SSL or no SSL

See this as some sort up part 2 to the post from yesterday, although it’s a struggle I had today *sigh*

I decided to try and get an SSL certificate, as it’s already included in my hosting plan. Turning it on was easy and of course it worked like a charm, but… And there’s always a BUT(T)! It broke my theme, causing some images to not load. Even in my control panel, I had images not loading, and it pissed me off to say the least. Turning to good old Mr. Google for help, I found a lot of solutions to my problem, of which none of them helped. Not a single one of the many tips and tricks on the net helped me get rid of my issue. I installed SSL plugins, and they did nothing at all. I looked through all my .php files to find wrong paths, but there were none at all. I tried changing the URL in the settings, and… it didn’t even save.

So after a few hours of tumbling through help topics on this issue, while nothing helped at all, I decided to turn off the certificate, delete the plugins, and uploaded some files from my backup just in case. This has now resulted in my site not working in Chrome, at least for me, though I deleted all related cookies. Ugh! So I’ll be using Edge until it settles, and if it doesn’t, I’ll explode like a rocket and go to the moon. I bet the moon has no issues like these.

Anyway, it did make me realize one thing, and it’s that my theme is indeed very heavy on images. I’ve always liked that, especially because it’s so girly. But I do know, that it’s also a major turn-off for some people, so maybe it really is about time I change it? Looking through some themes for WP, I’ve found a few that I like, and don’t require images to work. Simple and pretty themes, that load faster than this one, and wouldn’t cause the SSL issues (though I’d still have to work with the images in the control panel). Now my main problem is my header though…

It’s not hard to see, that I’ve made my header suit the Chocolat theme, and that I make a new one for every post. While this of course looks good with this specific theme, it doesn’t work nearly as well with other themes. Sooo, if I am to change the theme, I need to change the header. All of them! As stated in my previous post, I’m not really up for that… But looking a bit further than to the tip of my own nose, I can see a future in doing so, as it would work well with other themes, should I decide to change again for some reason. Now, this wouldn’t be that big of a problem, if I still had all the images I used to make the headers. Which I don’t… Pffft, I’ve always deleted the images right after making the header, as I didn’t want unneeded stuff flying around.

Okay, so if I am to change them all, I either need to crop away the frame, and see if that works (but they’d be too small, I just KNOW it!), or I’ll have to look for the same images again, or similar ones at least. I’d not mind changing some of them into something better, but it’s still a LOT of work.

Well anyway, I’m not in my best mood right now anymore, so I’ll just be letting out some steam in daily dungeon, and then think about what to do with a hopefully clear mind. Oh, and there’s a Mushishi review scheduled for Sunday. Just a heads-up 🙂

EDIT: I’m already looking for images to replace the headers. I don’t have my own Photos anymore it seems, and some of the other images are too hard to find again. I’m doing my best though, and as soon as I’m done, I’ll start uploading the new and simple image headers.

All the small things

First things first; HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!!! I hope that 2018 will treat you well, and be a good year overall!

And then on to the tiny update. As stated in my last post, I wanted to change a few things that you probably wouldn’t even notice. And so I have.

I started by changing the widgets a little, adding my Tumblr to the lot, while (sadly) removing my Storenvy. As I’ve still not been able to open the shop, I see no reason for it to be in there. I’ve then deleted the widget for donating via Ko-fi, and just placed the button in the ‘Find me here’ widget instead. I think it makes the widgets look a bit cleaner. I also deleted the drop-down menu for Ghosty, because seriously, it’s already linked under ‘Shop’. This de-clutters the menu a little.

I’ve also added something to the menu though; my anime reviews. It’s something I’ve wanted to do for a while now, and since one of my New Year’s resolutions is to add at least 10 new reviews this year, I figured that it was about time. Another reason for doing this is because of what I can see in my statistics. Overall, my fun section and anime reviews get the most traffic from Google searches, and of course I’d like to make it easier to find all of my reviews on a single page, should those visitors want to read more.

And last, but not least! I’ve gotten rid of all the Instagram photos linked from my account to this blog. Or, well, I just planted them on here as static photos. I’m sorry for losing out on the videos and slides that were implemented, as I’ve only switched out with the front photo of the slides, and blah. But really, the posts were old, and I doubt it’s going to bother anyone, as long as the main photo is visible. My Instagram accounts for crafting and my little dog are open to the public, so if it DOES bother you, you can always go have a look at the originals.

