Archive for February, 2009

Survey for Gloson Blog Readers

By Gloson On February 28, 2009 1 Comment

Hi dear readers,

I have created a Gloson Blog survey.

Click here to take the survey.

The point of this survey is to do some research, so that I will know how to improve Gloson Blog for you

I’ll be much appreciated if you can take it :) .

For your information, the survey is created using Survey Monkey. It’s free and easy. It also has a paid version.

Life is Like Chinese Checkers

By Gloson On February 27, 2009 1 Comment

My family went to my father’s hometown for Chinese New Year. On the night before we left, we played a fascinating game of Chinese checkers.

Do you know how to play Chinese checkers? If you do not know how to play it, here are the basic rules:

Number of players
Chinese checkers may be played by 2, 3, 4 or 6 players.

Game board
The Chinese checkers board is shaped like a star with 6 points. Each player starts the game with 10 marbles filling all 10 spaces in their point of the star. This is their home point. The color of the player’s marbles matches the color of their home point. Sometimes pegs or other types of playing pieces are used instead of marbles.
When 2 players play, they set up in points opposite each other. When 3 play, one empty point is left between each player. When 4 play, each player must be directly opposite an opponent. Five players cannot play since the game will not be balanced. That is, one player would be opposite an empty point.

The object of the game is to move all your marbles into the point of the star directly opposite your home point. The player that does this first is the winner.

Starting the game
Players decide among themselves who will start. When only two players are playing, players may flip a coin to decide who starts. Players take turns, clockwise.

Moving and jumping
The player may move one marble to any adjacent space. Or the player may jump over an adjacent marble to the space immediately past that marble. A player may make as many consecutive jumps during the same play as is possible. Marbles may be moved in any direction. The player can jump over any colored marble.
Unlike checkers, players do not capture a marble when they jump over it. Nothing happens to the marble that was jumped over. No marbles are removed from the board during the game.
Once a marble has entered the destination point, that is, the point directly opposite the home point, it may not be moved out of that point. It can only move within that point.

Now, this is a game of Chinese checkers I have never played before because it is the first time I had ever played with five players (me, my mom, my dad, and my aunt, and another aunt), which is the maximum number of players the game could hold.


So, we started the game. At first, I was happily playing because wow… there were so many pegs for me to jump over to the finishing point. There were happy jumping times for other players, too. But soon, as the game went on, everyone’s pegs were stuck, in the middle of the 6-point star. We can barely move as our pegs are blocked.

It took some time before the pegs were free again.

One of my aunts was almost winning. But as we played. I soon found some paths, which made me the winner (my aunt was in the second place).

My father was going to beat my mother at that time. There seem to be no way for my mother to beat my father, but then, my mother realized that she actually could beat him!


I realized that life is just like that.

Sometimes, you feel that life is so easy and you are very happy; everything is so perfect for you. But sometimes, you are ‘stuck-in-a-traffic-jam’ and it seems that there is no way out and there are a lot of obstacles. But as you go on, you would find a way out of the ‘traffic jam’, and become happy again.

Moral is, never lose hope, even when it seems that there is no way out. If you go on, there would be a way.

P.S. The game lasted for about 2 hours. Time flies when you are having fun.

Photo Credit: Psymeg&Chooch

Poem: Scary, Fat, and Giant Monster

By Gloson On February 25, 2009 4 Comments

Hey guys, It’s poetry time again! I got another funny poem to share with you. This time, it’s about a scary, fat, and giant monster, so beware!

Anyway, here’s the poem.


Scary, Fat and Giant Monster

There is a giant monster somewhere
near the Indian sea.
It is as fat and furry and
as scary as can be.

It has three funny looking horns
and one eye on its head.
Its claws are sharp and spiky
and its eyes are crimson red.

Were it to jump up 10 miles high
and fall down with a ‘BOOM!’
The whole Earth would then shake and shake
we’d think we were at doom.

If you throw it an onion it
would stand there and just cry.
The noise would break some glasses
and the folks would say, “Oh my!”

Beware folks, for it’s coming to you
right this very now.
The giant monster knows exactly
where you live, somehow.

I’m gonna tell you the best thing yet
which is quite contrary:
The scary, fat and giant monster
is imaginary.


I hope you enjoyed reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it!

