Tag Archive | WordPress

Quid Novi? | State of the Blogs – 2017

G’day fine hominins! A lot has been going on on study, developing the writer’s craft, and other areas, but what’s going on for the blogs, more a week out of the last monthlong hiatus? What happening?

Not easy questions to answer, but here goes.

I’m currently taking and collating study notes from a course from the Teaching Company titled The Creative Thinker’s Toolkit, by Prof. Gerard Puccio of Buffalo State U. and challenging my own meager abilities in the domains of the creative in service to this and my other blogs, but here’s where things stand now:

I currently operate 5 WordPress blogs, 1 Tumblr site, and 1 Blogspot site for most of my publishing. They are:

The Call of Troythulu,

The Collect Call of Troythulu,

Checkerboards of the Gods,

The Exohuman Journals,

My Horrific Elegance,

The Prank Call of Troythulu,

…and my hub site currently under revision,

The Unspeakable Blogs.

I have named a 6th WordPress Blog titled Memoirs of a Cat Whisperer, which I’ll make public once I complete the first weekly posts, on what what else, cats!, with each post to be scheduled for Caturday.

All blogs are currently scheduled for posting on any given day of the week once weekly to make things manageable for my work and study schedule, while keeping up a modest level of traffic for each site.

Most blogs, save for my Blogspot site The Collect Call, have few formatted post drafts ready for long form entries, though that’s in the works as we speak, and you may expect to see longer posts on these sites before the year is out.

I’ve already published my first interview with GURPS writer, blogger, and GURPS GameMaster Christopher R. Rice, with more interviewees to be added when their questionnaires have been sent, completed, and gathered.

The present theme for most of my WordPress blogs is Bouquet, though that may no longer be the case at some point, as I may update that to something more functional and minimalist in near future.

By the time this post goes live, I’ll have updated the under-construction blog pages on my sites across WordPress.

But I want to take these sites further, and that means good solid data-gathering and planning, areas I’m sadly not inclined to enjoy doing, but which are sorely needed. Over the next few months, I’ll continue restructuring the Categories on my WordPress blogs to something better organized to streamline site navigation, and I’ll be adding a sitemap page to each of them.

I’m doing work on new fractal tutorials for the apps I use, including Mandelbulb 3DFractal DomainsUltraFractal 5, and others, and those will be released on my two main sites, The Call on WordPress and The Collect Call on Blogspot.

So stay cool, for those in the Northern Hemisphere, warmer for those of you Down Under, and as the Kai’Siri would say,

Talotaa frang. Talotaa kas. Talotaa tranga suulaat.

The Call Bulletins | Moving Plans for November

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I’ve decided on the future of my blogging and decided to move the main focus of my blogging from WordPress come this November, to my Blogger site The Collect Call of Troythulu. I shall be transferring earlier posts during the interim to that venue, and I would be delighted to see you all there as well.

I’ve posted on this site for nearly eight years, and you’ve been a fantastic community to write and art for. But it’s time to move on, or soon will be.

Thank you. Thank you all. You, readers past and present, have made the success of this site, and have my gratitude for as long as I continue to think and breathe.

Why though? Why move?

Well, Blogger really doesn’t see much of my attention, and it has, truth to tell, much better functionality than WordPress and greater ease of use. The Collect Call is, in fact, a predecessor of this site, being the second blog I created after founding my first, the now defunct site, Troythulu’s Log in January 15 of 2008. This site is chronologically the third I’ve created, as I’ve written before, on December 28 of that same year.

But this blog isn’t going away forever. After October, I’ll simply update the theme one final time, and close it for further regular updates, though if I have my way, it will remain online until needed once again. I’ll post monthly thereafter on The Checkerboards of the Gods, my now-infrequently updated writing and wordplay blog.

But until November, I’ll continue to update this site somewhere in that mysterious region between weekly and daily as usual. Thank you for clicking on me.

Tf. Tk. Tts.

The Call Bulletins | Death to the Blogcation

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I’m still on blogcation, but have decided to end it and resume regular posting with the next Caturday’s Astrophenia on March 19 of this year. I’m still on a kinda-sorta study break, at least on new study units of my Bengali texts and previously uncovered material, but am fully engaged in overlearning material not yet mastered. My penmanship with the graceful script is less unutterably horrible than before, but my writing speed still needs much work.

I’ve decided to update this and my other WP blogs’ themes to something more device friendly to those readers and other site visitors with dodgy Internet connections, something a bit more minimalist that puts less strain on bandwidth, with fewer widgets. The current candidate for the new theme is Flounder, the same one used by my blogs’ hub page, The Unspeakable Blogs. The preview screenshot taken for this site is below:

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I’m uncertain on an precise posting schedule for my sites, but I shall resume posting often on this blog and on others as I have material ready. Rest assured, and this goes to all of my subscribers, that I’ll try to avoid overwhelming your inboxes!

I’m currently working on additions to the Poetry Styles & Forms page, particularly a section on septets, or seven-line poems, will add an entry for 13 word stories, a form popularized by SF writer S.A. Barton, and have cleaned up the Stuff Kai’Siri Say page. There are also entries requiring updating before being republished. I’ll continue updating pages and other features of the site over the next couple of weeks.

Tf.Tk.Tts.

Call Bulletins 2015.08.10 | Upgrades Update

I’ve mentioned before matters of my online finances that would have prevented renewed funding of this blog’s “no ads” and media storage upgrades.

That has passed, and my original intent to have NO ads posted by WordPress on this blog shall stand, as I now have the means to keep the upgrades in effect to be auto-renewed this coming year for the next, which is good, because I hate going back on my previously stated intent to all of you, this blog’s readers.

