This is a Bad Time to be a Landlord in Ontario

Still living at my sister’s house for another week. I don’t know where to begin to describe how it has been to be out of my home due to tenants in the basement apartment. At times I am crazy angry and then the crashing lows which I can’t really post about because my family may read this. Can’t really post all about the anger either because someone might use that against me, especially these days. This situation is a nightmare that just keeps on giving.

I am going to see what power I do have to do something about this. Not as the landlord, because I’m not the home owner. Here in Ontario landlords are forced to keep bad tenants and yet people complain about the lack of rental accommodations. Why don’t they realize that burning landlords with bad tenants causes those same landlords to not want to repeat the experience. Thus, there are few and fewer rentals made available, to any tenants. I hope things change but right now, landlords take 100% of the risk and tenants can stay without paying rent, while causing damage and harassing the landlord while complaining about everything or anything and having all the bills paid by the landlord. Landlords in Ontario are losing their homes, going bankrupt, and likely have trouble with mental health due to tenants from hell. However, you can find loads of help for tenants, online. Even instructions for how to fleece your landlord and live rent-free for up to a year. Try looking for help for landlords. Slim pickings and most of the stuff I think might be helpful turns out to be slanted for the tenant and no help to the landlord.

It is a bad time to be a landlord in Ontario. Right now it is a bad time to be me too. I want to go home. I need to be home to do anything with my own life. But, it is not really going to be home with those people still living rent-free in the basement. I’m the one who pays the household bills. In Ontario the landlord has to keep paying the household bills even if the tenant stops paying the rent and etc.

We have had good tenants but… after this is over, when ever it is over and how ever it ends… None of us are at all keen on renting to anyone ever again. The housing situation is bad when home owners become homeless due to deadbeat tenants.

Tenants from Hell Given Preferential Treatment in Ontario

I am living at my sister’s house awhile. Tenants from Hell have taken over the house I was living in, as a tenant. Apparently, only the tenants who do not pay rent get to have the right to continue living in a safe and clean place. The rest have to make do, become sort of homeless but keep paying all the bills of course.

Blockhead with WordPress

I’m typing this just after updating to the new 5.0 WordPress, the blockhead version. I don’t like the idea of working with blocks. It seems to add complication where there were less complications before. But, this is my first time trying it. Working with just text has gone ok. I feel I’m typing in space with so much empty, blank, white space around my text.

Adding an image is going to be different. I don’t see the image uploader anywhere… Turns out it is in the plus sign at the top left. But, having gotten the image to show up I guess I need to start another block to post again. (It was nice to have the caption right there with the options but I’m not sure how it will look, or how it will last if there are future updates to the code).

ASCII art snowflakes I posted to ASCII Artist yesterday.

Overall, the biggest problem I have with the block thing is that I don’t like working in chunks. I would rather have one cohesive post without extra coding added for the sake of adding extra coding. This just seems one more way for WordPress to make it even harder and more impossible to leave WordPress as your CMS. How will any of these blockhead posts look if you export them and import them into something else? How much work will it be to fix? (A lot I expect!) Also, what happens to all these block posts when the block trend falls off the planet and something else new comes along?

Changed my Language to Canadian WordPress

I thought I had all my sites set to Canadian English. But, I had missed a couple.

It doesn’t come up a lot. There aren’t huge differences in Canadian English versus British, Australian or US. But, when something does pop up wrong it bugs me. Especially when spellchecker is trying to correct Canadian spelling.

So, I fixed them all.

To do so yourself…

Start at Settings. Change your Site Language (find English, then the English version you use). Save that.

Then go to your Dashboard, Updates. At the bottom will be the option to update translations. If you have changed your language in Settings, there will be an update in translations. Go ahead and update it.

That’s it. A simple process and a simple fix to have your site in your preferred English.

Please Use Your Canadian Spelling

Schools here in Canada, Ontario (Newmarket, Ontario to be precise) are teaching students to spell the US way. Not Canadian. Why?

I don’t know but it makes me angry. No modifying, polite, adjectives, just plain angry.

It is hard to find Canadian spelling online. It is not offered as an option. You can easily find options for US and UK spelling. All English spelling is not created equal. What about Canada, Australia and other cultures who use the English language in their own way?

People need to speak up, spell up! Tell site owners, webmasters, content marketers and the rest of them to offer Canadian spelling (or whatever English spelling you come from).

Most of all – Use your Canadian spelling yourself. Keep it alive, active and popular.

