Jan 072013

Hello? Is anyone still out there?

If so…Happy New Year, and welcome to 2013 πŸ™‚

Some of my friends have been asking recently if Justin-Klein.com is dead and forgotten. Nope, it isn’t. But I can see why it would seem that way. Since creating this site way back in 2004, I’ve only ever neglected it once for this long – in 2009 when I spent the better part of a year working and studying at home. At that time there just wasn’t much of interest to write about.

This time, however, my reasons for falling behind are different: 2012 was quite simply the most crazy, intense, and memorable period of travel of my life.

Seriously, 2012 was insane even by my standards. And while I’m already way beyond hope of catching up a fully-detailed narrative, I still would like to keep some record of my adventures going online. What form that will take still remains to be seen, but…well, consider this my step towards breaking the silence πŸ™‚

For those who aren’t subscribed to my Facebook page (shame shame!), I’m not going to spill all the beans at once. What I will say is that I’m now back at home in Los Angeles, after a full fourteen months on the move. I’ve been here for the last 3 months actually, doing another cycle of catchup: fitness, work, family, stuff like that. I don’t have my next departure date just yet, but I can already feel the travel bug gnawing at my patience each passing day. Let’s see if I can fill you in – even if just a little – before opening up the next can of worms πŸ™‚

  18 Responses to “Happy New Year 2013”

  1. Yes, I am still out there, and still subscribed to Google Feedburner updates (Are they still going to work for a while? I heard that Google is E.O.L.ing the service?)

    Looking forward to reading what you can get written before you depart the USA! I am particularly interested in whatever more you can share from N.K.!

    • I hadn’t heard about Google closing Feedburner – I do see there are some rumors floating around about it, but can’t imagine they’d just cut it off completely. And if they do I’m sure there will be some way to migrate subscribers. Anyway, I guess we’ll have to wait and see πŸ™‚

  2. Been itching for an update, can’t wait to read what you’ve been up to!

    I’m not sure whether you stay in the loop on boring internet news, but keep in mind that since FB started limiting distribution on fan pages, not all of your updates will get to everyone who wants them unless you pay some ridiculous fee. I only got a notification of this update because I’m on the email list for your site (just went back and saw your FB post, which did not come through to my feed).

    • Wow, I did hear something about that, but never really looked into it in detail until now. That’s some obnoxious BS! Apparently you can force it to appear in your feed though, by clicking the “Like” button again, then explicitly selecting “Show in News Feed.” i.e. see: http://alwaysupward.com/blog/fb-fans-arent-seeing-your-posts-and-how-to-fix-it/

    • I looked into that, and I do have that option checked; unfortunately, it still isn’t showing up in my feed.

      The page you linked also points to this one: http://alwaysupward.com/blog/for-fb-page-admins-how-to-reclaim-part-of-your-missing-audience/ I’ve tried creating an “interests” list, though it doesn’t seem that will force your updates into my feed, and it doesn’t show your previous posts, so I can’t say whether it will collect future posts.

      FB is such crap…

    • >>I looked into that, and I do have that option checked; unfortunately, it still isn’t showing up in my feed.

      Lame, but did you have it checked before I published the post? Like the “interests” list, perhaps it just doesn’t take effect retroactively – but you will begin seeing new posts again?

      If the latter is the case, then I can do as suggested at that first link and place a sticky post for a little while, encouraging people to “subscribe…”

    • Yep, I did previously have it checked. The article you referenced mentions it’s not foolproof and depends on how often people view your page (or whatever other convoluted metrics Facebook has decided to add since then).

    • What bullshit…. πŸ™

    • It definitely is. But hey, perhaps that’s a good reason to keep up the blog… πŸ˜‰

    • Haha reason isn’t what I need…what I need is more time πŸ˜›

  3. Can’t wait for some new posts!

  4. Ditto!

  5. Wow,welcome back to the website again ! :))

  6. Whoha…IT’S AAALIIIIIIVE! :-p

    • Lol, sort of πŸ˜‰ Looks like I managed about 2 posts and then got backed way up with stuff again… :/

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