It’s 2015… no seriously, it is

Wow, so much has changed since I first hopped on the web twenty years ago. I mean, I was accessing the internet via a Brother word processor, dial up modem and a Compuserve internet connection. I’m sure my younger readers have never even heard of Compuserve. Oh well.

So am I going to blog more than once every year and a half? That’s my goal. I think what deterred me from posting before is that I never really had a set niche that I wanted to talk about. All of my entries were pretty random, except for the beginning when I was excited about having my first smartphone. *sigh*

However, for the past ten years I’ve really focused on two areas: online communities (forums) and social media/networks, and using them to actual advance yourself personally and professionally. So I’m going to take my experiences and start blogging about them. I hope to publish a blog entry once a week.

Thanks for taking time to read this and hope everyone has a great year!

Update: I was tired of my old theme so I went back to a default one for the time being. Meh.

General Webdesign

I hate websites that suck!

This will probably end up being a multiple part blog entry, but right now, I just need to rant.  I need to vent.

For the past several years I’ve had a problem. I get upset when I visit a site that is either has outdated information, missing information, broken links, text that are supposed to be links but aren’t….UUUGGGHHH!

Seriously, why employ  someone (either by contract or full time) if they can’t do the job correctly?  Or is the person above that person too ignorant to realize that the job is not being done properly?

Let’s start out with two items that every webpage needs: A favicon and a page title.


Seriously?  This is 2013.  Why a website doesn’t have a favicon is beyond me.

What is a favicon?  It’s the little image that appears in the tab of your browser.

Chimpie's Favicon

The great thing about these images is that when you bookmark a page, the favicon is included with it. I’m a visual person.  I recognize and relate to images faster than I do text.  And I know I’m not the only one.  Just look at smartphones and the apps that people use.  What do people tap on?  The icon or the text?  They tap the icon.

Maybe in the near future I’ll create an entry that will instruct someone how to create and upload a favicon image.  However, looking at how consistent I’ve been about blogging (read: non-existent) it may not ever happen.

Page titles

This is another one of those simple things that (still shaking my head) people still don’t use.  Here’s an example:

No page title!

It was this page that drove me to log in and blog again.

Okay, this is double whammy.  No favicon and no page title. Well, actually, that’s not true.  They do have a page title but it’s the file name.  If someone were to bookmark this page, how would they have any idea what the bookmark is for?

I’ll add this to the ‘things I want to blog about’ as well.


So this blog entry is a little vague.  I haven’t blogged in 233 days, and haven’t REALLY blogged in…. way too long.  Maybe that’ll change.  Probably won’t.

Thanks for reading!

Ask Chimpie General


It’s been 537 days since I’ve updated this blog.

Does Chimpie still exist? Yes. I’m very much here.

What has Chimpie been doing? A little of this. A little of that. I’ve mainly been working on two sites: and I also have a life offline (shocking, I know). I’m in retail management, and for anyone who’s worked retail before, you know it sucks the life out of you (time wise).

Will you be updating this blog more frequently? I’d love to, but I have still have no idea what to blog about. A blog should be about one main topic (business, tech, forums, website management, SEO, etc.) A general purpose blog never works. It’s been suggested that I write a personal blog, but I already have Facebook and Twitter for my random thoughts. I’m not ready for a full blog.

Then what will happen with It will continue to be my sandbox. I use this domain and server space to test out different types of forum and blog software. I create test sites and test scripts for myself and others and use this to see if the work.

Where can I contact you? You can ask me a question here or you can post a comment below. I’ll try to reply as soon as possible and if the question is good enough, I may even make a blog entry about it.

Thanks for reading!



Chimpie, where are you?

So, yes, I gave up blogging.  I do feel, however, that I need to either blog or change the format of the site.

Lately I have been spending more of my time volunteering than I have in recent years.  This has brought me much happiness and I have met a lot of great people.

So what should I do?  Attempt blogging yet again or change the format of the site?  And if I change the format of the site, what do I change it to?

Decisions, decisions.


Who wants Starbucks?

Beginning in February I’ll be starting a side project.  It’ll be something that I’ll be doing just for fun and will provide more information later.  Right now I need to increase my fan base and there’s no easier way to do that than to give away free stuff, right?

I’m giving away Starbucks gift cards to random followers on DailyBooth, Facebook & Twitter.  All you have to do is follow me on those sites and you’re entered to win.  On Monday January 24, 2011 I’ll select two people from each network and mail them a gift card.

Be sure to follow me on each network to increase your chances to win!!

Good luck!