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What’s Going On – 3rd Edition

Well, I have managed to schedule a few posts as you may have seen. I have also updated my ‘About’ page per the Problogger Community challenge from last week, or perhaps it was the week before. I probably should post that to the Problogger Forums since it was part of a challenge.

Over on Loaded Trolley we’ve done a few posts in the last few weeks. In wandering around the Docklands and Ringwood Costco Warehouses there have been a number of what I call a ‘.97 Special‘ which has generate some posts. I also use that to drive a little bit of traffic to Loaded Trolley via OzBargain. There has been one troll on OzBargain that seems to be upset with me doing this but he is just a prolific poster who seems to have nothing better to do than post a comment on almost every deal.

I still have a mountain of data analysis to do for Loaded Trolley. We spent 12 weeks gathering comparative prices from Costco, Coles and Woolworths so it is time to slice that data up and get some results.

LivingRoomRaceway.com is still in its infancy but traffic is inching up each week especially with more posts. I am about to start on making some terrain for the modular micro RC track so there will be a lot of content soon. There is also one more flat track video to come to show the modularity of the system, I just need to shoot it!

It’s going to be a bit of a hectic couple of weeks for my family with a major sporting event looming. Once that is done some it will be time for more projects. I keep promising to myself I will get onto some light painting but so far no dice. And in the true Corey fashion I have five great new projects ideas and only one brain and body, or perhaps two, to consider working on them. I will add them to the list. Anyone want an idea to run with and develop? I have a bunch I cannot get to.

Oh, and in the midst of all this I am trying to watch all of the Detroit Red Wings playoffs games. It was a 5AM start this morning for game 2 only to see them lose 4-1 to Boston. I was so hopeful of two wins on the road after the first game with a 1-0 win over the Bruins. Well it’s 1 game a piece and they are are heading to Detroit and are still in it. Go Wings.

 

What’s Going On – 2nd Edition

Once again I have neglected my personal blog lately. I really have no excuse since I have a post calendar and easy content embeds in WordPress that should make writing quick posts and managing a blog quite simple. I will try harder and I have already started scheduling a few posts for later this week. Let’s see how long that lasts.

Over on Loaded Trolley we have been under the pump gathering data for a 12 week price survey. That has really slowed down generating content but we are somewhat back onboard to get some more posts up over there. Loaded Trolley is the project with the most traffic I have at the moment and I like the challenge it presents but it can be draining sometimes.

Rightly or wrongly I have started another blog called LivingRoomRaceway.com. It all started when I had this idea in my head about building a modular race track for my Losi Micro Desert Truck and other ‘micro’ scale RC cars. I toyed with putting the build on this blog but I really felt it needed its own platform. I only envisage it being a project that runs 6 to 9 months for the bulk of the work with occasional updates after that but I will see where it takes me.

And finally the last time a wrote a ‘What’s Going On’ post I mentioned doing some light painting. I did do a little and that is a topic for another post but I have bigger plans going forward for that…yes, another project to neglect in the fullness of time. I have finally gotten my camera back from being checked and serviced so I hope to get into that more light painting now daylight savings is over.

And now for my new oath. I do solemnly swear I will not neglect any of my projects I am working on. My health on the other hand could go either way, but if I can continue to ride to work twice a week and play inline hockey twice a week it might be in with a chance.

Loaded Trolley – A Costco Australia ‘Fanblog’

OK, I have been busy in many aspects of my life and a website project that I have been working on with the Minister for War and Finance has been bubbling away for the last 10 or 11 months, but never ever really got launched. But it is out there now, up and running. I am of course talking about Loaded Trolley which is somewhat of a Costco Australia fan blog at the moment.

I say at the moment, because I am wondering what it could evolve in to. For now though, it is just a site that I decided I wanted to do after an argument with a work colleague over whether the cost of toilet paper was truly good value at Costco.

So please do hop over and have a look at the new site. We have al kinds of articles over there now, including reviews, comparisons and updates on what is going on in Costco’s Australian stores.

Make Sure Your Staff Are Trained

Went in search of a BMX bike today, but by the time we got to to our preferred BMX retailer, they had closed up the shop for the day. So we decided to stop in at another shop that we knew had a few race BMXs on the floor.

The shop we were headed to were not really a specialist in any type of bike. They tended to be more of a specialist in selling bikes in volume, and thus tended to focus on the lower end of the market with a bit of high end gear thrown in.

After about 15 minutes of no service, I managed to get one of the staff to pull down a bike I had been considering for a while now, an Intense Pro XL. I stepped over it and did a track stand on it with the front brake on, but as the bars were in a really bad position so I couldn’t gauge the size properly. I mentioned the bars being out of position the the sales guy, but got no offer of help to correct the issue. Continue reading →