Rat's Kingdom by Jennloop

The mess! This layout doesn’t work!

I’m having layout doubts again. I know how I’d like to change the images at the top but what about the rest of it? Something’s just not right. And I know myself, this is going to keep bugging me and hinder my website-related work until I fix it. The featured image of this post is one I made some years ago after having read someone’s blog post about how she spotted a rat at the dump and it turned and looked at her. No doubt that would be a hideous experience for many people but I rather have a thing for rats and mice, so my rat at the dump looks friendly. The dump is more or less how I feel about my website right now. Perhaps someone else can see this place the way I see the rat; a perfectly lovely thing. The trouble is that I can’t.
Golden Child

Choosing a WordPress theme

After scrolling through hundreds of WordPress themes I’ve lost enough marbles to consider learning how to code my own WordPress theme. Some part of me knows that would be an incredibly stupid thing to do, to learn all the codes for the fancy effects and to keep the theme updated so it fits the latest WordPress version, not to mention tearing out hair when there’s a hard to find bug. It would take way more time than I have and it would go on forever. Then again, it’s been impossible to find what I need. Part of the problem is that I know what I want, it makes it harder to settle for some half right version. The other problem is that I want my blog posts visible in full text version on the front page while also having a huge fancy image and plenty flexibility to add other things.. and apparently that’s not what’s in vogue right now. I’m considering following the trend. It may not be exactly what I want but it’s better than coding a theme from scratch.. right?

Plan ahead!

The flu. It came, it hit hard, I had some seriously interesting delirious fever dreams.. and didn’t update anything for 2 weeks. Yup. This is why people schedule blog posts to go out automatically, write a back up post or two, schedule tweets into Hootsuite.  They say one of the most important things about online life is consistency. If your aim is to make friends, reach people, get heard, then showing up and saying something regularly is just as important online as it is in “real life”. Consistency is the reason I recognize and say a cheerful hello to our local mailman. I want to be like the mailman! ..Except not the part about biking around town at 4 am no matter what horrible weather is out there. Major kudos to the mailman! It’s a survival sport type of job! Next on my to do list is to make a back up plan. As soon as my head clears up. Right now I need to google if I should be concerned that I can’t blow my nose gently without the world spinning a tad..