It’s been 8 months since my last confession — er, post. I’ve mostly been hanging out on Facebook (like everyone else), but honestly I’m getting super tired of that. I’m starting to miss posting to my own “special place” where I don’t have to worry about igniting an epic flamewar between myself and someone who was offended by something I posted there. People can be offended anywhere, of course, but there’s something about Facebook that really puts people on edge. Meh, I need a break.
My latest project is to migrate this over to the wordpress.com site instead of hosting it on my own webspace, which will simplify things a bit and cost a little less as well. Luckily they make it super easy to pack up your self-hosted blog and move it elsewhere, so I’m hoping to have that done in a week or two…once I tweak the design to my own anal needs, that is.
Heh. Anal needs.
And with that, I’m off again. To the 2 of you who still have me on your RSS feeds, thanks for that. I’m hoping to make this my primary posting spot again, so stay tuned for the switchover…
In early January I posted about a massive spike in spammers to my sites, mostly my Nina Hagen one. And looky here: today my spam is next to nothing, down from nearly 40,000 last November. Aggressively blocking spammy webcrawlers (and all crawlers from China) was a huge part of that, besides having a great spam-catching plugin via Akismet.
This is kind of fun: I posted something in early 2006 that had a picture attached to it, but a couple of years later the picture was deleted (along with a bunch of others…my stupid mistake) so I took the post down. Today I found the picture again, so now the post is back up. It’s just a silly thing but pretty typical of the stuff I was posting back then.
It’s been a few years since I did anything with the site design, so I decided to change things up a little. Last week I went went a flatter and more shap-edged theme, but it kinda sucked so I took it down after only a day. So today I’m going with this one, which will probably see more tweaks in the coming weeks. I wish I had more control over the column width so I could set up multiple columns…will have to look into that. My CSS skills are minimal but I know how to make little changes. 🙂
I’ve also changed up the “categories” a bit, changing them to “topics” and adding a couple that seemed to need their own. The keywords are gone too, since you can already search on whatever you want (the search box is now at the bottom of the page).
I’ve been super lazy with the blog the past few months. OK, the last couple of years! As mentioned earlier, I’m having a sort of limbo moment (not the dance, though that would be awesome) and trying to figure out what direction to take the blog. I still have this almost biological compulsion to spout opinions so obviously I’m not going to quit altogether, but I’m trying to figure out a middle ground between the old days of long, anger-fueled rants and today’s shorter “Hey, look at this shit!” trend. And really, that’s all I have the energy for most days. 🙂
I’ve tried rolling in posts from social media because that’s where I’ve spending most of my time lately, but I’m finding that the limitations of those networks are too limiting for people like me who like to have control/ownership over everything and also have everything in one place. I’m currently using Facebook and G+ (and Twitter on occasion), but I’m at the point where I’m saying “Screw it…ain’t nobody got time for that!” G+/Facebook are too crowded, and while Twitter is super handy and easy to use, it feels too ephemeral.
So I want to keep posting quick little thoughts and links while also having a space to write longer, more thoughtful posts when the mood strikes, and I’ve come up with the beginnings of a plan to simplify and streamline things here. Only time will tell if I actually stick to it…
- Get rid of the Tags/Keywords! I don’t need to give every post a bunch of Keywords, yet I’ve done it for years even though I also have them lumped into broader Categories (“General Blatherings”, “Geek Streak”, etc.). Probably because it feeds my OCD-ish need to categorize and organize things into neat little compartments. Instead, I’m going to go through my most-used Tags, make sure they’re correctly put into the dozen-or-so Categories they should be, and stop using tags altogether. Nobody, and I mean nobody, is going to go through my site and look for any and all posts tagged with the keyword “asshat”. You can use the Search box for that, if you really needed to.
- Continue using ifttt.com to trigger posts here from G+ and Facebook when there’s no need to make a custom post. Right now these are delayed because they save as Drafts and I then post the ones which matter, so I’ll have to be better at getting them posted within a few days (as opposed to every couple of months like I do now).