Now, I haven’t bought any upgrades for this blog’s sister sites, but should that become an option, it’ll be done, though only once they’ve matured properly and see regular use.

Getting a Patreon account may be a good idea, but only when I post frequently enough to make it worth any patrons’ while. I’ve a few friends who’ve done that for their RPG writing and SF author endeavors, and I’ll have to discuss options, but it is on the table as a possibility.

Stay brilliant, peeps, and never try to steal the Moon without putting it back afterward, much less blast it from orbit into tiny and difficult to reassemble fragments!

The Past, the Present, and Future: Toward a sustainably active blog

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Good morning. I hope that the current run of fiction pieces over the last week or so has proven interesting for you, and if not, that’s okay too — as with the fractal image posts for many of you, not everyone enjoys that sort of thing.

An active blog is an acceptable one, and this site has been active since starting day 1 of December 28 of 2008.

The site has had its ups and downs, and it was most active in 2010, getting some 40,000 pageviews and at least a comment each day that year. My active time spent online and very frequent posting schedule was largely responsible for that, but reality intruded, and I soon discovered that I could not do other things and still keep up that pace.

That was also the year I began building a wider online social network presence, through such sites as Twitter, Facebook, and the paid service blog aggregator BlogSurfer. Then reality intruded, and I discovered the interest to ‘complete’ my education, or at least to come as close as can be done given the years I have left…

…no, I’m not dying any more quickly than most, mind you, but even a long life is brief and precious. I’ve been through 49 complete trips on spacecraft Earth around our stellar primary, and counting.

I discovered the value of lifelong learning, first through introductory college-level courses published by the Teaching Company, and then from other online sources. There was also the use here and elsewhere for the first time of personally-generated fractal art, originally intended only to spice up the other entries on the site but quickly becoming something more.

During the site’s first two years, I’ve posted things that showed poor netizenship on my part, and which today make me cringe a bit upon seeing them clicked on at the stats page when they surface during web searches leading to this site.

But I will keep all of those on the site, as deleting posts doesn’t feel right to me — it seems a not-so-wee bit shady going into this blog’s 5th year and quickly approaching its 2000th comment.

Things got complicated. The bloggosphere got less interesting when my favorite sites disappeared from the web forever, and fellow bloggers burned out and quit blogging. In my own life, educational commitments and new people came into online interactions. My blogging changed, with the decline, some of it recently, of regularly scheduled entries on this site. Many of the regular tools and features now on the site’s admin pages weren’t yet standard WordPress features, and others used then fell by the wayside on constant system upgrades of the servers hosting this blog.

I don’t make a pence from the pageviews this site gets, and I will not if I can help it. Thus, I’ve bought off ads being shown on the site and don’t care nearly as much about pageviews as I once did. I’ve learned that pageviews are less important given my needs, and overconcern for them is irrational and unskeptical.

Sure. Traffic is good to a degree, but online discussion is much more so.

While working on the fiction pieces, a few ideas have presented themselves for this blog’s continued activity, until I migrate over to a different platform for continued posting sometime next year. In the interests of positivity, I’ll tell you what I’m going to do, and only afterward, what won’t be done even if and when it has been:

First, I’d like to put out a call for contributing writers for the site, any who might be interested in offering their time for regular or occassional posting on this blog at their option, who will be given full access to this blog’s admin page.

I’m also putting out a call for any parties interested in contributing guest-posts on the site, which I’d definitely like to see more of.

I’m going to reblog posts more often, with permission when required from the original author, of course, as I’ve slacked off on that in the past year or so.

For those on my personal mailing list, by the time this post comes online, I’ll be back to posting links to the week’s entries on a regular weekly schedule, starting now and continuing from then on each Sunday to the hour noted on my ‘to do’ list.

I’m cutting down on reposting onsite items except where necessary, or unless the item has been properly and accurately updated and expanded with newer and better information.

I’ll be bringing back posts once used as regular features, keeping those elements that work and adding new features not found in earlier installments. Some of those will be posted on specific days of the week, like the upcoming return of the series ‘Caturday’s Astronomy Pix,’ and others, though posted semi-regularly.

I’ll be posting material with appropriate commentary when needed on skeptical, artistic, science, and mental illness topics. I’m interested in all to a degree, and have a personal interest in the latter.

There shall be more book reviews and reviews of online and digital media courses I take, more so than has been done.

I’ll also post more on skeptical activist topics, critical thinking, logic, and on skeptical software tools I come across, but not on Atheism+ or the hubbub going on about it, as I don’t think myself knowledgeable enough to comment on it, nor do I care to get involved. That’s not my kerfuffle.

Since I’ve already done so in earlier posts, and have nothing new to add, I’ll no longer post on anti-theistic topics, including activist atheism, or critiques of religious apologists and their arguments.

I’ll no longer post direct attacks on religions, religious belief, politics, or religious faith, as I’ve been there and done that, thank you. Existing posts will be retained. ‘Nothing here to see, citizen…Move along.’

Only when specific empirically testable religious, political, or other ideological claims intersect or interfere with science will I post on them.

Finally, I’d like to thank all of you absolutely fantastic people who over the years have commented on, critiqued, ‘liked,’ shared, retweeted, and otherwise interacted, both on this blog and across many other social media…

…because you all have made this experience what it was, is, and will be. YOU make it worth keeping at.

Thank you, and Talotaa frang*

Troythulu

*”Stay strong, stay well, and be brilliant as the stars” translated from Old High Kai’Siri

Heads Up on the Call for April 27, 2011

Well, I just updated the theme for at least the next six months, since I was beginning to have formatting issues with the last one. This is one I’ve used before though, and it fits my current esthetics much better, so I needn’t update it again until at least this November, maybe more.