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Manic Monday Number 19 – What do I do now?

Happy Monday to all you great bloggies who seem to be mad enough to grace these pages with your eyes and bless me with likes and views. I’m struggling to get the next and probably the last part of  the Great Galactic Service Station out but as this story line closes I’m left wondering… what do I do now?

I think one thing I should do is concentrate on finishing some of my other stories I should be working on. But the thing is that I like to keep pushing this kind of thing out to you, I’m not saying I’m that good at it but you practice and all that. So much thinking going on here. One thing is for certain, the crowd from TGGSS will be back for more frolics sometime becasue I like the characters and some of them need some more development… plus I can have fun with them! 🙂

But be assured I’ll be keeping you all entertained whatever I do with all my other stuff.


The Geeky guide to WordPress continues, last week was about Creating Hyperlinks

Blogging on WordPress

It was good to know that others have the same reliability issues that I do with hyperlinks in pictures. But what also came out of this was pingbacks… it seems that these cause issues for a few of you so have a guess on what this week’s will be about?

 


 

Solar System Exploration

The Solar System Exploration exploration series zoomed into the asteroid belt and onto Ceres last week. This tiny little planetoid had a lot of interest around it when it was first viewed with it’s bright spots. But there’s a lot more around that part of the solar system too.

 

 


 

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The second post in my Digital Art series published last week, keeping it basic I went through creating a first drawing. In this first drawing I used… A minion. This week hopefully I should be going through some coloring options with you.

 

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Make sure you have a look at and follow my other blogs Escribble and  Universe of Possibilities as both these blogs are active and needling love and views and follows and all that good bloggie stuff..

 

 


 

What have you guys been up to?

Keep smiling and blogging!

Planet Simon

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Manic Monday Number 18 – Driving Forward

Hi there bloggies, happy Monday to you all. I hope you all have a good week and meet any goals you might have. I tend not to se goals, that way I can’t not meet them. But anyways, onto what last week brought to Planet Simon and a little of what to look out for this week.

The next part of the Great Galactic Service Station didn’t get out on Friday, I was kind of hoping I would get it out last week as it’s pretty much only got another part or two left. All good things come to an end and all that.


The Geeky guide to WordPress continued with…

Blogging on WordPress

Understanding your stats so  far this post tops the lot as the post that brought surprises to most bloggies. From those who didn’t realise there was an about page to the nuggets that the stats page holds there was mush to peek the interest of the reader.

What do you look for in your stats? Are you just looking at views or something else?


 

Solar System Exploration

The Solar System Exploration exploration series zoomed into the asteroid belt and onto Ceres last week. This tiny little planetoid had a lot of interest around it when it was first viewed with it’s bright spots. But there’s a lot more around that part of the solar system too.

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I’ve been threatening this for ages, but last week saw the first post on Digital Art. Starting with Inkscape this first post covered some of the basics and was a useful albeit a little boring first post on the subject. This week is a little more interesting, with a first little drawing to get the interested artist going and drawing in Inkscape. Look out for it!

 

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Escribble has got some action planned in for this week, keep an eye out especially for the found poem on the queen’s sick swans. Universe of Possibilities saw a little action last week with a post on the concepts of spaceships in science fiction and my views on how they measure up with what would be needed in real life and the problems with them.

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Along with everyhing else I posted my thoughts on discovering alien civilisations being a question of time and space as well. I thought it was pretty good, scary and took my brain to some interesting places.

Work is continuing with keeping Planet Simon fresh and easy to use. I hope that this week will see the first part of my digital art series to see airtime. Keep an eye out… I hope that these are going to be good!

 


 

If you’re on Twitter make sure you follow @BlogBashChat and join us all for a blogging chat on the first Sunday of every month 7pm British time. It’s a great little thing that’s growing and you get to find out more about blogging and Bloggers! The last chat was yesterday and there will be another one next month!

What have you guys been up to?

Keep smiling and blogging!

