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playground player
Member since Oct-01-06 · Last seen Jun-15-21
NJ--no rating. Favorites, Morphy, Marshall, Anderssen. Played a lot as a teen, then let it go for 40 years. Trying to reconstitute myself as a chess player.

Meanwhile, let this forum serve as a refuge from wild-eyed loony leftism. Here there will be no admiration for Hugo Chavez, Castro, or any of the other tin-pot dictators admired by chess players from the safety of freedom-loving Western democracies. Here will be found a premise that most of the nations of the world today are governed by Godless fools. Ours, too, unfortunately.

I was also going to say some uncomplimentary things about Queen Pawn games, the Sicilian and the French Defenses, Semi-Slav games, and a few other chess matters. But as those are purely questions of personal taste, I have chosen to leave them alone.

Since setting up this forum, I have also had several novels published: "Bell Mountain," "The Cellar Beneath the Cellar," and "The Thunder King." For more information about them (and me), visit my website,

Update, much delayed: my fourth book, "The Last Banquet," came out last year, and my fifth, "The Fugitive Prince," I expect to be published sometime this Spring. For book covers and free sample chapters, visit my blog.

Update again: "The Fugitive Prince" is out now and the next project is "The Palace." Editing is well advanced, but we're still waiting for a cover.

Update: "The Palace" is in print now along with No. 7, "The Glass Bridge," with No. 8, "The Temple," waiting in the wings. The first seven are all available via

Update: No. 8, "The Temple," and No.9, "The Throne," are now in print, with No. 10, "The Silver Trumpet,"due for release any day now. Full Member

   playground player has kibitzed 6769 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jun-13-21 playground player chessforum
playground player: <> From Sunday June 13 through Sunday June 14? What's wrong with this picture?
   Jun-06-21 WannaBe chessforum (replies)
playground player: <WannaBe> I'm having serious problems with my blog, and I wish I had consulted you sooner. After 10 years of solid viewership growth, I'm suddenly back to 2016-type viewer numbers--without having done anything differently. During those 10 years, I always picked up ...
   May-30-21 Alekhine vs M Scholtz, 1932 (replies)
playground player: Wow! It looks just like an Albin Counter-gambit game.
   Mar-15-21 J M Dominguez vs Iturrizaga Bonelli, 2007 (replies)
playground player: How do you spell "relief"? "Monday's chess puzzle"!
   Feb-04-21 D Gurevich vs Short, 1983 (replies)
playground player: Watson was a great deal smarter than Hastings.
   Jan-19-21 Mecking vs S Mareco, 2011 (replies)
playground player: The hard thing about this puzzle was believing the solution could've been so easy.
   Dec-10-20 jessicafischerqueen chessforum (replies)
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  playground player: Libs are always astonished when criminals commit crimes.
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  playground player: <Esteemed Colleagues> Here's a book that's going to keep me up at night.

Seems like a pretty dismal future: no one can sustain a republic of idiots.

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  diceman: Our Best and Brightest:

Jersey City police body camera footage shows the investigation and arrest on a DWI charge of state Sen. Sandra Cunningham

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  playground player: <diceman> What did we ever do, to deserve to be governed by drunks, thieves, and morons?

Maybe nobody should answer that.

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  playground player: <Esteemed Colleagues> Let's have a little fun for a change.

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  WannaBe: Hi <PP> Saw you post over at my place, thought you had commented earlier that you had a joke blog that drew in a bunch of people?

How you would qualify/describe your blog or its target audience (You mentioned search engine in your post.

I have basic/limited ideas with Search Engine Optimization (SEO), if you give me a coupla of keywords that you think best describe your blog, I can do some initial looky-look for ya.

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  playground player: <WannaBe> Thanks, let me see if I can answer. Key words?

Christian fantasy

conservative news and politics (probably the source of my trouble)

humor and satire

Is that what you had in mind, or were you looking for something different? (It's hard for me to phrase my question. But you know that.)

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<Lee>, <MannBee>

"Christian fantasy literature" is a better tag than "Christian fantasy".

Somebody might interpret a "Christian fantasy" tag to mean a website devoted to debunking Christianity, as opposed to a website promoting an impressive body of Christian fantasy literature.

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When I read your list of suggested tags, the *first* thing that sprang to mind was the notion that your website was devoted to debunking Christianity.

I didn't get where I am today without reading almost every one of your blog posts.

So if *I* thought that when I read "Christian fantasy," so might others.

"Fantasy" is one of the key words most often used as a denotation for an "imaginary, and therefore false, epistemology"-- particularly when paired with the name of a religion.

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  playground player: <WannaBe>, <Jess> I misunderstood "tags," so I went back and looked, and these are the most frequently used tags on my site:

Christian hymns/classic hymns/culture rot/ funny cats/humor/lee's hymn shop/pet videos

I have lots and lots of tags, but those are the ones most often used.

I have to change "Christian fantasy" to "Christian fantasy novels." The problem never occurred to me. Thanks, Jess.

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  WannaBe: I would personally try to find an alternative to the "fantasy", not quite sure how to phrase it. I/we know the genre you write, but someone new doing a google search may not.

Going to see if I can find you on LinkedIn and connect with you there. Let me look around your web-site some more.

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  OhioChessFan: I think "Christian Fiction" might be a better descriptor. And while I'm at it, to each their own, but I think you could afford to tone down the name calling.
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  playground player: <OhioChessFan> What name-calling?

<WannaBe> I don't know how to use Linkedin, so please guide me.

