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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 🙂

 

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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 🙂

 

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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.

 

The Great Galactic Service Station

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

The Great Galactic Service Station – Part 13


 

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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Manic Monday Number 10 (Ok to day is really manic!)

It’s actually starting to feel like Spring now, I mean it’s raining and the days a longer – what more evidence does one need that spring has arrived in the UK? Today as a Monday goes it’s been mental and the end of last week wasn’t great either, a new car has had to be found in a hurry and blah… load of things haven’t been right!

I also found out the other week during Suzie’s Blog Bash Chat that it’s at this time of year that viewing stats for bloggers Tank. What do you guys think about this? My blogging activity is fairly erratic so it’s hard for me to tell but I think there’s something in this.

Last week saw some fun and interesting posts put out onto Planet Simon. Firstly was a reblogged post on Ellie Maloney and her book 329 Years Awake. I have read this book and for sci-fi and conspiracy theory fans this book is epic! I’m going to be writing a review post soon so watch out for it. With a post on what NASA is up to this week and Part 11 of The Great Galactic Service Station posted and I’m getting closer to publishing a new series of really useful posts that I hope are going to inspire a lot of you!

 


 

Planet Simon still has a few changes going on – keep an eye out to help you guys access my short stories.

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escribble had a few more posts last week – I reposted my little review of the Just William books and there’s more life hack up and on the way!

 

 


 

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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Manic Monday Number 9 (with no snow)

Yeah! The snow is gone and I no longer have to drive around at 5 miles an hour to get anywhere!

Last week was terrible, Not just for driving but for blogging too and I got pretty much nothing out there if I’m honest. I think the only thing I did get out was the nearly spring walk with Slartibartfast on escribble.

 

This week hopefully will see the next part of the Great Galactic Service Station posted and I’m getting closer to publishing a new series of really useful posts that I hope are going to inspire a lot of you!

For now I’m just going to put up last week’s updates again.


 

Planet Simon has completed it’s little facelift and will hopefully make much of the targeted content more accessible. Have a look and  aplay and see what you think.

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escribble is starting to come along nicely, with a mix of old and new posts I’m hoping that it’s going to become a blog of interest becasue I’m mixing the good and the bad of life into it. It’s going to be a fun little place so have a look and if you feel inclined hit the follow button.

 

The first post on Science fiction concepts has been posted into Universe of Possibilities. This first look at concepts explores a little of what I mean and why they’re important.

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If you’re on Twitter make sure you follow @BlogBashChat and join us all for a blogging chat on Sunday night at 7pm British time. It’s a great little thing that’s growing weekly 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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Manic Monday Number 7 (with snow)

See me in the featured image? That’s what I want right now…

Not this:

But it looks like that snow is what a lot of England is in for weather (see what I did there?!?) we like it or not! Anyway, down to the events of the last week.

 


 

Planet Simon has completed it’s little facelift and will hopefully make much of the targeted content more accessible. Have a look and  aplay and see what you think.

Planet_Simon

 

escribble is starting to come along nicely, with a mix of old and new posts I’m hoping that it’s going to become a blog of interest becasue I’m mixing the good and the bad of life into it. It’s going to be a fun little place so have a look and if you feel inclined hit the follow button.

 

The first post on Science fiction concepts has been posted into Universe of Possibilities. This first look at concepts explores a little of what I mean and why they’re important.

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Why not click on the Death Star and see what I’m on about?

 

 


 

If you’re on Twitter make sure you follow @BlogBashChat and join us all for a blogging chat on Sunday night at 7pm British time. It’s a great little thing that’s growing weekly 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?

Also make sure you follow up what’s going on in the rest of the Planet Simon universe:

Planet Simon Facebook Page

Twitter

Instagram

Pinterest

Stumbledupon 

Wattpad

Keep smiling, and blogging!

Simon 🙂

Manic Monday Number 7 :-D

Right bloggies – listen up becasue there’s a lot to get through this week! After the blog split with escribble I now  have to re-sort out Planet Simon and tidy up how it looks when a casual browser or blogger find it. Up until now it’s been a bit messy with all the categories and different features that it’s been hard to identify what it’s all about. To be honest it’s still going to have a lot in it but I’m hoping this will be a much better way to present my creative works to the world.

From this is going to come a series up new and updated posts, I’m wanting to re-run the Solar System Exploration Series, Scifi files and new posts on Digital art and how to get started.

On top of this too there are hyperspace plans for Universe of Possibilities which is going to become a personal hub of  Science Fiction fun!

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I’m going to be especially looking at concepts in Science Fiction and how they’re important and on classic scifi moments.

So there’s much to come!


 

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

Apart from that… that’s it. What have you guys been up to?

 

 

Also make sure you follow up what’s going on in the rest of the Planet Simon universe:

Planet Simon Facebook Page

Twitter

Instagram

Pinterest

Stumbledupon 

Wattpad

Keep smiling, and blogging!

Simon 🙂