Sourcerer Redesign. Feedback Encouraged.

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This is a mock-up of the new Sourcerer. If you have an open channel to me anywhere on social media, I would appreciate feedback. I do not care which channel you choose. Private communication is just fine.sourcerer_image

I’ve decided to go with Twenty-Eleven for Sourcerer because it’s the best free theme I’ve discovered in a year of searching. I love both the look-and-feel and the functionality I get with it. I will explain my reasoning, then ask you questions.

A proper blogroll is as much trouble to maintain as an index page. I don’t believe blogrolls are worth the effort anymore, so Sourcerer will not have one. Here is what I will do instead. There is a whole strategy of sidebar construction.

The purpose of sidebars is to give interested readers other options. Once the redesign is done, Sourcerer will only allow  three options.

  1. Follow us somewhere on social media.
  2. Visit a friend’s blog.
  3. Find something else you like in the archives.

If you look at the sidebar, you’ll see  a lot of “Recent Posts” alternated with ways to follow and ways to dig into the archives. There are a couple of Easter Eggs for you here. The order of the social media widgets tells you my priorities and the “Recent Posts”  feature a few contributors we’ve not announced yet. The widgets work like this:

  • Follow this WordPress blog, and here’s a contributor. By the way, we have archives.
  • Follow on Twitter, and here’s a contributor. By the way, we have archives.
  • Check out our categories (which I must straighten out very soon) and here’s a contributor.

Get the idea? The Facebook widget is at the bottom because it’s the most exclusive, and that means it is the least likely to be followed. It is there so REALLY interested bloggers can find it. I am watching the Like notifications from Sourcerer’s fanpage carefully.

The final version will also have footers. I did not bother with them here, but they’ll be set up for the most part like the ones at Just Gene’O. Important widgets:

Blogs I Follow. I don’t like and comment from the Sourcerer account much, so I will unfollow everyone from this reader and then follow bloggers I am keeping up with on three or more networks. If you blog and we Tweet together, you don’t need to be personal friends with me on Facebook to get into the Sourcerer reader. But you do need a Facebook page.

Or else you need to follow me on a third network and let me know you did. You can find me on G+, Tumblr, StumbleUpon, and Pinterest if you look. I don’t engage on those networks, but I have accounts. I check them from time to time and pay attention to who is adding them. If you are a friend, I am happy to follow you back on any of those networks eventually. I don’t mind you using this thread to tell me where you followed me and drop a link. That makes my life easier.

My Community: So we can all see who stopped by recently.

Meta : It’s convenient. It allows contributors to sign in easily.

Other Stuff: Things like category clouds, image carousels, etc. to give the footers interest.

Now questions.Emanuel_Wynne

  • Is this a better blog than the one we have now? More reader-friendly? More strategically sound?
  • As a reader, how do you find this blog? Does anything about it interfere with your enjoyment of the content?
  • Do I need to mute the color of the front page a little? Is it so white it hurts your eyes?
  • Should the sidebar be on the right or on the left? I put it on the right here so you can easily compare it to Sourcerer and Just Gene’O.
  • Is there any other feedback you would like to give me?

Taylor, David, Sheena, Lizard. Pinging you with this because I think you will be interested, and pings are the best way to be sure you see. Taylor: you ping me so often, and one good turn deserves another 🙂 David and Sheena: you are just awesome! Lizard: We had a conversation about this WEEKS ago on one of my  threads and that conversation was so helpful to me, so I want you to see this.

Note: This is a reblog site I set up over the summer and tested for a few weeks, then mothballed it. I am using it for development right now, but I can connect it to the social media and start slinging links into the ecosystem from here any time I want.

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Hey, Listen!

quaintjeremy's thoughts

My Editor-In-Chief has asked that I give you all a sort of “about me” blog entry.  Well, here it goes.

I’m 26 years old and have lived in Indiana all my life.  I have been married for nine months to my wonderful wife, who is pregnant with our first child!  Like the EIC, I attended Wabash College.  Unlike the EIC, I do not have a Bachelor of Arts in English.  My degree is in German.  I have never really had any idea what to do with it, as I was not an exceptional German student.  None the less, I have managed to survive pretty well so far.

