Tagged: websites

I use tags as easy search functionality more so than as categorical labels. Below, you will see an archive all posts that mention or refer to websites, but some posts may not center on that topic.

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Getting ready to revamp again…

(Did I mention I’m a red-head now?)

So, I have long neglected my websites because of personal reasons.  Namely, a bout of severe depression, breaking up with my boyfriend, moving out of said ex-boyfriend’s apartment, being sad about the break-up, working on other creative endeavors to cheer me up, getting the fuck over said ex-boyfriend (who, as it turns out, is kind of an asshole), and being a much more social person by spending time with friends.

Honestly?  I’m probably going to keep neglecting my websites for longer still, but they have been on my mind recently.  I want to do another re-design, I think.  Largely because the current design reminds me of my ex, because we were still together when I put the design together, and I relied heavily on his feedback to get it looking good.  That, and I’m sick of it.  So, it’s time for a change.

I don’t know how far the re-design will go.  I’ll figure that out later… after I’ve neglected it some more. xD

In the meantime, check out what I made for my boy deakonlogic.  While you’re doing that, I’m gonna go listen to Demi Lovato while I get ready for bed.  (I am really into Demi right now.)

Officially Under Construction

Starting yesterday and today, you’ll notice that certain elements of the design of Auridesion.com is a bit erratic at present and throughout the near future. That’s because instead of updating my design on my testing server, I’m updating directly to the live server. Strictly speaking, that’s not the best practice in the world, but it’s easier for me to do it this way with my current setup. (Been having some issues with my testing server to boot.)

I’ll make a formal update post about it when I’m done.

Comments Look Pretty Now!

Wonderful news! I have updated the design elements for comments. As I mentioned here it needed to be done. Take a look at the comments on this post to see what they look like now.

I also updated the way the previous/next navigational links look. These are the links on each post that take you to the previous or next post in chronological order. On posts with more than fifteen comments, or pages of posts with more than seven posts, you’ll also see the “older” and “newer” links in the same style.

Last but not least, I’ve updated the size of text in posts with this format, which I use for updates. The size of text now matches other posts.

Up to My Ears in Code

So, I realize that I’ve largely neglected my blog of late for reasons that had less to do with being busy, and more to do with feeling overwhelmed by everything else going on.  More recently, my neglect has been due to finally getting around to working on The Pillow Game.

When I first decided to go back to school to get a degree in web design, my very first website became the first iteration of The Pillow Game.  It was a classroom version, which didn’t really encompass much of my original concept — because I had to follow certain guidelines for that first assignment.  So, what I considered to be the true first version of the website was published in 2009 to thepillowgame.com.

Originally, my concept was to make a website that was all-inclusive of the many types of things I wanted a website for: I wanted a vanity website; an excuse to create content about myself and post my creativity for all to see.  I wanted a blog, one where I could talk about my interests, my personal life, and offer advice on things to share my expertise.  I wanted to create and run my own online forum and built a community.  Most importantly, I wanted a means to tell the story of what The Pillow Game is and what it means to me.

Funny how I kept biting off more than I could chew.  My first version of the website made it so far as to get all four aspects up and running, but my design skills were still lacking as a novice, and the project proved to be far too ambitious.  As I learned how to do new things, I tried to re-make the website.  I gave a facelift to the design, and I really liked it, but ultimately I gave up on it too, for the same reasons:  Every new thing I had learned didn’t really prepare me for what I needed and wanted to do with the website.  Beyond any of that, a lot of my failure had mostly to do with a lack of time.  Time was the murderer responsible for my failed third attempt; although, in time’s defense, I did try to expand the size and scope of the website twice over, yet again, biting off way more than I could chew.

When I realized that TPG 3.0 was a bust, I basically stripped the website down to a “Coming Soon” splash page which sat there for over a year.  So, what am I doing now?

Working on the fourth generation, of course.  xD

My concept has changed dramatically — and it’s a concept I dreamed up several months ago, but am only now putting into action — because I realized my true point of failure was losing sight of why it was called the pillow game.  I plan to talk more about it at The Looking Glass, which is the new blog at The Pillow Game, so I won’t go into too much detail here.

Suffice it to say that the real reason I purchased the website domain was so that I could share something very near and dear to my heart, something I call the pillow game.  So, instead of putting together a bunch of vanity pages that are little more than an extended biography of my creative passions, and creating a a bunch of features that I use other websites for (like deviantART and Facebook)… I decided that the best way to tell the true story of the pillow game, I would turn it into a fictional story called — you guessed it — The Pillow Game.

I have a really good feeling about it.