Oh by the way, did you know, that Instagram is gonna change for the even worse soon… again? They are gonna throw in random images from those your friends are following. So if you follow someone who follows content you don’t like, then pity. Whoa, I hate the service more and more every day. Oh well.

That’s it. Nothing big, but it was still quite time-consuming. I won’t change the layout or colors after all, or at least not anytime soon, as it requires more time than I’m willing to spend on it right now. I just want other stuff done first, but I’m very happy with the small changes I’ve completed now 🙂

(This post was brought to you by automatic posting, because it’s New Year’s, and although I neither drink nor party, I’m probably way too tired to do this today, haha!)

This and that from along the Christmas road

I hope everyone had a nice Christmas! I had hoped to sit at the computer during the holidays, but nope, too much to do. Mainly because my family sucks, and I hate them. Or maybe hate is a too strong word, but I sure as heck am sick and tired of their shit! On my birthday, December 17th, I asked all my guests if they’d be home on the 23rd, as we’d like to stop by everyone and wish them happy holidays, as well as give them the annual marzipan that I make. They all said they’d be home that day, which was super fine. So I made tons of chocolate covered marzipan on the 22nd… and then the shit started…

The plan was to first visit my mom, as we had to go to the city, and she was closest by. Then visit my parents in law, and then my boyfriend’s aunt and uncle. But short after I had made the marzipan, my mom texted (yes, texted, she didn’t even call me), that she had made new plans with some friends, and that we could stop by late in the evening. So uhm, she wanted us to drive to the city, then back to our area, then to her, then back to the area. I thought she had lost it, and just told her off; as we’re not gonna do that. Skipping my mom, we went to my parents in law way earlier than expected, but when we called them to tell we were on our way, we got a “You better hurry, as we’re leaving in 20 mins!”. So they knew we would come, but they also made new plans, and didn’t even tell us. Imagine if we hadn’t called them first…

After our short visit, where my marzipan was just lovelessly placed on a table without even unpacking because they were in a hurry, my boyfriend was near the point of exploding. Even though we were now really, really early, his aunt and uncle surely had time for us, and we ended up spending most of the day at their house, eating cookies and drinking coffee and hot chocolate. When I told them how the day had been, his aunt was almost in shock over her own sister’s behavior. She told us how they spend Christmas alone with the kids, and only had to invite the uncle’s parents every other year. This made us decide, that we’re gonna do the same from now on. No more marzipan for those ungrateful fuckers, and we’re not gonna invite anyone, nor let us invite by anyone. And there is a reason for that decision too.

You see, we invited my stepdad pretty early in November, because my mom left him within a week, and we asked what plans he had made for the big day. As he had no plans, we just invited him. This made my mom freak out though, to the point where she spam-texted my boyfriend, telling him that we’re not concerned about the family at all, that we don’t care about her, and so on. He’s good at telling people off though, so he shut her up, and that was it for a while, or at least until marzipan day, like mentioned above. But then she invited herself over on Christmas day, which I wasn’t happy with at all, but accepted because of the lil’ one. Okay, jumping forward to yesterday. She was supposed to come visit for the lil’ one’s birthday, which is actually today, but because my boyfriend has work, we celebrated it with the family yesterday, or at least those who said they had the time. And who calls to cancel it, because she made new plans? My mom!

I was SO angry! I called her to tell her how I feel, but she played dumb (or maybe she didn’t even play it), and told me off. So yeah, I exploded and told her she could call the lil’ one herself, instead of letting me be the Boogieman. I hung up on her, as she kept rambling like an idiot, so yeah… Fun thing is though, that she had made plans to stop by today, which I told her I didn’t want, as the lil’ one had a mate coming over, and I told him they could play all day with no limits. And I really don’t want to entertain my mom alone for like 3 hours. Okay, so when my stepdad came over yesterday, it turned out my mom had made plans to come with him today again, and bring the present. She forgot to tell him though, that I didn’t want her here today. It’s so typical of her! She makes plans for others, cancels, then doesn’t cancel, and whatever the shit she wants! I told my stepdad what I told my mom, and he just sighed. He’s just as tired of her shit as I am…