Planet Simon

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Manic Monday Number 17 – I’m not waving I’m drowning…

Hi there bloggies, happy almost belated Monday to you all. This is the first chance I’ve had to sit down and crank out a Manic Monday post today and it really has been a bit of a weekend. I’ll admit there’s been some fun but there’s been lots of running around too.

The next part of the Great Galactic Service Station didn’t get out on Friday, I’m feeling that realistically there’s one, maybe two more episodes left of this and I’m hoping I can still come up with a few laughs and maybe even a surprise or two so watch out!


There’s been another part to the Geeky guide to WordPress

Blogging on WordPress

Creating an about page and the importance of an about page was the theme for last weeks Geeky Guide to WordPress. From the reaction to this it’s something that is often over looked especially when the blog changes direction.

What are your thoughts on about pages?


 

Solar System Exploration

The Solar System Exploration exploration series zoomed past Earth to Mars last week. There was so much more I could have put into this post as Mars has always had so much of our attention over the years but I managed to squeeze in what I could. Even a little on some of the more freaky aspects of how views of the Red Planet remind us of Earth.

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Escribble and Universe of Possibilities have still suffered a little neglect so I’m working to try and solve that. Please do have a look at the sites though.

Work is continuing with keeping Planet Simon fresh and easy to use. I hope that this week will see the first part of my digital art series to see airtime. Keep an eye out… I hope that these are going to be good!

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If you’re on Twitter make sure you follow @BlogBashChat and join us all for a blogging chat on the first Sunday of every month 7pm British time. It’s a great little thing that’s growing and you get to find out more about blogging and Bloggers! The last chat was yesterday and there will be another one next month!

What have you guys been up to?

Keep smiling and blogging!

Planet Simon

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Manic Monday Number 16 – Trying to keep up

Hi there bloggies, happy Monday to you all! It’s been a bit of a struggle keeping up with you all and all you comments so I’m sorry for the lateness of replies and responding to you all.

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I managed to get a few posts out last week, thanks mainly to forward planning and scheduling. Thank God for that it’s able to keep me posing even when I’m not about.

The next part of the Great Galactic Service Station was published and I feel some sadness as this story is drawing to a close I feel. Still… I’ll have to invent another story with these characters in it.


There’s been another part to the Geeky guide to WordPress

Blogging on WordPress

Another part of the Geeky Guide to WordPress series went out last week as normal. This time covering your blogging strategy. There’s lots to blogging as the seasoned blogger knows. So what’s your strategy?

What are your thoughts? Anything that you’ve seen in these posts that you’ve learned?


Solar System Exploration

The Solar System Exploration exploration series came home to Earth last week. It was kind of fitting as Earth day had only been a few days before.


Escribble and Universe of Possibilities suffered a little neglect last week so I’m going to try and solve that. Please do have a look at the sites though.

Work is continuing with keeping Planet Simon fresh and easy to use, more content is on the way all I need is time (haha) so keep watching and if this is your first time to Planet Simon why not follow and keep up to date with all the fun?

If you’re on Twitter make sure you follow @BlogBashChat and join us all for a blogging chat on the first Sunday of every month 7pm British time. It’s a great little thing that’s growing and you get to find out more about blogging and Bloggers! The last chat was yesterday and there will be another one next month!

What have you guys been up to?

Keep smiling and blogging!

Planet Simon

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Manic Monday Number 15 – Wow that was hot!

Monday is back again… Happy Monday bloggies. Over here in the UK we we’re enjoying some hot weather for a change, it was more like June than April, it was very welcome. What’s been happening on Planet Simon this week?

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There was no Great Galactic Service Station last week (again (groan)), I hope to continue that this week. I’m struggling with time a bit these days, mainly becasue apart from time I have nothing to write on at home.

 


 

There’s been another part to the Geeky guide to WordPress

Blogging on WordPress

Another part of the Geeky Guide to WordPress series went out last week as normal. With  some (hopefully) useful notes on Sharing Posts on Social Media. I keep finding that as I write these that I’m thinking and learning about points I hadn’t thought of before and bloggies are coming back at me with things they didn’t know.

