Out From Underneath…

Hi, and welcome to BobSongs’ new home.

Yup, it is in transition, and there are a few things (images) missing…  right now.

As regular readers know, about a month ago, the Web Host where my Blog was hosted, made some stupid and irrational changes, and as a consequence, my Blog was offline for a few days.

When I returned, they were neither particularly apologetic, nor were they helpful… so they lost my business.

I am now with BillyHost, a local Web Hosting company who wants and appreciates my business… and most importantly, answers the phone.

I have brought a few friends along with me, and they are also enjoying their new hosting home.

I didn’t want to wait any longer for a reply for assistance, so I’m building the site from scratch…

I just wanted to get out from underneath.

I know… it is TOTALLY pig-headed and stupid… but I had been looking for an excuse to rebuild the website, and not wanting to wait around for help from my OLD Host was as good a one, as I could find.

I hope to have the bulk of stuff up soon.

If you come across something that you think I should know about, please e-mail me !!!


As some of you know, I had some issues with my webhosting a few weeks ago, and because of this, my Blog was down for quite a few days.

Because of this, I was looking for a new “home” to host my Blog, which I have found at BillyHost.

The guy on the other end of the phone is a local guy, who answers the phone and likes working with people.

At the same time, I’m helping a few friends, organizations and associates out, by getting Blogs and webpages up and running, for them.

Control PanelI have to be honest, although I am an old HTML hound, the world of WordPress and Blogs was new to me, until a few months ago.

It is surely amazing to me, how easy the WordPress folks have made the installation of their product.

It is choosing a Theme (the Blog design) getting the appropriate Widgets (the tools that give the added touches) and making it ALL work for the client, that is the tougher part.

Some of my favourite WordPress Themes include: Arclite, Maze, and the one I’m using more and more… Headway Theme.

I have to be honest… I find WordPress good, but not great, as far as being able to customize layouts and “tweak” stuff.

Now that I have been using the Headway Theme for a month, it is challenging taking a step back with the limiting (albeit free) WordPress Themes !

With Headway, in particular, I enjoy the drag and drop functions, and being able to have the same column layout on multiple pages…  Adjust each column width…  Control the colour and fonts on every element on the Blog… and there are a ton of other features.

I’m sure the folks who love going in, and messing with the coding would love it even more than I do… but I’m not there.  I just know that I love being able to change stuff, and literally move it around the page, and see how it works.  It is a great innovation, and for me, well worth a few bucks investment, to make my Blog exactly how I want it !

I am always trying to find a way to integrate together my BobSongs Music Blog where I have my Songswith the BobSongs Musings Blog that you are now reading.

Through Headway, and being able to manipulate things easier and better, I am now able to run both webpages, and keep both similar, and yet different.

And, I see that a new version of Headway was released yesterday… I’ll be installing it in a few minutes, and I bet they’ve made it even better !!!

Good Friday #FollowFriday…

Hi –

Because it is a Holiday today, I, of course, woke up waaaay stupid early.

I thought that, rather than doing the Twitter #FF or #FollowFriday list, the traditional way, I would document my suggestions this week, in an expanded form… more than 140 Characters that Twitter usually allows.


@OwenGreaves – Owen Greaves is a smart, cutting edge fellow who talks about Business and Technology.  Forward thinker.  (Abbotsford)

@gmarkham – Mark Hamilton is a journalism prof at Kwantlen, and usually in the middle of smart debates.  (Vancouver)

@AnthonyFloyd – Anthony Floyd is a whip smart Tweep that is usually one of the first on top of information and stories. (Vancouver)

@RealReporter – Salim Jiwa goes not for fluff, but for the harder stories… and has brought them to us, on many platforms, for years.  (Vancouver)

@LisaSawyer317 – Lisa Sawyer knows a lot of good people, and adds a lot of great energy and inspiration on Twitter.  (Maine)

@AureliaCotta Plugged into Eastern Canadian Politics & issues.  (Toronto)

@JimBobbySez – Expressing loudly, the federal Liberal viewpoint.  (Nanticoke)

@StevestonSocial Kana is a great-hearted photographer, animal-lover and networker.  (Richmond)

@PeteQuily – Pete Quily delves into social media, politics and technology.  (Vancouver)

@TerryMcBride – Terry McBride is the Nettwerk Music Boss, and music industry maverick.  He is changing the business model of the Music Industry.  (Vancouver)

@RickHansenFdn – The Rick Hansen Foundation continues, 25 years on, to work on awareness of accessibility issues and Spinal Cord Injuries. (Vancouver)

@RickRake – Rick Rake is a retired print journalist from Abbotsford, who is busier than ever.  (Abbotsford)

@lacouvee – Janis Lacouvee is a scotch-drinking, arts-loving maven, who will shave her head to help people.  (Victoria)

@BuzzBishop – Broadcaster, dad and social media guy, formerly from Vancouver.  (Calgary)

@mashable – Pete Cashmore is a  Social Media and Trend guru.  (Scotland)

@Miss604 – Rebecca Bollwitt is plugged into what goes on, in Vancouver and the region.  (Vancouver)

@GlendaWH – Glenda Watson Hyatt lives with Cerebral Palsy, and reminds us about making the web and everyday life accessible.  (New Westminster)

@FredShadian – Fred Shadian is a guy taking on a different goal every year, and inspiring people every step of the way.  (North Vancouver)

@Kim23Supernova – Kim Woods is a lady trying to get her goals in life done early, so she can enjoy the ride !  (Toronto & Sarasota)

@SRobinsmith – Stacey Robinsmith – One of his many business cards says Political Junkie.  Also a fighter for the underdogs.  (Vancouver)

@CarolBrowne – Carol Brown is a wackycrafter, zany photographer, cat mom and pin collector.  (Vancouver)

@RoyAtkinson – Roy Atkinson is a renaissance man who throws out one LOL groaner, every day.  (Maine)

@BillyHost – Affordable and great-quality webhost and tech support in the Fraser Valley.  (Abbotsford)

@kk – Kris Krug is a self-described… “techartist, quasi-sage, cyberpunk anti-hero from the future”.  (Vancouver)

@DanGoodchild – Daniel Goodchild is another political junkie and techno guy.  (Niagara Falls)

@StacieBee – Heart on sleeve wearer.  (Vancouver)

@BarackObama – Inspiring change and making it happen, despite the doubters & the economy.  (Washington, DC)

@DavidSuzuki – David Suzuki’s bot, feeding nuggets from his various ventures and observations.  (Vancouver)

@craigkielburger – Craig Kielburger helped found Free the Children.  (Global)


These folks are not necessarily the Tweeps that I Tweet with the most, and I have not included any family or “friends.”

I have met a few of these Tweeps, I would like to meet them all, and have a Tea or a Scotch.

By including them, and NOT others, I mean no slight… it is just what I could come up with at 4:30 in the morning.

Follow them, go ye forth, and conquer the world.