comment away

Good morning and let there be comments! After a day of frustration on many fronts, I finally managed to install WordPress on my host server. Within minutes, I got my first comment, from The Marquis. That is, my first comment via the website. The GG had several verbal comments to make:

  • Where are the weather icons? The weather icons do not fit on my new layout and I’ve been kind of wanting to get rid of them for quite some time now. Does anyone else care? I could make a list of text links to weather underground. Would that work? I could even put St. Louie ๐Ÿ˜‰ in there.
  • What is “bleag?” He pronounced it something like “blee-ag.” Honestly, I do not know how someone can survive six (?) years of Catholic school without knowing what sound the vowel combination “ea” makes when it is between two consonants. I have changed the spelling to “bleeg.” The g is hard. I think I got the word from Grinch about umpteen million years ago. The meaning? Something like “you do not want to know.”
  • What does “no comments” mean? It means click to make a comment. I’m sure I can change the text there as soon as I figure out how.

And there are some other little issues:

  • Where are the archives? Well, I expect to migrate them over to this format but it’ll be a slow process. For now, you can get to the old archive page via “Other Links” over there on the right sidebar, you may have to scroll down. Honestly if you want to find carrot cake or Jack McNaughton’s cake or whatever, you can probably just google “ababsurdo” and “carrot cake.”
  • Pictures? I am not sure yet how I’m gonna handle them. I liked my old method of posting one small image and using javascript to “pop-up” larger pics and slideshows. The drawback was that it wasn’t web standards-compliant, something I care about. I am thinking… Maybe WP has a simple solution somewhere…
  • Emoticons… I noticed right away that WP was converting my little typed emoticons into graphics. I know I can change the default but I’m not sure how I feel about it yet. On one hand, I think those graphics are kind of cheesy. On the other hand, I think there are a few octo-type people who don’t understand the plain typed emoticons. I’m thinking…

Anyway, there is a *lot* to learn in WordPress and I am a neophyte. And contrary to what some might think, this blahg is not a full-time job. I sometimes wish it was. It would be great fun to get paid to do this and sell fiber art stuff on the side but I’m afraid that’s all a big pipe dream. So, I will be pushing and pulling things around and tweaking when I have time. Comment away! Or don’t comment! Your choice. But I love comments! ๐Ÿ˜€

2 Responses to “comment away”

  1. Sam Says:

    Emoticon conversion: takes a while to get used to, but somehow is more hip. Like that’s ever mattered! har (pronounced “har”)รขโ‚ฌยฆ.

  2. acourtois Says:

    I dunno. I think I need to make my own emoticons, maybe with a frog theme…