Category Archives: Blogging

Still in rehab – Now What?


From that point on I decided to change my confession from addict to, I am a born again Christian. To be honest, I wasn’t even sure what that meant exactly, or what I was supposed to do with myself. The only thing that I was certain of was, that I was alive and going to be well. Things would never be the same again.

The therapists in the rehab suddenly became very concerned about my sudden change in attitude and new zeal for life. They even made me take drug tests as they were convinced that I was still on something. Somehow with all their experience, they could not comprehend that the saving power of Jesus had, saved me…

The next few days proved to be very interesting as the therapists found more issues with my approach to my old habits and the way forward. After all, I was cured…

As always.
Love and respect
G

Life Begins – The truth


Thirty years old, with nothing but a kit bag and what you could call a hectic past. I have something else, something very valuable and powerful enough to change everything.

You may ask yourself – What exactly is the truth? A question answered in a multitude of ways. This is mine…

Some other words for truth are: reality, certainty, genuine, legitimate, honest and loyal. It is no wonder that through history people have fervently pursued and tried to figure out what the truth is. Maybe, this is because we were all created to believe in something much bigger than ourselves and what we can see on this earth.

The Truth is a light that shines and illuminates every shadow that clouded or darkened your mind. It brings with it answers and clarity to questions that you could never with any certainty realize or understand without it.

In my case, I just stopped asking. I was completely sold out to the fact that there are just no answers outside of the here and now or what can be seen or felt. My way of dealing with this was quite simple. I became fully dependent on stimulating my body and soul. I ran from my meaningless existence intoxicating myself with anything I could get my hands on. This continued for a good decade of my life without taking a break, not even for a day. I became a good and faithful servant to the substances and activities that I called master. Don’t get me wrong. I really thought that I was on top of the my game. A tough guy, respected enough and maybe even feared by some. I thought that I was able to handle anyone and anything that came against me and somehow, I did. I suppose in a way, being emotionally anesthetized made it very difficult for me to get hurt. Or at least that is what I thought.

While at the height of this state, something truly amazing happened. The Truth found me and I realized that I had run out of places to hide from it. I realized that I had a problem that was far bigger than my ability to fix.

This is where my story begins…

The Most Influential Blogger Award


Acceptance Speech:
First off I would like to thank Don Charisma for nominating me for this award, you have really made my day friend. Don Charisma is a blogging champion with thousands of followers and online friends so for him to stop by therandomg is just awesome!

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My nominees for this award are:

  1. The Average South African
  2. LAURA MACKY
  3. Gazzart
  4. Kstorm
  5. Mixate
  6. iSpontein
  7. OM
  8. The Divine Epic
  9. The Daily Post
  10. DEAR HUMAN ~ LETTERS TO HUMANITY
  11. The Otaku Judge

Conditions For Accepting The Award
To accept this award, the awardee must do the following:

  1. Display the Award on your Blog.
  2. Announce your win with a blog post and thank the Blogger who awarded you. Do not lump this award with any other award in a “basket”, “bouquet” or “collection” etc, I would rather you didn’t accept the award.
  3. Present 10 deserving Bloggers with the Award.
  4. Link your awardees in the post and let them know of their being awarded with a comment (or a pingback).
  5. Include an embedded video of your current favourite song (YouTube has virtually everything, just copy and paste the link into your WordPress editor). If a video is not possible you can embed a SoundCloud track.

 My Song Choice for this situation.
Hit play and give it 20 seconds, you see why I like it. These guys really can jam.

How do you rate your blog?


I would love to start up a conversation on this subject. Please leave a comment. 🙂 Maybe we can all learn something?

My question – We all love our own blogs. Right?
But, What makes a/your blog cool, really cool?

As always.
Love and respect.
G


Contributors  so far.
Thanks for the great feedback!

mixate
lauramacky
Julie
ISpontein
nikibayard
gazzart

 

Branding a WordPress Blog


Just a quick post about branding:
I am playing around with concepts and themes for this blog. I believe that the Twenty Fourteen theme is a keeper for therandomg.com. Although, I might find something better in the future. This theme is very easy to customize and does exactly what I need at this time.

The Header:
Pretty easy to design. I just found a free graphic and added some text with a style. If you are interested in some awesome sites that provide free graphics. Head on over to Don Charisma and look towards the bottom of his right sidebar, there is a cool list for you. While you are there, take notes! This guy is a marketing genius and you can learn a lot from him. Take special notice of how he interacts with his community. This is way more important than any of the visual stuff.
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The Logo:
A basic .png file with a transparent background. The reason why I suggest a transparent png file is quite simple. You can chuck this on to any photo and it will look great. If using Photoshop, it might be an idea to give your logo little shadow or glow. This will make it a bit more visible on photos with similar colors to your image.
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The Gravatar:
This is the icon that follows you around the internet. I love almost every Gravatar in my community and will probably like yours too. It is important to realize that this image must be clear when tiny. I suggest you keep it simple and easy to read. I think this one might be a little bit busy but I am going to keep it until my friends have given me some feedback. trg_gravatar That’s you!
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The Domain Name (URL)
I didn’t like the domain https://therandomg.wordpress.com at all. I just didn’t like it. So if you have a similar mindset to me regarding domain names it is very easy to have your own URL and still be hosted on the WordPress.com platform. A small annual fee will get you on your own domain in no time. Head over to the Store in your Dashboard for more info.

Your Personality
This deserves its own post, so for now all I can say is this. Be polite and be a contributor. Try avoid being a self seeking opportunist and look after your relationships. Your community is everything! Love them…

I would absolutely love feedback and advice on my ideas.

Love and Respect
-TRG