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Sunday, 27 July 2014

One Of My Favourite Songs From Des'ree

Des'ree — You Gotta Be (Photo
credit: Wikipedia)
One of my favourite songs from British singer, Des'ree Annette Weeks; who is simply known by her stage name, Des'ree is: You Gotta Be.

Back in 1994, almost everyone was dancing and singing to, Des'ree's, You Gotta Be; that song definitely received a lot of airplay then.

That song of hers will always remain as one of my favourite tunes, because of its positive message.

Here is the video for Des'ree's classic hit, You Gotta Be. Enjoy!

Will Bing Ever Surpass Google?

English: The three biggest web search engines
English: The three biggest web search engines (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
It is no big secret that when we want to find out information pertaining to a certain topic (or topics), we use the aid of search engines.

Although I have experimented with every search engine you can think of, the first search engine that comes to mind is, Google (After all, I grew up with Google).

Countless People Have Made Google Their Homepage

I have used computers at my friends, relatives, internet cafés and at work and I have noticed that many of them have Google set as their homepage.

Have you ever turned on someone's computer and noticed that they had Google as their homepage? I am sure you have!

Google Is The First Search Engine That Comes To Mind For Most People

Obviously, if you are searching for something online, you would no doubt, use the first search engine that comes to mind (And, that happens to be, Google for most people).

Also, Google is engrained in our psyche; if someone wants you to be fully knowledgeable about something, they usually say to you, "Why don't you Google it?"

Microsoft Could Have Marketed Bing Better

Advertisers know that when a celebrity endorses something, the masses tend to follow.

Maybe, they should have hired Justin Timberlake as the poster boy for Bing.

Also, Microsoft could have sponsored some big sporting events showcasing their search engine, Bing.

Bing Inadvertently Acquired Some Negative Publicity

Those of us who are into the habit of downloading various software, have forgotten to remove the tick next to the agreement of having Bing as our default search engine, only to realize after, that Bing hijacked our computer's settings and made itself as our new homepage.

Although Bing is a great search engine, no one should have the cause to be negatively surprised into having it as their homepage.

Now Is The Best Time For Microsoft To Start Promoting Bing Heavily

A lot of people have become disillusioned with Google, claiming that search engine in particular violated their privacy and that it wilfully evaded taxes in the past.

As they say, "Strike the iron while it is hot." And, so far, Microsoft is yet to do that.

I believe that with a whole lot of effort combined with serious financial backing, Bing can surpass Google.

No One Is On Top Forever

As time goes along, people's perspectives and tastes change.

In the past, the Top Gun was Yahoo; today, Google runs the show.

And, who knows? Tomorrow, it might be some other search engine — some other search engine like Bing.

The Conclusion

It is possible for Bing to surpass Google and the only way that they can do that is to turn Bing into a household name.

Would you believe that there are still lots of people on the planet who don't know about Bing? It might sound surprising to many, but it is the truth.

Maybe, if Microsoft changed their management team, or changed their method of how they did things over at Microsoft, Bing might have a chance of becoming the most popular search engine on the planet.

I Have A Jealous Computer

English: Sony VAIO VGN-FW590 laptop, in sleep ...
English: Sony VAIO VGN-FW590 laptop, in sleep mode (as indicated by an orange pulsating light, seen on the side of the laptop). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Most of you are fully aware that I have computer issues; my Sony VAIO refuses to stay on when the Power button is pressed (I have to repeat the task of pressing the Power button until the computer decides to come on and stay on).

Yesterday, my DJ and good friend, Nigel "Sicky" Kinsale, lent me his HP laptop so I could get some blogging done (Which I was most grateful for, because of the inability of my Sony VAIO to power up).

Today (with a few repeated tries of course), my Sony VAIO laptop powered up; it's as though it wanted to say, "Hey, Renard. Look at me! There is no need for you to use any other computer. I am there for you!"

My Sony VAIO probably has good intentions; but it has proven itself somewhat unreliable by staying off when I wanted it on.