The CMS Mission

I thought about going to Toronto WordCamp, the WordPress thing. But, I think it will be all about people making sites for clients and not just people making sites. I really dislike the marketing focus with so much online, not just WordPress. But, with WP it has become an obsession, almost a cult. If you aren’t part of the marketing cult you are not allowed to have an opinion.

The WordCamp is focused on Gutenberg. A bad sign. Gutenberg seems to be a faster way for web developers to make cookie cutter sites for clients. It is all about that current fad of using content blocks. I’m already done with that. I don’t like seeing blocks of content on sites and scrolling down through their coloured content bars. Move on to something else, please.

The rest of the WordCamp is about the future of WP. That would be interesting but… I expect the future the Gutenberg cookie cutter site people see is not the future I would like. I really wish I had found a better way to work with my content, a different CMS from WordPress. But, I tried that and ended up back at the start. For now. Don’t think I have given up. I’m just suspending the mission for awhile.

I wrote to ask about the WordCamp in Toronto, Ontario. But, I never (yet) heard back from them. I think I didn’t say all the right keywords.

My Obsession with the Obsolete

Starting with history itself, then onto urban exploration. I like things that have out lived their usefulness, or their popularity might be more of how I feel about them. An appreciation for neglect of some kind.

I also like keeping things on Blogger blogs. I don’t believe they are going to have a sudden, great comeback. Though I would like to see it happen. Blogger blogs are good for keeping things you don’t want to lose. I have all kinds of sub-topics and niche ideas tucked away on Blogger blogs.

I think it is an inability to let go, or give up.

How Will It Make Any Money?

I come from a family where they say, “If I can take it why would I buy it?” This is why I seldom trust anyone and I have tried to find every sneaky angle that can be used against me any time I have to rely on someone else. I do not like being tricked or robbed.

The real irony is that one half of my family were law breakers and the other half law makers. I’m sure there have always been people who jumped the fence, on either side. In my case, I’m more of a law maker who does not entirely trust or respect authority.

This whole thing drives me crazy when it comes to selling anything, like art, online. It is all too easy to rip off. Everything I look at is very flawed. Even if I did go ahead and try it anyway my family will be telling that it isn’t going to make any money. Most of them have been in sales. But they don’t give me help with selling anything, just insist that everything online is free for the taking.

I think its hopeless. But I keep trying, or sort of trying. It’s how I live most of my life.

“How will it make any money?” You have no idea how irritating, to the point of near insanity, that question is after all these years. Why does everything have to be about money? Money, and people are two things I would like not to have. Money, in the way of not needing it by having enough that I don’t have to care about it. People, in the way of not having to have them around.

More people seem to be developing this kind of allergic reaction to people. How long will it take before the only time we communicate is through electronics, not face to face? I don’t own/ have a mobile phone. Almost everyone else around me has one, or more. I’m not a phone person. Just hearing it ring (the house phone) makes me cringe. But, I laugh (out loud even) at the progress of mobile phones.

From an actual phone to texting only now. Texting, is just a more expensive way to send an email. I’m never going to be addicted to a mobile phone, or any other phone. I’m too happy to not have anyone contacting me. Twitter works. It’s silent and I can look at it, or not. Undemanding.

But, I still don’t know how I am going to sell my art online. I don’t think I am ever going to find a way to avoid having it stolen. I don’t have the social skills, or the liking for them, to be a great sales person for myself.

“How will it make any money?”  I can feel myself on a Medieval stretching wrack, pulled tighter and tighter. If not for that sound track, could I manage to actually get somewhere? I will never know, not likely.

My family are all very stubborn, in their ways. Mine is that I can not seem to just give up, no matter how many times I say that I am.

Updates and Take Backs

Today I am trying to fix my links for writers. Focused on Ontario and Canadian writers. I had such a good collection of links and then I went through my year of trying to get out of WordPress and all my links were somehow lost from one change to another. Files are not as strong or reliable as you would like them to be. But, I can rebuild. Starting with the links from old dmoz/ new Curlie. I don’t feel that is cheating when I’ve been the editor for about 20 years in that category especially. has taken yet more away from the early adopter accounts. Years ago they were promised to be kept as they were. But, time went on and this and that were chipped away. Until there isn’t much left and no point to continuing to post and put time and energy into that network. The end for me was having the embedded feed widget removed. If I can’t post the widget to my sites… what am I doing working for for free? It stopped being a partnership, or not anything equal or useful. I have left all my topics, empty of posts, with just a link to my sites. I would like to keep followers. But, most of them are spammers and just hope for follow-backs. I don’t think there have been any real content curators at since the earliest years. Annoying to see marketing claim another site, but that’s too often how it goes.