I had been putting off updating WordPress long enough, so I finally got that taken care of. You really won’t notice any difference on the front end, but if you sign in with your account you’ll notice a change in the control panel/system admin design.
I have implemented several miscellaneous design tweaks. If you notice them, awesome. If you don’t… well, there are a lot of them. To sum it up: I’ve changed a lot of little things you may not notice, fixed a couple of design bugs that cropped up as a result of updating WordPress, updated the format of some posts and pages, and overhauled the primary menu.
For the complete list of changes…
WARNING! This is a very long post. TL;DR – I updated the menu and felt like blogging about it.
So, I haven’t really been satisfied with the main menu — a feeling that’s been going on for a really long time now. I could never seem to find the exact right balance that made me happy. Since my Auridesion.com uses WordPress as not only a blog platform but also a CMS (content management system), it can be really difficult — and not very smart — to mess around with the files that generate the markup and structure of webpages based on what’s in my database.
If that sounded like gibberish to you, let me a’splain:
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.
I’m tired, but I can’t sleep. So, I find myself blogging from my iPad while sitting on my bed with Bob softly snoring as he lay next to me. I hate it when I’m in this state. It happens every so often, but I don’t really know what to do about it.
I suppose I should be grateful to my WordPress app, because it gives me an alternative to watching K-Dramas. Those are a really bad way to try lulling myself to sleep because I get so absorbed in the story line, waiting desperately to see what is going to happen next… and waiting some more because the story is so drawn out. I think that’s what I like about them so much, honestly. They go into painstaking detail with the development of the story, in ways most novels and movies can’t, and the way most American TV shows won’t.
So, why can’t I sleep?
Because I can’t shut off my brain.
I’m thinking about what I made for dinner tonight and ideas it gave me for in the future.
I’m thinking about our plans this weekend. Bob is going to take me to see The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones tomorrow night. (Assuming I don’t want to go to bed early after this sleepless night.)
I need to find a doctor and make an appointment. That’s been on my mind a lot lately.
Ideas for The Pillow Game. Feeling guilty for neglecting so many of my creative projects…
And I’m thinking of Dusty and Xander. How I’ll never hug them again. They are both ashes now.
We still need to unpack the boxes that are piled up in our closets. It’s driving me nuts that I still don’t know where everything is in my own home.
I’m worried about my mom. She’s under a lot of stress right now for several different reasons.
And I’m thinking about the depression that never seems to fully go away no matter how happy my life is. It bothers me that it follows me everywhere. I might need more than one kind of doctor…
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: