Saturday, June 30, 2007

White and Nerdy- Exciting Blog Updates

photo by cherbert
So I am a little bit of a nerd I admit. I work in a software company after all. I am also a widget junkie. I love trying out new tools and learning how to implement fun features. I don't want to overload my blogsite with these however, only the ones that have a real function and purpose. So please let me know how you like the new features and if you think they are helpful to you or a waste of space so I can weed out the bad ones. Here are a several changes I have made:

  • I added a subscribe button that you can see at the top of the page. When you roll over it buttons will appear that allow you to select where you want the feed to appear. (This works much better in Firefox than in Internet Explorer). By "subscribing" you add a feature to your favorite search engine (google, yahoo, aol, etc) homepage that will update whenever I update my blog. This means you won't have to check back to see whats been changed. Instead it will tell you whenever there are additional posts and you can then visit the page or the feed to see the latest and greatest. I have also added a subscribe by email box on the right hand side that will allow you to receive an email whenever there is a new post if you feel more comfortable doing that. Both of these are for your benefit and then they also allow me to see how many people actually are interested in what I am writing about.
  • My favorite webpages are usually interactive, not just pretty to look or nice to read, but something I can contribute to- has a community feel to them which is what I want to add to my site. So I just barely added a rating widget to my posts that I found from Luna Tail's site. Its a rating system that you can rate 1-5 stars for each post.
  • I've been meaning to do the next one for awhile. I took the songs from my Chill Out Playlist and added them into a music player. I don't like pages that play music automatically when I go to them, especially if you are at work and it blasts really loud! So you can look through them and choose ones you want to listen to if you want to listen. I hope you like them. I will most likely be changing the music every once in awhile when I find new songs that I like that fit into the anxiety category, and I will get rid of ones I am tired of. I'd love any suggestions of other artists if anyone wants to share.
  • Also another interactive feature is a poll on the right hand side. Hopefully they will release it soon. I think it would be interesting to know what types of anxiety my readers struggle with. I plan on doing "A Poll of the Week" varying on different topics such as medication types, satisfaction of treatments and coping strategies, etc. I think it could be a very interesting feature. (This also looks nicer in Firefox)

As for my anxiety today, I woke up anxious. This seems to be pretty common for Saturday mornings. I just took my time to get ready for the day and I am relaxing in front of guess what, Court TV and surfin the web. Probably my favorite way to relax. Tyler is gone on an overnight trip with his brothers which gives me the whole day off. I might help his sister with a craft project sometime, if she ever decides to call. I really should do some yoga today since my overall anxiety level has been so heightened the last couple days.

I hope everyone else is feeling better out there! Linda, how are you doing? I haven't heard from you lately. You are in my thoughts. If nothing else know that someone's thinkin about you and sending well wishes your way. Brinn, has your anxiety risen lately like mine and Molly's? I have a theory that the more time we spend talking to each other, the more our anxiety cycles parallel, just like menstrual cycles do ;)

Let me know if you have any questions on any of this or have technical problems.

Everyone Take Care!

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7 comments:

Molly said...

I get SO lost with all the "widgets"...I never know what to do with all of them! I'll try and use your site as a way to get oriented!

Sounds like you made it through the wedding well! I think that those days that you have to help yourself through are even more meaningful than the days that you coast through!

Take Care

Aimée said...

Let me know how you like it :) P.S. I have been hearing songs from Paolo Nutini everywhere I go- in IKEA, Bed Bath and Beyond, its crazy. I really like his music :)

brinn said...

I don't think my anxiety is quite in line with yours, but my depression has been gently creeping in on me lately. Then, this morning, I woke up and couldn't find one of the cats. For once I was running early for work and then this happened. I ran around the house looking everywhere she might be, went outside and called for her in case she slipped out the door when I let the dog out, called my mom crying to see if she'd come by while I was at work to look for her, basically FREAKING OUT. Then I opened the closet in the front bedroom, which I almost never do, but I had put something in there last night. Guess who was staring right out at me from atop a stack of boxes...She hadn't meowed once, the dog hadn't barked at the door, there was no indication that she had been in there all night, and she seemed unphased about the whole thing.

Cynthia Blue said...

Oh I love the new additions. Where did you get the poll? I've been looking for a poll for my blogs. :)

Aimée said...

Brinn,

What a punk! At least she is very loved. You sound like a good mom. What are your symptoms of depression? I know their is a fine line between anxiety and depression and I don't think I have it but I wonder at times. I don't really know how to define it.

Cynthia,
The poll is a new addition to Blogger in their beta version. You can also go to widgetbox.com where they have tons of widgets. I had to tear myself away because I knew I was overdoing it but they are so fun!

Aimée said...

I use Firefox as my default Web Application but it looks like the majority of people that come here use Internet Explorer. I am unable to see any of my songs show up in IE in the player. Is that true for anyone else? I'll be so sad :(

brinn said...

My depression symptoms vary. Often it's just a general feeling of "I just want to lay here and do absolutely nothing, ever." I actually used to sleep almost all the time, because of that feeling and to escape all the others. In the beginning, before I started to get it under control (there's no such thing as completely controlling it), I had those "everything is so awful I want to die" feelings, but never dwelled much on the idea of suicide because I knew how many people would be hurt by it, and I didn't much like the idea of going to hell for it. Then there's "nothing will ever work out for me, my life will suck forever," hopelessness, a big one for me. On top of that, I am manic-depressive, so I'd have those days when my energy was so high I was almost annoying, though those have become almost nonexistent. But they also say that manic can be any extreme, and I think for my brother (and occassionally me) that's anger. I didn't quite grasp the concept of manic-depressive when they first told me about it, but it wasn't long before I figured it out. I was at the end of my senior year in high school when everything got to the point where I decided I needed help, and this is when I noticed the manic-depressive side. I had the same teacher for two classes in a row, and for the first class I had been in an absolutely fabulous mood, but by the time the next class started I was so down that I was on the verge of tears. It changes that quickly sometimes.

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