Magic Jewball

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It’s the little things that count

Filed under : Meta/Blognews
On July 30, 2007
At 12:30 am
Comments : 12

It’s late Sunday night and you know what that means! Blog changes! Why? Because Sunday night is the night I do my blog back-up, in case Houston, TX where my server is gets hit by an atomic bomb or, you know, I hit a wrong button or something. They’re equally likely, people! Anyway, once I’m doing that I start to think about all the little plugin ideas I’ve been hoarding in my Google notebook from the 85 geek feeds I subscribe to. Inevitably, I will put a few into action. No one’s really reading on Sunday late night, they all have less bloggy things on their minds, so if I fuck up, only three people on the West Coast notice. Most of the tweaks you don’t see but this week’s are all visible and so, I’d like to show them to you. Let’s go clockwise, shall we? On the right, in the sidebar, you can see two fun new things to play with. The lesser fun thing is the print button, and it has a check-off list so that you can just print the posts you want on a plain white background without all the round boxes that so prettify my blog. It goes to pdf first and then prints. This is dedicated to Monkey Girl who once printed out pages upon pages so she could catch up. No more “what you see is what you get,” sister! I gave it its own box but I may move it to the footer. Although that’s getting crowded. More on that in a moment.

The next one is for all the people who hit refresh hour after hour and curse me for not providing new content. Now you can have a random blast from the past! In the Blogroll/Links area, there’s a new Meta section (I moved “Who’s Linking to Magic Jewball,” which takes you to Technorati’s list of just that, in there too since it’s also meta) and in it is a new link called “Random Post.” Go ahead! Try it! See where it takes you, it should be different each time. Commenting is turned off on old posts, however, so you’ll just have to keep those burning thoughts to yourself, alas.

In the footer is a new link to subscribe to my blog via e-mail. See, I tried to turn you all onto RSS and lots of people did go for it (thanks!) but many of my readers are not technologically proficient (love you guys!) and so you just check forlornly. Which is OK, but I worry about you and all the things you could be accomplishing, like curing cancer or looking at porn. So for you I’ve added this special button which you just click, a form comes up, you hand over your e-mail address, and each day that I have a new post you get an e-mail to let you know. I think I have it set up for 7-9am Eastern US time, but who the hell knows. Point is, you’ll know.

But I didn’t forget my RSS readers. You’ll notice a footer with some new options in each feed item. Some of you will remember my old blog on Blogger (perhaps the only time I’ve ever switched away from Google, but face it, Google, Blogger sucked back then). Anyway, back when I had an empty footer it had my old slogan in it. I’ve added that into my RSS feed for fun, plus an option to e-mail my post, should that float your boat. I already had a way to see how many comments there are on a post but now you can subscribe and be alerted when one gets added. They also had options available to add my posts to Digg or Reddit or but I don’t think I’m really that sort of blog, so if you want to do that, you’re on your own.

Lastly, some of my favorite folks, my commenters, have a new option to check-off a box that will e-mail them if anyone comments after them. I tried to sell you on Commentful but I’m going to go ahead and guess that no one is using it but me. So since you’re already giving an e-mail address to comment, why not be notified when someone else says, “ew, I hate what you said?” It could even be me! Although I’d say it more tastefully. Want to be notified? You have to leave a comment. Psych!

One of these days I will set up a page to thank all the designers of the brilliant items on my bloated plugin list as well as the guy who does the famfam icons which are all over my site. Famtastic!

So in summary, I continue to make my blog prettier and more fun, all the while establishing new ways to ensure you never actually come here.

Tears for Fears – Change


12 Comments for this post

  1. No matter how hard I try, I’m just not going to beat KP out for the top commenter spot, am I?

  2. Becca says:

    You’re right. OK, from now on I’ll delete every other one of KP’s comments. It’s only fair.

  3. I think I might just love you.

  4. sarpon says:

    It isn’t that some of us choose to not use all the nifty gadgetry as it designed to be used. Some of us cannot summon the patience to make sure that gadgets work to their fullest capacity if it appears that the gadget does something superficially similar to its true and complete purpose. So simply because I only just now found out that if I click on the “+” sign on my Google homepage next to where it says “Magicjewball” it will actually open up and show me the new post doesn’t mean I wasn’t using the RSS feed at all.

  5. RN says:

    Great! I just got the RSS thingy figured out too.

  6. Soxy says:

    Ack! I’ve fallen off the top commenters list! I need to go back and comment on everything I’ve missed!

    While the new gadgets are bee-yoo-tiful and very kind, I kind of prefer to do my stalking the old fashioned way. Like drive bys on a Friday night. Or calling and hanging up. Or placing the words to “I will survive” in a locker. I mean, so I’ve heard those things happen.

  7. KP says:

    Is this the start of an angry mob?

    Fine, I’ll stop posting so much and give someone else the spotlight for a while.

    Oh wait…

  8. EmeraldMPH says:

    I appreciate the West Coast shoutout!

  9. Becca says:

    No, no, Sarpon, I knew you were using it. And not just because I saw you use it in my living room.

    RN, great! Don’t read other blogs on it, though, it’s just for mine. Oh, I kid! Maybe.

    Soxy, the old-fashioned stalking option is always available. Thank goodness, because my blog is way too pretty to only read on RSS (don’t hate it because it’s beautiful).

    KP, well, I can’t speak for the mob but maybe we’ll retire your number and let someone else have a crack at it. Heh, I said crack.

    Hey! Seattle in the house! Yes, I see you folks with your late-night surfing ways. Late-night to me anyway.

  10. Becca says:

    Oh, and I thought it would be fun to show you what my Google Reader looks like. Well, I had to find a cross-section without anything embarrassing. It was harder than I thought it would be.

    For those who have never seen a feed reader, see? Blogs or other websites on the left, posts on the right. Only 35 unread, not bad.

  11. I may have to check out this reader thing. I used to be up on all the technology and web stuff but I got old and cranky. I think I’m just supposed to shake my cane at the monitor now.

  12. Becca says:

    I wish that kind of thing showed in my stats.

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