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Quick Facelift Update…


I’ve gone through my links and scoured away all the dead links.  Whew, there were quite a few. Next thing is to see if I can consolidate and clean up my category list.  Also on the agenda is deciding if I want to keep this theme.

I’d really like a gallery to showcase my jewelry creations, well, mostly wire wrapped pendants and misc. other types, but seems like I can’t put a widget on a page.  I really don’t want it on my side bar, so I think I need to search for another theme… or maybe see if I can make the side bar wider… but then I’d be taking space from my posts which need as much space as possible… I’ll see what I can do to stick it at the top… I’d really like see that.

I’m Playing…


So I’ve mentioned that I will be making some changes around here and have decided to just try out some new themes for now.  I’d love to get feedback on this one called “Choco” and let me know what you think.  I am definitely not good at computer stuff, even with the supposed “ease” of customizing WordPress.  Oh well, I’ll learn, I guess.  My main concern is getting as much space as possible for the post section because, well, a mere note of mine could end up being over a thousand words.

Outside Looking In…. A Daily Prompt


Okay… I’ve got to apologize for something going wrong and a MUCH shorter version of this post was displayed… only the first or part of the first paragraph.  While after much and strenuous (for me) jumping through hoops, I managed to restore my full article, two people had already LIKED it…. whew, I’m thinking “why?”  There was nothing written (yet) that I thought worthy of any attention… but thanks, people.  It’s appreciated.  I just hope my fully edited version is the one below… I’m bleary eyed right now.  Okay, now for a much needed pic for between this pre-paragraph and the real one…..

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Who is the one person you hope isn’t reading your blog? Why?

Well, I wasn’t going to do this. I’m in the middle of trying to decide what to do about making changes to the blog for chrissake; but then I realized I couldn’t answer this question. This is sort of an oxi-moron. I mean, “Keep Out” is something that I imagine is the last thing we bloggers want to do. Keep out people, our readers? HA. We spend so much energy trying to invite people into our blogs. We welcome people, we arrange little attractions that hopefully will keep them here, we urge them to stay a while and comment. We LOVE the attention. Oh, and the POLLS. So, to suggest keeping anyone out and away from reading our stuff is just something I can’t imagine… or maybe I can? As a matter of fact, I’ve written a piece but have not published it publicly specifically because I’m not okay with one single person reading it. Yet, it’s here, somewhere and private. It’s a delicate green-grey area.

I have a little philosophy going on here, and that is this:

I don’t let any thoughts out of my head unless I’m sure that I’m okay with EVERYONE who even might find out about it, find out about it. Being okay with my thoughts out there is essential to my contentment. Sometimes it’s a matter of my ego taking over and releasing my content to the world…. oh, and I digress as egos usually will do…. Being honest about myself is also key to my survival and sense of freedom. It’s also a pretty dumb idea to let every single morbid, crazy, and weird thing float around the internet… or from mouth to mouth. So the trick is to either make yourself okay with everyone knowing about every crazy that is going on with you, OR just not let them out to begin with.

You see, words are power. Secrets are the enemy.

I will basically spill my guts about myself…. welllll, about 98% of the weird or morbid will break out. I believe that whatever is out there about myself and is well-known, will not come back to bite me in the butt. That is freedom or a feeling of. The feeling of having NO fear of someone coming up to me with the knowledge of a deep, dark secret of mine to hold over my head. But it’s more than that. I am what you see, plain and simple, or AM I? There were different versions of me floating around out there in my past, but thank GOD that was before the internet and there’s no one alive who can relate those stories…. bwaaahhhh~! In this time and place, there are no hidden agendas or hidden anything. I’m one helluva cussing mama who attends church regularly, loves her husband and basically will only fantasize about HIM…. Simple, really.

I’ve written pretty controversial pieces that have lost me some friends or maybe I should say they kind of stepped back, but I’m okay with that because I believe in what I write or with whatever I will bother to debate about. I’m not really a good debater, you need to know your stuff inside and out for that; but if I’m passionate about something, THAT inspires me to write… and so I do…. AND you can’t shut me up.

This. is. me.

7/10/2013 edited to add:

Ah… there’s always a footnote, don’t cha know.  SPAMMERS are the only ones who are definitely not welcome here.  Even though WordPress does a great job keeping them away, quite frequently I get spammers who come in here with a stupid or crazy comment, so totally not related to what I had wrote, then include a convenient link to their “business.”  So.  I do need to approve all comments and I’ve really enjoyed that arrangement.  Most times comments are approved on the spot or at the very least, the same day.  So spanners,  move your bucket ass along and don’t waste your time here…..