What are your thoughts? Anything that you’ve seen in these posts that you’ve learned?

 

 


 

Solar System Exploration

The Solar System Exploration exploration series visited Venus again. I think the newangle with the planet profile graphics are adding that extra visual impact. Let me know what you think, there’s loads more to come and any thoughts always welcome.

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As I mentioned last week I had been out exploring over the weekend. I had the pleasure of going to the Lake District for the weekend. I wrote a bit about this on escribble and how the Lakes seem to be a Look back in time.

 


 

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universe of possibility saw some action too with 12 Science Fiction Rules for Life

 


 

As a little extra yesterday, for Earth Day I posted this great image from NASA with Carl Sagan’s quote about Earth being the beach to the cosmos.

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Work is continuing with keeping Planet Simon fresh and easy to use, more content is on the way all I need is time (haha) so keep watching and if this is your first time to Planet Simon why not follow and keep up to date with all the fun?

If you’re on Twitter make sure you follow @BlogBashChat and join us all for a blogging chat on the first Sunday of every month 7pm British time. It’s a great little thing that’s growing and you get to find out more about blogging and Bloggers! The last chat was yesterday and there will be another one next month!

What have you guys been up to?

Keep smiling and blogging!

Simon 🙂

 

Planet Simon

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Manic Monday Number 15 – Out and about

Hi there bloggies, another monday is here and another week of upcoming challenges and opportunities.

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Last week was a week away from work and off on My travels for a couple of days at the end of the week. There will be more about this on escribble this week so make sure you follow and keep an eye out for the post. If you’re following me on Instagram (link below) then you have a clue already…

There was no Great Galactic Service Station last week, I hope to continue that this week. but I made sure I kept the posts coming – don’t say I don’t spoil you guys!

 


 

There’s been another part to the Geeky guide to WordPress

Blogging on WordPress

Last week I covered Security and Backup it’s something we don’t often think about but blogs do get hacked, content is lost and that sort of thing would make any blogger have a heart attack.

What I’m finding interesting is that bloggers are telling me that either didn’t know about some of the feature’s highlighted in this series of posts or snippets of information that’s news bloggies new and not so new. I’m loving this feedback it means that this is useful and it gives me an idea of what bloggies need. So if there is something you want to say – let me know 🙂

 


 

Solar System Exploration

The Solar System Exploration was on it’s second part last week, moving slightly away from the Sun to the scorching Mercury. I’ve updated this series and added sleek new graphics to the posts to help them stand out and have something interesting to use with the likes of Pinterest.

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There was also some activity from universe of possibility one of the aspects I’m concentrating on is concepts in Sci-Fi and I looked at the the classic Sci-Fi giants like Star Wars and Star Trek and wonder if they’ve run out of ideas.

I also shared a moving and really good (it has to be said) short video montage of Obi Wan’s story.

 


 

Work is continuing with keeping Planet Simon fresh and easy to use, more content is on the way all I need is time (haha) so keep watching and if this is your first time to Planet Simon why not follow and keep up to date with all the fun?

If you’re on Twitter make sure you follow @BlogBashChat and join us all for a blogging chat on the first Sunday of every month 7pm British time. It’s a great little thing that’s growing and you get to find out more about blogging and Bloggers! The last chat was yesterday and there will be another one next month!

What have you guys been up to?

Keep smiling and blogging!

Simon 🙂

 

Planet Simon

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Manic Monday Number 14 – Shooting into Space!

 

Hello all and happy Monday to you all, it’s the start of another week and there’s lots going on on Planet Simon and it’s little satellites and as usual I like to keep you all abreast of it all and to make sure that I at least get this post out in any week that I’m busy.

