Posts Tagged ‘Site’

Last Sunday Statistical Navel Gazing

Sunday, December 30th, 2007

Well hello there!  Yes, I’m still alive and well…maybe a little ringing in my ears, but then again two nights of Clutch live and in person will do that to you.  Anyway, I apparently don’t have anything better to do with my last Sunday of 2007 than to take a closer look at my blog posting habits.  I could have done this with simple numbers, but instead I went the extra mile and whipped up a chart. Hey, if you’re gonna waste time, do it in style! 

Total Blog Posts Through 2007 

I thought I did worse this year than last, but the numbers don’t lie:  105 posts in 2007 vs. 66 in 2006.  Of course, those numbers are much closer if you take away my little experiment in increased frequency back in October.  And they’re both a far cry away from 529 posts I made back in 2002.  Hell, in July of ’02 alone I posted 81 times.  I can’t even fathom having that much to write about these days.

Usually I’m against the tradition of the new years resolution — empty promises that are given up far too easily — but if I have to make one, then I resolve to get back to 2004 levels (about 3 posts a week if you average it out).  Of course, to do that I think I may need to resolve to go out and live a bit more of an interesting life.  Unless you all enjoy reading meta navel-gazing site posts, that is.  ^_^

Plumbing work

Wednesday, May 16th, 2007

There’s a nice benefit to working on a new blog for work; that being that it’s forcing me to get reacquainted with the guts of WordPress and by extension leading to some long overdue work on this site.  It’s ugly work so far, but at least it’s progressing.  Seriously, it’s embarrassing in this day and age for a blog to have been without a master Archive index for as long as mine has.

While it won’t always be outwardly visible, expect me to use this site as a test bed for things I’m doing for the office, and visa versa.

The genetic makeup of a web site

Wednesday, September 27th, 2006

Saw this a few weeks ago, back before I was once again blogging with a vengeance. Just enter in a web site address and get a nice looking DNA rendering of the site. Of course, you knew I just had to get mine analyzed. Oooh, pretty….

Of course, you might also be interested in knowing the hows and whys of this web DNA thing. For that, I direct you to the creator himself.

Service changes for my limited wages

Tuesday, September 19th, 2006

Over the past weekend I plunked down about $50 for a 2-year Flickr Pro account. This, along with my YouTube account are helping me to replace the recently decesed “Memories” section of this site — the former home for my photos and videos. Really, it had been rotting on the vine for quite some time, mainly because maintaining it was a royal pain in the ass. Sometimes you just have to know when someone else has built a better tool and stop trying to reinvent the wheel. Besides, in the age of RSS feeds, I’ll still be able to bring that content into my own site with relative ease.

Of course, in this age of personal financial awareness and fledgling budgetary practices, I’ll have to trim some fat from somewhere to make this purchase possible. And I’ve decided that place is my .Mac account.

Really, .Mac just hasn’t been a good deal for some time. The $99 a year I’ve been paying gets me little that I can’t get for free online from Google or elsewhere. The only real good thing was the email account and iDisk (slow though it may be). The one feature that got me to buy in the first place — syncing settings between computers — hasn’t worked right in some time. I am actually afraid to use it these days, as it has a nasty habit of hosing my setting in the process of syncing the,. Hell, I’m still cleaning out my address book from the disasterous corruption it suffered some 9 months ago.

Don’t get me wrond: I loves me them Apple products. But they’ll have to give .Mac a huge overhaul to get me back.

Like a freshly cleaned room

Saturday, September 16th, 2006

Just when I was getting back into the swing of posting regularly, the underpinnings of the site started breaking down in strange and troublesome ways. First comment counts stopped working, followed by the commenting itself, and finally admin access kept flaking out on me. So this morning, I took the site down for an hour and a half and for all intents and purposes, rebooted it.

I had already been working on cleaning up things on my web host for the better part of the week, and this has been planned for a while now. Of course, with the fragile nature of the content, I was taking my time to make sure nothing got lost in the process. It should have been a lot easier than it was, but by default WordPress lacks an export feature for its content, which frustrated me to no end. Eventually I found a nice export plugin to do the job, but this should be part of the default setup.

I still have some work to do. I’m moving photos around, so old pics are going to be M.I.A. for the time being, and the recently posted ones have lost their formatting info. The sooner I take care of the dull and boring aspects of this, the sooner I can get to work on the redesign.