- Link to my longer blog posts on Facebook/G+ to attract friends and family from there. I have never done this — I’ve kept my blog more or less anonymous for several reasons, but these days I’m giving less of a shit about that!
- Tweak the design a bit, or just make a radical change for the hell of it.
- More to come, hopefully…
I’ve begun the long, slow transition from Facebook to G+. I’ll probably never leave FB completely, but I’ve stopped posting there quite a bit and have found G+ far more interesting. It actually encourages public posts and discussion, rather than locking down everything to only certain groups of people. You can still do that, of course, and some of the stuff I put on there is limited only to people in my Cool People circle (those who can deal with my occasional outbursts). However, I’m finding myself making public posts there more often than not. Nothing earth-shattering or super bitchy usually, just…stuff.
So if you haven’t tried G+ yet, you oughta! Join some communities, add some people to your circles, follow a few more, and see how you like it. Here’s a link to my profile: https://plus.google.com/104638520576601995118/posts
Apparently there’s something in the Koran about criticizing Islam online. Who knew?
‘Arrest the atheists who insulted Islam!’ Tens of thousands of Muslim activists hold prayers on streets of Bangladesh capital to call for new blasphemy laws against bloggers
Tens of thousands of Islamic activists prayed on the streets of the Bangladeshi capital today during a rally calling for the introduction of blaspemy laws and the restoration of a caretaker government.
Members of the Islami Andolan Bangladesh are demanding the arrest of ‘atheist bloggers who insulted Islam’ and to pass laws punishing those who ‘insulted Islam in the parliament’.
They have announced plans to ‘lay siege’ to the office of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on April 25 if their demands are not met.
I haven’t been blogging lately because I’ve been having a lot of internal conversations about things that I don’t really know how to write about yet. I’ve tried to fill the gaps by including some of my posts from Facebook which I thought were worth sharing here, but now it feels kinda lazy!
As two or three of you may have noticed, my site seems to be in a sort of limbo. I don’t think I’ll ever take it completely offline, but lately I haven’t had much to say that I haven’t said already. I’ve been writing online for nearly 20 years, starting in 1994 with my first website. I’ve spouted my opinions, ridiculed ideas and beliefs which I considered to be bullshit, ranted against advertising and marketing twats, mocked and vilified Christian Republicans and their behavior, reveled in gadgets and technology, raged against homophobic assholes…am I missing anything? I suppose there’s a good amount of borderline slander in here as well. 🙂 A lot of the older stuff kinda makes me wince when I read it now, but that’s OK. Hopefully I’ve evolved somewhat since then!
This is why I often have to think long and hard (heh) whenever I start wondering if it’s time to shutter the site. The archives are snapshots of where I was at the time with politics or personal issues, so I suppose it’s a sort of journal. I kind of like the idea of keeping it around even if I don’t update it often, just for my own amusement and possibly some occasional navel-gazing. That’s why I’ve been adding stuff to The Vault (which you can get to via the drop-down menu). I’ve been digging up stuff that’s been offline for years and resurrecting it, trying to make a more complete archive of this “creative output”, for lack of a better term. I’m not sure how I’ll roll in the Tumblr sites, but we’ll see… There’s even more that I haven’t put online yet, like the dumb little ‘zine I used to make in high school. Truly embarrassing stuff…
Anyway, that’s where things are now. So here’s a picture which is completely unrelated but must be seen nonetheless. 🙂
Check out these spam numbers from the past few months. Notice a slight surge in spam comments for September?
Fuck a duck! It jumped from an average of 400/month to over 8000. What caused that?? 95% of them were comments on the post about Nike shoes and Jesus, but I wonder why that post. Maybe they’re targeting posts about Nike…or Jesus. All I gotta say is THANK YOU to Akismet for preventing each and every one of those comments from being posted, not to mention letting me nuke them all at once. Also, hooray for IP range bans!
I thought this would be a good day to lift the lid on my new Tumblr blog, which is the “spiritual sister” (quite literally) of Flag-O-Rama. It’s very new but will continue to grow! Please say hello to…