Saturday, April 04, 2009

Housekeeping Notes

I haven't abandoned the blog. Not by a long shot. But weeks and weeks of pneumonia certainly put the kibosh on creativity. I'm feeling much better now. So good, in fact, that I'm going down to my office today - no, not because I'm a masochist - but because I'm doing a little "mental spring cleaning" at work and because I want to use the treadmill and the bike down in our basement workout room. Yee-haw! Let's see how long gimpy here lasts. Any bets?

On specific blog-related notes, you'll see that, only a mere 4+ years after starting the blog I actually put an RSS feed subscribe button at the top. I'm a little slow sometimes. What can I say? Things have been nutty at work and I'm still catching up on post-pneumonia sleep, so I completely forgot about my "blogiversary" on March 12th. Four years of spewing junk at you, and there are still five or six people reading this for something other than salacious Google search results. Thank you, friends other than horny, deviant guys!

A few days back, I went to post something, and Blogger completely ate my three-column template. I have no idea how or why that happened. I didn't go in and change anything. Today, I've revamped the code again, thanks to the folks at Tips for New Bloggers. The page doesn't seem to have been updated since 2007, but the code still works. For now. Why Blogger just doesn't offer a three-column template or two in the first place is beyond me. Eh, what the hell. As long as their are folks willing to fix the html for us, I'm cool with that. The header is still screwed up, but I can live with that for now. It's off-kilter, much like me.

You'll note that I have accepted advertising from BlogHer on the page. I may re-include Google text ads at some point, too, now that Google has improved the ability of bloggers to limit crap ads from showing up on pages. Here's hoping.

My finances are still very challenging, hence my willingness to accept advertising. That said, I just always want quality writing to be the primary reason for the page.

Time to get ready to go downtown and brave the cherry blossom traffic. (Ugh.) But, before I go, for those I don't see on Facebook or Twitter, I would like to report that I cut my hair. Well, more accurately, a student at the Aveda Institute in DC cut and colored my hair. Hair is shorter than I'd intended and the color is darker than I'd intended (the student dozed off during the cooking of the color on my head - nice going, chica) but I like it. Still gets insanely frizzy when it rains, but years of home hair color, the chemo from the eye, and just a lot of negative energy went bye-bye:

I utterly suck at blow-drying my hair, so I haven't been able to replicate this a single time since coming home from Aveda, but I bought one of those "Hair Maid" thingies on eBay, so I'm hoping a mirror and two free hands will help.

We shall see.

Happy Saturday, y'all!


Chuck said...

I finally broke down and updated my blogger to the New Blogger myself. It looks pretty much the same...some of my customizations are gone but I'm slapping the template around some until it bends to my will.

Skye @ Planet Jinxatron said...

Blogger's lack of three-column templates continues to boggle the mind. The result is that people with no HTML skills (yourself excluded) end up doing hack jobs on their blogs with badly written tutorials... it's lovely.