To top it all off, because there was also one more issue around Christmas that made me want to choke some family members, we were also invited by my parents in law. They wanted us to come to their place, and celebrate Christmas with them and some random friend we don’t know. We said we’d think about it, but we already knew it was a no, because I don’t want to celebrate anywhere else than our own home, as it’s just too much stress. My mother in law saw our maybe as a yes though, and without our knowledge started making plans for the day. When we found out, we were like “Uhm, we never said yes, and we invited someone else over to us.” And then my mother in law looked at us all insulted, telling us how we DID accept her invitation, and yadda yadda. Ugh…

So yeah, next year, we’ll barricade ourselves inside our own 4 walls, and there will be no marzipan the day before. Some years ago, we had to cancel trading gifts, because it was the same shit with our parents. We put a lot of time and effort into gifting them, and we got 0 efforts back. It’s like they could have just wrapped up a box of pure stress for us, and told us they don’t give a shit. They’ve taken away the joy of gifting. They’ve taken away the joy of giving marzipan. They’ve taken away the joy of inviting. They’ve taken away the joy of Christmas… This was the last year with any kind of family traditions from our part. Next year, we send them time and date for our birthdays, and if they can’t make it, then SHAME. Christmas will be celebrated alone, and if anyone asks us to come, it’s an immediate NO. If anyone invites themselves on a day not already invited, it’s an immediate NO. It’s over!

And while I’m in the angry corner, let me continue with another topic; Instagram. I’ve noticed how it’s becoming more and more… useless? First off, it’s not loading stories properly anymore, especially the stories posted by Instagram themselves. Well, I don’t really care about their updates anymore, so whatever. But then there are all those fake followers and spam comments. Okay, I’m not really active there, since I’m busy with other stuff, but when I decide to post something, I really don’t want to sit around and delete random spam comments, block spam accounts (those free follower shitheads and porn accounts), and overall just having to take crap from idiots on there. I’ve now decided to turn off comments from future posts, and just not pay attention to those who follow for follow, because fuck them. But there is another follow problem I’ve noticed recently, which annoys me even more, and it’s when I want to follow someone myself. I straight up get a notice saying, that I can’t follow anyone because of restrictions due to community protection. WTF? I’ve followed 1 account during the last few months, so it’s not like I’m a fake follower or spammer… It makes my piss boil, because I rarely find anything worth following, and when I do, I fucking want to follow the shit out of the account I’ve found. Isn’t that what Instagram is for anyway? Follow the content that you like?

Of course I’ve tried looking up the problem, as it seems to affect all my accounts, but all I could find was, that I need to either use my browser on the computer (no-go), or link my account to Facebook (even bigger no-go). I fucking HATE Facebook with every nerve in my body, and the fact that Instagram is owned by that fucked up company makes me believe, that they are doing this on purpose, to get ownership over Instagram accounts. Because yeah, when you link your IG to FB, it’s FB’s rules that take over your IG account, a.k.a them being able to sell my content and personal information for their own gain. I’m not up for that. Of course my next step was to find a service similar to Instagram, but asking friends resulted in Twitter. I don’t like Twitter. Might use it again at some point, but not for personal posts. Looking around on the net, it came up with Deviant Art, Flickr, 500px and Snapchat. M’kay, I really don’t want Snapchat, and the others are more photo and art related, so not what I’m looking for.

Then I thought, why not Tumblr? I used it many years ago, but only for giggles, so it didn’t really come to my mind when I first started thinking about alternatives to Instagram. But Tumblr is basically the same. You post a photo (or whatever you want really), write a text (or not), write hashtags (lots of funny ones on there), and then you’re done. I like that it has no URL limitations, and that it’s so easy to explore new content to like and share. So I sat down with my phone, installed Tumblr, and made a new account for Colorpieces only. It has become so much easier and faster since I last used it, and it felt good to make a post there! So I’ll be posting on Instagram with comments turned off from now on, and then Tumblr. Maybe I’ll also go back to Twitter, dunno. Twitter is very noisy though, so I’ll have to think about it some more.

That’s it. Those were my holidays. Full of stress from family and Instagram, but solutions are being worked on. Now I just want to relax for the remaining few hours of the day 🙂

Oh, by the way… Next time I’m at the PC, and am not exhausted after a kid’s birthday, I’ll make some minor changes to the site. Nothing really noticeable. Next year, I might change the theme a bit though. Not that I want to change away from Chocolat, because I love that theme, but maybe change the colors and some designs. We’ll see!

Tiny bits of a life