Time for a Facelift…


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I’ve been spending some time today on the wordpress site… I love it here… and have been checking out other blogs, particularly blog design.  I’ve changed themes over the years but not much by way of design.  I have absolutely no background in this area and consequently I fear the face of my blog is just a chaotic jumble.  My facebook widget does not work and the whole side of my blog, where facebook stuff should be, is a total black blank.  Ironically, this accurately represents me right now… no organization.  I’ve never really needed organization before and I liked it that way, damnit; but now I can see that I need it desperately inside this blog and out.  Not sure what I’m going to do, but I like the idea of several summaries of blog posts on the home page.  

Keep your eyes peeled for changes…..

 

Happy New Year~!


Happy New Year, everyone!   Yep, we’re still alive.  We survived the Mayan’s prediction of apocalypse on Dec. 21st.  I preferred to look at it as the end of one cycle and the beginning of another.  Also, it is said in the bible that no man shall know the day, nor time of the end of time. So, I thought, we’re good at least through Dec. 21st.

We are all doing well, but heading for some big changes around here.  More of that as it happens.  Gabe is doing great in school and making progress every day.  Ed and I try as hard as we can to be loving parents, mindful though, of Gabe’s challenges; and guide him along the way.

It’s so easy for me to write when I get inflamed by some issue or another.  Quite another for me to just sit down and write.  I was never someone who could keep a journal, but I’d like to.  My problem?  Focus Fail.

Well, as you can see, I’ve begun changing a few things around here.  Housecleaning.  Changed the theme.  The last one I had got scooped away from me when I temporarily made a seasonal change.  My theme with the little red bic pen at the top was being discontinued and I was constantly being reminded that the “Reddle” theme was the closest active theme to what I had.  Nice, but no bic.  Was so sad to see my other one go, but it was an opportunity to go through WordPress’ updated library.  BRING BACK THE BIC~!  I like this one, but still miss the pen.  It was a reminder to me that I must write.  I liked looking at it.  I still might change this one to something else.  My goal is to get as much writing space as possible which was another reason I absolutely LOVED my last theme… WITH THE RED BIC.

I want to visually de-clutter my little space here and will be striving for a cleaner look and less befuddlement when I look at it.  For starters, I do like the media icons at the top of the page.  They are links to find me at each of those places.  I’m attracted to anything that catches me eye, and if you hover your cursor over them, they will move up to show themselves a little more.  Whoa, a little animation.

More is definitely not better.  As I look down the right hand side, I see repetitiveness and that I want to eliminate.  I see links that won’t work and maybe they have become redundant now with those icon links at the top… so, not sure what is important to keep.  Please, any and all suggestions and ideas are appreciated.  Please be so kind as to leave them in the comments section.

I also will strive to write more, but no guarantees for a flurry of posts… but will work to get the stuff important to my gut up and out on this page.  My newest interest is nail art and any type of DIY project that is, well, amazing.  You can find me at Pinterest now, please click the Pinterest link above and get a feel for what I’m about… I’m sure that one of the first thoughts you will have is that there is just too much stuff there.  Heck, at least it’s not really, physically in my closet at home…. that space has other occupants… oh boy. Extreme Hoarding, it’s not, but that show is my inspiration to  not let it get that bad.  My yarn closet verges on it, but that is all my yarn and you can pretty much push and shove tons of yarn in a small space… it’s adjustable.

A New Day


Well, I’m still wallowing in the murky depths of writer’s block.  I love my blog and I do love writing, but when I get to sitting in front of my computer, there’s a complete wall that goes up… the tallest one I’ve ever encountered.

Anyway, while swimming around here the other day, I came across a great post called, How Your Audience Is Like The Mogwai” I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and got some great tips for successful blogging.  Here are some ideas I liked:

  1. Carry a journal, a little notebook for jotting down ideas, phrases, whatever for blog posts:  I need for this NOT to be electronic.  Too much of a learning curve for me; and has happened in the past, hasn’t worked out (to put it kindly).
  2. Create a blogging schedule:  Decide what is “realistically” achievable.  I think I’m going to aim for twice a week, but realize that once a week might be what I’m only capable of for right now.
  3. Timing publication of posts wisely:  I’ve never thought about this, but I will.  I am a late-night writer and as soon as I’m done, I publish.  Well, maybe I’ll need to hold off until the next day.  I live on the east coast of the United States.  Don’t know where this will fit in, but I’ll have to give it good thought.
  4. Using Facebook and twitter to advertise published posts:  Well, I never really liked this idea, but heck, I’m not doing anything else that’s positive with these accounts (except of course for playing Bejeweled Blitz).
  5. Use Pictures:  I don’t remember this from Joey’s blog, but I love using pics in my articles.  I like to use at least one each time.

Okay, so that should be enough for today.

Name Change……


Hey Everyone…

I want to take this time to announce I am changing the name of my blog from ~Dragon’s Yen~ to just plain old DragonMommie.   I’ve been thinking about it a lot and then, tonight… POP…. took the plunge.  I hope this is not too much of an inconvenience to anyone.

Thanks!

DragonMommie

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