9 Tips to Help You Keep Up Your Blogging Consistency

By Gloson On February 22, 2009 3 Comments

Well, everybody says you must post at least once a day, or two days, but you can’t seem to keep this up. Here’s some of my tips that may help you to keep up your blogging consistency.

Why should you post consistently? Readers would have plenty to read. They also expect when your articles should be posted.

Anyways, here are the tips.

1. Give it the highest priority, if possible

Give writing the post the highest priority, which means making it the first thing you have to do. This would keep you from doing other things that are quite unnecessary.

Sometimes, when my teachers give homework, I thought, “I can do it later…”. And when the ‘later’ comes, I thought, “There is still a lot of time left,” and when the ‘a lot of time’ flies away, I have to sleep, leaving my homework undone. If I had finished my homework earlier, I could be homework-free and wouldn’t have to worry about it.

Similarly, if you have finished writing your post, you would be post-writing-free; you can relax as much as you want…until tomorrow, when you have to write another post.

If you do not want to relax, write more posts, if you want. After that, you can schedule them to be published tomorrow, and the days after. If you do this, you could stop writing for awhile and relax 8) … Until you have to write more posts again.

In conclusion, give writing the post the highest priority, unless there is something more important and urgent. After you’ve finished doing the ‘something more important’, write your post.

OK… Now we know we have to give writing posts the highest priority. But how do you make yourself to make writing the posts the highest priority?

1. Tell yourself that if you finished writing the post, you would be post-writing-free and do not have to worry about it!

2. Tell yourself that if you don’t write it, your readers would have nothing to read.

3. Tell yourself that if you post frequently, your readers would return for more.

2. Close other programs; avoid distraction

One of my mistakes on writing posts is leaving Tweetdeck, the best twitter client ever, on. You see, twitter is very interesting, and people share cool links and stuff there.

Every time my twitter friends update, Tweetdeck, by default, notify me with a notification message and sound. I then open Tweetdeck to read the updates, which distracts me from writing my post.

If you are writing a post, it is best if you close other (distracting) programs, so that you could quickly finish writing your post. That is, unless you are a person who never gets distracted.

Oh, and here is my twitter account if you wish to follow me.

3. Just write it!

So, you have thought of a ‘great’ topic on which you could write your post. But later, you realized that it isn’t such a good topic to write on.

Never mind! Just write the post! Though you may not know much about it, write about all you know! Perhaps your post topic may change later. Who knows?

4. Blogging Without Your Computer

Guess what? You do not have to be on the computer to blog. When you are out somewhere, you can still blog! All you need is a paper and a pen to write the post.

For more tips on this, click here.

5. Know that the hardest part is to get it started

If you have problems starting writing a post, tell yourself that the hardest part is to get started. When distracting programs are turned on, such as your internet browser or Tweetdeck, you wouldn’t be able to concentrate on writing your blog post.

So, force yourself to close all the programs that keeps you from writing your post, and start writing it! Minutes after you’ve started writing, it would be easier for you to keep on.

6. Take a break

Sometimes, you need a little break in the middle of writing a blog post. Maybe it’s because it’s getting boring, you feel like doing something else, or need a little rest,

If you do not take breaks when you need them, you might make mistakes in your post.

Furthermore, if you take a break, you come back and see the post with ‘new eyes’. When we see the post with ‘new eyes’, we improve the post, correct some mistakes, and/or remove unnecessary parts. Why you see the post with ‘new eyes’ after you took a break is because your brain is refreshed, or you have learned something new.

But remember – you have to continue writing after your break, or not you wouldn’t finish your post.

7. Find a guest poster

Ah, this is the alternative way to keep up your consistency easily. Guest posters are people outside that are willing to post on your blog, usually something interesting and helpful. Click here and here for tips on finding a guest poster to post on your blog.

8. If you do not know what to blog about…

Sometimes, we don’t write due to lack of inspiration and ideas. Click here and here for a post that would help you solve this problem.

9. Note that there is actually no right posting consistency

It’s not like there is a fixed consistency where you have to post every single day or not you will fail. Every blog has its own rhythm. Most blogs post a post a day. Some blogs even post once a month. Some on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Some even 20 times a a day!

But it is important to keep up your consistency because your readers would be expecting new posts.

Do you have anymore tips? If so, please feel free to leave them in the comments.

P.S. Don’t forget to bookmark this post (Ctrl +D). If you have blogger’s block, you can read this post again.

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