The Biz Of Busyness

No, there’s no typo there. It’s not business rather busyness.

The one thing I see over and over again while I stumble across my favorite blogs and others I don’t normally read, you’ll see a disclaimer that reads something like this: “Sorry for the lack of posts but I’ve been crazy busy.”

I’m not immune to the syndrome, let’s call it IBBS (I’ve Been Busy Syndrome). There’s one cure for the problem just sitting yourself down and letting your thoughts flow through your fingers. I don’t like it when I go to my favorite peeps’ blogs and they haven’t updated and I’m sure you’re not happy when you visit taawd’s little space on the ‘net and don’t see any update. It’s a major crapper.

Sure right now, I should be:
folding clothes (I have two mounds, whites & colors, in my place)
eating breakfast (My stomach is growling)
paying bills (I’m sure someone wants my money)
cleaning up my place (I’m having VIPs stop by this evening)
sleeping (I can always use some sleep)
doing some work (I have a little organization to do for my project for GMC)
relaxing while playing this online game that I’m addicted to (one of my fellow players sent me a message wondering if I was okay because I wasn’t “on” as much.)
several computer projects (a little photoshopping, fixing my network, switching two of my computers around)
working out (seriously, I’ve become lazy and fear flabbiness)

But, I gave all of those things the “up yours” to write this blog so that I overcome the IBBS. I promise not to let it get the best of me.

Don’t let it do the same thing to you,

[by the way, do you twitter? if so, follow me at, you might be able to keep up with me just as well there.]

Yep, It’s

Some people might think they arrived at the wrong website, but this is the updated I’ve been working on converting from a two column to a three column blog for a couple of days.

If you are trying to do the same with your blog, check out Amanda Fazani’s Blogger Buster website. Her instruction are simple and easy to understand. I even felt like I learned a little bit about html and css along the way.

I’m not finished tweaking the look of the blog so keep logging on to see what’s changed.

Thanks for reading,

Orange Barrel Zone!

Thanks for hanging with me. I’m trying to complete the change over to for my blog. It’s not been an easy transfer so some people may not have been able to get to my blog yesterday.

Don’t worry, I’m not going to stop blogging anytime soon. If you can’t read my posts at, just head to Both of them over the course of the next week will get you to my blog.

For now, I’m waiting on the Internet to catch up to my changes. In case you don’t know, it takes two days or so for everything to get ironed out.

Thanks for checking out my blog,

p.s., Happy 30th Birthday Luke!

The Fame Index

You ever just wonder how much information is out there about you? I decided I’d “google” my name Todd Sheppard. I get all sorts of hits back on people who aren’t me but also see a couple of hits. It’s a fame index sort of thing.

I also “googled” (I use Yahoo! however) “taawd” and found something else. My blog entries get picked up by all sorts of websites (at least the good ones!). I was glad to see the Plain Dealer put one of my posts on their website. Check it out here.

I got in a good workout today. I’m going to be sore tomorrow. I’m going to try to get back to doing more cardio. This means back to the Elliptical but I don’t think I’ll be hitting my seven miles a day that I was doing for a while this past summer. I just want to burn some calories. I’ve got someone to keep me motivated too, although I haven’t needed that help in the past. I’m proud to say I got some discipline apparently. That’s a rather new trait for me. My friend, Paul, will probably just keep me honest. I’m a little worried about working out with this new schedule, we’ll see how that goes…

Have a great Tuesday,

Cleveland Blogs…

That’s not blogs in the noun sense… that’s blogs as a verb. If Cleveland Rocks then the city also does its share of blogging. A simple search on blogger will turn up around 3,600 profiles from people who claim Cleveland (proper), as I do, as their home.

I grew up Cleveland, suffered through the jokes, the questions on why I would want to live there, watched Cleveland TV, left Cleveland but ultimately came back to live. Will I spend the rest of my life here, I don’t know. My heart will always be here. People who know Cleveland, love Cleveland.

I just can’t believe how many people blog. I don’t know too many other people at my workplace who blog. I’m the recipient of some jokes but I’m okay with that. I’m intentionally linking to Christine’s blog. She’s moving back to Cleveland. Our region needs more of that. We need to stop the brain drain and convince people to stay here. We lose a lot of people to Chicago, the big Cleveland. I dare you to go to the Windy City and not bump into someone from Cleveland.

Cleveland has so many hidden gems people don’t know exist. Everyone knows the Orchestra but what about Ohio City, Tremont, Little Italy and the Metroparks.

Todd’s listening to: Barenaked Ladies – One And Only