Blot conversation 4

Blot conversation 4 (This is almost turning into a newsletter, sheesh. Apologies to everyone who has to put up with all my questions. I really do appreciate your generosity with time taken to answer some of these; in return I’m trying to document them a bit, keep the answers all in one place.)

A couple of questions: Has anyone else noticed that the Blot.im documentation has taken a turn for the weird, with different sections repeated multiple times? e.g. here.

Also, it looks like the dashboard has been updated, which is fine and dandy, but suddenly there is a new “home” link (see below) that I can’t delete, and also leads to a blank page. Is anyone else suffering from this? (I’ve already got my blog name (with link) at the top left of the header, and don’t think I need yet another link.)

Lastly, I’m interested in creating a new template that will show a page that lists the tags that I’ve used, which in turn can take you to the /tagged/ page. Has anyone implemented something like this successfully? I basically understand what I need to be doing to create this but somehow just can’t get it working right.

Previous conversations about Blot

Hosting query, where Blot first turned up

Blot and nValt; Blot and hosting

Blot and domain mapping; webmentions

Humanoid Language Week @ The SpinOff…

Time for another episode of “Help Me Configure My Blot.im Blog Because I Can’t Figure It Out By Myself!”

Blot cohorts, just wondering, do you integrate your blog with comments at all? I’m interested in possibly putting something in as without them my blog feels eerily like an echo chamber, but Disqus (which Blot gives an option for) feels more commercial (ads, etc) than I would like.

I’m also curious (and unsure) if I need to be worried about SSL for my site. I noticed that the blot blog uses http. I don’t currently ask for any user info but I may do down the line…

Also, just a rant (because it feels good!) that I still can’t get my domain hosting working (ideally I would love discombobulated.co.nz as my root domain but all I seem to be able to manage is a redirect to the blot.im site from there). Bleurg.


Reading: SF Books That Did Not Belong In the Kids’ Section of the Library at Tor.com :)

Tee hee: real businessmen

sunrise in space!(via Twitter)

Incredible speech by Paula Stone Williams “I’ve lived as a man & a woman – here’s what I learned”. Funny, insightful, and full of heart.

The semaphore version of Wuthering Heights

Just came across this incredible article written several years ago on the guardian: a biographer’s friend discover 140+ diaries in a skip and he goes about investigating the life of their author…

This history of indexing, searching, and information pretty much blew my mind…

Hot damn! Struck the motherlode of misplaced film just now while going through my fabric stash. I’d been searching for these for ages and had pretty much given up on ever finding them! Woo!

Really lovely post by Austin Kleon on creativity as a parent.

Next up on the further adventures of a girl and her blot: how to figure out how pagination rules work for the entries summary page. The default looks to be 5 entries. I want at least double that :)

Now Lou Diamond Phillips has joined the Wiggles…

Blog hosting question: what platforms do people use these days? Thinking (again) about migrating my wordpress.com blog to…something else. Are there any beginner-friendly resources you’d recommend?

Robbie Rakete on the Wiggles this morning talking about taniwha! 👍

Caro Diario: one of my all-time favourite movies. The scene where Nanni Moretti’s riding his vespa to Keith Jarret’s “Köln Concert” just does it for me every time.

Anyone have any tips on unblocking inkjet printer heads? Have been scouring the internet and used a stupid amount of ink on nozzle cleaning. Yellow still playing hardball.

New goverenment announces budget. Opposition MPs tweet angrily that they will continue to eat pies.

Breaking news!

Getting really excited - @macgenie is interviewing me tomorrow for the Micro Monday podcast! :D

Some Good, Some Bad

Good grief, it’s been a real week of highs and lows:

* Spent the week meticulously writing down all my photos in my new Analog Book, only to discover a blank roll when I unloaded the development tank - turns out the camera wasn’t winding on and I didn’t notice!😩

* the photos that I was expecting to be total trash (after opening the back of an old lomo konstruktor and finding film inside) might actually be recoverable 🤞

* my d&d group of 8+ years is now homeless and may have to disband 🧙‍♂️

* my daughter has just come down sick with what looks like a tummy bug

* and this beauty arrived in the post today. She’s perfect. 🤩 📷

As an ex-Washingtonian I’ve got to say I’m totally jazzed by the preset names in sunlit! Find myself smiling every time I see them.

So, so happy to be able to announce that my short story, “The Obstinate One,” was accepted by Flame Tree Publishing for inclusion in their gothic short story collection, Lost Souls.