I'm on a pace to lose at least 2,500 views a month compared to last year--and I haven't done anything different.

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  WannaBe: <PP> If you are losing views and not gaining subscribers (or E-mail notification sign-ups) that could be content related, or viewers got bored.

A lot of my friend who blogs or vblogs like to announce it on LinkedIn. But you got to start connecting with people.

As an example, if me and Porky Pig are connected and Porky commented or 'Liked' something I get notified. (Because it might interest me also)

Also, think about updating your LinkedIn profile, add more contents to it. Mine is on the spare send of the spectrum, some people have 100K connections, to me, that is quantity over quality.

But try to put something in/update your profile section, mention your books and upcoming books, or book signing locations. Instead of work history like most people have, a list of your published works?

On your web-site, you got Pinerest, LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr icons. And I don't know if you have a media PR specialist that takes care of those or you do it yourself, and how much time you devote to those Social Media accounts.

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  WannaBe: Here is a Copy/Paste of your Tag section from your page:

<a message to my readers animal videos a personal note bell mountain series by lee duigon Byron the Quokka cats and dogs cat videos Christian hymns christian music christmas carols classic hymns climate change scam college as a waste of time and money cultural musings culture collapse culture rot current events Dems hate America destroying America dog videos education follies foolish intellectuals funny animals funny cats funny dogs general silliness global warming hoax God's stuff how college hurts america humor hymns Jesus Christ joe collidge lee's hymn shop lee duigon blog liberals vs. America liberals vs. the human race liberal tyranny mr. nature my childhood my family nostalgia pet videos politics prayer requests reader requests sanity medicine The Art of Writing transgender movement worship songs>

Think I counted your name 2x, "liberals" 3x, "America" 3x, dog(s) & cat(s) 3x. Maybe a little editing/tidying up is in order?

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  playground player: <WannaBe> The only one of those icons that's active is Facebook. My webmaster says it's too big a job for her to connect me with any of the others.

I really don't know how Linkedin works; I thought it was mostly a professional site.

My wife and a reader set me up with MeWe, but it'll take me some time to learn how to use it.

As for my content, I don't know--for ten years in a row I had steady, solid growth... and now it crashes. It mystifies me.

Thanks for helping me. I hope we can find the end of the tunnel.

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  playground player: <WannaBe> Steering clear of politics, I'm having a better blog day than I've had in quite a while. I've added some new tags: church life, christian fiction, christian fellowship, teaching reading, the joy of reading. Today's posts I've tried to gear toward a more general Christian interest.

It would help if I knew what kind of tags are more highly rated than others.

Does a post's headline (e.g., "A Simple Trick to Enjoy a Paranormal Date") affect its search engine ranking?

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  diceman: Mom tears apart school board over Critical Race Theory

Jun-09-21  optimal play: <playground player> Obviously the reason why your viewer numbers have diminished is because you've been blogging about the stolen 2020 presidential election.

You say you haven't done anything differently in the past 10 years, but of course you've been blogging about the stolen election in recent months which you obviously never did previously.

Big Tech is on a mission to silence anyone who questions the legitimacy of the stolen 2020 election. If they can silence the president, they can silence anyone.

In the case of small bloggers such as yourself they get you by their search engine algorithms which weed out and hide any websites which expose or criticise the stolen election.

I'm not sure how often you posted about the stolen election prior to May 11 but since you're a little fish it probably just took them a while to get around to you.

They started with President Trump and have been working their way down.

If you've just had a much better blog day by steering clear of politics, then there's your answer.

As long as you keep your mouth shut and toe the leftist line they'll let the general public see your blog, but expose the election fraud and they'll turn off your lights.

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  playground player: <optimal play> Well, that makes it sound like I've learned to love Big Brother.

The other Christian bloggers I talk to, some of whom never do politics, have all had deep losses in their viewership, all of it this year. I think Big Tech is trying to suppress every thought that's not Far Left--

--And that we have to build informal networks of mutual support, which they'll either have to tolerate or else try to suppress: which I pray will finally force Congress to take action.

We can't have a handful of oligarchs owning public discourse.

And I'm sure you've noticed that the stolen election story is not going away.

<diceman> We need a lot more of this!

Jun-09-21  optimal play: <playground player> Do you have confidence in your Congress to take action against the oligarchs in Big Tech?

Aren't Big Tech and the Dems who control Congress both in bed together?

Certainly the stolen election story is not going away but it's too late to reverse the result. The best that can be hoped for now is for the fraud to be fully exposed, like the Watergate scandal, and the perpetrators brought to justice.

Otherwise it will be like a return to Roman Emperor worship as in your blog today, with Christians reduced to sharing their faith in the catacombs.

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  playground player: <optimal play> Well, it would be nice if our Congress actually represented us every now and then.

But my thought is: If Big Tech thought they could get away with it, they would have banned us all outright by now. The fact that they haven't done so indicates a vulnerability somewhere.

We just have to find it.

Jun-11-21  optimal play: <playground player: ... If Big Tech thought they could get away with it, they would have banned us all outright by now.>

They're moving incrementally.

To try and ban all conservative commentators in a dramatic step would awaken a sleeping giant and result in a violent push-back, so they're working behind the scenes as quietly as possible, removing the voices of reason bit by bit, until all that remain are leftist megaphones.

<The fact that they haven't done so indicates a vulnerability somewhere. We just have to find it.>

We know they have feet of clay (Daniel 2:31-34).

Just keep the Faith and they will ultimately be defeated.

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  playground player: <optimal play> Keep the faith--and keep working.
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