Category Archives: 6 – Code Kitteh

Deals with the joys of hammering together a Wordpress based website. From coding to traffic management, I’ll touch on a little bit of everything here.

The Devil’s in the Details

Analytics Whoops!
Analytics Whoops!

In a moment of goofing off from NaNoWriMo I decided to take a look at what my website traffic has been doing since I turned off comments. I was hoping to thwart the spammers, which should have lead to a downturn… but not quite as drastic a one as I found.

Thankfully it was an obvious and easy fix.

When I swapped my theme from the Boilerplate to Twenty Fourteen I forgot to turn the Google Analytics plugin back on (I’d had it hardcoded into my custom header). So everything since November 8th is now a nice little dead zone in my reports.

With that hiccup, it looks like I’ll have to wait a little longer to see if there’s actually been a change. But on a good note, it means I can try and focus in on what sort of traffic I want to see and how to get it! *dusts off her researching tools*

 

DeTheming and other Fancy Things

Code Code Code
Code Code Code

As part of my push to simplify the blog I’ve decided to put aside my custom Boilerplate childtheme (due to the fact WordPress was stupid and I can’t get it updated easily anymore.)

Of course that also means I have to go back in and start either tweaking my site and content to fit the theme or the theme to fit me… I’m waffling a bit on which way to go. *pokes Twenty Fourteen*

For now I’m working on ‘tweak me to fit the theme’, but that may change.

In the meantime, apologies for the construction dust! :)

Turning off Blog Comments (or: Welcome to Spam-me-not!)

The Editing Chainsaw
The Editing Chainsaw

For every actual comment I get on this blog I get several thousand spam posts. Thanks to Akismet, Anti-Captcha, and Bad Behavior most of them never make it farther than the spam folder. But over the last year I’ve seen a massive spike in these failed attempts and the amount of actual comments has trailed off.

So I’m turning comments off and we’ll see how it goes. I’m still reachable by all the normal methods (email, Facebook, Google+, etc.), so I don’t think it will hurt. *pokes blog thoughtfully*

But at least I’m in good company

De-Categorizing the Blog

The Editing Chainsaw
The Editing Chainsaw

The first day of the Intentional Blogging Challenge was today and our assignment was to write (or rewrite) our About Me pages.

The last time I touched mine was back in 2010, so the old version definitely needed some tweaking. It still mentioned the Mega-blog that I created when I rolled everything back into the Martha.net domain and the ongoing construction (that to be honest is always ongoing).

I’ve been meaning to do away with the Subblogs for a while now and rewriting the About Page (aka Mission Statement) was a good way to sort out my priorities. At least beyond the basic: See Horses, Read Stories, Learn Things mantra. Continue reading

One Post Forward, Two Posts Back

Old Plans, New Wars
Old Plans, New Wars

I now have over thirty posts in the Draft folder again… and nothing has made it out of that event horizon save Saturday Story Prompts.

They are all still proto-posts, full of rough ideas and a few pictures, but nothing that’s ready to see the light of day. Which means it’s probably time to sit down and start getting serious about the blog again. *rolls up sleeves*

What Came Before

I’ve been working with roughly the same posting schedule since 2010, although there have been plenty of variations. But when you compare plans to reality, most of the categories have fallen significantly short of their yearly goals, in fact only the Saturday Story Prompts have held steady over the years.

So what I’ve been doing obviously isn’t working– time to rethink my battleplans!

Things Yet to Come

I’ve read a lot of good posts on other (more serious) blogs about making sure to keep posts ‘on brand’ and how long they should be and exactly what should be in it. I even played around in ProBlogger’s link gatherum on How to Write Great Blog Content. (Note: this post has almost none of these things.)

After all that reading, I’ve decided to toss the category-specific posting schedule out the window. Instead I’m going to focus on posting once a week on any topic. I’ll also be trying to write ahead so I can pre-schedule the posts until the end of December. Then I’ll loop back and write another weekly post until I hit year-end, continuing until I run out of posts or I run out of days.

Horses and Stories will continue to be posted as they are finished, but I will count them as the weekly post until I manage to get back into the swing of things.

…and no, this doesn’t count as the post for this week! ;) *heads off to evolve a proto-post*

Rough Outlines of the Blog-to-come

Editing Chainsaw
Vroom!

January has been a chaotic month, but things are starting to settle down again and I can get moving on some of the major projects for this year!

As I’ve mentioned before, 2014 brings with it the complete overhaul of the blog’s design. I’m transitioning from the multi-threaded blog that was the site’s rebirth in 2010 and focusing more on producing and organizing content that people find useful/interesting. There will still be all of the Horse/Warcraft/Writing/Business goodness there was before, this time it will be easier to find. ;)

I’m sticking with the Boilerplate theme as my base, since I’m not quite up to maintaining my own full-theme but I’m getting vicious with the edits I’m making to the childtheme. Continue reading

Of Phones, Tablets, and other WordPress Woes

Code Code Code
Code Code Code

My site currently sucks on anything that’s not a ‘traditional’ screen size as Screenfly has now made painfully clear.

As a quick fix I’m trying out WPTouch, which is a plugin for WordPress that seems to be working as a pretty decent band-aid. It’s not as pretty as I’d like, but it will do for now.

For later… well, it looks like I’m going to have to sit down and really learn how to code websites next year. I’ve already made it one of my New Year’s Resolutions, I’m just at a bit of a loss where to start, there’s a LOT that needs coding, even before I add in the mobile designs.

The Three To-Do’s

I need to design a gallery layout in which people can See Horses and filter for the horses they want to see. Filter by year, by scale, my mold, by color, etc.

I need to design a bookshelf/archive layout in which people can Read Stories… and filter for the stories they want to see. Genre, Length, Universe, Warnings, etc.

Then I need a layout for Learn Stuff, which will most likely be a combination of the other two. Lots of pictures (like the horses) and lots of reading (like the stories). *pokes rough sketches*

On a high note, I’ll be posting whatever I do design/code for free, so if there are other See Horses, Read Stories, Learn Stuff websites out there just trying to fit into a theme, they will finally find one! (On a down note, I have no idea how much maintenance work goes into themes beyond ‘here you go, try this!’ Hmmm…)