Site Updates

I am currently working on changing and updating this website to better suit my needs as a graduate student. There are a few changes you may wish to be aware of as I do so.

As of today, the blog/website for my project The TECH Project will no longer be online. I will transition information about the book and the project here to this site over time, but it won’t be immediately available.

Meanwhile, the blog for Rathalla Review will launch next week. The blog, written primarily by the managing editor and associate managing editor of the magazine, will feature our weekly featured podcast along with the monthly podcast produced by the Review. I will occasionally write updates; however, my role will primarily be that of a moderator.

Finally – and most exciting, at least for me – you can now reach my blog at Wow –  a fast and easy way to get to my website!

If you have any further questions or remarks, feel free to leave a comment below. I love to hear your thoughts.

Site Updates: 25 Feb

I’ve been making some changes to the site recently, and I figured it’s about time I post an update.

  • Added Guest Post category.  Now you can check out every guest post I’ve hosted on this blog here.  I’m looking forward to hosting some new guests (possibly even REGULAR guests) soon, so this feature is going to be pretty helpful!
  • Changed UTWG page.  If you’re curious about this strange UTWG thing I keep writing about – the UT Writer’s Guild – then you can learn more about it here.  You can also find out more about some of our members – and even find their blogs.
  • Added Site page.  Now, instead of just bumbling around on my very full About page, you can check out the Site page to find out specific things about this blog, such as how to suggest a Toledo-area establishment to review or inquire about guest posting.
  • Added Challenges pages.  If you’re interested in learning about the reading and writing challenges I’ve participated in, both online and offline, you can check out the Challenges page.  You can also see my progress in my current 100 Books challenge on the 100 Books in 2012 page.  NaNoWriMo and Script Frenzy pages may be added later.

If you’ve got some time, feel free to poke around in these pages and leave comments – especially if you’re planning to participate in some challenges this year or if you’ve guest posted on my page before.  I’d love to hear from you again!

Comment Policy

Due to the inordinate number of spam comments I’ve been receiving of late, I thought I’d just set down a few guidelines regarding my comment policy.  If you adhere to this policy, you’re likely to be put on the “Awaiting Approval” list rather than the “Spam” list, and starting now I will be consistently emptying spam comments without looking.

First off, please use some type of account or identification to tie your comments together.  I have anonymous comments, but you do have to at least use your e-mail – don’t worry, I’m the only one who can see it – and I prefer you leave a link to a blog or website.  I like to visit back and comment on posts I like, and I frequently re-post or re-Tweet interesting links and blogs on my Twitter account.

Second, it’s better to use a name instead of a handle when you comment.  It’s nicer when I see “Becky” or “Jake M.” in the comments section rather than “gardener7234” or “33roses” because, quite frankly, the latter commenters are usually spammers, and I don’t like spammers.  You don’t even need to use your full name: just a first or last name is good.

If you comment multiple times, I’m more likely to visit you.  I mean, that’s generally true, but faithful commenters create better conversations!  As I mentioned above, I like visiting back, so if you like comments, comment on me!

I know this post is a bit short, but I just wanted to let you know about the new policy.  I’ll change some pages also to reflect that.

Reader Poll: What Do You Want Next?

Hello, readers!  This is probably one of the few times I’ve addressed you directly, but as my final year in college approaches, I figure a little change may be necessary, and before I do so I would like to hear from YOU.

This is a personal blog, but I do like to write informative articles.  I have a few small series that I keep up to the best of my ability – Indie Toledo is my favorite – but sometimes I feel at a loss for content, and I have no idea so far of what my readers like to see here.

So here is your chance to get more of what you want!  Tell me what types of articles you like, what types of articles you want to see, and which articles you’d rather I avoid.  Here are some examples:

  • The Indie Toledo series covers Toledo-area local businesses.  I review primarily restaurants, but I also do retail reviews.
  • Writing-based articles: so far, I’ve done a few articles on workshopping as well as other articles on format or general guidelines.
  • I’m also planning to do a few articles on Japanese anime, including a guide to new viewers to see if they’d be interested and possibly a parent’s guide to age-appropriate shows and movies.

I’d like to try other articles, as well, so if there’s anything you want to see more of, please let me know!

Also, as a special side note, please comment directly on the blog rather than on the Facebook post.  That somewhat defeats the purpose of commenting and having an on-post discussion, plus it’s a lot harder for me to keep track of…

Thanks for reading and remarking!

18 August: Updates and More

Hey guys, I just wanted to let you know about some of the changes I’ve made to the blog recently.

  • Links page: added Find Me section – As I’ve started to amass a variety of personal sites, I thought I should probably link up everything in one place, so I added a new section.
  • Theme change: the most obvious change is to the theme.  I decided that since it’s about time for a new semester at the University of Toledo – and my last year here – it’s time for a new look.  I thought this one was rather pretty.  Right?
  • About page: made some minor changes – I made some promises of new content but eventually decided I’d rather not run that type of content.  I also made some grammar changes I previously had overlooked.
  • Hidden Skills page: I want to reconstruct the Skills page, so that’s going to be down for a while until I figure out what I need to do with it.

I hope you enjoy the new look and layout!