Mass. Texting and Driving Law

Last week a new law went into effect barring cell phone use for junior operators and completely abolishing texting while driving. Now every news station in the state is asking people how many of you actually text while drive so I’m not going to ask you that. I’m going to assume you do and shame on you. But I can’t judge, I’ve done it too. I’m surprised I haven’t heard much push back on the law either. I’d expect to hear everyone up in arms complaining that this law infringes on something and in the long run is racist in some way but not to many people are fighting this. To be honest I’d rather drive with someone who’s had a few to drink than someone who’s always texting. At least someone who’s been drinking is actually paying attention to the road.

I guess this is a sign of our little state growing up and being more responsible. So the question is, how can they tell you’ve been texting? If I’m receiving a phone call and reading the display and decide not to answer, can that be confused for texting? Doesn’t an officer require a warrant to search through my phone? What if I have my passcode on and suddenly forget what it is? Oh well, this is the kind of law that is like your mother telling you not to swim after eating. To get the law straight, here’s the quick and dirty.  You can get the full run down from Mass.Gov

– Improper Use of a Mobile Phone by Operators 18 and Over:


Civil Offense-No insurance surcharge (One hand must be on the steering wheel at all times and no use of device can interfere with driving)
1st offense-$35 assessment
2nd offense in 12 months-$75 assessment
3rd offense in 12 months-$150 assessment

– Sending/Reading Text Messages:


Civil Offense-No insurance surcharge (Operators cannot use any mobile telephone or handheld device capable of accessing the Internet to write, send, or read an electronic message including text messages, emails, and instant messages or to access the Internet while operating a vehicle. Law applies even if the vehicle is stopped in traffic.)
1st offense-$100
2nd offense-$250
3rd or subs offense-$500

Negligent Operation & Injury from Mobile Phone Use:


Criminal Offense- Insurance surcharge

Nobody Cares About Your Cat

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A little really can go a long way.  I started blogging because I’m very opinionated and feel I should bless everyone with my words.  Above are my stats from the beginning of the year to three weeks into September.  I really started blogging back in 2003 but I never devoted any time to it nor did I consider my readers.  I actually wrote more about my day and how things were going in life much like a journal.  We need to be honest people.  You’re not Ann Frank, and most people don’t have anything interesting going on in their lives.  I’m not saying I do all the time but depending on how you deliver your message depends on it’s success or failure.

Like I said above you need to realize that nobody cares about you.  I’m not trying to be mean, but making posts about your cat pissing on the rug isn’t going to drive readers.  You need to ask yourself why someone would share your story.  There are mainly two categories you need to aim for, interest and relativity.  You can either write about something someone wants or wants to do, or write about something someone has done and wants to share their experience.  People want to know how the new FLIP Ultra HD is, especially when they are looking to buy one.  People don’t want to know I had my tires balanced at a BJ’s last Tuesday.

Consider how your words can influence, reinforce or shatter other ideas.  Unless you sound like a complete assface, readers will take your words into consideration especially if you’re writing reviews.  Try writing from the opposing side.  People love drama.  Thats why the Jerry Springer Show was so popular but you really need to be careful here.  Writing risk-ay posts specifically about people can backfire and can be caught as slander.  When you write, you are placing yourself out there to a lot of people that can really get to know you through your blog, and you will have no idea who your readers are.  If you’re burning bridges left and right you really need to make sure you as a person are separated from your blog enough so people can’t relate the two.  This is not only for your personal safety but also on your future endeavors.  If you’re deemed untrustworthy, it’s going to be really hard to wipe that slate clean.

Add rich media.  Some people love to read, some people hate to read.  Everyone loves to watch video!  It doesn’t have to be perfect and you don’t need to dedicate your blog to be video only, but use images, sound and video as much as you can.  You don’t need to blow $5000 bucks on a camera.  Use a $30 webcam or buy a pocket video camera.  I spent $200 on my Flip Cam which takes two hours of video at 720p.  Hell save $20 and buy the new Kodak Zi8 that takes 1080p video.

Make people interested.  I’m very abrasive on my blog, and although I’m very abrasive in person, I’m not as full of myself as I lead on….well maybe I am.  But it’s a persona that still differs a little from my own that I deliver my posts in from what I can tell helps drive readers.  I write about two things, things that happen in my life and reviews.  The things that happen in my life are great and I love talking about them, but they need to be adapted so others can enjoy them as much as I do.  Although I’ve been writing for a few years, I pretty much started this blog new at the end of 07.  I just started capturing reporting at the beginning of the year.  In January I got 24 readers in one month.  Now I average around 200+ in a month which is over an 800% increase.  Now two-hundred readers isn’t that much, but I’m happy with that.  The image above was taken about a week ago.  I ended September with 238 hits.

Remember when writing, nobody cares about you.  Make them!

My Drive To Work

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This past Monday we got another snow storm. Not a bad one, I was able to drive into work. So I filmed my drive into work. I decided to use the video to release two tracks I’ve writtin under the Craziators. I hope you enjoy the music and I hope the video is entertaining enough. It was hard to control my car at 682MPH so you damn well better find it entertaining!