My nerd credentials are somewhat extensive.  Star Wars was my first science fiction memory and love.  I couldn’t have been much older than 8 when I first saw A New Hope, in its original release edit.  We were over to dinner at…

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Write it Down

Trent's World (the Blog)

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Do you keep a journal? Do you jot down notes, make lists or sketch out ideas at random times during the day?

I’ve tried journaling many times but usually don’t stick with it. Yes, I know what the experts say, but I can never seem to get past a month or so. Needless to say, I have stacks of notebooks full of aborted attempts to keep a journal.

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Therefore I Geek Podcast Episode 9, Feat. Mike Federali of Tidewater Comic Con

Therefore I Geek

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In which, Andrew and Tracy got the opportunity to talk to the brains behind Tidewater Comic Con.  Mike Federali, the convention’s organizer, shared how he got started with conventions and what inspired him to create a brand new convention for the Hampton Roads area.  We also talked about the first TWCC event in April of this year, and how the turnout was way more than anyone expected, as well as Mike’s plans for the future of the convention.

Show Notes:

Tidewater Comicon

Borderless Comics

Clicker Pic

Comic Book Men

Batman Day

TWCC Batman Day Event

TWCC DC Spectacular Event

Video Game Heaven

TWCC Super Taco Extravaganza

TWCC Super Hero Celebration at Chicho’s

Pop Mhan

Manifest Destiny

The Strain: The Fall

Uncanny X-Men

Guardians of the Galaxy

Avengers

Walking Dead

Invincible

Very Near Mint

The Lies of Locke Lamora

The Way of Kings

Infinity

American Gods

X-Factor

Spider-Man 2099

Saga

Transmetropolitan

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Here I Am..

Apple Pie and Napalm

I missed you this week.

I had this name in use over two years ago. I heard the phrase used a million years ago on M*A*S*H. Trapper said it during a conversation with Hawkeye and I remembered it these years later. I think it relates to two different sides of somone.

I had a blog a few years ago, but I was so green and silly and the blog only lasted less than a year. It was kinda juvenile and at some point you just grow up and grow out of things. The content and the blog name didn’t mesh well, either. I was going through a tough time, both personally and professionally. I think the blog title was fun and adventurous and crazy and I definitely was far from being any of that. In hindsight, I was one out of the three.

I shut the blog down. It was…

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A word a week: Remote

That Montreal Girl

This week’s challenege can be found here: Remote.

Sunset View from La Omaja Hotel on Ometepe Island in Nicaragua. This is a great place to stay and Jamie is quite the raconteur.

Sunset Ometepe, NA (11)

Getting there requires a ferry ride from mainland Nicaragua. Just the sunsets alone are worth the trek.

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What Happened to The Mary Sue?

The Lobster Dance

Interrupting the series again for breaking news:

The Mary Sue merger has me feeling a bit like Obi-Wan today. 

You were the chosen one! Source unknown, but memetastic.

Let me explain.

The Mary Sue, popular geek website for geek women by geek women, merged with Geekosystem, a sister site from Abrams Media. The merger was a decision from the top, and it’s been handled unbelievably poorly by everyone involved. I had seen the notices that it was going to happen but didn’t have time to check things out until toranosukev from Nubui Kuduchi showed me this.

About What Exactly?

Regarding the merger, an announcement like the following would have been the best call:

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Star Trek, Episode 6: The Arena (Punchy AurToon)

The Punchy Lands!

NOTE: This is the PL’s 300th post. We feel very old. Help.

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Star Trek, Episode 6: The Arena
Produced by MicP Studios
Directed by Mic Pencilpoint
Dramatized by Nicholas Warren & Professor VJ Duke
Music by Symphonist Sepperl

Cast:
Fats Henry as Captain Kirk-Picard
Scientist as Spock
Zez as the Lord Chancellor
Daniel H. as Master Concon
Manly-Man as Manly-Worf
&
Schwarz Tauptinker as Schwarz Data

Captain Kirk-Picard and Spock are taken to the arena to fight against fierce space beasts. Manly-Worf and Schwarz Data, though, are close by!

To watch the first episode, visit: http://youtu.be/1fHFfUeTeSg
To watch the second: http://youtu.be/lsExh2enO9o
To watch the third:http://youtu.be/9abvzuRlqCc
To watch the fourth: http://youtu.be/GJ0Js_9DXLw
To watch the fifth:http://youtu.be/tayHXVVZSJc

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