Post #396: So Here’s The Thing

Nosferatu ink, Brandon Glass

I know, I know, things have been awfully quiet around Castle Blogferatu. Too quiet in fact. Well, there are some good reasons for that. If you’ve followed along with any regularity, you know that I did a “post a day for a year” project. It had…mixed results. On one hand, I logged a shit-ton of stuff about movies I love and did a big ol’ heapin’ heppin’ of word writin’ as a result. On the other hand, I may have burned myself out on it.

The last couple months got increasingly chore-like, something to get done. Kinda killed the joy which I think the posts unfortunately reflect.

On the other other hand, I’d been playing around for some time with the idea of a podcast and finally took the plunge along with my buddy Jorge Mendez. We got some ideas together and launched our first episode, Top 5 Movie Horror Movie Remakes, just over a couple months ago.

And good gravy Marie has it been a blast! I love writing about horror movies, but I really love talking about them, so much so that we’re moving up to weekly episodes rather than our current biweekly schedule. Still, I feel a little bad about abandoning Blogferatu and the three of you who’ve steadfastly read it. Not sure what, if anything, to do about that.

Anyway. I hope y’all will join us at Podferatu. I think it brings back the spirit with which I started Blogferatu in the first place. I very much hope to get at least a couple of y’all on as guests afore long (ahem, Film Miasma and Cinema Parrot Disco, ahem ahem).

Still…there is something appealing about getting to a nice even 400 posts.

Hmmm…

Post #395: To Be Fair…

Okay okay I was a little miffed I admit. But come on. Everything I posted on Friday was, to my knowledge at the time, accurate. And annoying.

However…

After a couple more days, a little more exploring/experimentation, I stand corrected. Now, I did have to pay an $80 redemption fee. And all the other stuff I said about themes never doing all the things I want where and how I want them yada yada yada, all still true.

But, once I got the fee paid and the Podferatu.com domain unlocked, everything this morning took about 10 minutes. On top of which, turns out I can embed podcast episodes to the site, and I don’t have to have upgrade to the Business tier to do it.

So I guess yay WordPress. Kinda.

Post #394: Update, Etc.

Right, so, things have been in quite the tizzy of late here in Castle Blogferatu. By and large, this is due to Podferatu, the new up and running podcast. Sooo many people I know suggested I start one of these things. “Do a podcast,” they said. “It’ll be simple,” they said.

Lies. All lies.

I mean, initially it was simple. Download Audacity, grab a Blue Yeti mic, and we’re off to the races, yes?

Well…no.

For one thing, I’ve come to find out that a startling number of people have problems getting my particular mic to work with their computer. I was one of these people. I looked up all kindsa solutions on bunches of forums (fora?), tried them all, and…

Nuthin.

The solution? The unbranded $20 mic Jorge happened to have on hand. Worked spectacularly.

Okay, to be fair, that’s really the only major hurdle up to this point, but there have been some minor obstacles here and there as well. One of these was, sadly, this very blogging platform. I’ve never been a big fan of WordPress in general. I was on Blogger for a long time until, for a while there, it became solely for blog creation, and one had to find a different platform to host the blog itself.

So yeah, WordPress.

I tried putting up a page for Podferatu on here, but holy crap is it needlessly complicate, and WordPress isn’t exactly transparent even at the best of times. It does lots of stuff, but figuring out how to make it do what I want the way I want can be ponderous. There’s also some weirdness trying to operate two blogs with two separate Gmails since Google connects all my shit and just don’t have the knowledge, wherewithal, or inclination to figure out a way around that.

Fortunately, Blogger doesn’t require a separate hosting platform anymore. That said, lemme say a word about themes. That word would be jesusfuckingchrist. WordPress, Blogger, whatever, I have yet to find any theme, premium or free, that does everything I want the way I want. They all have limitations. The layout is stupid, or it doesn’t do X, or I can’t use the colors I want and so on and so forth.

The point is, this is a process, and it’s been taking eatin’ up good deal of time. On top of all this, last week was spring break at my institute of employment, so I didn’t do a damn thing the entire time.

Cuz break.

All of this serves as a long-winded means of saying that I’ll be cutting back on blogging for a while. I’m not quitting. I’m just not sticking to any kind of regular schedule so’s I can focus on Podferatu. If you’re reading this, come give us a listen. We’re stumblin’ along, but we’re havin’ fun doin’ it.

Cheers.