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Trapped in Web Page Hell… Google Blacklisted Me, So Now I’m Here On WordPress…

And, actually, that’s not a bad thing (being on WordPress)… I’ve been supporting a WordPress Blog/Calendar for over  a year, and I love WordPress (you can visit our other blog at DoWestPalm.com).

But, the reason my page has changed?  I was using free hosting with my provider — DirectNIC — and then I found out that my (very simple) web page had been flagged by Google for Malware.  And since Google owns the web (see today’s article on InfoWorld.com) I had to research out why I’d been flagged.

My web page really only had my bio, a list of my drum gear, and some add-ins from Amazon and eBay.  So what was Google flagging me for?  When I checked the blacklist, no malware had been found for over 60 days, and the malware alleged was — DirectNIC.  Apparently the banner they put on my free webpage was flagged as malware.  Now was it?  DirectNIC denied it, and said it was a “false positive.”  Try as I might, I could not get Google to clear the blacklist on my site, even though I set up Google Webmaster tools on my site, and submitted it for review.

So a few weeks ago I went to the WordPress web site and selected a template I thought might work for my NoisyBoys web site (figuring I’d set up a forward on my domain name to it).   I just rerouted my domain to the WordPress URL today, and low and behold, I’m no longer blacklisted on Google.

Though I didn’t have a lot on content on the NoisyBoys site, it’ll be a bit of a job converting what I had to WordPress.  And if I decide to move to a true domain hosting with WordPress support natively on a server, I’ll have to move/convert again.  But at least I no longer have the black cloud of Google blacklisting hanging over my head…

Since this is a WordPress-driven blog format, and not a static web page like NoisyBoys was before, I’ll try to update it as I Have Profound Thoughts On Drumming and Music.  Or Even If I Don’t.

Google places a higher ranking on web pages based on a bazillion things, one of which is original content, which (Some Say) should be at least 400 words per update. So the handy word counter on the WordPress interface (384) will give me motivation to wax eloquent (394) on the above-mentioned Profound Thoughts (400) to at least the extent of this blog.

Later I’ll try to elucidate my thoughts on ComputerMe vs. MusicMe…

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Here’s some of my drumming gear, at least as of today…

I began playing a four piece Ludwig Silver Sparkle kit in high school stage band.  My own first kit was a Ludwig five piece Maple “Big Beat.”  I’ve played multiple Vistalite kits though the 80’s and 90’s, and now play a Ludwig American 70s Maple kit.  I’ve now been playing (and promoting) Ludwig drums for over 40 years.

Current Kit (All Ludwig, natural maple unless noted):

American Classic Maple 14×24 Bass Drum

American Classic Maple 8×10 Tom, 8×13 Tom, 10×14 Tom, 16×16 Floor Tom, 16×18 Floor Tom/Bass Drum

Supraphonic Chrome over Brass 5×14 Snare Drum

Super Sensitive (60’s) 5×14 Snare

Supraphonic Hammered Bronze 6.5×14 Snare Drum

Ludalloy converted marching snare (10×14)

Maple 3×13 Piccolo Snare Drum

Sabian cymbals:   21″ AAX Stage Ride; 20″ HH Natural Raw Ride; 19″ AAX Studio Crash; 19″ Paragon China; 18″ AAX Xplosion Crash; 18″ Aero Crash; 18″ Paragon Crash;  17″ Vault Fast Crash,  16″ Paragon Brilliant Crash; 16″ AAX Xplosion Crash; 15″ HH Xplosion Crash; 14″ HHX Evolution Crash; 11″ AAX Xplosion Splash; 11″ Mike Portnoy Splash;  8″ AAXplosion Splash; 15″ AAX/HHX Hi Hats; 14″ HHX Evolution Hi Hats,13″ Stage AAX Hi Hats; 10″ Chopper.

This kit has been assembled and designed to play out as anything from Classic Zeppelin to Club 4 piece to full 7 piece.

I play Remo heads exclusively, except for Evan Emad bass drum batters.  I use Equation Audio microphones and headphones, as well as BeyerDynamic Headphones.

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Here’s my performance bio (at least, what I can remember)

I started playing in high school, taking lessons from a local Montana teacher, Dr. Ralph Campbell, and participating in clinics at the University of Montana.  I was the lead drummer in the Polson High School Stage Band, playing swing and jazz, soloing and performing with the highest honors in statewide competitions.  After high school, and some music education at the U of M, I helped form the progressive rock band Papa Tuba, which covered artists from the Grateful Dead to Yes, Frank Zappa to Led Zeppelin, as well as many original tunes.  Papa Tuba performed over a three state area, as well as outdoor festivals with over a thousand attendees (not a bad accomplishment for a drummer not yet 21 years old).

I left Papa Tuba  to move to Oregon, where I played for a groundbreaking church — Life Church, of Salem Oregon — playing an early incarnation of in what would become the current wave of church praise and worship music (my music director and senior pastor, Mike Herron, is currently an artist and worldwide representative  for Integrity Music).  I also helped form the Salem, Oregon band No Lies,  which covered the mainstream of what was current CCM, as well as many original numbers.  No Lies  performed in both Oregon and Washington in many church and non-church venues (again, serving as a forerunner in crossing over from the “sacred” to the “secular.”)

After 15 years helping lead instrumental worship in Oregon, I moved back to Western Montana, where he started a retail music business and music school, and formed a band with some of my musically accomplished children, called the Noisy Boys.  Also in western Montana I joined the blues band The Ruminators, featuring Doug Ruhman on guitar.

In 2003 I moved to my current home in West Palm Beach, Florida, where I played with the tribute act Simply Shania  (www.simplyshania.com), and continue to play for multiple churches and music conferences from the Miami metro area in Florida to the Treasure Coast.   Gear

 

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