Decorative Flower
Her Realm, Personal website and blog of Cole
Apr 22

On #BloggerExhaustion and Words, Words, Words!

blogger-exhaustion

I’ve stolen this hashtag and image from Nicole who runs BloggerPR. Her vent was a little different than mine will be, but it was a tag that I could immediately relate to. I run four blogs, three of which you might know about this: Her Realm, Reviews by Cole and Lyrical Musings. For the most part, my personal blogs are just that: personal. I write in them when I have time and when I am inspired or impassioned. This has become less and less common lately.

You see, I write for a living. Every day, I pump out between 1,000 and 3,000 words depending on the price I’m paying. Sometimes it’s boring as fuck. Other times it’s just repetitive. I deal with unclear clients, finicky editors, slow Internet connections and requirements that are just absurd for how little people want to pay me. I do this not because I like to but because I need to pay rent. I really don’t hate it. In fact, I’ve gotten some compliments lately on my work ethic and my ability to write. I love this, but I do feel a little jaded about the whole thing because I do it so much.

On top of those thousands of words, I try to write at least one post on Reviews by Cole every day; although, it’s often more like 2. Not all of the content is 100% my words. However, I do write an extra 500 words or so a day. Add on taking, editing and uploading pictures, social media promotion, sending pitches, commenting in blogger groups and everything else I do, and this is a hobby that’s a labor of love. Sure, there’s a little money in it,  but it started because I like to talk basically. However, to keep up with others, I have to talk more than I’d like. It’s just how it works.

This leaves little time or inspiration for writing poetry or patience enough to write words to come up with a humorous post about my life or a tutorial about WordPress here. I don’t want to type words. I don’t want to see words. I don’t want to think words. I pretty much have stopped reading for fun. I can’t even read blogs anymore. It’s all words, words, words. And I can’t do it.

Even on the one day a week I give myself off from work, I have to blog. That’s where my exhaustion comes in. It doesn’t end. Because even if I am not working, there’s something to be blogged. Even if I am caught up with Reviews by Cole, I have ideas here that I really do want to write, but they all feel like a task.

I guess I need to take a good vacation from it all, but this means I’ll have to write and schedule posts for Reviews by Cole and catch up on work to give me that time off. If I could do all that, I wouldn’t be feeling this way, now would I?

I suppose this is part of the reason that I never wanted to make hobbies into a career. I also suppose this is just part of being a working adult. The working part is exhausting and steals time and energy that we’d like to devote to the things we like to do, instead. At least I am in good company, then.


Apr 22

Where’s My Head At?

Or the post in which Cole puts her iPod through the washing machine.

I don’t know what’s been going on with me for the past two weeks or so. It’s just like lost my wits about my. I have literally lost multiple things, including my box cutter (I think it went out with the trash) and a brand-new pair of panties, which must have walked off with someone else’s laundry.

The straw that broke the metaphorical camel’s back, however, was when I went to bed last night wanting to listen to my iPod, only to realize that I had forgotten to remove my iPod from my jeans pocket when I tossed them in the washer. Then it dawned on me.

Oooh, that’s what that sound was in the dryer. Actually, the iPod had flown out of the dryer when I was checking to see if my laundry was done and landed on the floor, I’m lucky it was even there when I returned. I’m even luckier that it still somehow works.

I don’t do well with losing things. I guess other people would say that “everything happens.” I guess this is true, but my anxiety drives me to keep tracks of things and people and events. Not knowing just gnaws at me. With time, I’ll get over all this silly and forgetful stuff. I’m sure to be on the top of my game, now.

However, it’s still just so unlike me. It really ruffles my feathers the wrong way. And then I end up with all this nervous energy and no good way to deal with it. So, today I stressed cleaned the house I had just cleaned to a deep clean and hung up a mirror with the help of a friend. My house feels amazing, but I don’t quite feel that awesome.

I hope I can get back to be soon because now that it’s finally warm and spring-like, it’s time to enjoy fresh air, long walks and all of the things that make me happy. I just hope I don’t manage to displace them.


Apr 12

Make Growmap AntiSpam Compatible With WPTouch in Mobile Browsers

Growmap AntiSpam and WPTouch Mobile don't play well together in Chrome

Growmap AntiSpam and WPTouch Mobile don’t play well together in Chrome for Android

A few days ago, Maggie posted in BloggerPR about how Growmap Anti-Spam wasn’t working right on the mobile version of her site, which is powered by WPTouch. I took a look and, sure enough, mine wasn’t working either. In short, the checkbox looked mishaped. I described it as “melted.” Neither the checkbox nor the label text allowed you to select the checkbox. Strangely enough, even though it didn’t look like it was selected, you could still submit a comment. Overall, not very good.

