Blog Housekeeping

Doing some cleaning up on this blog. Deleting/editing tags. Fixing broken links. Discovered a few unfinished posts–will see which ones I can still revive. Still have to work on the categories and “About Me” page. In the meantime, feel free to browse around. 😉


A Blogspot Bug?

Lately, I’ve been having problems commenting on Blogspot sites, using my WordPress ID. I know a couple of them moderate comments, and I don’t think they disapprove mine (since positive naman ako mag-comment, hindi ako troll/basher/hater. So there’s no reason for me to get blocked, right? 😉 ). But it happens a lot that whenever I hit the “Publish” button, my comment disappears. 😮 I don’t even get a notification message, i.e. “Your comments are awaiting moderation.” “Your comment will appear after approval.” so I don’t know if my comment registered. I try to post the comment again, but I get anxious that I might spam the post with duplicate comments. Sometimes, especially when it is a long post, I lose my momentum in trying to recompose the entire thing, and just end up not posting at all. 😮

So I logged in to my Blogger account to check on what could possibly be the problem. Yes, I have a Blogger account, but that’s because it’s one of the connected services to my Gmail address I opened a few years back. (Loyal 8-year WordPress user here! 😎 ) I only have one entry, and it redirects to this blog. 😉

Anyway, they have this announcement:

“…Starting the week of January 11, we’ll remove the ability for people with Twitter, Yahoo, Orkut or other OpenId providers to sign in to Google Friend Connect and follow blogs. At the same time, we’ll remove non-Google Account profiles…”

I don’t know if that would explain the missing comments. But until the bug gets fixed, I guess I will be logging in to Blogger more often for me to be able to comment on my favorite Blogspot blogs.

This post is especially dedicated to thepseudoshrink, diane, SAFM (your captcha to prove that I am not a robot actually makes it doubly harder for me to comment; ang labo kase minsan ng mga images! Or dyslexic lang ako? 😛 Keep on writing!) and SIU (even if you haven’t written in a while, you know I still visit your blog hoping to hear from you. 😉 ).

Sobe It

I recently signed up for The Daily Post’s Blogging 101 course, to help me jumpstart this blog. Because often, I find myself lacking in ideas and motivation, and Blogging U. just might give my blog the impetus it needs. Today’s assignment is to try out at least three other themes on the blog. Because as with a pair of jeans, you’ll never know it’s a good fit until you try them on! 😎

Compared to thinking of a tagline and writing for a dream audience, this one’s a cinch! 😎 In fact, it was WordPress’s gorgeous themes that drew me here. (I was previously blogging at Tabulas, which was good, but had limited “templates”, which is what they call their themes.)

My old WordPress blog started with the now-defunct Banana Smoothie. Visually, it was cheerful and refreshing, but its features eventually got outdated. Since then, my blog has seen many theme changes. Sometimes, it was simultaneous with a “phase” I was going through, e.g. Misty Look, during a gloomy period in my life; Forever, which came out so timely during our wedding preps; Crafty, when I was a new homemaker and trying to channel “Martha Stewart” 😛 Other times, when things were getting stale, revamping my blog’s look gave it a fresh re-start. 😉

For this new WordPress blog, I am using Sobe. No need for Blogging U. to tell me to “Love {my} Theme.” I am soooo loving it, I would hug it if I could. 😛 It’s sweet, but not saccharinely so. It’s simple, almost minimalist (like Penscratch), with unobtrusive icons for post formats. Unlike my previous themes above, I’m using a one-column layout this time to keep the focus on my writing. 😉

Blogging U.

I Write Therefore I Am

I don’t fancy myself to be writer, but I do enjoy writing in my spare time. At the end of the day, I try to write even just a little bit in my journal (Day One’s a nifty app for that! 😎 ). For over a year now, I’ve been writing about Elmo’s milestones and exploits. I try to “immortalize” his baby moments, if only on paper (and photos & videos), for this is a very fleeting time.

I write to reflect on my day and count my blessings. I also write to clarify my thinking. Because sometimes, I get so many ideas and they are nebulous. Writing about them allows me to sort through the haze, and give my thoughts some tangible form.

Sometimes, I write for catharsis.

I write to exercise my long-neglected right hemisphere. It is probably my most creative pursuit, since I don’t craft, paint, draw, take photography, etc. I write as a means of self-expression.

And so I write.

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I recently signed up for The Daily Post’s Blogging 101 course, to help me jumpstart this blog. Because often, I find myself lacking in ideas and motivation, and Blogging U. just might give my blog the impetus it needs. This is my assignment for the week. 😉

Blogging U.

The Daily Prompt: Burning Down the House

Today on The Daily Post: Your home is on fire. Grab five items (assume all people and animals are safe). What did you grab?

  1. Cellphone
  2. iPAD
  3. My long wallet, which holds my IDs and ATM cards
  4. Laptop, which contains digital copies of our important documents
  5. Photo albums, particularly those of our childhood pictures

But if I’m gonna be less stringent with the 5 items…

  1. My everyday bag, which contains the 1st 3 items above: cellphone, iPAD, long wallet; as well as my stethoscope and other tools, asthma inhaler, antihistamine tablets, steroid cream, a couple of lipsticks, reading glasses, pens, tissue and a small wallet of cash. 😉
  2. Laptop
  3. Photo albums. Perhaps, I should get around to scanning our old pictures and storing them digitally, so I don’t have to bother with these.
  4. Our Wedding Box, which contains our wedding album, Bible, candles, cord, arrhae, other wedding paraphernalia, and the book, “Guess How Much I Love You.” 🙂
  5. A few choice books.

New Year, New Blog

Welcome to my Nth blog! Seriously, who knows how many blogs I’ve created since I started blogging in 2005! 😛 I had brief stints at Diaryland and Xanga, and even dabbled with HTML with geocities. I have empty ones at Sanriotown (which is just too cute to give up!) and Blogger (I needed to sign up so I could explore its features). For a good 3 years, I was with Tabulas (which remains a decent blogging service up to this day, but which templates are limited) before moving to, and finally settling down with, WordPress. I don’t know but there’s just something refreshing and optimistic about a clean slate, a blank page, a new year–all the “starting over again” shiz. 🙂 So happy new year to you all. And a happy new blog to me! Let’s see what directions this blog will take. 😉