I‘m a liberal leaning outdoorsman attempting to open the minds of right wingers to the idea that libs fish too. Anglers come from all walks of life, left, right, and center. Not everyone who fishes for bass is a redneck fond of Nascar, country music, and religiosity. Expect posts about largemouth bass fishing, techniques, reviews of lures and other products, but not any condemnable conservative rants. I hope to inspire the online angler community to dial down rhetoric which will do more harm than good to our sport.

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Wednesday, October 24, 2007

• Some Blog Updates

I've added a few things to the blog recently. Let me know what you think. Proper placement has really been a headache. I don't know where things look better in the sidebars. First, I've added a neat little fish pond Google has in their widget collection. Yeah it's just fluff, but if you think it's a waste of space, speak up. I kind of like it. You can feed them by clicking in the pond.

I've also added what's called a tag board or a chat box. This allows visitors to talk to each other and to me about things outside of commenting on blog posts. If I remember correctly, the URL/email field is not necessary to fill in if you'd like to say something. I've used these things before and never had much luck with them. Having a blog makes things different and I wanted another way for visitors to talk about anything.

I added a section where I make update notes. For example, I've made some edits to a few posts I felt were necessary. Some edits were needed because the reviews are still a work in progress. Other edits are because I noticed visits in my StatCounter log where people searched for something specific and landed on the correct page, but I hadn't written anything about what they searched for. I'm here to help you.

The most recent addition is a new poll. I have been toying with the idea of doing a podcast related to this blog. I could give audio samples of certain reviews, extra information not available on the blog, and info on upcoming posts as a teaser. What do you think? Too much? I'm going to post something later on about technology and fishing and I wonder how many of my visitors are really into technology so much that they even know what a podcast is. I've seen anglers online posting You Tube videos, so they can't be completely in the dark.

I also added a Google Dictionary widget. This will allow visitors to look up anything on the fly when reading my posts. You never know. You might need it.

I'll be heading to Michigan again on Monday for a month. That means posts won't be as frequent, but that could be a good thing. It'll give people time to find the blog and read everything up to this point without feeling rushed.