dropped by half. Yesterday, I deactivated three more. I’m down to seven plugins, and each one of them is required to make my site function or to make my job significantly easier. These are the seven.

I was asked via Twitter how best to optimize podcast file sizes in order to avoid making listeners download massive files. It’s a great idea, paying attention to that, so I have a few suggestions regarding embedded images and bitrates.

You know how when someone types ‘LOL’ you know they’re not really laughing out loud? When I tell you that these three things make me literally LOL to the point of tears, believe it. I’m not exaggerating. Tears.

This just in from the You Can’t Always Trust Google department…

It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these. It was practically a staple on my old blog that I’d highlight some stupid thing that Papa Johns had on their website. I’m glad to see they are keeping up the fine tradition of not putting any thought into what they’re doing.