Welcome to the new gaff

Well, this has been a while coming, and there’s alway an outside possibility that WordPress will lock us all out, but I’ve finally made the move. There’s a few things still to do, the blogging version of pictures not hanging straight and being unable to find the box with the teaspoons in, but I’m in. Admittedly this is pretty slack of me since I was in ages ago and just haven’t made the time to sort it all out properly, so for a while it will be a work in progress with the occasional appeal to those more experienced with WordPress for advice on how to do things. In fact I’ll start with one of those right now – over at the old place one of the things that was starting to annoy me was the increasing length of the blogroll despite my having broken it up into sections and kept feeds only from the regular reads. I’d planned to follow that through even further here and almost have several blogrolls, which you can see over on the right there, but ideally I wanted them in drop downs or something similar showing only the first ten or twelve, and to keep those regular reads and residents of the Orphanage as feeds and displayed in recent post order. Anyone know, and does anyone know if I can make this white background that the posts appear on semi-transparent?

On the subject of the blogroll, you may notice that it’s a little longer than at the old place. Several people have been on my RSS for a while but because this move has been in a state of ‘just around the corner’ for months I’ve not added them. One seems to have given up blogging in the meantime but I’ve still added many more starting with the personal blogs of each one of the Orphans of Liberty (with the exception of one who I think only blogs at the Orphanage – Chuckles, if you read this and I’ve got that wrong please let me know and I’ll add yours), and in addition I’ve added links to some fine female bloggers: jredheadgirl, who I discovered only recently via a comment at either Dick Puddlecote’s or Velvet Glove, Iron Fist; Misanthrope Girl, who’s been in my RSS for a while; and Subrosa and Woman on a Raft, both of whom I should have added ages ago and can’t think why I didn’t. There are also additions in the Smokers and Drinkers section (itself an addition, and which includes a few of blogs from the regular reads/Orphanage sections because of some of the content), such as the aforementioned jredheadgirl, Smoking Out The Truth and Stand Fast, and also in the Climate Bloggers and Sites, the Thinkers, Pollies, Parties Etc, and the Other Sites sections. This means that my carefully albeit intermittently maintained pages of A-Z links that I’ve copied over almost verbatim from the old gaff have been buggered and need to be added to the list of tidying up jobs. If the world could arrange for there to be nothing to blog about for a week or two that’d be great, and if there was anyone on the blogroll at the old place who got missed here just wave at the screen and shout ‘Cooeee’ until I pay attention. Or leave a comment or contact me.

Anyway, welcome and do come in. Most of the old furniture is in the virtual garden and there are a couple of virtual ashtrays out there along with a virtual esky full of virtually freezing virtual beer out there. Mi casa es su casa… ooooh, houseplants, lovely. Do go on through, put your feet up and make yourself comfy, but excuse the changes as I try to get things more the way I want them.


Posted on January 3, 2012, in Uncategorized and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 21 Comments.

  1. Happy blogwarming, or whatever the appropriate term is – looks pretty good so far!

    • Thanks, but still lots to do. The old place evolved over three years so it’s not going to end up looking the same overnight. And actually a change of decor wouldn’t go amiss anyway. I already prefer the new header.

      Oooh, and you should be on the blogroll. /scurries off

  2. I use a plugin for my drop-down blogroll. Unfortunately, WordPress.com limits what you can do so I don’t know what options you have on that one.

    • A more pressing need turns out to be opening up comments. Yours and Macheath’s went into moderation and I don’t want them moderated unless I have a temporary need. Something else I have to fix. As for plugins, yes, that may be the thing that tips me into self hosting because the WP.com won’t allow them. I’d hoped that there’s a setting somewhere, but… And of course I’m reluctant to spend money self hosting a WP powered blog when I find the UI over complex. Oh, well, I can live with it for the time being, and with luck I’ll get used to the UI and feel comfortable dropping the $s.

      Edit: fixed the auto moderation for comments… I think.

  3. Love what you’ve done with the place. I’ve updated your address in the blogroll but didn’t have time to bake a virtual pie.

    • Cheers, Bucks. I’m settled on the overall style and feel but will be making tweaks for a bit. As I just said to Longrider, self hosting may be a necessary step but it depends on when I get used to the UI. Still feels like getting in the fucking space shuttle after having been driving a car with an auto box.

