Art & Stuff

I’ve been thinking a lot about how to be more consistent with updating and at the risk of sounding like a broken record I made a few decisions that should help with that and I’m really excited about. Specifically, I’m going to utilize the different domains I have that are basically dormant and focus my posting. However, I also just started a new job and so presently most of my time has been spent either working or sleeping with occasional eating thrown in to keep me from keeling over unconscious. So, despite my enthusiasm to do so I’m opting not to fiddle around with websites for the time being.1

Instead, I wanted to share this wonderful drawing Dany Gonzalez did of me and the girls:

Graphic artwork of me practicing yoga with Yara, Uschi and Dolly playfully surrounding me

Honestly, I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect piece of art to print and hang on my living room wall. The more I look at it the more things I notice. I really dig Dany’s style and I’m impressed by how faithfully each of the girls have been captured. But since this was a collaboration, there’s also a lot of history that’s showcased here from the girls’ reactions to me practicing yoga to Dolly stealing my harness.

  1. Except, of course, the few changes I already have made around here.

Old WordPress

It’s no secret that I really love WordPress. Almost every site I’ve made in the last decade has been based on it and I’ve powered my own website with it since 2004.

Yet, I have to say I kind of miss this:

The 'write post' screen from WordPress version 1.2

Sure, it lacks a lot of the frills that WP core has implemented over these many years. There was no need for a “distraction free” writing environment because, well, there wasn’t much there. The only organization for posts was categories. And there was no auto-save feature, which has admittedly saved me a fair number of times when my router has decided being connected to the Internet isn’t a thing it should do!

The “famous five-minute install” was touted a lot back then. And, in fact, if you didn’t have a god awful connection, you could probably upload all of the core files and still manage to get that install done in those five minutes. That is definitely not a thing of today. I have fiber and the last WP site I had to fully upload and install took me almost a half hour.1

Of course, the userbase has evolved and WordPress isn’t just a blogging software. Rather it’s become a full content management and publishing software.

I think that’s wonderful, but sometimes I think it’s just too much for what is needed. I’m going to sound like a senior citizen yelling at children to get off my lawn, but damn it if sometimes I don’t want or need a full C.M.S. to power the site I’m building despite the simplicity WP provides in pushing content to visitors.

Sometimes, I just want that small, little blogging software from 10 years ago!

  1. To be fair, I was also poking around on YouTube to bide my time and there are at least six other things connected to the router sucking my bandwidth.

Footer Fixed

Turns out when I “fixed” the site after the massive breakage from upgrading to WP 4.2, I broke my footer. That was only three months ago and I literally noticed the issue five minutes ago!

Anyhow, I’m sure you will all be thrilled to know it is now fixed. Huzzah!

Not Dead. Yet.

After very much troubleshooting I have managed to undo the inexplicable thing that took down my entire site sometime last night. I suspect it was an automatically updated plugin (in preparation for WP 4.2) that borked things up. Exactly which I have no idea since things just sort of magically started working after cleaning out and reinstalling my theme and plugins. And I’m not one to question things that work even if I don’t understand the why or how of it.

Anyway, no, I am not dead. At least not as yet.

New-Old Subscribers

It was brought to my attention that now has a tool to transfer subscribers from there to a self-hosted blog running Jetpack. So, I pooped on over and gave it a shot and it looks like it actually brought some folks over here from my (abandoned) account there. It’s not the several hundred or so that got lost in limbo when Support ran a similar tool last year, but hey, it’s not nothing!

So, welcome back new-old friends. It’s been awhile, no?