I can't get angry with my Sony VAIO, because it is six years old (And, most laptops don't survive all of those years; some are known to kick the proverbial bucket at around two to four years; so I am grateful for the service that my Sony VAIO provided me).

Apparently, my laptop doesn't like the idea of me using other laptops and it will attempt to prove its worthiness to me like a jealous lover.

Expressing My Gratitude

Desktop Audio Upgrade
Desktop Audio Upgrade (Photo credit: Jordanhill School D&T Dept)
I hereby thank all those who have been supportive of The Chronicles Of Renard.

Blogs cannot be successful without the help from people within the blogosphere.

I am rather pleased to know that you have been enjoying my blog and I will continue to do my utmost best in maintaining a high standard.

Saturday, 26 July 2014

The Fun Of Watching My Blog Grow

Growth (Photo credit: AdamSelwood)
When I first started The Chronicles Of Renard, it was an experiment to see if Google Blogger was worth blogging on (And, I will be honest by admitting that it is worth blogging on; even though it is not as remarkable as, WordPress).

The truth is: I wouldn't at all mind having this blog excel like my other blog, Renard Moreau Presents.

However, blogs do take a certain period of time to figuratively get themselves off of the ground.

I Was Surprised When Peeople Started Commenting

In the beginning, it was somewhat difficult to acquire comments on my Google Blogger blog.

Some people didn't comment because Google Blogger's commenting system was a little complicated for the average user; my friends on WordPress complained that it was rather difficult to comment on my blog and only those that had a Google Blogger account were able to comment.

I really had to think fast and come up with an immediate solution to that problem; it finally dawned on me, that I had joined Disqus many years ago and had had forgotten all about it (At the time, I used it to comment on a vegan blog; which unfortunately, is now defunct).

I said to myself, "I would apply the Disqus comment feature to my blog and that way, anyone would be able to comment easily." And, it surely worked out for me.

Bloggers from WordPress as well as bloggers from Google Blogger, were able to comment on this blog; all because I used the Disqus plugin.

Comments are an important aspect of a blog, because it adds life to it via the various interaction with other bloggers.

People Love My Energy

I think that one of the reasons that The Chronicles Of Renard grew is because people love my personality and the type of things that I post.

The things that I post are a reflection of my personality and I post about the things that are dear to me (Once a person posts the things that are dear to them, readers will pick up on their genuine passion and people love that sort of thing).

I didn't sell out and post the things that some blogging experts recommended; I stayed true to my heart (And, I advise that if you remain true to your heart as a blogger, your readership will eventually grow).

I Blogged Regularly And I hoped For The Best

I updated my posts regularly not only because I enjoyed doing so; I did it because it was a form of discipline; it was also an indirect way of letting others know that I take my blogging seriously.

As a matter of fact, the only thing that can keep me away from blogging is, technical issues (And, I have had my share of technical issues; my laptop computer refused to come on for a few days and I saw to it that my readers knew that I was having technical difficulties with my laptop computer via a post of mines).

Also, search engines have a way of taking note of all those who blog regularly.

I Had To See Google Blogger For What It Was

I knew that Google Blogger is not WordPress and that meant approaching blogging differently; whereas my WordPress posts were easily found by my WordPress family, I had to work harder on Google Blogger to reach out  to the Google Blogger community, because blogs are not easily found there; I had to let them know via interaction that The Chronicle Of Renard existed.

So, I had to spend more time promoting my blog on Google Blogger; which no doubt was rather time-consuming.

I Also Shared This Blog On Other Networks

I wanted The Chronicles Of Renard to reach out to the masses, so I shared it on Bloglovin', Pinterest, Twitter and I posted links to it on my WordPress blog (So far, the effort has paid off).

The Conclusion

Although my blog grew, I would like to see it grow further.

I will continue to learn about Google Blogger and blogging on the whole.

I will also continue to interact with all of the bloggers on the various other blog sites (also this blog site too) and keep doing what I do best; which is blogging and being me.

