It is with regret I am announcing that this blog will be shutting down at the end of 2017.
I had hope to have the drive and energy to do an entertainment and pop culture blog but writing a whole blog on a regular basis is hard, especially when one has three other blogs needing attention.
I’ve also changed my views on entertainment and pop culture and found it is just a life suck compared to what is going on in this country and the world today. My time will be better spent on my political and social justice blogging and social media sharing of those topics I am very interested in.
The posts I have written here at Reviewgeek.net were fun to write but I needed to write more than one post a year to make it worthwhile to visit.
Feel free to visit my other blogs if the topics interest you.
Doug’s Views – politics, current events, atheism, and social justice.
Secular Left – supporting separation of church and state
iHumanism – an Internet Humanist community
The blog isn’t going to disappear right at midnight January 1st 2018 but going forward from today it won’t be updated. At some future point, I will remove the database and posts.
I plan keeping the domain unless someone offers to buy it. I still haven’t decided what I will do with the tumblr and twitter accounts yet.
A couple of weeks ago WordPress, the blog software I use for this blog, released a new version – 3.5. It also released a new default theme called Twenty Twelve. I really wanted to use the new theme because of its mobile first rendering of pages among other things so with this post I am now using a child theme I based on Twenty Twelve called DougTheme 2013.
Review Geek’s new rating system
I had wanted to add some kind of rating system to review posts on Review Geek. The other day I came across a WordPress plugin that will add ratings to posts when I need them.
Adam Ant in Wonderful
To introduce Review Geek’s new blog theme I wanted to highlight a song I because reacquainted with while watching a rerun of the CBS show ‘Cold Case’ that was set in 1995. I’ve loved ‘Wonderful’ since the 1990’s – one of the few from that decade I really like. Then I find out Adam Ant sang it. Mind Blown.
I had been wanting to update the theme I use for Review Geek ever since WordPress was updated to version 3. My previous theme was almost 3 years old and I wanted to be able to take advantage of some of the new features of the software. Today I debut a working draft of my new Review Geek theme.
But Doug it doesn’t look different than before?
That’s right. While I was building it, I tried different looks but came back to the format of the current blog. The difference is I modified the basic Toolbox theme created by the people at Automattic and worked hard on the CSS styling.
What you, the reader gets, is a blog that will be able to take advantage of the newer features of WordPress – like for example the menu bar with links to the About page etc… In the previous theme I had to code it by hand.
Some new things included is the central “Follow Review Geek” in the sidebar with links to the RSS feed, a coming Facebook fan page, and a Twitter Follow button.
On the individual post pages a new floating share box, like seen on sites like Mashable, will have a fixed location to share the post to Facebook, Twitter, and the new Google +1 for example.
I also changed to a new Last.fm play list tracker for the sidebar and dressed it up so it looks good and is readable. I hope it doesn’t throw more script errors like the previous plugin I was using.
As I said above this is a working draft so more tweaks will come as some information will be removed or changed and if people let me know if something is broken.
Feel free to give me feedback either in the comments of this post or use the contact page.
I really let this blog languish but I really think this time I have a good idea what to use it for. I plan on posting views, links, and videos about all kinds of topics related to culture, media, and music.
I might post YouTube videos I find, links to other Internet postings, reviews of TV shows and movies, and notes about some singers and bands I either like now or find in the future. I also plan on updating the masthead sometimes this weekend.
The posts still won’t be on a regular basis and at times I might burst post several items.
Follow my twitter feed @reviewgeek and I will soon have a fan page on Facebook.
This is the 3rd time trying to start this blog. Last year, the writer’s strike killed my energy for it.
Basically, Review Geek will be a place to make comments about our culture, media, and some politics.
If I see a movie or TV show, or hear some music that I think is good or bad I will write about it here.
Sounds simple, no?
Like I said this is the 3rd time trying this, so I don’t know about it being easy.