Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Design Updates

As usual, I am shooting for a Halloween deadline but I'm not holding myself strictly to it this year because of all the new content, formats, and so forth. I have already started publishing new pages, which you may have noticed if you have recently visited the site.

The plan is to get the new design and structure in order then focus on other things, such as this blog. I want to start regular round-robins, discuss writing techniques and venues, and whatever else comes to mind. I simply haven't had the time to do any of this yet. I even started some new blogs to help facilitate the new content and features for the site and am working those into the mix.

One of the projects we're working toward is scripting the commentary to some of the movies we watch. We've already started on one script but had to place that on-hold in order to work on the website. There are also a lot of smaller, onsite features we wish to include but are still developing and hope to have ready by Halloween. As it is, we can't say when we'll be able to get back to scripting.

I want to post more than once a month but that's all I've been able to manage thus far.

© C Harris Lynn DBA The Weirding, 2014

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Little Inside Knowledge

I told you some months back that this big "overhaul" thing (which has been needed for years - and, really, longer) would take time and that you wouldn't be able to tell much change on the user-end until most of it is done. I also told you that Weird Ink is set to become the Writing portion of the site and while the majority of the links regarding that subject have pointed here for a long time, there is no advertising on this site. That means that, for however many viewers/hits it receives, it contributes nothing financially to maintaining the site or even itself. That's one of the biggest reasons there hasn't been more activity.

I'm not here to apologize for wanting to add a few pennies to my emaciated piggy bank given all the time and effort I've put into this entire project over the years and if banner ads and even sponsored posts somehow rub you the wrong way, get the fuck out of here and don't look back. FWIW, I can easily ban IP addresses.

Does that sound harsh? Then consider the horrible, antagonistic, and - since I'm being honest - often hurtful things that have been said regarding this issue to me over the years and realize that while I don't necessarily dislike people who dig free stuff, I deplore loudmouthed assholes who feel they deserve something for nothing and those who refuse them that "right" are The Bad Guys.

Now, I'm in a pretty bad mood today and for that, I do apologize, but... fuck it. I've spent HUNDREDS of hours working on this project since I announced it (not to mention the THOUSANDS of hours I've spent on it before then) and this really is the biggest update and redesign in The Weirding's history only to be confronted by some recent comments I found hurtful and demeaning which amounted to the fact that this site is a "loser" site because we don't have a programmer, Directories are stupid because (and I swear to God this is a direct quote) "Google already organized the Internet!" and similar.

The funny thing is that you all know that Weird Ink is what's known as a "sleeper." A lot of you following have been here almost literally since the beginning and, despite the fact that entire years have passed without a single post, the attrition rate is almost nil. I think this is because many of you are aware of my early success in paid/sponsored blogging as well as my published work elsewhere - and, I hope, some of you are also aware of the material you've seen here and on the other blogs and the website that has, time and again, mysteriously wound up in the mouths of TV personalities, celebrities, on TV shows and movie screens, and as memes across the Web without attribution and certainly without pay.


So I truly feel safe, and honored, to share with you a little of what I've been through while trying to make a go of this. It may be read/viewed as a bitter rant; it may be perceived as some sort of excuse; but maybe at least some of you can relate and glean from it some of insight - probably something I myself am unaware of but may have put forth from a sub-conscious level - that will help you.

If that means "giving-up," please don't think of it that way; knowing when to walk away from something is a very important and smart thing that I know most people have suggested I do with this entire project, while "giving-up" is just an ugly term put forth by jealous, bitter failures attempting to goad you into joining their misery.

If that means redoubling your efforts, be sure you mean that shit and really are in it for the long haul. If you want to make a truly successful, and possibly financially lucrative, blog, then there are at least 100+ things you not only need to be aware of but internalize to the point that you don't even have to stop to consider them. It all takes more time and effort than you can imagine and most of it is tiresome and repetitive and, even after done, take the search engines months to recognize, during which time you will see almost zero improvement. And that's not even mentioning all the shit-talking you're likely to encounter along the way which only compounds the problem.

So, the first thing you're about to notice is the monetization of the blog. While this sounds simple enough, you can't really just "add" advertisements and this blog does not currently qualify for many programs because it hasn't been posted on enough often enough, doesn't draw many viewers, and may contain material some advertisers find objectionable.

So, this is going to be a kind of series regarding blogging, writing and writing for blogs, and all of that. For information on what's going on with the site as a whole, please visit the weblog, accessible at the top of the pages on the website (it's the little skull [usually]).

ttys

© C Harris Lynn DBA The Weirding, 2014

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Buncha New Old Stuff

Okay, so the purpose here is to make this the Writing department of The Weirding but this is actually a very low priority insofar as everything goes for several reasons, so I haven't gotten to it yet.

However, I was pulling stuff from CDs I burned years ago when people still burned stuff to CDs and I found at least a few dozen stories, songs, poems, articles, journals - you name it - that I wrote many, many years ago. Some of this stuff goes back to the 1990s! That's when the Internet was called "AOL." In fact, I have logs and logs of AOL chats both personal and from The Authors' Lounge (for those of you what know), as well.

Don't worry, I'm not posting any of it anytime soon - like I said, this is a low priority for too many reasons - I just wanted to stop by and say hello and tell someone about all the old shit I came across. I doubt most of it's any good but it was kind of exciting to find all this old stuff, half of which I don't even remember writing, and I know at least some of you have done the same.

But yeah, the entire site is undergoing massive renovations from the ground up - structurally, aesthetically, navigationally, the works - and this is going to be the writing department once all the big parts get put into place, so there should be more activity in the future (though I have no idea when said future will arrive).

I wanted to do a round robin but I've got so much on my plate right this moment that I just don't have time but we'll get to it. Sorry things have been so slow but even though you can't actually see any of it, there's actually a whole lot going on behind the scenes that we hope to start unveiling soon.

© C Harris Lynn DBA The Weirding, 2014

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Design

I came here to test out some of the new Blogger features and templates then realized how beautiful this layout and design is. I really like it - the color scheme, the flow, the arrangement, all of it. I wish I had more to post here more often, actually.

However, there is a fatal design flaw with this template that is not noticeable from this side of the looking glass and that is that one of the rows was improperly coded and prevents me from utilizing the space to the right of the sideboard. That's been an issue from install and one I've had to workaround every time I've set about to do something with this template or layout.

So I'm saving this whole page and will reinstall it if I can't come up with something better but it's time to upgrade. As lovely as it is, it is not as functional as it should be, as I need it to be, so it's got to go. And I can try out all the fantastic new features Blogger finally got around to adding... I mean, it's only been 10 years or so, right?

© C Harris Lynn, 2014