Comment Update

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Alright, I vaguely took your comments (the ones I knew about, anyway) into consideration. But mostly I went with what seemed like the best option to me – I’m sticking with WordPress comments.

According to the plugin developer for the comments plugin I was using, there is no way to get notifications if someone commented via G+. (Am I the only person that hates putting a period after a symbol? “G+.” is so ugly to me…) I didn’t see any response from him regarding FB, but if any of them don’t work I don’t want to deal with it.

I don’t have the type of blog that has a comments section full of back-and-forth between readers, like a mini-forum. My comments (when I get any) tend to be a direct message to me, that only I reply to. I know that when I comment on other people’s blogs it makes me sad when there is no response from the blogger (even though I usually forget to subscribe to future comments, so I never really know if they reply or not >.<) and I don’t want to do that to you guys.

My original hosting was Blogger, and I tried a few different things over there for comments. You could be anonymous, but had to use a CAPTCHA. Or you could be anonymous and I had to approve your comment before it was posted. Or it could be set up so you had to use your G+ profile to comment. I got complaints from all of those (well, the “needing approval” one was just me complaining to myself, but it still counts). Basically…you can’t please everyone.

So I’m just gonna stick with WordPress for now. If that plugin is ever updated so that I can be notified for G+ and FB comments, I’ll switch back to it. You do have to submit some sort of “name” and an email address before you can comment via WordPress, but you don’t have a to have a special account, and once I approve one of your comments you should be able to comment on anything without needing approval from then on. At least I think that’s how I have it set up.


Comment Frustration

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Guys…let’s take a poll on how we want comments to work here. The plugin I currently have is pretty sweet – it allows you to comment either via Facebook, G+, or the standard WordPress comment system. BUT (and it’s a pretty big but) I have no way of knowing when you comment, unless it’s via WordPress. There is no notification system in place for G+ or FB.

I found one module that does allow FB comments and does send me emails, but it’s only Facebook. You cannot comment using either G+ or WordPress. I don’t particularly like that option. Now, you can tag me, or whatever it’s called, in G+ by typing “+Sarah Wilson” (only if we’re in each other’s circles, I’m assuming) and I will be notified. But if you do the same thing under the FB tab it will not notify me.

I don’t know what I want to do… I’m tempted to just stick with the plain WordPress comments. I don’t think you’re required to create an account or anything. And once I’ve approved you once, you can comment as often as you want. I’ll still have the “share” buttons to post a link on FB or G+ and then you can tag me that way, if you’re my friend. What do you think?


And so it begins…

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I uploaded my first blog post, from back in 2011! It’s about like what I remembered. I’ll be curious to see how many images are missing – that one was supposed to have a picture of Mr. T and I and it did not. I was a little worried about losing comments, but…..no one every really comments on my blog, anyway. 8} So if I do end up finding a post with a comment, I’ll worry about it then. It may not come up for a long, long time. You guys suck is what I’m saying.

I took the dogs to the bark park today and they were soooooo happy! They’re passed out beside me right now. One farted earlier and I almost died. It was the most vile thing I’ve ever experienced. Yay, dogs! I’ve also taken a shower and shaved my legs. Like…real shaving, with the cream and a razor and sitting on the edge of my tub. Not doing a balancing act in the shower. They so smoooooth! I should really maintain that better. I hate having prickly legs but I am so lazzzzzzy. So lazy! In about 30 minutes I’m off to get a mani/pedi also. “Why all this pampering?” you might ask. “Good question.” I might say. Tonight is Two-Tone Art Gallery‘s silent auction!!

Not only are we having a silent auction, there will also be a body paint competition and live music! Mr. T’s friend Jonny Gowow is an amazing and hilarious keyboard player. His band The Japanese Cowboys played at our wedding after-party and were so much fun. They do a lot of covers, but Jonny has started writing his own music. It’s…glorious. lol! You can listen to some of it on his Facebook page that I linked earlier. I just started playing it and scared the bejeesus out of my dogs. 8}

I’m trying to figure out tags and categories. I don’t really know the difference between the two. I think I’ll try to keep it limited to one category and then have a ton of tags. Sure, why not? I want things to be more easily searchable now, but I may go overboard. And you’ll probably never notice either way! I do suggest you add me to an RSS feed or something, if you use one. I used to use Google Reader, but those heartless bastards dropped it like it was hot. So now I’m on Feedly. It’s not so awful. They try to be fancy, though. I just want to read my blogs – I don’t need it to look like a magazine or anything.


WordPress

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Drumroll, please!

Welcome to my new blog! Notice the lack of “.blogspot” in the URL. Faaaaancy….

Other than that, it’ll be about the same. Well, I also have a new “theme”. But that’s whatever. I’ve changed that before. I’ve never had a legit URL, though! I’m domain’d!! ;) So my plan is to update this blog with a new post and an old post every time I…post. I’m not sure I’m actually going to post an old post right now, though. It’s after 1:00 and I’m still awake. Poor life choices alert! I am le tired.

On the upside, saw The World’s End tonight and it was vurry good. Vurry vurry good. 8}


First!!1!ONE

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I’m not clever, which is why I’ve been scared of starting a blog. I read several really good ones: DooceThe BloggessThe Dog-Faced Girl (does that one count – it’s maybe more of a comic…), Telling Dad. I’ve also read a few blogs that are just…blah (no references, of course). I’m worried I’ll fall into the second category.

Anyway, I’ll use this (First!!!1!) post to introduce our family briefly. I’m married to a tattoo artist – we’ll call him Mr. T, maybe. We’ve been together for just over three years, married for one (the last one). He started apprenticing right around the time we started dating. I was a senior at my university (where I am now a grad student), studying Computer Science. We have a dog and a cat.

Hmm… Is that introduction enough for the first (!!1!!!one!) post? I think so. Maybe next time I’ll talk about how we met. And later started dating. That’s a fun story. That I don’t think we’ve ever told. All of the Internet will be our first audience. Congratulations!