Embarrassingly, I must have spent most of the summer on this. I’m struggling to figure out why, since I’ve been so lazy finishing it.
I still have some things to do:
Let people subscribe via email, as not everyone’s seen the light of RSS readers. DONE. And I think it’s anonymous too, lolz.
- Let people register so they can view protected posts.
- And once I’ve done the above two things, the sidebar’s colourful boxes will look better and/or make more sense. You’ll see!
Figure out how to put the post’s tags with the meta info.
Change/add tags – at least from the last year onwards (no more categories!).
Make it display properly in Internet Explorer. LOL JK USE A REAL BROWSER.
Please tell me if there’s anything broken/overlooked (pleeeaaase!)!
In other news: it’s hard to do legal research when you haven’t even been given the assignment yet; I’m getting a little stressed, lolz!
It’s been about a year since I let real live people visit my blog. Or tolerated, at any rate.
I often see discussions about whether bloggers let friends know their URL. It’s like we universally worry about the same things. That we might casually mention something in passing and seriously offend someone. That striving to avoid that happening will make us censor ourselves… Whiny blogs are serious business.
It’s easy to say “don’t say anything you wouldn’t tell someone in real life”, but it’s completely different when you’re mainly broadcasting stuff to people who will never meet you. If I were to think “Would I tell [DISTANT ACQUAINTANCE] this?” before hitting ‘publish’, I’d write nothing at all.
In high school I decided I didn’t want friends anymore, and hid all my sites. I maintained a nice little distance from most people until St Margaret’s happened. But the blog stayed hidden. …Until some guy found out about it (I DIDN’T WANT PEOPLE TO THINK I WAS STAYING UP TIL 5AM WATCHING PORN OKAY). He googled too hard, and he found me. My hands were shaking so badly, while this guy was so frigginnnn excited that he didn’t understand the absolute terror I was experiencing. ;_;
Despite how cleverly you’ve hidden your blog, you’re taking a risk with everything you publish something online. No one’s doing anything wrong by visiting. I always knew this. It had happened before a few years earlier and my hands had reacted in the same, trembling way (but also quickly deleted my sites and started over).
In hindsight, last year was good timing. A sappy exercise in “trusting people” (HURRRR THAT IS SO LAME SHUT UPPP). Those things that bloggers worry about, I then had to face:
- People realising what a loser I am.
Instead, I think I’ve become better friends with some people because of this blog. Why do you people like me, why. At first you’re wary about compliments. Then you try ignoring them. Then you can ignore them. Then you let yourself listen to them. It’s really really really bizarre getting complimented on something you thought embarrassing for so many years.
- Offending people.
Something I’d posted meant a friendship I’d decided not to hang on to ended like a HORRIFIC PLANE CRASH with lots of mangled limbs and skin grafts and I had a limp for a while. Essentially, I’ve dealt with the worst that could happen from upsetting someone, blog-wise. I’m obviously not about to passively aggressively write about people now (lolzors, and it only happened once) – the audience has changed. Anything else, and they’re probably overreacting.
- That it might affect what I wrote.
It did. For about a month. Maybe two. Then I stopped caring, because I’m a pirate. I still don’t blog for comments/attention, and I’d still blog even if no one visited at all.
In the most cliche of ways, this blog’s shown me I know decent people (soz for the doubt, it wasn’t personal). It’s nice that even though I’m such a loser people still like me. Thanks for not disowning me, gaiz!
I’ve registered this domain with Namecheap, who lets me block my my whois info, unlike the guys I registered panda-duh.org with, which let people google stalk me quite successfully. Yay, anonymity!
Contrary to what I said in my post about Chyrp, I’m not planning on bringing over any Tumblr entries to here after all. I’m just gonna keep that strictly an internet-finds blog. In fact, I’m not even using Chyrp here. It worked fine, but as I had the chance to try something else, I did.
I’m so fickle.
And after a couple of years using FanUpdate, followed by a few rebounds with other CMS’s, I think I’ve settled down quite nicely with WordPress.
This is now a review on WordPress. Like no one’s ever used it before.
This wordpress thing.
As prior to this I’ve been playing around with more obscure blogging scripts, what immediately appealed to me – before even installing the thing – was how its popularity would be so helpful. There’d be a ton of support and a multitude of plugins to play with. Oh, and pretty permalinks! None of this
index.php?id=1093 stuff, but clean, SEO-friendly URLs. Mmmmmm..
