Top Views for TrueStrange this Week

This small peaceful odd news blog has had little impact. This is good, from my perspective. I don’t want to be an “influencer,” I just want to say a few words about things I find of interest, like millions of others are doing. I just do it here rather than on Facebook because I learned to make web pages years ago and this way I don’t have to see any advertisements. Below is a look at what people are interested in on TrueStrange.com this week: Mostly the all black chicken and the idea that C3PO has a silver leg but … Continue reading Top Views for TrueStrange this Week

True Strange News On Instagram

Instagram is currently easier than WordPress for me to post strange news alerts, so I’m more active there these days. Follow there for the latest interesting odd stuff from around the world. Search for @truestrangenews in the Instagram app or on Instagram.com Also, I’m following hundreds of news channels on Periscope, same handle there @truestrangenews but I rarely broadcast. Hoping all is well with you. Xeno – TrueStrange.com Continue reading True Strange News On Instagram

Protest: No more Posts Until WP.com Fixes Cut and Paste in the iPhone App

It has become too difficult to post and edit on this WordPress.com site because a very basic feature (cut and paste of text) is broken in the current version of the iPhone WordPress app. No more posts until they fix this. They say soon. Follow @xenophilius on Twitter for daily strange and interesting stuff. – TrueStrange.com Continue reading Protest: No more Posts Until WP.com Fixes Cut and Paste in the iPhone App

How I Got 82,408 Followers Today

The helpful technicians at WordPress.com cannot tell you the number of people who are following a site that you do not own, but you can often see this number on their web site if they have the “Email Followers” WordPress.com widget installed. This is the default widget that you get with a WordPress.com blog. Wow, what an awesome number of followers I have, right? I’m impressed. Hello, 82,408 people! Here’s the truth, however. As the administrator of your WordPress.com web site, you can type any number of followers you like and have that display exactly the same way as the … Continue reading How I Got 82,408 Followers Today

Goodbye WordPress “Likes” (*mostly*)

Hello. As of today the “Like” feature is turned off for this WordPress.com web site. (Supposedly… somehow several people liked this post, lol.) As much as I enjoy this way to connect with some of you, this change will allow me to move truestrange.com to a non-WordPress.com platform in the future, if that is needed. I have a fair sense from past likes and email feedback what is popular now and will see your approval and enjoyment by your continued following, new follows and from views and reading of new posts. Comments will remain open for now. For those of … Continue reading Goodbye WordPress “Likes” (*mostly*)

Can I Keep Sharing News Excerpts Legally?

It is unclear if the Internet will ever ban the sharing of excerpts from news articles and stories. It might, even with “transformative” commentary added. As this site is non-profit and educational and links back to original sources, it may continue for some time. Still, I could see things swinging in the more prohibitive direction, so I try to keep an eye on legislation like the EU’s Article 17. As long as I’m not making money, I’m not a target, but there was a case where the AP sued a company called Meltwater over reselling its content. A federal judge … Continue reading Can I Keep Sharing News Excerpts Legally?

Happy Elvis/Bowie/Xeno Birthday

Once again it is, today, my shared birthday with Elvis Presley and David Bowie. This year I’m spending my birth anniversary in a snowy cabin in the woods alone in the shadow of a massive volcano, working on my 100 original songs project and daydreaming a bit. They say the first step is knowing what you want. My current wishes: long years of good health, peace, good friends, love and music, to help and entertain people, to grow, to forgive and to heal from the past. Same wishes I’ve had most years. If you enjoy this blog/web site and want … Continue reading Happy Elvis/Bowie/Xeno Birthday

Getting 1,000 “Real” Instagram Followers

Psst. Want to see something amazing? I’ve experimented with Instagram to see how to spread the word there. One reliable way to get followers is to follow a bunch of people. In the following images you can see my progress getting past 1,000 followers in a few days. While trying this way, I discovered “follow limits” whereby Instagram only allows you to follow a certain number (the actual number changes depending on various things) of people per day, per hour, etc. Get 1,000 Followers Quickly If you want 1,000 followers, get an interesting profile picture and tag line, post 3 … Continue reading Getting 1,000 “Real” Instagram Followers

My Web Traffic Is Coming Back, Out of the Google Dog House

If you run a web site, you probably get spam from small companies offering to fix your site and increase your page rank in search engines like Google. A lot of this SEO spam is bogus. (SEO stands for Search Engine Optimization. The goal is to get your site to appear near the top of search result for certain key words and phrases that relate to your content or mission.) A bad SEO effort, however, can cost a lot and may destroy your existing page rank in the process. I’ve finally figured out, without paying anyone, the strange truth about … Continue reading My Web Traffic Is Coming Back, Out of the Google Dog House