Blog-a-day Summary, May 2016

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This was my own little experiment on how posting every (week)day for the month of May would go. I didn’t say anything about it before starting because I honestly didn’t know if I could keep up the pace. If you look back over May’s post, you might notice they’re all either technical with screenshots or photo-themed with multiple images, and all had featured images attached. Putting in the time to prepare each post took a significant chunk out of each day. But I was happy to reach my word count goal for the month.

Words blogged in May.
Words blogged in May.

It was originally 10K, but I bumped it up around the third week knowing that a few long posts were coming. So the main question was “could I increase my readership by regularly blogging for a month?”

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Just registered: fakeartschool.com

I recently started a series of posts jokingly titled “Fake Art School” where I look at historic art books and do drawing exercises found in them. The name was a joke that came out of nowhere. Imagine my surprise when I found out that fakeartschool.com was an available domain!

So for $13 its mine for the next year at least. Right now the domain just redirects to my FAS page here on jennifermack.net.

So to go along with it, I was able to sign up on Twitter and Instagram with the same user name. How often does that happen? Now I have even more places I need to keep updated.

I don’t have any plans for FAS other than continuing with the posts I have planned. Maybe in the future I might start doing videos, and build the domain out into its own site.

But for now, I’m just happy that I was able to claim that little spot of the ‘net.

Site Refresh

I’ve been mulling over making a few changes to the blog since Christmas. In the last few days I’ve got around to it. The biggest and most visible change is the new theme. I previewed the Twenty Sixteen theme a few times but didn’t install it. After digging into some of the customizations, I finally clicked apply. Overall, it’s a clean theme and I like how the sidebar looks. The mobile responsive view is espectially nice.

The top menu has needed some love for a while. This update cleans it up, and puts the focus on Fake Art School. I’ve also added an Art drop-down that has links to posts tagged Pen & Ink and Urban Sketching. It’s also where I’ll be linking pages that collect my sketchbook scans.

I also exprimented with the WordPress portfolio feature as a place to put my sketchbooks, but I found it cumbersome. Instead I went with the tried-and-true static page. Overall it’s simpler, and will export cleanly for backup purposes. The URL is also shorter as it doesn’t include “/portfolio/.”

One new addition to the sidebar is the Upcoming Events block. I thought it’d be fun to publicize some things I’ll be doing.

Along the way, I also manged to update my Colophon, Art Supplies, and About Me pages. They still need a few tweaks, but overall it’s good to have them updated.