Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Internet Went Down

Last night while I was playing with this blog format. So if you happened to see pictures appearing and disappearing on my header, that's why. I forgot to change it last night after the internet came back on. Oh, well. I'm having fun playing with formatting. A little too much fun, as in it's new and shiny and I want to play with it all the time. I need to get into revising like that, but unfortunately, it is not new and shiny. It's old and gone over a million times. :) But I will prevail. After I finish work.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Website Post #2

Okay, through with the tutorial from here. So now I'm going here to CSS introduction. Hopefully it will tell me how to put cool stuff (ie pictures) in my web build. Note, I do have some experience with html from college. I'm also somewhat computer savvy and can find my way around a computer and fill in the blanks if things are left out. So this may not be for everyone, but I'm willing to give it a shot. The worst thing is I've wasted tons of time that could have been spent doing something else and still have to pay a couple hundred dollars to have someone else build my website. The best thing is that I have a site I can maintain myself. I'm hoping to figure out how to interface my website with this blog instead of using WordPress as a blog. I like my blogger account, but it may be for the best to move everything over. I don't know, but I'll figure it out as I go along. It's been fun learning and I'll still keep you posted on how things are going. I'm going to try to limit web building to after school, evening type activity.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Website Post #1

Aspiring author wants website. Aspiring author doesn't have $200 extra laying around to pay someone to build, not including maintenance. What's Aspiring author to do?

This is my journal is learning to create my own website. Not very writerly of me, but I'm sure other writers may want to take this trek as well. The first thing I did was go to godaddy.com and find my name had already been taken. I found a derivative by using a hyphen. Apparently it's very important to look at this url before you register it. Just look at it as if it might be mistaken as a p0rn site. Alright so what all do I need. Well, I could register one domain or two. Each has an annual cost associated with it and if you want the privacy option that's per domain. However, if you buy 5 domains you get the privacy option free. Privacy means that someone can't find your name listed as the owner of that site easily. The price of 2 domains with privacy cost almost as much as 5 domains. So I got 5. Knowing that I was only going to actually use one to build the website. It was an investment in the future. I bought the .com and .net of my chosen website, a potential pen name, another version of the my writer name, and one that I'll set up if my Fallen series gets pubbed.

Okay, so now I have 5 domain sites. What next? Hosting. Now a lot of places offer hosting and godaddy is one of them. So I bundled in one year of their economy plan. Now if you intend to use WordPress, take a hint and go for the Linux and not Windows operating. You can always switch at anytime. The next fun in installing WordPress. I finally got it but it took a little time. The Five minute installation is a lie. But it does have its uses. You will have to change the Database Host, but all in all it isn't that bad. Just follow the directions until .... upload. Umm. Yeah. Where is that supposed to go?

Not as bad as I thought. Go to ftp.(yourdomain).com [don't actually use (yourdomain) and open the ftp with windows explorer. It tells you how to do that. It will open a folder window. Copy your files and paste them in that window. Then follow the remaining instructions in the 5 minute installation.

Now I tried to read the how to on Wordpress.org and wanted to cry myself silly. I consider myself somewhat tech savvy, but my brain slowly eeped out my ear as I tried to make heads or tails of the instructions. So using the power of Google, I found dummied down instructions.

That's what I'm doing today. So here's the link to How to Create Wordpress Themes. The lessons are broken down into 10-15 minute chunks (at least in the beginning which is all the further I've gotten). They aren't that hard to follow and I've been using the ftp to load up the changes. So go forth and create a website. I'll keep ya posted as to how I'm doing.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

AHHH! I've Fallen and I Can't Get Up

You'd think I would have seen that gigantic hole up ahead, but I think I must have been looking the other way. I'm not quite sure why they call it digging yourself out of a hole. That just seems to make it deeper. Between starting my part time job and duties with volunteer positions, I was completely swamped last week. I have not had a day off and all my writing time had to be used to work on an old problem, I'd let go for too long. So, am I anywhere near my goal, no. Is it time to rethink the goal, probably. Do I feel I have the necessary brain power to accomplish anything at this time, definitely not. A week of doing nothing but accounting can sure weigh down the creative mind. I'll be continuing to work on the accounting stuff this week and a group I'm in is doing a book in a week, so maybe I'll push through and complete FORSAKEN during that week. That's all my brain has time for. Hope everyone else's February is going well.