LJ Update

Nov. 1st, 2012 12:14 am
simtopi: (friends)
It looks like LJ will allow customisation of the friends page as well as the ability to turn off infinite scroll. Read the update here.

I'm still somewhat unhappy that they are making these changes at all, and I'm wondering how far we'll be able to customise our friends lists. Also, they're not necessarily removing paid accounts, but from what I gather they are allowing people to purchase bits and pieces of what they want?  This sounds to me that LJ can potentially be pricier. 

I did go ahead and clean the cobwebs off of my DW, did some fixes to the posts and changed the layout. At this point, I'm not going to be making it my primary blog, but I'll continue to use it to mirror chapters. I need to see what LJ does later on. 

And speaking of chapters, you can expect Chapter 52 in the next couple of days. :D 
simtopi: (friends)
Some of you might have already heard about what's going on in LJ land, and if you haven't I suggest you read about it here. You've probably noticed already that they're giving you the option to switch to the new friend list via a big bright link at the top of your friends page.

I tried it and I switched back which thankfully you can still do. There is about 1000+ comments on that post I linked above and I have yet to read even one that sings the praises of the new change. Folks, sometimes change isn't good.

I'm waiting to see if LJ pays attention. The majority of my time on livejournal is spent on my friends page. I bought a paid account in part to be able to customize my entire journal however I want. If they take that away, I don't see the point anymore. Furthermore, I am really not a fan of the style they're imposing. I don't know if they will offer us options to at least change the colours.

I'm looking into other blog platform options. It's looking like dreamwidth right now, mostly because most of you are already on it, but I'm open to checking out blogspot, wordpress or even hosting it on my own. Lately I'm finding out about updates (stories, CC, etc) through twitter, tumblr and google reader anyway. But like I said, I'm waiting to see if LJ implements this thing in full (ignoring pretty much all the feedback begging them otherwise), and then I'll make up my mind.

If you are on DW, let me know. Here's mine: simtopi.dreamwidth.org. (I should update it :P)

Ohhh ewww

Oct. 12th, 2012 10:53 pm
simtopi: (Default)
Okay I don't like this LJ cut format at all. Not good. (is there a way to have the old cut back?!)

New Layout!

Sep. 1st, 2011 05:08 pm
simtopi: (Default)
I go a little stir crazy with my layouts and every few months I want to try something different. Not even new, just different (which is why I'll go back and forth between old themes every so often :P ).

Anyway, new one is up. I talked about the header a bit ago, mildly stressing over the violence aspect of the pic. But I think I'm going to take some good advice in that thread and not worry too much. I'll try the header for a while and if I get any bad reactions to it, I'll think about changing it.

Please let me know if this new layout is awful or whatever. ;)

(And sorry if I seem like I'm spamming lately. I'm not coming home wanting to punch things or immediately crash in bed lately, so I have time to surf around and play sims instead. :D )

Layout is by [livejournal.com profile] snubbly, edited by me.
simtopi: (Default)
I updated my template with a layout from [livejournal.com profile] fruitstyle. It looked like a few people were switching layouts so of course I'm following along.

I did try a light layout with a white background. For whatever reason, I couldn't do it. It may have to do with my eyes being sensitive to brightness, but also it just didn't suit the atmosphere for the story.

The colours haven't changed much, the links are a bit brighter, but most of all, it can accomodate image widths above 600px a little better. There are still a few things about the site that I need to fix, and I do have to organize my links a lot better, but here it is. :)

Also, I do try to add people to my f-list who've added me (regular commenters and/or sim specific LJs) but I miss some along the way. Go ahead and comment here if you'd like me to add you to my flist. Mind you *most* of my stuff that's relevant is out in public. Personal stuff is f-locked (nothing that's TMI), but also some story notes of the long, rambly and maybe spoilery sorts can get f-locked too. So if you really want to read that, just comment/PM and let me know.
simtopi: (Willow smile)
I think I've finally settled on a new LJ layout I'm happy with. Not that I didn't like the one I've used by [livejournal.com profile] noveltybox for the past while, but you know, redecorating is fun. Let me know what you think.

The new one is from [livejournal.com profile] snubbly, and I think quite a few people on my f-list get their layouts from there. Yes, I actually do stalk around and look at people's credits.

I am big on dark-ish layouts (but not too contrasty). Most of the story I realize takes place at night so the contrast of dark images on a white page is kind of distracting to me. However, I don't mind opinions on this, after all, I need to make this easier on the eyes for my readers, not for me, lol.

As for the banner, it's just a re-shoot of the cast picture, which I also reshot because the original was shot as a jpeg complete with gross artifacting. I turned it into a wallpaper. I'm not sure I'm keen on the banner, but I'll live with it for a while and if I decide on something else, I'll switch it.

I've also decided to "sticky" the current chapters so people don't have to wade through my drivel to read it. I don't know why I didn't think of this before. >.<

But changing the layout wasn't why I was up late last night. I finally started reading [livejournal.com profile] crushthecamera's "Electorate" in earnest. I've read a few chapters a long time ago and told myself this is a story I'm going to have to give myself some time to read because I knew I'd love it. And holy heck, do I. So yeah I'm late on the bandwagon, but it really is that amazing.
simtopi: (Default)
Blee. I did something pretty lame with my site on the back-end and now it's all borked and stuff. My pictures or my main site for that matter may not be online for today and may require some admin-ey stuff from me, which i may be too lazy to bother with right now.

If I effed up my site permanently, I may just use LJ as my main blog (shudder). Downloads shouldn't be affected too much, but right now, it may be coming up unavailable. Fun!

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