No Excuses, But I’m Back

It’s been another six months since I’ve published anything here and I’m not going to make excuses. I’d love to blame COVID-19, but besides the fact that a lot more people are running around the house on the day-to-day, I don’t even have that to blame.

No, I was just a lazy sack of shit.

OK, that’s not exactly fair. I’ve been busy, sure. Not too busy to write here, but I’ve been busy in other ways. I still haven’t trained worth a damn, though HEMA classes are back on the menu thankfully.

Yet over the last few weeks, I’ve felt that gnawing inside of me, that thing that tells me I need to train again. Not just with a longsword or some other weapon–and I’ve done some other weapons from Fiore’s treatises–but something far more physical.

So, it’s time to start easing back in.

Now, let’s lay everything out like it should be.

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Update On What I’ve Been Up To

Photo from UnsplashIt’s been really, really quiet here lately. I’m sorry about that. I was out of town for a couple of different trips among other things. Now, I’d like to bring you all up to date and try to get back in the swing of things here.

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Initial Impressions Of Kettlebell Kings Powder-Coated Kettlebell

Is it really that much better than a cheap kettlebell?

Now that I have the nightmare of the site move over and done with, I can get back to work. Part of that work was in taking a look at the brand new kettlebell that arrived at my door yesterday.

You see, I’d always used fairly cheep kettlebells because, well, I was broke and I’m a cheap bastard. However, I’ve always appreciated finely made things.

Since I wasn’t completely broke, I decided to get a quality kettlebell and did some research. In a lot of people’s minds, the Kettlebell Kings bells are the cream of the crop.

But are they?

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Next Update

Yesterday was spent trying to get stuff set up at the new site. However, there’s some snafu where everyone who goes to the domain address apparently sees the new site…but I don’t.

Because of this, and trying to deal with it, I didn’t get a chance to research much of anything for today.

With luck, I’ll have things resolved so the new site can be up and running in no time flat.

In theory.

Please keep your fingers crossed.

A Bit of Site Admin

Just a heads up, folks, but there may be some disruptions in the days ahead. The reason? It’s simple. I’m transferring hosting off to a third-party hosting service.

There are a lot of reasons for this, mostly it’s for business reasons. If there’s any interest in the whats and the whys, I’ll be happy to answer them. However, while the backend of WordPress is the same as what I’ve used time and time again, the business side is less than stellar.

Mostly, though, let’s just leave it that the middle tier of WordPress doesn’t let me do some things I kind of consider essential for this site going forward.

I have to be honest. This has never been a hobby or just a partial way to kill my time. For me, it’s been a business in the making for a while now, and I’ve reached a limit in what WordPress will allow me to do based on my current resources, so it’s time to make a change.

The only reason any of this is even being mentioned is that I’m not really a tech guy, contrary to what some people may have thought about me in the past. I can use WordPress and a few other blogging platforms, but setting them up has never been my speciality. As a result, there will likely be some disruptions moving forward and I want you all warned about it.

I’d like to thank you all in advance for your understanding.

Review: Titan Low-Bar Push/Pull/Drag Sled

I’ve been really slack on product reviews lately, and I don’t really have a good reason why. I’ve had a few products for some time now, honestly, nothing’s changed with them.

But, I haven’t done the reviews and that’s on me.

So, let’s get back into it and start with Titan Fitness’s Low-Bar Push/Pull/Drag Sled.

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Dialing Back A Bit

I love writing. It’s what I do for a living, after all.

I also love writing for this site. I hope I’m able to help other people as I get my own crap in line. It’s a sincere desire or mine, and I truly enjoy it.

However, I’m burning out.

I have my day job, which pays my bills, and I have this site which might make some money some day, but isn’t about to do it just now. Which writing has to be my priority is obvious.

Additionally, while I don’t have to write as much for this site (just one story compared to six elsewhere), I do have to come up with topics from the top of my head. 

Some days, that’s easy. Other days, not so much.

As a result, writing here can be a little stressful, which is fine. I don’t mind stress. 

But I do mind when the stress of trying to come up with stuff lures me into writing crap, into writing stuff you guys aren’t interested in reading, and that’s happening a fair bit lately.

So, I’m going to take a step back. I think I’ve been sacrificing quality for quantity, and that’s a bad way to go about things, so I’m going to reverse that.

Instead, I’ll be writing much less. There will be something posted on a regular basis, but not every day. I’m going to shoot for one great post per week, rather than a so-so one every day.

I hope you’ll all understand.

Mental Exhaustion

This weekend has been kind of tiring. Some friends of my wife and I were getting married, with a ceremony on Friday night and a reception on Saturday, and we attended both. They mean a lot to us, so that wasn’t really an issue.

The downside is that I’m rather tired and haven’t really had any time to think of anything for today.

I could try and crank something out, but it would probably be something I’d be less than happy with and something you’d probably not particularly enjoy reading.

While I’ve probably put stuff like that out in the past, I didn’t start off thinking that’s what was happening. 

This time, I know what’s going to happen, so why not skip it for both of our sake?

I’ll have something in mind for tomorrow, I’m sure, so don’t worry. This isn’t a break. It’s just an attempt to try and put out the best content possible.

Taking A Break Today

I’ve been posting pretty much every day for several months now, with the occasional weekend off. The only time I haven’t really written was immediately after the hurricane, and to be honest, I’m kind of tired.

I don’t really have a topic in mind for a blog post, and I’m feeling my brain squish down into my toes because it’s kind of melted, so I’m going to take a bit of a break today.

I should be back tomorrow, though, so check back then.