With all the stress currently going on in my life, I find that I need the pillow game more than ever.  So, while I’m trying to struggle through writing a novel, I’ll also be working on Aeva McPherson’s adventures in The Pillow Game.  Although I’m not ready to publish the first part of the story just yet, I’m getting the website ready because it’s very therapeutic to be up to my ears in code while re-designing the site for it’s new direction.

I’m doing live editing, meaning that the website is live through all of the changes I’m putting it through.  You’re welcome to check it out, but keep in mind that certain parts of it might be a little buggy until I announce the all clear.

Progress Report

So, earlier this month I posted about my renewed interest in this blog and outlined some of the ideas I had for changes I wanted to make.  Well, I’m happy to report that I have implemented most of those changes.  If you check out the site via a web browser on a computer, it looks effing beautiful (if I do say so, myself).

Among the change’s I’ve made, my blog now includes not one but TWO snazzy icon sidebars.  On the left-hand side we have the category icon quick links, while on the right-hand side we have the slide menu that gives you quick an easy access to things like logging in and out or registering, as well as sharing to Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr.  These sidebars are fixed elements, which means you don’t have to scroll to find them!  Yay!

For the most part, I’m feeling pretty confident with the basic design concept, but there are little things here and there that I feel like I need to tweak.  Except for those small details, I think I’m more or less done with major changes and I can finally divert my attention to actually generating the content of pages and finding awesome topics to blog about.  So, my next goal is to come up with a good system for better managing my free time.

Under Construction

After making a rookie mistake yesterday, I ended up having to reinstall WordPress onto the server.  I feel really stupid because of it, but hey… what else can you do but rebuild?

As a result of my mistake, I seem to have lost all of my media.  So, I plan to remove the older posts (everything before A Renewed Interest in Blogging) that have images in them.  Fortunately, I haven’t lost any of my design changes, or the main text-based content.

I’ve been changing things little by little each day after work, dedicating a couple of hours each day to making the improvements.  Today I’ll be refocusing on building up content, in the form of re-uploading images and fixing blog posts that have had images stripped, and adding content to empty pages.  I’ll also be taking a look at categories and tags and making some decisions about whether I need to modify the current structure of those.

A Renewed Interest in Blogging

So, a lot’s been going on in my life lately.  Most significantly, Bob and I moved into a bigger place, which we can afford because I now have a really awesome job.  Even though I work from home, you’d be surprised how much time 40 hours every week really is, even without the commute.  Not to mention that we’re still getting settled in.  (Our closets are full of unpacked boxes.)

However, I’m absolutely determined not to sacrifice my personal goals and creativity.  I have also recently come to the conclusion that iCloud is my best friend, now that I have an iPhone and an iPad.  The organizational tools like Calendar, Reminders and Notes are going to keep me on track with some of my personal goals with my various websites (obviously including this one), as well as writing my novel and getting back to my digital art.

Its because I’m so excited about a lot of the changes going on in my life that I want to give Auridesion.com a new look.  I’ll be devoting time each week to various tasks I need to complete on the website, and I’ll be using my favorite new iPad app, Paper by Fifty Three.  Here are some of the ideas I’ve got regarding color scheme and layout:

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New Beginnings

That’s a really cheesy title for a blog post. Trust me, I know.  But hey, it’s appropriate, so we’re just gonna roll with it.  Mmk?

A year ago — right around this time last year, in fact — I had just arrived in East Texas to stay with my dad and Brenda (my amazing stepmom) indefinitely.  Why?  Because I was broke, jobless and couldn’t afford to renew the lease on my apartment.  They took me in to help me get back on my feet.  Once I did get a job, I moved back to the Dallas area — but it was a lateral move really, considering it was into my mother’s house. In the meantime, I was still hung up on my ex-boyfriend, CODENAME: SAILOR (he’s in the US Navy), suffering from hella writer’s block, and ready for something to give.  It was easy to be motivated at first, by what seemed like positive progress (i.e., getting a job, SAILOR acting like he might want to get back together, etc.), but everything fell apart again.

Long story short:  I hope I never get pneumonia again.

Little did I know last year that today I would be writing this from the comfort of my new home.  A cozy (read “tiny”) one-bedroom apartment in my hometown, where I live with the love of my life and my best friend.  Bob. *Swoons*

Stop laughing.  That’s really his name.

Seriously.

Anyways… The point is that I’m happy, healthy(ish), and looking forward to the future again.  As cheesy as it is, I’m starting a new chapter in my life — so, I decided to celebrate by giving my websites a facelift!  Woohoo!

Considering that it’s two in the morning and I can always use a good excuse to add new posts later… I think I’m gonna shut up now.  That means you’ll have to wait to hear more about my amazing boyfriend and the epic changes I’ve got planned for my websites. Good night, World!

PS: Alle, I’m really sorry I didn’t get on IMVU earlier tonight.  Dx
I’ll textplain tomorrow.