Category Archives: Coding and Blog Design

This category deals with the joys of hammering together a Wordpress based website. It may also wander off into other coding adventures, but for the moment it’s all CSS, Themeing, traffic management, and blog design.

Bringing Back a Bit of the Past

By | February 12, 2017
From Ages Past

From Ages Past

I’ve really been missing the of ‘Days of Ages Past‘ chunk of code that used to be on the page. The ‘related posts’ are fun… but there’s something about looking backwards in time that’s addicting. (Which is probably why Facebook and Google are chasing the same idea.)

But when I went to cut and paste in the code into single.php… it didn’t work.

And that means, it’s adventuring time! 😀

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Blurry WordPress Images (or: Darnit Photon!)

By | January 24, 2017
Blurry WordPress Images

In Post (Top) vs. In Edit (Bottom)

I’ve been frustrated for a while (after swapping to the Iconic One theme) with some images appearing blurred. For most websites this wouldn’t be much of an issue, but since I post art it was causing me no end of headaches.

After some less than useful Googling and research into the zoom and resize tags I finally figured it out!

Rassum-frassum Jetpack Photon!  (“Speed up images and photos.” HA.)

Apparently that was also the reason that some of my images showed up broken every so often. That’s on me for not paying more attention to what it really was and all its known issues before I turned it on… but RAR!

So I turned that off and it looks like that was enough to clean things up.

TL;DR: If you are seeing blurry images on a WordPress page and the images look just fine in the Edit Post screen… Photon is why!

Category K.I.S.S.

By | January 22, 2017

I’m starting to look at the overall organization of the blog again because Google Analytics is showing that a lot of folks are single-page visitors (average pages per session is 1.85). I’d love to get them to hang around a bit longer… and that means rearranging the blog a bit.

So I sat back, and tried to put myself in the mindset of someone who had never seen the blog before. Let’s say I found my way here through Pinterest or a forum link… how would I find other things to read?

We’re ignoring the header bar, since I have that pretty much where I want it, so the next place I look when surfing blogs is the sidebar.

The first, very obvious thing that I realized was that my Categories only make sense to me. The main category names are holdovers from when the blog was a million little blogs. But since I’ve retired all of those old domain names, it seems a little odd to hold onto the remnants.

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Into the Abyss!

By | December 21, 2016
2017 Blogging Schedule

2017 Blogging Schedule

Remember when I said I was going to sit down and put some thought into what this blog was going look like in 2017? Well I did! 😀

It was accidental organization… I had to do something while I was waiting for the paint to dry on my small army of Fat Animal Magnets. (Christmas gifts, I can haz!)

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Re-Theming the World (of Marthacraft)

By | September 19, 2016
Blog Cascade


Much like spring cleaning theme changes are pretty much a way of life for me. I gone from Mystique to Boilerplate to Twenty Fourteen and now to Iconic One in search of a perfect format.

So far I’m liking Iconic One quite a bit, although one of the first things I had to do was tweak the white space and the font. I always try to make the stories easy on the eyes and Ubuntu is not the friendliest font. I’m keeping it for the headers, but it’s back to Lato for the body. *tinkers*

Of course this means I really should go back and make a proper Childtheme, so I don’t have to recustomize the blog every time there is an update, but… I might just go grab Simple Custom CSS instead.

Anywho, if you see anything misformatted or missing in the new template, please let me know! 🙂