Tempera Painting Over LightWord: Theme Switch

Since 2009, the venerable LightWord theme has provided this site’s look and feel. However, LightWord’s developer sold it to a third party years ago after losing interest in maintaining it, and the last update was pushed to WordPress Trac nearly 4 years ago, on January 11, 2012. WordPress has come a long, long way in that time—and LightWord already lacked support for a few of the newest WordPress features back in 2012. While setting up a new site this week for a college friend, and helping her choose a theme, I realized just how much I’ve been missing out .…

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Getting back in the blogging game

My poor WordPress site didn’t get much attention during college. I used it to cross-post a few things for my Digital Journalism course back in 2011, and banged out a post or two in the interim—but there really isn’t much here that wasn’t around in 2010! It’s time to change that. Frankly, I haven’t wanted to do much in the way of long-form writing online because my writing energy was sapped by essays and papers. Twitter and Facebook have seen orders of magnitude more use than this server I actually pay for, in the last four years. It’s just been…

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My Google AdSense Account: Moved to Where It Belongs

Honestly, I’m no longer sure how it happened, but suffice it to say that a few years ago I did something stupid. No, no, it was nothing like that. I just applied for Google AdSense a few days before my actual 18th birthday. That, of course, netted me a declined application, because I was obviously still too young to participate in AdSense—but I wasn’t counting on it also killing my ability to reapply later. When I tried again to sign up for AdSense using my main Google Account, after I was old enough, I got nothing but errors. When I…

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Full Circle: WordPress.com Adopts Windows Live Spaces

Four and a half years ago (give or take a few days), I started blogging on what was then known as MSN Spaces. My first post—just a few sentences about Wi-Fi issues I had with my Pocket PC—went up on March 27, 2006. Since then I’ve gone from writing a few dozen words to writing a few hundred words (and occasionally a few thousand) and transitioned to two different platforms. I because Spaces was far too clunky. Blogger served me well until I between late October 2009 and mid-January 2010. I kept a curious eye on Spaces, observing the transition…

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Bringing Back Skribit

A while back, I tried out a service called Skribit on my Blogger site. Skribit’s purpose is to help bloggers overcome writer’s block. It places a suggestion form on the site where visitors can leave ideas for the blogger to use when he or she is out of his or her own ideas. It never got much use by readers of the old site, so I initially didn’t bother transferring it here; but now that Skribit has launched and (I see) done a lot of work on the experience users leaving suggestions have, I figured I might as well install…

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How I Beat Blogger and Redirected to WordPress

Yes, I really and truly have from Blogger. I know there are a lot of guides out there, but I think the method I used was different enough to warrant a new post. (I won’t duplicate the steps of setting up the new WordPress site and importing the content from Blogger; that’s pretty obvious, and it’s well covered elsewhere. Redirecting is the art form that’s been changing every few months.) Obligatory Rant Getting away from Blogger is really much harder than it should be. There should be a process to verify with Google that one is not a spammer trying…

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Migrated to WordPress!

I did it. I finally did it. I ditched Blogger! You know, there’s a certain satisfaction to this. I’ve been wanting to ditch Blogger for years, ever since I discovered WordPress. And I finally did. I’ll consider the completion of this migration to be the fulfillment of my unstated New Year’s resolution. 🙂 Thanks to the generosity of one of my Twitter contacts, @Navarr, I now have a self-hosted (er, friend-hosted) WordPress blog. He offered to host my blog after seeing me complain a lot about things I couldn’t do under Blogger. Eventually I bit the bullet and bought a…

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FeedBurner Migration Troubles on feeds.swrobotics.com

Image by rudolf_schuba via FlickrI didn’t exactly blog about it outright, but I do remember expressing a reasonable amount of uncertainty when I that I moved my FeedBurner account to Google’s servers. Yes I am an early adopter; the deadline may not be until the end of February, but do you really want to make something of it? Apparently Google did. As part of the migration process, I had to ask the DNS administrator for swrobotics.com (I wish I could do things like this myself, but I can’t) to change the entry for the feeds subdomain from feeds CNAME feeds.feedburner.com.…

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Feed Address Changed [Maintenance]

Image via CrunchBaseFor those reading this site via the feed, this is just a heads-up that the feed address has changed due to my FeedBurner account being migrated to Google. Email subscribers are unaffected; all that’s changed is the link I have here on the site, in the sidebar, for new subscribers. If the address you subscribe to is on this domain (i.e. has voyagerfan5761.blogspot.com in it), you’re all set. If you subscribe to the one on feeds.feedburner.com, you’re set, too; but I don’t know how long Google will keep the redirect up, so change feeds to feeds2 just to…

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Google Friend Connect: Interesting Service, Can’t Sign Up

Yesterday, Google launched a preview release of Google Friend Connect at Campfire One. The premise is neat: Google provides you with a directory of pre-programmed social widgets (slash gadgets, slash modules, slash whatever you want to call them) that you can install on your website simply by pasting HTML code. All kinds of authentication formats are accepted, from Google Accounts to OpenID and beyond. For more nitty-gritty details, head for the official blog post or the Google Webmaster Central version (the latter is simpler). Incidentally, there was a huge blogstorm about this yesterday, before it was officially announced and before…

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