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The Devil's Panties - A on 02/25/2009

This is how I usually feel after I’ve blogged about crap that no one usually cares about. Or when I talk for ages to someone about something that no one would have ever guessed about me. Or when I’ve had a little (long) cry. Or when I’ve written an encyclopaedia-long email to a friend.

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I before E

Read this first: British government spells end of ‘i before e’ rule

This is absolutely ridiculous. The reason why it’s “not worth teaching” the ‘i before e’ rule is because that’s all that people teach these days. The complete rule is:

Where there is a long ‘E’ sound, ‘I’ comes before ‘E’, except after ‘C’.

If you disregard the part about the ‘long E sound’ and ‘except after C’, then of course teaching ‘i before e’ becomes useless.

‘Sufficient’, ‘veil’ and ‘their’ don’t have long E sounds, therefore the rule doesn’t apply to them. ‘Sufficient’ may have ‘ie’ after a c, but how do you pronounce ‘sufficient’? “Suh-FISHEE-ent” or “suh-FISH-ent”? I’ve heard most people say the latter. But that’s not the point.

There’s a “Spelling Society” and you’d think they were aware that the entire rule has been forgotten. I paid attention in school, so I know the damn rule. I’m a bit of a grammar nazi sometimes. If the damn Spelling Society doesn’t even know how to apply the rule properly, then why are they the Spelling Society? I should be the Spelling Society.

Anyway, I read that news article and it got me all fired up and I had to go on a tirade.

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Comments, Jeans and Scarves

I’m finally starting to get the hang of WordPress, and there’s this thing called a “Dashboard” that basically tells you everything that’s going on. The dashboard of your car tells you your speed, the time, the radio station you’re listening to, the volume of the stereo, how much gas you have left, etc. The dashboard of WordPress tells me how many posts I have, how many comments I’ve received, how many times my blog has been viewed, the recent posts I’ve made, the recent comments I may have made on other blogs, blah blah blah.

So I logged on to wp.com to post a new blog and clicked on Dashboard in the task bar to eventually realise that I could’ve just clicked New Post right next to it, instead of going the long way as I was doing. But while I was on the Dashboard, I decided to have a look.

WordPress provides me with my blog stats – number of views per blog. And this is what I found: My most popular blog is Moving forward, with 43 views. How many comments do I have? Two. My second most popular blog was I’m still alive. I think with 19 views. Comments? Zero. Next popular? Opening up, which was my first real blog, and has 12 views and no comments.

What’s the point of me stating these facts? I thought I had like, 5 readers, 8 at the most. So, either my blogs are so good to read that my handful of readers keep coming back to them, or my blogs have been read by more people than I thought.

Why should this matter? Because I thought no one was reading my blogs. Views don’t matter to me, it’s just a number. I tried to make a pageview count on another site jump from 999 to 1000 by refreshing the page over and over, and then going back to the page later on in the day, but the following day I went to the site and it said 1001. It really pissed me off, and since then, I ignore counters. But if WordPress is telling me I’ve got so many views, then why do I feel like no one’s reading?

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