 

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Ralph and his chums are going through more Great Galactic Service Station shennanigans

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There’s been another two part to the Geeky guide to WordPress

Blogging on WordPress

The Geeky Guide to WordPress – Making a Contact Page

The Geeky Guide to WordPress – Customising a Blog Page

 


 

Solar System Exploration

My Solar System exploration feature is back too, updated with some nifty custom graphics. Starting i the middle the sun was the first piece in this:

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escribble has some new stuff coming this week, like my first attempt at an Apple Tar Tatin. If you’ve not visited the site go and have a look, it’s kind of like the more personal and geeky bits from Planet Simon, a bit of the old and some new stuff too! Look out for a new post on Universe of Possibilities this week, how does Sci-Fi make you feel when you read / watch it and how have the big names carried this on over the years?

 


 

If you’re on Twitter make sure you follow @BlogBashChat and join us all for a blogging chat on the first Sunday of every month 7pm British time. It’s a great little thing that’s growing and you get to find out more about blogging and Bloggers! The last chat was yesterday and there will be another one next month!

What have you guys been up to?

Keep smiling and blogging!

Simon 🙂

 

Planet Simon

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Manic Monday Number 13 – With Eggs and Bunnies

 

As this post goes out the UK is enjoying a public holiday and that includes me too. I hope everyone yesterday had a good Easter. I’m still not sure how eggs and bunnies have anything to do with the resurrection of Jesus Christ but there you go.

So what’s been going on here on Planet Simon, well have a look at the blog roll, But The Great Galactic Service Station Part 12 was posted on Friday, the there was 10 Things to know in the Solar System This week10 Things to know in the Solar System This week and The Second Part of the Geeky Guide to WordPress.

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What’s interesting about writing the Geeky Guide to WordPress is that it’s obvious that there’s bloggers out there with problems and are being quiet about it. What I would say is ask… Not just me but other bloggers that have been around a while.

Universe of Possibility saw some action last week too, a post on Sci-Fi Moments – When Machines Die that was originally posted here on Planet Simon. Despite the fact hat they’re just machines or robots, in the scifi world we can get very attached to them and maybe shed a tear when they’re trashed.

Another thing I’ve noticed this week, was the presence of a troll going about leaving not nice comments about, nothing nasty just annoying and not necessary. If you get this and it bothers you, let someone know. I’ve told this person to do one and they turned on me. Meh, whatever. But if you’re the person and reading this, save your time, mine and anyone else’s and just bugger off.


 

I’ve know I’ve promised to get some posts going about using InkScape and Gimp for the budding artists out there, patience, it’s taking a bit longer than I hoped to get this started but I’m hoping it’s going to be really good once I’m there.

Solar System Exploration

Also watch out for the solar system exploration series returning, with some snappy graphics and updated information I hope this will turn into the project I originally envisioned.

escribble has some new stuff coming this week, like my first attempt at an Apple Tar Tatin. If you’ve not visited the site go and have a look, it’s kind of like the more personal and geeky bits from Planet Simon, a bit of the old and some new stuff too! Look out for a new post on Universe of Possibilities this week, how does Sci-Fi make you feel when you read / watch it and how have the big names carried this on over the years?

 


 

If you’re on Twitter make sure you follow @BlogBashChat and join us all for a blogging chat on the first Sunday of every month 7pm British time. It’s a great little thing that’s growing and you get to find out more about blogging and Bloggers!

What have you guys been up to?

Keep smiling and blogging!

Simon 🙂

 

Planet Simon

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Manic Monday Number 12 – Is Spring Finally Here?

 

Dare I say that Spring is finally here in the UK? The clocks Sprung forward yesterday (see what I did there) so if you got to work this morning and found that everyone had already been there ages you now know why.

With Spring comes more outdoors stuff and less time for sitting around writing blog posts, I’m not sure how my blogging and writing will be affected. What about you guys? How does it change for you and what (f anything) do you change in your writing schedule?


 

Last week saw a bit more activity on Planet Simon, I didn’t around to the next part of The Great Galactic Service Station but I did post my review of Ellie Maloney’s 329 Years Awake. Read the post and then read the book… that’s all I will say!


