Happy Politically-Correct Holidays!

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Happy holidays to all! For me, it’s Christmas. I hope everyone got everything that they wanted, or at the very least needed.

Which brings me to an interesting point…

As I have gotten older Christmas has changed. The first thing I wonder when my parents ask me what I want is, “What do I need?” A completely different question than what they asked.

This year, I wasn’t in need of anything so I did wind up getting things that I just wanted. It’s a strange feeling, like being a child again in a way.

I hope everyone has been having a lovely holidays and got at least one thing that they wanted rather than needed.


What I really want for Christmas…

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So this year for Christmas I want something that most people probably don’t. I really want to Barnes and Noble Nook e-reader. Most people probably don’t understand why, but I’ll explain to you right now…

First of all, this is where the book industry is going. Media professionals are always talking about where they think newspapers, magazines, book and other various media outlets will be headed in the next few years. This is the future. Magazines can be published electronically. Newspapers can even be saved! You can get all of the content you need at a smaller cost. Perfect.

Not to mention the fact that carrying around a small e-reader is much more simple than having an entire library stacked from wall-to-wall with books. It’s a convenience thing. I love to read but having so many books around is a problem and I don’t really know what to do with them. Who do I sell them to? Amazon? But I always know that in the back of my mind, at some point I will want to pick up that book again.

Some of you may be wondering at this point why I wouldn’t just want a Kindle. Frankly, if you do a side-by-side¬†comparison of the two e-readers, the Nook basically comes out on top. My main problem with the Nook is that it doesn’t read PDFs. However, that is something that could easily change in the future. In fact, today Nook users are supposed to be getting their first upgrade! How exciting.

The demand for the Nook is so high that many people who were promised them by Christmas won’t get them. Of course, that is truly sad and Barnes and Noble should have prepared more for the onslaught of order, but people should be willing to wait for the newest technology. It’s a virtue called patience.

My mom actually ordered herself a Nook for Christmas and by the time she gets it, she’ll be lucky if it’s still January. After testing it out I’ll get a better idea of whether or not this e-reader is worth it, but I’m not too worried. New technology always has always takes a while to develop and this time, I’m ready for it.

Why I switched to WordPress

So I decided to make the switch from Blogger to WordPress. (Click here to see my old blog) Frankly, making the switch was a little bit difficult. I love Google, but WordPress overall is just a better blogging platform. Here are my reasons why…

  1. More Professional – I don’t know what it is but overall WordPress just seems like a more professional platform. Everything is incredibly well organized with categories AND tags and a much more involved feel.
  2. Amazing Themes – Frankly, the Blogger themes leave something to be desired. Now, I am no web designer, but back in the day, I was able to design my LiveJournal with HTML, but that is about it. The WordPress themes are so gorgeous, and not to mention that is are just tons to chose from. You can always find something that fits your needs. For example, I needed a theme that would include an RSS Feed button, various page tabs and an overall pleasing aesthetic. I think I found that.
  3. The Widgets! – Whenever there is a Blogger VS WordPress post, it seems like Widgets are a make or break thing. I can include my Twitter feed in my sidebar, a tag cloud and just about everything I need to make my blog special. It just makes me feel special.
  4. Internal Analytics – On my last blog I used Google Analytics, and don’t get me wrong, I loved it. They let me know everything that I need to know. It’s a great free service. However, having internal analytics is just overall easier. Having everything in one place helps my life stay more organized (and I’m all about that).
  5. That Ugly Orange Logo – You all know what I’m talking about. The ugly orange Blogger logo. I don’t like seeing that in my browser or next to my name. There is just something so unappealing about it, which probably sounds shallow, but as a marketing major, logo design is a big deal.

Overall, I’ve been very happy with my switch. I’ve enjoyed customizing my blog to be exactly perfect and hopefully it will all pay off.