A Fantastic Dance Track: One That Will Make You Dance!

v700 (Photo credit: Theis Kofoed Hjorth)
Earlier on today, I was at my deejay's house; he recommended that I add, Route 94 to my musical list (And, I did).

Route 94 (whose real name is: Rowan Tyler Jones), is a British musician, producer and DJ.

At the moment, I am enjoying his Deep House track: My Love; which features the vocals of, Jess Glynne.

As I have said in a past post, my good friend, DJ Nigel "Sicky" Kinsale is totally abreast to the latest music in the EDM  genre (After all, he is a DJ and that is his job).

Without further ado, here is the video for, Route 94's, My Love. Enjoy!

Thank God For Having Good Friends

Laptop icon
Laptop icon (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
My DJ and good friend, Nigel "Sicky" Kinsale found out about the serious computer issues that I was having and lent me his HP laptop to get some blogging done; he happens to be a regular viewer of my blog and he enjoys the music that I feature on The Chronicles Of Renard.

So, special thanks to my good friend, DJ Nigel "Sicky" Kinsale for his display of altruism; whom without, I wouldn't have been able to get some blogging done today.

Thank God for having a good friend who is capable of getting me out of jam.

Friday, 25 July 2014

One Of My Favourite Songs From Alanis Morissette

English: Alanis Morissette signing autographs ...
English: Alanis Morissette signing autographs for fans (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
One of my favourite songs from Canadian singer and songwriter, Alanis Morissette is: You Oughta Know.

When I first heard, You Oughta Know, by Alanis Morissette, I was totally blown away (One can actually feel the deep anger in that song when she sings it).

You Oughta Know, was written by Alanis Morissette and Glen Ballard.

Back in 1995, You Oughta To Know, made it to the Top 10 in the US and in Australia.

Here is the video for the song that received a lot of positive reviews from the critics; it is Alanis Morissette's hit song, You Oughta Know.

Today I Am On The Lookout

English: Photograph of full-size (12cm) and &q...
English: Photograph of full-size (12cm) and "mini" (8cm) DVDs side by side. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Today, I am on the lookout for my friend, Ghost; I haven't seen him since the 2014 World Cup ended. The gentleman was kind enough to lend me three of his DVDs to watch and I have been looking out for him to return his DVDs ever since.

We usually see each other on the track on mornings; but since the weather was somewhat rainy, he decided to stay inside his house — a place where it is warm and dry.

I found it funny, that he came out on the track to exercise the day I chose to stay home and rest.

Now, I am going on the track not because I want to jog; I am going on the track to return what is his; however, once I am there, I can't change my mind about exercising; I will merely get myself a reasonable quota of exercise. If I don't want to jog, there is always the option of brisk walking.

Thursday, 24 July 2014

A Lovely House Track From Chris Lago

Chris Lago (Photo credit:
Lately, I have been grooving to the sweet mellow-sounding House track from, Chris Lago.

For starters, this Canadian DJ, singer, songwriter and producer is on the famous Armada Music label (So, you know, he had to be darn good in order to be signed to that label).

I am hoping to hear more great music from this guy.

My good friend and DJ, Nigel "Sicky" Kinsale is also into this genre of music (And, I wouldn't be surprised if he already had this beautiful track in his up-to-date music collection).

Without further ado, here is the video for Chris Lago's, Royal. Enjoy!

Two Beautiful Purple-Coloured Flowers

Another batch of beautiful flowers.
Recently, I had the pleasure of photographing these beauties; they were located at a side-walk in Bon Air Gardens, Arouca. When I saw them, I said to myself, "I am not leaving without taking a picture of those flowers;" and I am glad that I did.

I hereby dedicate this photo to all of the flower-lovers from around the world. Enjoy!

Do You Worry About The Well-Being Of Your Blog?