  4. Like the decor, AE. I’ve been thinking about a move, too – but have been putting it off. Keeping the two in tandem for a while is a good idea. Might just follow suit!

    • Cheers, Faustie. Makes it easier to change if you haven’t burned bridges, and if the change doesn’t suit you can always ditch it and carry on the original with only a plea to change links back again. It’d be handy if there was a way you could automatically repost things in one blog or the other. I suppose you could post in Blogger and then immediately import it in WP, but I need to get used to WP so I probably won’t. An offline blogging app would be the best solution and I think Livewriter could publish to both a Blogger and WP blog more or less at the same time, but sadly all the Mac ones I’ve tried are shit. Or they were. Might be time to see if any newer, better ones are out.

  5. Nice look, AE. Have adjusted the URL at mine. 🙂

  6. Oi Oi … nice to see you’ve made the move over to WP. Haven’t looked back since I made the move. Have adjusted my blogroll and reader to the URL of your new gaff 😉 Just a thought, you could do with an RSS feed button on here somewhere … to make it easier for punters to subscribe via their ‘reader’ thingies 😉

    • Cheers, Max. Will add the RSS button but doesn’t everyone have an RSS feed button in the URL field of their browser anyway? That’s what I’ve always used to add feeds. Hmm, lemme check something…

      .. aha, just had a look in Firefucks and no, no button. Seems that picking up the RSS automatically is a Safari thing. Shite, I’d have put one on the old place years ago if I’d realised. All this time I’ve been wondering why people bothered to add buttons and now I know. D’oh!

  7. “and does anyone know if I can make this white background that the posts appear on semi-transparent?”

    I’m not sure of a couple of things AE, like if you are able to edit the html or css files directly, or what kind of element you are using for the white background, so I suspect its a layer and assume you are able to edit directly.

    You can do it in one of two ways – either add tags to your CSS and give the div that holds the layer an ID, or just add the properties into the layer code.

    The properties you need are;

    opacity 0.x

    IE9, Firefox, Chrome, Opera, and Safari use the property opacity for transparency. The opacity property can take a value from 0.0 – 1.0. A lower value makes the element more transparent.

    IE8 and earlier use filter:alpha(opacity=x). The x can take a value from 0 – 100. A lower value makes the element more transparent.

    So your CSS (assuming an opacity of 50%) would look something like:

    opacity 0.5;

    Added into the div code like this (just an example code block):

    Note that any elements under the layer (like text) would also probably end up with partial transparency (like looking through partially opaque glass). Get around this by giving the layer div a higher z-index number which pushes it to the back.

    Hope this works for you.

    • Ripper, as you’ve probably seen I did get all the text. Thanks but unfortunately direct editing is a no-no on the free WordPress hosted blogs. This was something that kept me on Blogger, where of course editing code is allowed, for quite some time. I’m hoping that somewhere in the bazillion settings WP have there’s something I can change to do it or alternatively a similar looking theme that allows it, but if coding turns out to be the only way it’s something I’ll have to leave for the time being. I might alter the background in the meantime.

  8. Jeez AE, the comments field seems to have swallowed the example code block I just posted. Hope the text has survived and you can still read it your end.

  9. Very nice indeed! Have updated my blogroll accordingly.

  10. I must admit I only found the new gaff by accident – I saw the mention of “imported all my tags from this old place”. Then I scrolled down and got to “Welcome to the new gaff” with the “Cross posted from angryexile.wordpress.com”

    I am relieved that it doesn’t overflow across the screen like your old one did – was that set up for widescreen ‘puters?? Seems to load nice and quickly as well…

    • Glad you found it and like it. At 1200px or so wide the old place wasn’t set up for particularly wide screens but of course these things depend on resolution settings. I made it as large as I could get away with on my wife’s laptop (the smaller breed of MacBook Pro) and not quite need a window the size of the whole desktop in order to get in two useful width sidebars and a 650px-ish wide bit for posts in the middle. But I’ve viewed it on a netbook and a tablet so yeah, I know what you mean. Another problem was that the sidebars were extending the height of the front page to an extreme, or at least they would have done by the time I’d added the links to the new sectioned blogroll I’ve got here. I want to get those in some kind of menu or something so I can add some of the other sidebar contents and not have to use banner paper if I want to print the front page. Hopefully that’ll mean it’ll still load faster than the old one, which was also suffering from the zillion widgets I’d stuck on it over the last three years.

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