From the shocking spike in traffic, I’m guessing people like the new site layout. Now, you can look at years worth of my posts without scrolling, and you can see all of my featured images. And I can freely be embarrassed about stuff I wrote over five years ago! Hooray!
If a Big Company offers a “free” service, the service is not the product: you are.
You may have noticed that I am playing with a “members section.” Don’t worry, Polytheist Central Authority (aka the people that need to start a flamewar anytime anyone looks like they might accomplish something for the broader community) this is really just for me and my personal friends, as a way to keep in touch off facebook. Well, it will be once I figure out how the heck it works.
I’m weaning myself off of Facebook. I believe that the platform is detrimental to our health and to society. Rather than prove my point with scientific studies and personal testimonies: try not using Facebook for 48 hours. Count the number of times you have to immediately close it after unconsciously going to open it. See how many times you have to start that 48 hour period over, and see how much better you feel once you’ve detoxed for two days. Ad-supported social media has issues.
And there’s a calendar. I’ve wanted one of those on my site for a long time. The events listed there are things I am doing that might be of interest to people. These include parties, trance devotionals, classes, and other things. Specifically, these are in-person things in Santa Clara County, CA. There may also be things happening in Siesta Key, FL, in the late Autumn and early Winter of 2018, in the Metro-Boston area periodically, and in the vicinity of Austin, TX in early Spring of next year. It honestly depends on whether or not I can arse people I already know in whichever vicinity to have something of an adventure with me.
If a specific address is ever listed, feel free to show up. If you see something that interests you and an address isn’t listed, you can contact me privately and tell me why you’d like to go. If you seem cool and not like a huge jerk, I’ll probably tell you where to meet up with us. Provided that I see your email in time, and also that we are meeting in a public place.
I want to keep in touch with you off Facebook!
I still need to figure out how to integrate the communication-related features into my site. My dashboard doesn’t look like the ones in the tutorials, and it’s messing me up.
But hey, it’s been like, a day. I’ll figure it out. I will still be on FB messenger until I have a different solution to keep in touch with everyone.
Excellent! As a “Never-FaceBook-er,” I’m glad to see that people are making the transition out of it…I’ve never trusted them, and have always said that if the FBI wants all of my info, they will have to get it the old fashioned way rather than just having it all handed over to them by FB…and that was longer ago than the latest Cambridge Analytica et al. issues they’ve had…!
The site looks great! Onward and upward, then!
Very, *very* nice design. And I’m all about keeping people off facebook 🙂
Huhm. I seem to have failed at hiding the signup. It’s cool, no one has signed up that I don’t like. But I really ought to figure out how to make this thing more closed.
Cool! I hope you do get the chance to visit Austin.
I really need to get my behind in gear on planning that conference…
Ugh. Planning conferences is the worst! Especially, in Austin, I bet. I looked into hotels in the area, and they seem to be divided into “roach motel” and “Swank AF” with very little in the middle.
I will tell you that if you can find a reasonably new Ramada near you, the groups I’ve been affiliated with have had really good luck planning cons last minute (in con time … like, months and not years out) with them. They tend to be cheap but not gross, and generally have good rates on conference rooms.
I don’t know what your “Swank AF” threshold is, but I found this place while researching. It can’t handle a convention, but it seems like a great spot to stay while visiting:
Oh, also, pro tip — it can help to flesh our your block, save you money on confernce rooms, and give you the flexibility to choose a smaller hotel if you reserve a few extra hotel rooms for classes/parties/rituals instead of trying to find a hotel that has enough conference rooms at the right price. You may have already thought of this, but it bears saying.
I left Facebook some time ago.
Have to admit to using Instagram and Twitter.
Currently having a Twitter hiatus though.
I finally remembered to sign up over here. Did notice at least one spammy account in the members list.
Yeah, I’m not doing so well with BuddyPress. I can’t seem to delete users I don’t want. I’m calling in some tech help.
This has been fixed