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Issues resolved

The recent issues with redirects, et al should be resolved. Sorry about the inconvenience.

Wow, it’s been a while.

I decided she was getting a bit moldy, so I’m airing her out, drying her out, and opening back up. For a little while, at least.

Funny how those two first years of marriage, a baby, and the like can derail you 😀

In any case, I’m still working on Fringespace, still hanging out in #prosapologian, and hanging out with my wonderful family.

Which reminds me. You remember this post? Well, God answered the prayer I made, all that time ago – He was the Father to my little girl, when I couldn’t be – and He brought her to me. She lives with me, now. We’ll see how it goes from here on, but we have her until at least the end of the school year. There are very few things in life that bring me as much joy as just being able to look at my little girl again, whenever I want. It’s been something I’ve dreamed of, and prayed for for so long, I keep wondering if I’m dreaming.

God is good. Other than that, things are going fairly well. Love my church, and our Sunday School class. We’ve started a family bible study, and host it every other week at our house. Had all 6 kids at once, for Thanksgiving, and Christmas. Great time, blessed time.

Maybe I’ll start posting more often. Maybe. Oh, I fixed some things about my template that have been bugging me for a few months. The funny thing is, that’s when I visit, most often, is to fix something aobut the blog I never post on. Go figure.

Almost done

Well, the theme is almost finished completely. If you’ve been coming here a while, you’ll notice I have quite a few blocks on the left hand side missing. I’m isolating code, and I’ll fix them when I get time.

So, can I get some feedback on it? How does it look? Anything you’d change, if it were you?

Maybe I can start doing some actual posting soon – but that would involve a cessation of tweaking – and I’m a perfectionist!

Hope to hear from you.

Mostly Not-Broken

Not quite perfect, but much closer than before.

I like it.

Left to go:

Header
Javascript expander conversion

Etc.

Whatcha think? I’m pretty sure most of you can read it now, at least.

A bit less messy…

As you can see, I decided I didn’t like the silver content boxes. Now, they match the red-metal bars in my header. Plus, I just thought it looked cooler.

On the downside, I needed to redo roughly 20 images I had “done” already.

Oh, and I widened both the sidebars and the center content bar.

Coming up: Finish sidebars.

To Follow: Redo Postbox, Header Box, Footer Box.

Take OVER the WORLD.

Well, maybe not until next week. I’ll just have to see if I can fit it into my schedule. Taking over the world, that is. The rest will probably get done before the end of the week 😀

Latah.

Excuse the Mess

I’m reworking this theme, and yes, I know it’s half-finished.

So…

I’ll work on it little by little throughout this week, and eventually, have it finished.

Blogging, for me, is equally design and writing. When I decide to design, I just can’t write.

Just as an update:

I said I was going to start blogging again – but this was the week I had to spend with my kids from Alabama – so I spent my time doing that. I have all the rest of the year to blog, you know?

I’ll post some more about that soon. Probably 😀 Depends on how much of a project this will be.

See you later!

Whew.

I have been beating my head on a wall for days now, trying to get a server-side aggregator and parser/reader combination together.

I finally got it. I won’t go into all the details – I’ll drib and drab it out as I get it into fully working status, but here’s a look at it.

I also have the feed reader working in the sidebar over at Vox, as well.

If you’re bored, you can check out the aggregator software itself.

It’s some pretty cool stuff. I’ve been trying to get away from server.com and blogdigger for quite a while. I think I have the right combo now.

Technology is cool. Teaching yourself things can be a real pain in the posterior, though.

Anyway, I’m also working on getting the first Vox editions set up, so stand by for news/updates about that.

Latah.

Just a note before bed

I know, I posted on how much I need to stop tweaking, yesterday. I didn’t tweak a thing tonight.

I did, however, get something neat out of that spree. I usually manage to do something semi-productive, despite my anal-retentiveness.

I came up with a logo for my obsession hobby.

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A Realization

I’ve been working on a ton of other sites, mostly for family and church – slightly overwhelmed at the amount of work I have to do, to make them *just* right… and I just realized something. It probably isn’t anything profound, but it’s something.

I’ve had this blog up for a year, and my main site up for even longer… and I have never been happy with them. Not ever. I spend several hours per week just tweaking the layout, graphics, theme, or something else about this blog. More “behind-the-scenes” time than I’m really comfortable with admitting, frankly. I’ve spent roughly ten hours in the last 5 days just here. Not on any of those other sites – just here.

per·fec·tion·ism Pronunciation Key (pr-fksh-nzm)
n.

1. A propensity for being displeased with anything that is not perfect or does not meet extremely high standards.

Instead of obsessing over perfection, I should be obsessing over excelling. I should concentrate on doing things to the best of my ability – within some sort of ordinate time constraints. I need to quit being such a tweaker. I’m slightly… well, ok, maybe more than slightly… obsessive compulsive, and it only shows in really nitpicky detail-oriented stuff. Like, well, code. Instead of tweaking, I should be studying, responding to current apologetics issues, and addressing much more important demands on my time. I need to leave the design alone, and finish what I’ve said I’m going to finish, instead of doing the equivalent of “comfort eating” – tweaking my blog.

I tweak my blog when I’m frustrated with how something is turning out elsewhere – because I know it’s code and layout inside out. I need to expand my horizons, and me skills, instead of endlessly circling around my own obsession with how I look – because, for web designers, this IS how we look, to the world… err… web.

I need to quit obsessing endlessly over trivia. I need to get my teeth into some meat, and start chewing, instead of nibbling on a familiar toy.

There’s probably a neat theological tie-in. I might find it later. For now, though… I just need to keep telling myself; there’s more to life than your blog template.

Which means I should just release it, and let someone *else* tweak it 😀

Or I should just go to bed. On that note… goodnight!

Update

Updating to WordPress 2.0. So, pay no attention to the man behind the curtain.

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