Day 18: The Day My Blog SNEEZED… on Websense

Today’s “Build a Better Blog” task has something to do with sneezing and my blog. There’s a combination that I never would have come up with on my own.

Clearly, I need to think outside of the box more.*

Back to sneezing.

The instructions are to create a Sneeze Page. Seriously. Who named that one? And what is it? (It’s a page that shows off some of your best past blog entries from your archive.) There are, of course, reasons listed (on the Problogger page) as to why this is a good idea to do. In reading those reasons, I noticed that the Problogger dude said that he spent HOURS, even DAYS, creating blog posts. Um… right… my five minutes a post clearly does NOT compare. I’m so lazy.

I must admit, though, that while reading about this oddly named task, I thought of all of the changes that I ought to make to my sidebar. And then I remembered Websense.

Curs-ed Websense.

This is our company’s software that blocks internet access or locks us down to 15 minutes a day for browsing certain website categories. This is my quota time. This is not related to the dating quota the Bishop expects the men in my ward to meet. Just thought I’d clear that up.

Every time I go to my blog (to post an entry, to reply to comments, to just gaze on its superficial beauty), I must use quota time because my blog is in the quota category “Social Networking and Personal Sites.” See, I think it would be great to take my lunch break today and make some updates to my sidebar information here. However, it might could take more than 15 minutes. And then, I’d be ALL OUT OF TIME TO POST TODAY’S ENTRY OR TO REPLY TO A SINGLE COMMENT.


Sometimes, I wish I could tell Websense: “Hey, I’m on lunch so how about if you just give me 30 or 60 minutes of browsing “Sports,” “Shopping,” and MY BLOG? Mmmkay, thanks.”

I want you to know that I used FIVE MINUTES of my precious quota to make a few MINOR changes to my sidebar, including this blog’s VERY FIRST SNEEZE PAGE. How exciting!

*Once, I wrote a really strange poem about some college kid trying to think outside the box and the last line of the poem went something like: “I lay there, staring up at the stars in the sky and thought, ‘where the hell is the ceiling?'” (Pardon the language, grumma.)

Episode 13: Websense has the Power

Don’t you think that because I’m in IT, I have all the computer powers? It’s not true; this is no Castle Grayskull and I do NOT have the power. Websense does.

It is because of this power wielded by our web security application, that I cannot reply to Facebook wall posts or leave comments on your blogs… at least not while I’m at work. Websense blocks me. It’s mean, I know. So I’ve had to find ways around it.

Way #1: Set up my phone to access Facebook.

I used to think it was rather silly to post statuses, pictures, wall posts, etc, using your cell phone. Really? My Facebook friends need to be THAT connected? And then I started doing it, too. It all happened when Shawman sent me a Facebook message about meeting up at the gym to get buff. Facebook emailed me to let me know, “Hey, your friend wants to go to the gym tonight, but you can’t reply because you’re at work. Ha!” So later that night, after not going to the gym because I couldn’t respond to Shawman in a reasonable amount of time, I set up my phone for posting to Facebook. It was ONLY because it was a necessity for my super buff muscles. And now I update my status every now and then about blog updates because I really just want people to stop in and leave comments about how AWESOME and FUNNY I am.

Way #2: Emailing my comments

I do have my RSS reader (netvibes.com) so I can keep up to date on blogs although pictures don’t display. Sometimes, after reading the latest entry on Kaakun’s blog, I really really want to comment. Probably this is because I was mentioned and therefore, I will feel the need to share my opinion on myself. But I can’t. Remember? Websense DENIES me. I therefore email Kaakun.

Example email from June:

ME: You should also offer a link to said blog. And I feel the same. I keep on forgetting that it is not Friday and I don’t know why I’ve been a day ahead all week. It sucks.

(This was in reply to his blog entry about realizing it was still Thursday because of my ‘Therapy Thursdays’ installment.)

KAAKUN’S REPLY: whatever… you hawk your blog all over your facebook jajaja… I don’t feel the need to contribute.

MY REPLY: Geez… thanks for the love.

KAAKUN’S REPLY: whatever… its not like anyone reads my blog anyways.

MY REPLY: I don’t believe you. How many hits do you get every day? And since I read it, it matters. I only read entertaining blogs, but perhaps I only find it entertaining when it’s about me because according to my therapist, I’m narcissistic (perhaps I should discuss this next week).

KAAKUN’S REPLY: Anywhere from 1-8… No thanks to those on feeders… jajajjaajjaa… But it’s probably the same 3-4 people checking in… just twice a day… because when the new is hitting fast and furious… I’m on top of my reporting.

Way #3: Post comments when I get home

This rarely happens because by the time I get home, I check work email and then go to bed. Yawn.