Motivation Monday #1

Happy Monday! Here’s a little inspirational quote to get us started for the week. I’ll be at the college newspaper training for most of the day today.

Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present.

– Jim Rohn

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Hiking the Glacier Basin Trail at Mount Rainier

Hello everyone.

Last week I went hiking with my brothers Justin and Brandon, sister-in-law Jackie, and their friends Jeremy and Arin. We decided to hit the Glacier Basin Trail, which starts at the White River Campground just a few miles from the Sunrise Visitor Center at Mount Rainier National Park.

It was a hike I had never done before. When we started out it was freezing and barely above 40 degrees outside. We wore layers of jackets and gloves as we walked through the forest and stopped to take pictures of the plethora of waterfalls along the trail.

Before long, we ended up removing all of the extra layers and continued on to Glacier Basin, where the forest was left far behind and we faced open meadows and the walkable Inter Fork of the White River. The views were breathtaking while they lasted, for dark clouds rolled in by the time we had finished our early morning lunch.

I took plenty of photos with the Nikon D5100, which I have been posting on my Instagram. We also filmed a video for the YouTube channel, which can be watched below.

I’d also like to take the time to announce that I will be back to vlogging on as normal of a schedule as I can. I’ll have new posts every week and I’ll be sure to share whenever we post a new video to our YouTube channel.

Until next time,

Chase.

I Went on a Road Trip

Hello WordPress.

The summer is drawing to a close, so I’ve trying to make the most of it. On Friday I left my house at 2:50 am to begin the 240 mile drive through North Cascades National Park and to the town of Winthrop, Washington.

I have never been that far north, and it was a very interesting trip. We attempted to summit Sourdough Mountain, but we only made it 4 miles in before turning around (buy hey, 8 miles is still a pretty good hike). We also stopped at Diablo Lake, which might be one of the coolest places on the planet! The water is incredible.

Then we stopped for the night in Withrop, a western-themed town along the Methow River in the middle of nowhere. The hotel was nice and the town is really quiet.

I recorded much of the trip, so feel free to watch my video below to see what I did during the first half of the trip!

Instagram problems again; this time, app won’t open for users

For the second time this week Instagram has been acting up. After an earlier incident where Instagram’s hashtag feature stopped refreshing, leaving users without their usual page traffic, the app now refuses to open for many users Monday night.

Yes. Instagram isn’t working….again.

This all comes after recent updates to the app, which Facebook owns, that introduced business profiles, analytics, and a new algorithm for showing posts on the main feed.

Instagram issued a statement on Twitter urging users to reinstall the app. This has worked to fix some, but not all of the crashes.

Once again, frustrated users have taken to Facebook and Twitter to vent over not being to access their beloved photo sharing app.

Instagram is broken: Hashtags not working, troubling smaller accounts

UPDATE 6:34 pm: The issue has finally been fixed, although Instagram hasn’t said a word.

Many users have noticed that over the past 48 hours hashtags have not been working properly on the widely-popular photo-sharing app Instagram. That’s right: Instagram hashtags are not working.

This may sound like a small issue, but hashtags are the source of pushing content to potential viewers on the app. Without a working hashtag system, many smaller accounts that rely on hashtags to get likes and traffic to their profile have seen a significant decline.

For myself, my photos that normally get 40-50 likes on a given day have been getting 10-20 likes and only from my followers. This is sad because the photos that I have been posting over the past 24 hours are some of my best that I really wanted people to see and share.

Now, I have a profile that’s almost dead. No traffic, no new likes, no new followers. Only the larger accounts with thousands or millions of followers haven’t noticed this and the issue has escaped the mainstream media.

Instagram itself hasn’t even acknowledged the issue, leaving its users in the dark about what’s happening and when it might be resolved. As a result, users have taken to other social media such as Twitter, using the hashtag #Instagramdown to voice their frustration.

This isn’t the way social media is supposed to work. It’s supposed to be a place to share content and inspire others to create new content.

So now I give a plea to Instagram for the thousands of frustrated Instagram users who have taken to Twitter and Facebook: FIX THE HASHTAGS AND ACKNOWLEDGE THE ISSUE.

Below: Instagram users have taken to Twitter:

https://storify.com/chasecharaba/instagram-s-hashtags-not-working

Vlog #10: Waterfall Wednesday – Victor Falls

Here’s the tenth vlog on the YouTube channel that my brother and I started. We explored Victor Falls, a 70-foot waterfall in Bonney Lake, Washington. It’s rare to have a waterfall in the middle of an urban area, especially in Washington. Plus it’s only a few minutes from our house, so we had to check it out!

Be sure to give the video a like (and maybe consider subscribing. It would mean the world to me) and comment that you arrived from this blog!

Yes, I Kind of Disappeared & A New Cat

Some unexpected events took place during the past week that prevented me from following the blogging and writing schedule I had published.

On Saturday we adopted a new cat named Tiggy. He’s been consuming a lot of my time as we try to get him used to the house. Plus, he wants to play 24/7 and sometimes keeps us awake at night because he walks around the house meowing.

On Sunday I went to work on preparing the college newspaper for our first staff meeting. My Co-Editor and I met to spend 1-2 hours creating the agenda. We ended up spending a few more hours and rearranged the office and redid our in-house style-guide boards.

Then on Tuesday I had the first staff meeting of the year for the newspaper.

Between all of these I made sure that I devoted my time to working on my Camp NaNoWriMo novel, A Clash of Crimson.

Hopefully things get back on schedule, but if they don’t I’m fine with that too.

Until next time,

Chase