10 years of random rants

I was doing some cleanup and just realized things she said is 10 years old! Yes, I started the blog during my first year in college and here we are now. It’s gone through several incarnations and faced a few server meltdowns to get to this point, but it’s been my writing outlet for a good decade. Here’s to more bloggings!

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a bit of ribbon

The layout I’ve been toying with seems to be in working order, for the most part… for some reason the header sometimes shifts out of place when the page loads. I’ve had this happen using several different browsers, but I haven’t been able to find the cause. I have discovered that reloading the page fixes the problem, so it may just be a one time loading glitch 😕 If anyone else notices this, please drop me a comment!

The bow was one of my Illustrator experiments, though everything I create in Illustrator is an experiment. I’ve titled this one “Victorian Hatbox”. My original idea was to make it look like those large ribbons that always seem to wrap around hatboxes in period films.

an lis portfolio

It seems ages since I’ve concentrated on anything web related (ie. look at the state of my poor, neglected fanlistings, let alone my laziness with updating this blog). To remedy that and test my disused skills, I spent the afternoon designing the portfolio that I told myself I would make. It’s for my LIS materials and I plan to update it every semester. I’d like to have this as a sort of professional portfolio to present when I start job prowling when I complete my degree. It’s a simple design… I haven’t the time to do much at the moment and as it’s been so long since I’ve made a page, I find that I really do need to refresh some of those old skills.

a good book and a cup of tea

portfolio

WTF

I really must remind myself never to try to upgrade WordPress when I’m tired. I screwed up royally and the new FTP program that I was using kept acting buggy. Gave up and switched to my old client. Thank goodness it worked, I was starting to think I was going to have to resort to the backup I made after all 😕 .

on my irrational fear(s)

This is a kind of confession and explanation. I had a discussion last night that got me thinking about why I find it so worrisome to have my “real life” friends read my posts, and why I prefer sharing random thoughts with people that I don’t really know.

After mulling this over for a bit, I now realize that it started when I was in high school…

I had a friend who introduced me to blogging and design. She and I worked on some silly little web-projects that never really took off, mostly because we kept arguing over what the sites should look like and who our co-authors should be. As a result, we both started individual projects of our own, ultra-bright badly coded sites on geocities, but we were only 16 and experimenting with html, so what did it matter. This was also around the time that livejournal was the big social networking medium. We each had accounts, but I never gave much thought to who was reading my entries. In other words, I didn’t think she was paying much mind to what I was writing.

It turned out that she was.

I wrote an entry about a particular event and she took offense. I felt that I was only describing my experience of the event and meant no harm by it. They were my views and I was certain that I was justified in expressing them.

Well, that friendship ended badly.

That’s when I started censoring what I wrote, not sharing my blog(s) with friends, and made my journal friends only (only to later start a new journal altogether in an effort to get away from that part of my web experience).

As some people know, I shut this site down for a while and only wrote on my journal. But I like to write, and I think of this blog as a kind of narrative exercise, just as my book blog is an exercise in writing about books (after all, I have a Lit degree, I should keep it up).

Yes, my worry is somewhat irrational. I am still worried that someone might react badly to something I’ve written, and I would rather it was someone I didn’t really know.

what a waste

My day has been trampled upon! And now it is 3 o’clock and I have barely accomplished anything, other than getting stuck in traffic for half an hour after bravely venturing forth to do groceries in an area of town that is filled with the elderly mad. Upside, I smelled some lovely fresh watermelon cups that proved to be as tasty as they were fragrant. Almost makes the half hour I spent in school zone traffic seem worthwhile.

While my morning was wasted, I did manage to change the theme colors to reflect a crisp blue and yellow spring mood… and then realized that I was inadvertently channeling school spirit. Oh well, still looks nice.

Delightful

I put the Whipped Cream fanlisting up for adoption during “The Great Fanlisting Adopt-Out of ’06”. It was one of my favorites, but it received more joins than I could handle at the time, so I let it go. However, a couple of weeks ago I received an email from Jessica, asking if I would care to have it back, as she was no longer able to care for it. So I did… and here it is:

Delightful: The Whipped Cream Fanlisting

I’m using Enthusiast for this one (because that’s what Jessica used), but I’ll probably be converting it to Bellabuffs as soon as work slows down. Enthusiast may be convenient, but Bellabuffs is so nicely organized and user-friendly.

layout

Tired of the last layout, so I’m using a temp layout while I modify the css and customize the header… bear with while I tweak.

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Done tweaking, everything should work now.

Now, I really should do some reading. I’ve been distracting myself with site stuff during the last two days. 😦 Need to get rid of that guilty feeling… the one where I know I have a ton of stuff to do and my excuse for putting it all off is weak at best.