So I delved  into the code to determine what was going on. The checkbox was indeed a checkbox, and it wasn’t even styled. I determined that it must be something in the theme, but this isn’t true. The issue was only occurring with certain browsing including but not limited to:

  • Chrome on Android
  • Amazon Silk (Kindle)
  • Android’s default browser

However, this isn’t an issue with Firefox with Android so you may not even have noticed it if you don’t typically view your own site from your smartphone or tablet or if you don’t use those browsers. Nevertheless, the majority of your mobile visitors could be unable to leave comments, which means less engagement for your effort and possibly lost readers.

Why wants that? Not you and me, that’s for sure!

However, you can fix it. In fact, I have two solutions. Both simply use CSS to reset all checkboxes on your mobile theme, so the box and label text for Growmap AntiSpam works correctly, and your visitors can comment all night long!

Method 1 — Jetpack

  1. Log in to your WordPress dashboard.
  2. Select Jetpack from the navigation.
  3. Enable the “Custom CSS” module.
  4. Enable “Mobile Theme” through Jetpack.
  5. Click “Appearance.” Choose “Edit CSS”
  6. Click “Edit” next to mobile-compatible and choose “Yes”.
  7. Paste the following code into the text box.
  8. Click “Save stylesheet.”

 

input[type="checkbox"] {
-webkit-appearance: checkbox !important;
-moz-appearance: checkbox !important;
-ms-appearance: checkbox !important;
-o-appearance: checkbox !important;
appearance: checkbox !important;
}

Let me know if this advice helps you!If, for some reason, you cannot edit this file or this fix doesn’t take, I have a second option!

Method 2 — WPTouch

  1. Log in to your WordPress dashboard.
  2. Select “Editor” from Appearance.
  3. Choose WPTouch basic theme from the top down menu.
  4. Open style_structure.css.
  5. Copy the follow code to the end of the stylesheet and save. Voila!
input[type="checkbox"] {
-webkit-appearance: checkbox !important;
-moz-appearance: checkbox !important;
-ms-appearance: checkbox !important;
-o-appearance: checkbox !important;
appearance: checkbox !important;
}


Apr 11

Attention Bloggers: Heartbleed Affects You!

Heartbleed Patch Needed

What to do in the wake of Heartbleed

Normally, when you log on to a website and you see the green “HTTPS” in your address bar, you feel pretty safe. Your bank, PayPal, Facebook and Google are all among sites that use encryption to make sure that your private information stays private. However, the Internet just got news of Heartbleed. What is this strange thing with an even stranger name? It’s a bug in OpenSSL, one of the popular methods used to encrypt data such as passwords and credit card numbers.

What does this mean?

In short, OpenSSL hasn’t necessarily been doing its job for almost 2 years.

What should I do?

Expect that your passwords and log-in information have been floating around the Web for 24 months. In the best case scenario, no one has this information. In the worst case scenario, someone has it but hasn’t decided to use it — yet! Changing your passwords is essential.

What sites are effected?

Not all websites that use HTTPs are affected. Not all sites that use OpenSSL were vulnerable. Those that are have, hopefully, fixed the bugs  (if they’re smart). However, there are a lot of websites that you might use as a blogger that are effected.

Mashable has a more complete list of all the websites affected by Heartbleed, and you might use some of them! Check it out.


Apr 02

My Heart Wants

I have long been a fan of Lennon Murphy, a chick rocker who, yes, is named after that Lennon. She had a solo career, and I discovered her on MTV Rock (remember when that was a thing?!) in high school. I bought her first album and a few later, but she never achieved that same success.

I would eventually go on to start a Lennon fanlisting, which I deleted when I removed the rest of my fanlistings shortly before I switched Web hosts. But her career didn’t keep up. I was sad because I like chicks who rock. It’s also the same reason that I had a Pat Benatar fanlisting — and tattoo!

I had created a Google alert to be updated whenever Lennon popped up because I needed to update my fanlisting, and I must have forgotten to delete it when I deleted my fanlisting. You can imagine my surprise today when I signed in to my email to see that alert, which I had completely forgotten.

But it was awesome!

Lennon is back with a new band and this is their first single and I love it!

So I’ll post about it so you can love it, too!