Ultimate Blog Cleanup

By bluemist on July 4th, 2005

After the layout change, I upgraded so many stuff into my blog to make it more “future proof”, but this move will require me to have a blog cleanup! Because of this, you may see the Recent Updated Posts section to be a bit volatile. Why?

I will edit almost ALL of my posts!

My goodness, am I crazy enough to do this? In any case, I really hope I won’t do this again. This won’t affect you guys too much, but if you’re keen enough, you will find little bits of changes happening to the site. I blame my summer of bishoujo project for this, because it required me to install more and more WordPress plugins.

Current Issues:

Annoying Quotes
I am very annoyed about how WP changes my quotes and triple dots, but I found a way to change them, thanks to Momotato.

before: “Hello” World
after: “Hello” World

before: I’m here
after: I’m here

before: dots…
after: dots…

Isn’t it more natural looking this time? Thank goodness I did.

I’m using a different plugin this time for making cross-links to posts within my blog. Using the new one will make it link directly to the permalink instead of having an ugly *index.php?name=postname* url. This also avoids my problem of self-trackbacks when linking to my own post.

before: http://bluemist.animeblogger.net/index.php?name=gothloli
after: http://bluemist.animeblogger.net/archives/gothloli/

This is the main culprit as to why I’m gonna edit a LOT of posts, but I think this will be a permanent matter this time, so no more cleanups next time (I’m crossing my fingers).

Stupid Layout
I’ll never ever learn. See how weird the spacings are in the Categories section of the sidebar? And look how Blogroll and Hosted by sections have a dot on the title while others don’t. I SUCK at every kind of web programming. Look at the Meta section… it tells you that this blog is INVALID XHTML! MWAHAHAHA!

I also wanted to stretch this blog sideways because that gray area seems virtually unused, but heck I don’t know about HTML and CSS.

Anyway, those were just some of the stuff that concerns me today. While some are simply annoying, hey, I’m somehow getting to like this web stuff. Ultimate Blog Cleanup starts today, and I hope I can finish in a week’s time. Adios for now.

UPDATE: Thanks to Kabitzin, I learned a bit more about how CSS works! Thanks! The Blogroll and Hosted By sections do not have the annoying dot anymore… YAY! One more problem… the weird category spacings. Go me!

UPDATE 2: Never would have thought that making the blog wider would solve my category spacings too. This is nice enough, I’ll stick to this layout for a while.


Posted By: Kabitzin On: July 04, 2005 At: 10:03 pm

Ahh, out of the Kubrick theme! The reason that your dots appear on some of the lists and not others is the way that get_list() works. Basically, your other lists are just plain lists, while your links are in a nested list. In the CSS file, you can specify what “decoration” you want your lists to have, and probably the ul ul li is set to a black dot, while the regular ul li is set to an open dot. Hope that makes sense!

Posted By: Momotato On: July 05, 2005 At: 1:30 am

I dislike how WP changed my quotes and ellipses as well. Jeff at nowhere helped me with disabling them. I’ll pass the info on to you. 🙂

-First, go into WP, click “Options”, then “Miscellaneous.”
-At the bottom, you need to check “Use legacy my-hacks.php file support” then click “Update Options.”
-Now open Notepad and type/paste the following code:

-Save this file as my-hacks.php
-Upload this file to the root directory of your blog.

That should do it.

Posted By: bluemist On: July 05, 2005 At: 12:24 pm

Momotato: Sorry, it seems that my stupid anti-spam plugin ate your code. Is it okay if you could e-mail me about that? Thanks for the help.

Posted By: Momotato On: July 05, 2005 At: 12:37 pm