Installing was simple, but immediately followed by viewing the dashboard for the first time, which was anything but.* It was much like that confused overwhelming feeling from when you first join Facebook – a lot of stuff, all at once. Not quite knowing where to start..
And so I slow down, exploring everything there is, finding out that they were being kind to me, because in actuality there is so much WordPress can do, beyond what other blogging scripts provide. I’m glad that I did start with the more basic (and sometimes, more complicated) scripts before turning to WordPress, and seeing all that I’ve ever wished for right there. I was swooning from happiness.
Themes weren’t difficult, and as much as I could figure out Chyrp I still couldn’t get its comments module working (I suspect there was some sort of line of PHP I needed to insert, though I didn’t bother poking around much).
TL;DR? I love WordPress in a way that exceeds how I felt about Chyrp and FanUpdate, in an almost passionate, flag-waving fangirl sort of way. It’s incredibly well thought out.
And yes, you can comment now
…In case anyone’s into that. What a glorious new era!
Since hosting for my old domain expires at the end of this month, I thought a little nostalgia might be a nice way to go.
I once had a couple of anime fansites (I am the ultimate in cool), my favourite eventually becoming the best one around for a certain character. Initially I was hosted on someone else’s domain, and when it inexplicably died I decided to get my own domain. That was panda-duh.org! The name came from Death Note’s L, and those dark circles underneath his eyes. It was like a hub, linking to all the sites hosted on there. I never came close to regaining all my visitors, but it didn’t matter. All the same, up until I deleted them in 2009, people still googled my fansites by name, even though by 2006 they were inactive.
That’s the closest to e-fame I’ll ever get, ahaha.
This blog thingy
By late 2007, all the miscellaneous things I’d occasionally post to this domain (for kicks!) was starting to built up. I decided a blog format was the best way to go. Just for the sake of organising it all, instead of linking to everyone off a page labelled “Reviews” or something. I never thought of it as a blog at first, and I think it’s only because of FanUpdate that the things I wrote became increasingly… bloglike… until it eventually morphed into one.
I never advertised pd.org, and I got virtually no hits lolololol (most came from a few DevArt communities for a lulzy a RyukxLight manifesto from a few years back). A few people nonetheless found it anyway, later googling their way back. I have no idea who they are, but it’s fairly nifty!
This year, people I’m friends with have visited it for the first time. It’s sort of amusing. I thought I would mind a lot more.
I couldn’t imagine coming to delete panda-duh.org when I first bought it, but then again, I once thought the same way of all those ~super cool~ anime fansites! Gradually the name’s become about as embarrassing as an email address made in high school, and vague references to Death Note just aren’t relevant anymore. I still had that domain for four years, so it’s a little spooky changing, but I’m still excited to get a name that I like a lot more. Hopefully it’ll stick around a lot longer!
I’ll talk about what’s in store for this domain next time. Here endeth the eulogy!
Here is my dilemma. I have nothing to write about. And so, as I usually do, I turn to my stream of consciousness for anything that came to mind….
This is what happened:
Rejected post ideas
- How I’d run NORML (if only we were back in 2008 when people cared!).
- Trying to figure out why I was so anti people IRL seeing this site back in the day (ended up having to describe friends in high school and what a socially retarded outcast I was, lolz).
- What I’m doing with my degree (very TL;DR, but I might do this anyway for the sake of enlightening the masses and organising my life – bahahah).
- People I would totally marry if they were real (at the top, Moss from the IT Crowd. I need help asdkfjdf omg whyyyy.)
- Babbling nonsense about Avatar. How waiting for a children’s cartoon to come on TV everyday is the only structure my life has this summer, and how adorable Aang is.
- More babbling about how fantastic Ben Folds’ Way To Normal album is.
- My surprise that Foreman had hair for the first few seasons of House (I thought he was always bald!)
- Babble about Sacrifice
that only I would find interesting. Since in between watching Avatar, it’s all I dedicate my time to. Bahahaha.
- That guy who married his virtual girlfriend (I ended up convinced that not only was I happy for him, but persuaded that this was something that I should look into for myself – so disheartening).
Hilariously, I’d like to get into a habit where I post once a week. The neglect this blog suffers is fairly guilt-inducing. But whatever, Avatar’s on nowww. ;D
(This post looks really hot in the new layout I’ve made, btw. I just have to upload it…)