Blogging 201 – Can You See Me?

For years now, I’ve tried to remain conscious to those of you who swing by in something other than a browser. Whether you used a mobile device or an RSS reader, I’ve always tried to ensure that you can see the post how I intended for it to be displayed, yet at the same respecting resolution and bandwidth.

Laptops, Phones, Tablets, Oh My!

Original courtesy of Jeremy Keith


Our day three goal for Blogging 201 was to investigate responsive design and ensure that we weren’t leaving anyone out – especially those of you on mobile devices.

So while I’m already “relatively sure” that I’ve got this covered, it begs me to ask you this question – how do you do most of your browsing/reading?

Is it on a mobile device during a commute? Or maybe during breaks at work?

Or do you use an RSS reader or something of that sort to keep up-to-date on the world around you?

I’m genuinely interested in hearing how you surf/read/browse!

Blogging 201 – Audit my Brand

When today’s Blogging 201 assignment rolled out, I was tickled a wee bit pink as the ask was a journey I began last week:

… audit your brand — look at all the ways you communicate information about your blog, and make sure they’re consistent, focused, and say what you want them to say.

You see, I’m everywhere (Twitter, Facebook, here, there, Twitch, everywhere…) and I figured it was about time I grew up and speak from a more consistent voice.

Look pretty colours!

Pencil Crayons

Courtesy of Rilind Hoxha


Whoops. I did it again.

What’s that you ask? You see I’ve always been a kid in a relative candy shop presented with so many fancy things, vivacious colours, superb sweets that I’d pour all my energy into consuming – or producing – something for a short while… and… then…

Lose interest.

BECAUSE THERE’S SOMETHING EVEN SHINIER OVER THERE!!

Yet something clicked a few weeks back that gave me pause to consider what it was I wanted out of Left Coast By Design. I wanted this blog to remain my personal podium to shout loudly about the topics that interested me, but also to be a place where all of my interests could get together and mingle. Gamers with Sports Fans. Political hacks with Foodies.

Glory be had by all!

Unfortunately, my own hyperactivity has helped me create not only one “candy store” to visit, but an entire street of candy stores. Each with its own name, brand and purpose. In fact, quite the opposite of my blog’s intent – though I’d also argue (with myself of course) that I didn’t really know what that was to begin with.

So enough already. I’ve already pencilled out what I want from this site, what my plans and goals (another post I need to write so I can publicly commit to it) happen to be, and how I can leverage this across all of my social media platforms. And as uniformity is key, you’ll notice the refresh take place over the next few weeks where colours and images and logos (oh my) will transform bit by bit! There’s nothing that will remain untouched – though it may remain unchanged.

If this brand audit was a three block journey, I’ve already put on my shoes and jacket. I’ve even opened the door and taken my first few breaths of this “fresh air.” But what I need from you is your support. I need you to remind me of where I’m going. I need you to tell me when I have my laces untied and I need you to tell me if my opinion doesn’t hold water.

Are you up for this challenge? Because I know I am.

Vegas Vacation – Our Arrival

One of the benefits of social media is that it tells me my first trip to Las Vegas took place in March 2011. While I would at best describe that first trip as a whirlwind of activity (arrive late day one and leave early day three with a wedding in between), I got a good enough taste that I knew I needed to come back in the future.

Fast forward to present – my brother and his soon-to-be-wife are getting married here in Vegas (today!) and I’m back.

WestJet winglet in the rain at YVR

Peace out Raincouver!


Our trip from Vancouver was relatively painless.

WestJet as always was top-notch and the $30 upgrade we paid for Plus seating (a must if you travel on WestJet) was well worth it, if not for the extra leg room but the free snacks and booze we got to set the mood. Little to no turbulence made for a smooth flight and the length was just perfect to let me watch Edge of Tomorrow – which wasn’t too bad.

As someone who travels between Vancouver and Calgary with the odd trip to Maui mixed in, I found McCarran International huge! Aside from the fact there are multiple detached terminal buildings and a highway that goes underneath two runways (I think – we did arrive at night), there’s so much space inside that I’m surprised they don’t have limos picking people up straight from the baggage carousel!


Anywho, a short cab ride is all it took to get us to the Tropicana where we booked our stay. As one of the older hotels on the Vegas Strip, the Tropicana now markets itself as new having gone through significant renovations. And furthermore, it’s also the venue of the wedding (today!) so most of us decided it was also a convenient base of operations.

This is where things go slightly awry.

When I booked online through the Tropicana website, I was presented with many room options. Deluxe this, Paradise Tower that, Bungalow there. Wanting to have a nice trip and thinking it would be good to splurge a little, I booked the Paradise Tower which is strip-side. Yet upon check-in we were provided a Club Tower room.

Now for those of you who’ve never stayed at the Tropicana, the Club Tower is so far from the front desk that you nearly walk halfway back to the airport. And while online reviews have it as the “quieter” tower, it’s also got wicked… err.. lame views of the airport itself (remember, you’ve pretty much walked back to it).

Having an issue with this, I promptly called down to the front desk to express my displeasure. I explained our situation, the room I booked and the fact I even paid more for it. Tara, the woman who answered my call, empathized with our concern but advised us they had no record of which tower I booked in.

WHAT?!

Incredulous that this could be the case, I checked our reservation confirmation and sure enough – no mention of Tower either. Just that we booked a non-smoking deluxe room with a king size bed. Not good enough I proclaimed!

Tara explained that as this is a busy weekend, unless we wanted to go to a smoking (a blog topic of its own) room there wasn’t much we could do for the evening. She did offer to move us the following day (today!) and for the inconvenience of moving on the day of the wedding, offered a $50 food and beverage voucher. While I accepted, I explained again that all I wanted was the room I “paid” for and in my estimation, our new relationship between guest and hotel was getting off to a rocky start. She provided me a customary I’m sorry and that’s where things were left.

So I did what I do best. I tweeted about it.

As it stands right now, I’ve been told this will all be made right. And frankly, I’m sure it will be.

But today my brother gets married and that reinforces what’s important in life. Family.

Not a hotel room mix-up in the City That Never Sleeps.