Somewhere in between tweets and my long-form blogging

Oh hai! Metapost here!

I’ve decided that I’m going to work at adding a few more posts here and there that fall somewhere in between tweets and what has emerged as my approach to blogging here, which is distinctly longer form.

My macro-blogging posts meant I updated infrequently (having to build up my psychic energy). Tweets have certainly taken over my micro-blogging practice and I have something of a constant stream (look at the sidebar for recent updates). I’m going to aim for meso-blogging posts, just like the one I just added: clocking in at 171 words, I should be able to add a few more of these in the same time-frame as my macro-blog posts. Anyway. That is all.

-G.

Stanley Tippett, or why I’ve Privatized Posts

This morning I got an email letting me know that I had a comment on the blog ready to be moderated. I went to read it, and some of the most vitriolic words I’ve read on-line jumped from the screen. Since I published, and subsequently apologized for, a post that compared Stanley Tippett to a movie character with facial deformities, these two posts have driven the highest amount of traffic to this website. It’s something that I’m not particularly proud of—that my adolescent comment about someone is the most popular post—and comments on the post indicate to me that it is polarizing issue. But this is not a blog about Stanley Tippett. I don’t need to host adjective-laden conversations concerning Tippett’s character, or my character for being so foolish to post it originally. So, I’m making these posts private—in effect, deleting them.

But this is the Internet. Making them private does not make them disappear. People with interest and a little know-how can find them. Which is why I’m talking about it and justifying my decision. I’m not making these posts private because of what I wrote. The original post was stupid and a mistake, yes, but I chose to leave it up for over a year precisely for the reason that things just don’t disappear on-line. Deleting the posts could be interpreted as trying to hide what I did or said. The post and the subsequent apology were a learning experience for me. I continue to own my actions.

Now, however, I am no longer interested in the posts becoming a sounding board for anonymous commenters spouting hate. Trolls, be gone.

Sidebar Updated

Just added a little script in the sidebar that lets you know what I’ve recently been listening to…gotta love content that updates itself…

Also kinda cool is the green arrows to the left of the track. Click on it, and you’ll hear a short sample of the song. Now you get to enjoy my bad taste in muisc textually and aurally!

Happier with the site design

So, I’ve managed to get my head around PHP and WordPress enough that I have a site design that I’m pretty happy with.  I especially like the sidebar information and it’s ability to update without too much work.  Much more interactive!

Metapost: Tinkering

I’ve just added a “status” section to the sidebar. Right now, it’s adding recently listened-to music. We’ll see what else gets added.

In a perfect world, I would like to have a three column set-up for the page, with my personal status information on the left, posts in the middle and the blog stuff on the right. I’m no PHP or CSS expert, so I’ll guess I’ll have to settle on this comprimise as I tinker around.