 

Planet Simon is still undergoing reorganisation, I’m getting pages and Menu’s sorted so that all the great content on here that you want to find CAN be found. The Titan Mystery and The Great Galactic Service Station have got nicely laid out menu’s making it really easy for you readers to find posts…

Blogging on WordPress

There’s going to be the next part of the Geeky Guide to WordPress, if you missed it Part 1 is here: The Geeky Guide to WordPress – Part 1

I’ve know I’ve promised to get some posts going about using InkScape and Gimp for the budding artists out there, patience, it’s taking a bit longer than I hoped to get this started but I’m hoping it’s going to be really good once I’m there.

Solar System Exploration

Also watch out for the solar system exploration series returning, with some snappy graphics and updated information I hope this will turn into the project I originally envisioned.

escribble has a new post up this morning a found poem on Mad Mike the Rocket man and hopefully a bit more as well this week. If you’ve not visited the site go and have a look, it’s kind of like the more personal and geeky bits from Planet Simon, a bit of the old and some new stuff too! Look out for a new post on Universe of Possibilities this week, how does Sci-Fi make you feel when you read / watch it and how have the big names carried this on over the years?

 


 

If you’re on Twitter make sure you follow @BlogBashChat and join us all for a blogging chat on the first Sunday of every month 7pm British time. It’s a great little thing that’s growing and you get to find out more about blogging and Bloggers!

What have you guys been up to?

Keep smiling and blogging!

Simon 🙂

 

Planet Simon

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Manic Monday Number 11 (With More Damn Snow!)

You know last week I said it was starting to feel like Spring – well bang went that on Saturday with snow falling – ALL DAY! It’s bright and sunny today but damn cold, the thing is British Summer Time starts this coming Sunday – it ain’t no summer yet! It feels a little like the film Groundhog Day (Which I love btw) with the snow repeatedly coming back and keeping us in the grip of winter.

Something on my mind right now is the often unpleasant attitudes of others online. Suzie has had to step away from years of work on #SundayBlogShare becasue of constant verbal and hashtag abuse and Holly has found her work plagiarized. It’s not all roses and out there bloggies, take care and be prepared for all kind of hate including plagiarism. The problem I often see with trying to do something about it is that it’s seen has hating when all you’re trying to do is defend your own hard work. I have no answer for this, just be mindful and try and not let it get you down if it happens becasue this seems to be a common thing in the blogging life.


 

I mentioned in a recent blog post  Ellie Maloney and her book 329 Years Awake. I am going to try and write a post on the book this week and what I thought for it. For all you scifi  fans out there I’m hoping to make this a bit of a treat – not that I’m setting the bar high or anything!

I’m going to bite the bullet this week and start my ‘Geek’s Guide to WordPress’ series, at the moment there’s about 10 part written or planned but this could be ongoing if there’s enough support for this. I’m actually finding out stuff about WordPress I’ve forgotten and it reminds me of how much there is to take in with learning to blog in WordPress.

I had the fortune of being mentioned by Lacey in the Big and Pinky Toes blog where she had spotted and shared my post on taking hand sketches through to digital designs. Theres’ going to be more posts on this soon but for now, thank you Lacey for that! 🙂


 

Planet Simon still has a few changes going on – keep an eye out to help you guys access my short stories. The Great Galactic Service Station now has its own page and I’m going arrange the menu’s so individual story parts can be accessed from the menu. Don’t say I don’t do anything for you guys! ;-P

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escribble has been a bit neglected in the last week or so a has Universe of Possibilities so I’m hoping to try and change that this week with some new material. But have a look at these blogs anyway and given them some support of you feel you want to!

 


 

If you’re on Twitter make sure you follow @BlogBashChat and join us all for a blogging chat on the first Sunday of every month 7pm British time. It’s a great little thing that’s growing and you get to find out more about blogging and Bloggers!

That’s it really not much going on! What have you guys been up to?

Keep smiling and blogging!

Simon 🙂

 

Planet Simon

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