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Blog Update – June 2021

Just really quick here, everything is completely fine in my life, but quite busy. Things have really fizzled down here on the blog, just focusing on reading ( when I can ) and doing book reviews. However, since my out of town trip last week, things aren’t looking good for me getting much reading done. Basically, the point of this post is to say that I’m still here, everything is fine all-around with me, but I’m not concentrating on posting well, because I’m not reading much at the moment but I do care about this blog and you as a reader.

Hopefully sometime soon I can pick back up on everything. I’ll let you know when by posting more reviews. I hope you are well and everything is going to your fancy.

Guys and gals, until next time – may you find all the happiness that your life can fit in it’s happy spot – S.D. McKinley.

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Giveaway Day: 4 Books

GIVEAWAY DAY: You get 4 books with a twist! Read on for more details.

How this Giveaway Works:

Hello good day, and welcome to the 1st of two giveaways I will conduct, one now and one in the near future. Anyone can enter. The winner will be chosen by RANDOM.ORG.

What books am I getting? Remember you can play roulette with one books besides Gridlinked or How LJ and Rom Saved Heavy Metal:

The Four Books:

Gridlinked |Circe | How LJ and Rom Saved Heavy Metal | 1984

If You don’t like One of the Books:

Yeah, sorry / not sorry, but if you win you are being sent a out-of-print copy of How LJ and Rom Saved Heavy Metal and Gridlinked, BUT if you don’t like Circe or 1984, then you can play roulette and I’ll swap it out with a random different book – put this in the comments when you enter. Who knows what it will be? I’ll know. Then, you’ll know when you get the package in the mail!

I’ll pick a winner in 10 days, on the morning of 2021-02-23. Telephone is NOT required, but I need all the other details.

Who is eligible?

Everyone in USA only, unless you want to pay shipping. I’m guessing they are around 5lbs. You don’t have to be a follower of SDMcKinley.com to win, but it will be sadly frowned upon. 😉

How do I enter?

ENTER VIA THE GOOGLE FORM

Tell your friends! 🤠

Guys and gals, until next time – may you find all the happiness that your life can fit in it’s happy spot – S.D. McKinley.

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SDMcKinley is Now .COM’d

This is how I feel.

EDIT-edit-edit: The site migration is complete minus the certificate, which should be showing anytime now. All followers successfully migrated from .ORG – it is almost completely safe to comment without fear of them fading into nothingness.

Just something really quick here. I have succumbed to the pressures of my .ORG site not working and have battled with it since day one. Yet again, my JetPack had become disconnected and no posts were showing in the reader. I bit the bullet and purchased a business plan on WordPress.com and will begin migration immediately. Hopefully everything will go smooth, but I won’t be transferring my domain name until I’m confident that everything has migrated OKAY. Send some good vibes and prayers that everything goes well . . .

Guys and gals, until next time – may you find all the happiness that your life can fit in it’s happy spot – S.D. McKinley.

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Comments are Working in WordPress Reader 🥳

The launch of this blog has been a great one. We are around six months in, and I really appreciate everyone who follows and views what I post and do not take it lightly. You set time out of your busy schedule, along with the myriad of worldly problems going on right now.

However, I have great news:

Comments, along with my Gravatar issues with my comments on other sites, are now fixed and showing up in the WordPress Reader, in which some of you use to keep track of comments. Let’s hope we go without trouble for some long period of time. Your issues are important to me, I only regret not fixing it sooner. Also, we just hit over 50 followers:

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WordPress.org Comment Woes

It has come to my attention ( thank you, you know who you are ), after a rouse of suspicion while fixing other issues, that my site’s comments aren’t showing in the WordPress Reader, under conversations and in the WordPress app for notifications. So, if you have commented and heard nothing but birds skittley-whooping ( This is something Misty and I were laughing about over the weekend ) in the background, this is why. For now, I urge commenters to check the box here, if you want to stay abreast:

I absolutely do care about the functionality of this blog, and you as followers deserve something that works correctly, as well as me, as a site host. I have a support entry in the JetPack plugin support forums. Let’s hope someone has some well suggestions.

  • Do any of my followers use WordPress.org / a.k.a self hosted that is not on the WordPress.com mega-cloud?
  • If so, have you had issues like this?

EDIT: I just got off the line with my web host. After getting disconnected 4 times, they told me there was nothing they could do from their end. The saga continues . . .

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On Being Grateful

[ Image Source: PaulSizer.com by Paul Sizer ]

First of all, Happy Thanksgiving to my American followers and anyone else that might be celebrating. It really is a great day today. I am grateful for a whole ‘lotta things this year:

  • The one and only God almighty and my savior Jesus Christ.
  • My family.
  • My job.
  • Art and artists – that includes anything created that captures an essence of feeling that is passed onto for someone else to enjoy. Books, movies, video games, paintings, music, poems, musings, all of that good stuff that we create out of passion for the craft of creativity to share with others.
  • This blog and my followers.
  • My life.
  • For all the simple things I often take for granted every day. From being able to breathe and see, hear and touch. To interact and be apart of each other, for without this beautiful gift of reality, that wouldn’t be possible.
  • For people that think differently than me and can give a gift of outside perspective.
  • For intelligent conversations.

What are you most thankful for here in 2020? Guys, until next time – may you find all the happiness that your life can fit in it’s happy spot – S.D. McKinley

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Happy Halloween ( 2020 )


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Happy Halloween. It looks like my block editor is possessed. So, I’m out.

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Semi-Hiatus: Blog Update Post

“Man passed out on the floor of the kitchen” by simpleinsomnia is licensed under CC BY 2.0

So, here we are five months since this blog launched and through some hard labor and intent, genuine interactions with other blogs we have just short of 80 posts, some odd 30 followers and almost 1000 views. Every hurdle is a milestone, right? The truth is, I love posting on this blog, but I am not doing myself any favors by keeping it up like I have been with posting 4-5 times a week. It takes a terrible amount of time to do and with that being said, I am not doing myself any favors with my personal goals, work and home life, etc. I cannot humanly do everything I want to. It is simply healthy to set boundaries in life; this is how we manage ourselves and it is so important to do that and in turn helps your happiness and loved ones, too. So, if you are following this blog, here is what I expect to change:

  • Less frequent posts, but more focus on book reviews when posting along with updates, if any in regards to writing efforts. Not quite sure about frequency yet, but I hope to give at least one post a week.
  • No more Friday Fun Links for a while ( with the exception of today ), not exactly sure how long.
  • I will still keep up with comments, etc as I always stay pretty close to all my technology mediums.

So, if you are a newer follower, I encourage you to go back through past posts and see if you find anything interesting that fancies you. There are some earlier RWP posts that even make me laugh when I go back and read them.

If you have any suggestions, rude or snide remarks about the layout or anything else about this site, I encourage you to put those comments here, because I do care! After all, this is my presence on the WWW.

Happy blogging, and if you have followed or commented here so far, I highly appreciate you taking even a moment out of your life to interact here, keep coming back!

Guys, until next time – may you find all the happiness that your life can fit in it’s happy spot – S.D. McKinley