Quick Comment

Wednesday, July 19th, 2006
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My server is really slow for some reason today, so I apologize. I’ll figure out what’s going on during lunch.

I’ve been doing a lotta knittin’, not a lotta bloggin’ lately. Tonight I’ll finally post the latest installment of Search Engine… Wednesday, and two FOs!

Gone until Friday

Wednesday, July 12th, 2006
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My apologies to all for putting off any significant posting again yesterday. I’ve got a paper due on Friday, and I’m scrambling to get it all done. I tried to at least put up the promised Search Engine Tuesday, but I soon realized that I had a lot to say and I wouldn’t be able to get it all down in the time I had. I’ll be putting this blog on hiatus (officially this time) until I hand in the paper on Friday.

Ad Announcement

Monday, July 3rd, 2006

I’m doing an experiment with Adsense. I’ve switched things around so that instead of the ads displaying when you’re coming from a search engine, the ads are shown to all those without a cookie from my site. The cookie is set every time you comment, so anyone who’s commented before doesn’t see them. Essentially, it’s a way to show my ads to surfers but not to my regular readers.

Leave me a note with your thoughts on the matter. I’d really like to hear your opinions on this, as well as your opinions on advertising in knitting blogs in general.

My First Knitting Blog Tool: Work In Progress Bars

Monday, May 29th, 2006
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8% Progress 32% Progress 65% Progress 100% Progress

I’ve seen lots of progress bars on various knitting blogs, and I’ve always really wanted one. I didn’t really like any of the ones I found on the net, so I decided to make my own. They’re dynamically-generated [[PNG]] files. I’ve never used [[PHP]] to generate images before, so it was really cool to learn how to do it. I introduced a neat little colour scale, too; it goes from purple to green to orange to pink! * Girl power! *

I’m planning on offering this as a WordPress plugin to any other knitters who want to include it on their blog. There’ll be a Dashboard interface where you can input your WIPs and edit their percentage finished, and maybe some other features once I think about it more.

If you’d like to have this on your blog, leave me a comment or send me an email and I’ll hack something together quickly. The more responses I get, the bigger the push will be to get this plugin finished!

What Makes a Good Knitting Blog?

Saturday, May 27th, 2006

I’ve spent the past few days trying to figure out what kind of a knitting blogger I want to be. I’ve been exploring the knitblog scene for a while now, and I think I’ve learned a few things about what it takes to be a good ylogger. (That’s short for “yarn blogger.” I’m trying to coin a phrase.)

The interesting part is that success in knitbloggery isn’t dependent on the same things that decide success for a regular blog. People don’t go around saying “knit bloggers like reading about knit blogging,” as they do for the regular blogosphere. The great thing about knit blogging is that the most successful folks are the people who actually have talent and engage in the things they’re talking about, rather than just writing about them. I think that’s why I’ve been so enamored with the ylog scene these past few months.

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Fun stuff in the works

Friday, May 26th, 2006
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To all those who are viewing my site in Internet Explorer, I apologize. The site isn’t displaying perfectly in IE yet, but I’ll be working on solving that today. I’ll also be taking pictures of my One Skein Wonder, which I finished a few days ago and which I’ll be blocking this afternoon. Stay Tuned!

I’ll be playing around with the site over the next few days, so bear with me. It’ll look great soon, I promise!

A fresh new blog, a fresh new outlook

Wednesday, May 24th, 2006

My goal is to become part of the thriving knitblog scene. I’ve finally taken my first step with a brand new, fully dedicated blog. But how will I break into the coveted inner circle? Maybe I need to make friends with Cosmicpluto (she lives in Toronto!) and then she can fantastically introduce me to the WORLD OF YARN-LOGGING. This appears to be the best option, because I hear this Eunny girl is a real jerk.* (If I don’t make friends with Cosmicpluto, I plan to start a knitting blogtroversy and become infamous.) That goes double for you, Grumperina. You and your fantastically stylish hat and socks. Grr.

To become popular, I think I’ll need some sort of gimmick. Anyone can start a yarn blog, but it takes real internet muscle to get to the top of the ylog charts. I can’t do a podcast anymore because of this new Guido fellow, so I’ll have to go with something more drastic. My ideas are as follows:

  • Needle Exchange: I blog about the ravages of knitting addiction. Every once in a while I relapse, to make things interesting. This is when I get the most comments, and also when people find my site by googling “Knit One, Methadone Forever.”
  • Cast On 24 (26, 28): Every week, you can watch me live out an hour of knitting IN REAL TIME. That’s 24 hours (16 hours + commercials) of pure knitting. My name is Eve, and this is the longest pattern repeat of my life.
  • Skein & Bones: Based on archeological evidence, I theorize about whether the Dinosaurs knitted continental or English style.
  • At The Purls: A political blog where I discuss the stances of popular political figures on the latest important knitting issues. (Fear not, I’d be intartial.)
  • Blanket Statements: I make sweeping generalizations about afghans.
  • 10 Rows to the Head and Neck: I blog from prison.
  • K2, P2, U2: I follow Bono across Africa and knit toys out of objects close at hand (e.g. strips of fabric, grass, lions). Then, much like Bono, I go on television telling people to donate money to the cause, after which I go home to bathe in liquid gold and powdered bear teeth in my mansion.
  • Stash of the Champions: I face off two kinds of yarn against each other each week, with sassy commentary and reader input. All the sex and gory bits are censored out so I can get a PG rating.
  • Fingering Weight: I blog about fad knitting diets (net carbs = knits – purls, frogging burns calories) and shill weightloss drugs through Google Ads.
  • Purl Harbour: I blog about the latest designs from Japan.
  • Kirkuk Knits! I blog about knitting from Iraq, where I am working for a project I call Operation Enduring Cardigan.

* Of course I’m kidding. That girl could charm the pants off a zebra.

The Great Divorce

Monday, April 17th, 2006

I’ve started making plans for the split between my regular blog and my knitlog. I’m trying to keep them as close as possible; I find it rather stupid that two blogs would require two different installations of WordPress, so I’m going to separate out my knitting content using categories. It’ll be very simple, hopefully. Here’s my plan:

All the content I want to appear on my knitting blog will be separated by marking it with the category “Knitblog.” Regular blog posts will be marked as “Regblog” or something. There’ll still be a knitting category independent of “Knitblog,” so I can still mention knitting on my regular blog if necessary. I’ll be creating a new page and template for the knitting blog, which will be located at www.guzzlingcakes.com/knit. All this template will do is mirror my main index file, with a few alterations:

  1. The feed for the “Knitblog” category will be included as a link ref.
  2. The stylesheet will be different and knitblog-specific content (like FOs, current projects, links to other knitting blogs, etc.) will be marked as display:normal or whatever (whereas in the regular blog they won’t be displayed to save space).
  3. The Loop will only display posts marked as a Knitblog post. I may have to play around with this a bit. The easiest way to do this might be to mirror the Knitblog category.
  4. Only knitblog Asides will be displayed.

The main page will exist as normal, though I may provide an option to view only posts marked as a Regblog post. If I want a post to appear under both blogs, I can mark them under both categories, and if I want to post to only one, I can do that, too. I think it’ll work out well. As soon as exams are over I’m going to get raring on it, but for now I should probably keep studying. More on the subject as I keep thinking about it.