Blogging Research Wordle
Blogging Research Wordle (Photo credit: Kristina B)
A large number of people are concerned about the well-being of their blogs; they want to make sure that they continue to reel in the traffic, because bloggers dislike having a blog that doesn't attract any readers. However, there are simple things that a blogger can do to keep his or her readers.

Be Always Up-To-Date

If you are dealing with a particular niche; for example: technology, you must keep up with the latest trends in technology.
If visitors to your blog realize that you have been slacking off and not being up-to-date with the latest technological trends, they will simply check out another person's website; someone else who is an authority figure on the subject.

See To It That Your Site Loads Quickly

I am sure you have visited a website in the past that took rather long to load. Could you remember what you did? Well, most likely, you didn't bother to wait for that site to finish load; you immediately went on to the next website on your list.

As the blog administrator, it is up to you to work out those figurative bugs; it might be a case of insufficient bandwidth, or one of those templates that takes rather long to load, or you might be using too many widgets on your page; whatever it is, figure it out, or higher someone to figure it out for you.

Handle Spam Effectively

A highly responsible blog administrator would not allow spam to infiltrate his or her comment thread, because spam makes it look as though he or she doesn't care about the type of comments that make it there.

As a warning, spam is targeted towards your readers and they could harbour links to pornographic sites; which could damage your online reputation along with your search engine rankings.

There are lots of plugins that can keep blogs free from spam; luckily, most blog sites have their built-in spam detection programs.

Make It Your Priority To Respond To Comments In A Timely Manner

People like it when you respond to their comments in a timely manner; it shows them that you care enough about others and they will always remember that about you; therefore wanting to comment again on your blog in the near future.

Create A Friendly Atmosphere

People like to feel at ease; therefore, it is solely up to you to make them feel at home; this can be done by being friendly and polite to all of the commenters on your blog.

Those reading the comment thread will not feel apprehensive and will in turn, add comments of their own.

Provide Your Readers With Information That They Can Use

If you are known for having useful information, people will keep coming back for more.

People in general are always looking for ways to uplift themselves and methods in which to do regular everyday tasks easier; provide them with this and they will definitely return; hence the importance of posting great content.

Have A Specific Schedule For Your Posts

If your readers are accustomed to reading your articles on a weekly basis, don't be erratic. Continue to post weekly.

Personally, I hate it when I am following someone and I have no idea as to when they are going to update their posts again.

Consistency will always work in your favour.

Make Sure That Visitors Can Navigate Through Your Blog Easily

Can visitors to your blog find your Table of Contents easily? Can they easily locate your various Blog Categories? If you have answered, "No," to those two questions, you have some restructuring to do.

The Conclusion

It is natural for a blogger to be concerned about the well-being of their blog and the pointers provided above can set you on the right track.

Monday, 21 July 2014

Let's Talk About Windows

Windows Logo
Honestly, I am quite comfortable using the Windows OS; I used it on the desktop computer, the laptop computer and even the smartphone (And, in the future, I hope to use it on the tablet).

Many of us had our start with the earlier versions of Windows and as time went along, we graduated to the newer versions of Windows.

Some of us have never even used anything other than Windows.

Will people continue to use Windows in the future? I believe so (Provided that Microsoft doesn't go bankrupt and is forced to put an end to Windows).

Windows might not be the best OS on the market; however, almost everyone that used it, will admit to you that it is, user friendly.

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Blogs And The SEO Madness

English: seo block
English: seo block (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
I already know that the engineers at WordPress created the themes for their blogs to be SEO friendly; which is why WordPress blogs generally do better than the ones over at Google Blogger.

A person would want to believe that since Google owns Google Blogger, it would be flawless where SEO is concerned; some blogging experts told me that this is not the case and that those over on Google Blogger would have to add the necessary SEO to their templates.

My goodness, this is a lot of work for those over at Google Blogger; especially those who don't even have a clue of what SEO is.

And, to make matters even worse, there is a lot of information about SEO on the internet that would cause steam to come out of the ears of some of those who are trying to understand it.

