Training and blogging from NYC.

Sitting in BPI Training

When I first starting blogging I kept my eye on other blogs that had tips and tricks for bloggers. One tip that came up consistantly was to never make a post stating, “It’s been a while since my last post.” or “Sorry for the lack of updates lately.”. The basic idea is that while some people do come directly to your site daily more than half read your site through an RSS reader or by finding a post via search result. If your reading by either of the latter two methods apology posts aren’t necacessary.

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All that said I thought it was time to chime in with a site update. For the first nineteen months this blog was up I posted at least once a day. Since I got my new job at Energy Management Solutions my posts have been cut in half. I don’t think a post every other day is too bad but I do want to make those posts mostly original content. My new job has me in Manhattan at different job sites. An eight hour day plus travel is fairly time consuming. I can tell you I never washed my hands so often! The last two weeks they have been certifying me to be an official Building Analyst (check out BPI.org). I welcome all free training and learning but I was not prepared for the amount I have to learn in such a short time. The course which is approved by NYSerda (New York State Energy Research and Development Authority) is well full of math and each day the class has been crazy hours such as 2pm-10pm. The photo above is an example of an inefficient steam heat system in a 5th avenue high rise. They are paying over $400,000 a year to ConEd to supply them with the steam. I’ll be working to figure out a way to replace that system. The building is 49 stories and houses the Girl Scouts of America and part of the Rockafeller Group. This isn’t the kind of project you want to get wrong. So for now school has to be top priority.

While I’m starting to find my new job more and more interesting I have to say music is keeping me sane. I few slams of detuned madness on my Electrocomp-101 each night really helps the right side of my brain from committing suicide. My plan is once school is over and I pass the test (fingers crossed) I will redesign Wire to the Ear and get back to a regular posting routing. My plan is a new faster loading theme with less ads, a better commenting system and more video.

By the way some of those pro-blogging tips and tricks sites include: ProBlogger and Weblog Tools Collection

Update: I passed my BPI certification test!

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on May 30, 2009 at 6:26 am, filed under Uncategorized and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

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4 Responses to “Training and blogging from NYC.”

  1. Peter Morgan says:

    It must be hard – but thanks for keeping up with the updates, great blog and good luck with your course.

  2. Lucas says:

    Dear Oliver,
    My name is Lucas Maia, I am a Brazilian journalist, and I’m writting a story about Berlin’s electronic music scene (how it has became the world’s electronic music capital, its nightlife Etc.).
    For what I could gatter from reading your blog, you’ve lived in Berlin, though you’re currently at NYC, right? So, it would be really great if you could give me a quick interview about your experience – both as a Berlin resident and as a musicfan. It seens that you’re very busy at the moment, but this would be really quick (like 2 or 3 questions). Do you think you could help me?
    If so, you can contact me by e-mail: labreumaia@gmail.com, skype: luccaslux, or MSN: unprodigal_fallen@hotmail.com. I tried to find your e-mail address, but couldn’t find it.
    By the way, your blog is amasing.
    Thanks a lot.

    Lucas

  3. Vergel E says:

    Congrads on getting into your program and focusing on passing the exam. Welcome to the other side of it… working on music, keeping a blog, AND maintaining a full time job is ALOT of work. But it can be done… take your time, get into a healthy routine with sleeping and eating regularly.

    If you don’t get back to posting here for 1 or 2 weeks… don’t get cold feet and feel like you’ve got to post something stellar. Just hit the keys write what you feel like writing about. Blogs these days are less about the “me too” news sources as they are about genuine and unique ideas.

    And don’t be afraid to mix the two worlds you live in on here… who knows, maybe your thoughts about energy and energy systems might inspire someone to better understand music and the thoughts and ideas you bring into our shared reality.

    And most of all thank you for sticking with your music rather then putting it aside… that is what got you here all these years after all. and that’s how we all got to know you.

  4. Vergel E says:

    you’ll have to pardon my horrible grammer and broken writing style… i’m past my bedtime for a weeknite. gotta get to work in the morning. long live electronic music

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