A major part of one's blogging success is understanding SEO (And, it is something that all bloggers need to learn).

One Of My Favourite Songs From Fiona Apple

Fiona Apple performing in Seattle
Fiona Apple performing in Seattle (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
One of my favourite songs from, Fiona Apple is, her 1997 hit song: Criminal.

Word has circulated, that Criminal is actually about Fiona Apple feeling badly for acquiring something easily via the usage of her sexuality (Hmmm. Interesting).

Anyway, whatever it is truly about, Criminal is a darn good song!

Here is the video for Fiona Apple's, Criminal (And maybe, you can come up with an interpretation of yours pertaining to the meaning of it).

One Of My Favourites Songs From Lisa Standsfield

Lisa Stansfield
Cover of Lisa Stansfield
One of my favourite songs from the British singer, Lisa Standsfield is: All Around the World; it was a big hit for her back in 1989.

All Around the World, still sounds as fresh as the day it was released and I am never bored of hearing it again.

I hereby dedicate the video for Lisa Standsfield's, All Around the World, to all of the Lisa Standsfield fans on the world wide web. Enjoy!

Back In The Swing Of Things

English: QWERTY keyboard, on 2007 Sony Vaio la...
English: QWERTY keyboard, on 2007 Sony Vaio laptop computer. Français : Le clavier QWERTY d'un ordinateur portable Sony Vaio de 2007. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Yesterday, I was exploring the features of Advanced System Care; there I saw something to boost the speed of the computer; I was intrigued by this and I had to go and dabble with it. Unknowingly, it increased the processor's speed to 100% (this is okay provided that you have a fairly new computer with a processor that works well. My processor cannot operate above 80% without it shutting the entire computer off; so as a precautionary measure, I have lowered the speed of the processor to 50%).

For the record, Advanced System Care, is not at fault; the issue lies with my processor (My Sony Vaio laptop is 6 years old and a lot of people are surprised that it is still working).

When my laptop finally came back on, I went into Processor Power Management and lowered the processor's maximum state back to 50% (Thankfully, I can carry on with my blogging).

Friday, 18 July 2014

Sprinkled Leaves

These leaves are nice-looking when wet.
Today, it really rained heavily in my part of the world (The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago).

I felt that I was a little behind in my photography, so I went out into my own backyard and I photographed these leaves; they were sprinkled with raindrops and I also thought that they were picture-perfect!

Naughty Bloggers On The Loose

English: prohibited
English: prohibited (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Since I check out more blogs than I could ever count daily, I do come across some very interesting things; I have noticed that a lot of bloggers are posting pornography. Bloggers have been using Tumblr and Google Blogger as a medium to post their lewd images (Thankfully, that sort of thing gets pulled down on WordPress).

Why is there a lot of pornography on the internet? Because, those posting it are aware that there are a lot of dirty minds out there on the world wide web.

One of my major concerns is: that young children do surf the web (it is not an activity that is exclusive to teenagers and adults) and there is the possibility of them coming across pornography accidentally.

Many years ago, a good friend of mine, accidentally entered an incorrect URL and it landed on a pornography site (So, almost anyone can find it without intentionally looking for it).

In reality, bloggers are free to post whatever they want; however, it should be a violation if they posted pornography and people of all ages had access to it.

A Nice Classic From Sheena Easton

English: Sheena Easton
English: Sheena Easton (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Back in 1981, Scottish singer, Sheena Easton (Sheena Shirley Orr), mesmerised her fans with her hit song, For Your Eyes Only; that song was also the theme song for the twelveth James Bond movie, For Your Eyes Only.

That famous song of hers managed to peak at the number eight position on the UK Singles Chart and it also made it to the fourth position on the US Billboard Hot 100.

In 1982, For Your Eyes Only, was nominated for Best Song at the Academy Awards.

I like, For Your Eyes Only, because it is a beautiful song and not because I am a big fan of the James Bond character.

Here is the video for Sheena Easton's memorable song, For Your Eyes Only. Enjoy!