SSL has been enabled for my blog now. That stands for Secure Sockets Layer, and according to my vast, professional knowledge and not this article I just looked up on the subject because I had no idea what that meant, SSL is used to encrypt information transferred across the internet. It protects your information from getting intercepted by unwelcome eavesdroppers.
That would have been enabled a lot sooner if Weebly had bothered telling me what it was. And that it wasn't enabled by default for that matter. Frankly, I don't know why SSL enabled wouldn't just be something that was a given.
"Would you like to protect your visitors from having their information intercepted?"
"No, fuck you."
It'd be like making seat belts optional.... at NASCAR.... "No thanks. I understand that countless racers have died in some of the most brutal car crashes in human history, but I'd rather not have seat belts in my car while flying down the track at lethal speeds."
Literally the only reason I found out it wasn't enabled, and what it did when enabled, was Weebly all of a sudden decided it was going to tell me that it wasn't enabled yet. Gee thanks, Weebly. I've only had this blog for a year. It's not like you've had months upon months to tell me that sooner.
Well, there you go, guys. Now if I start selling crap on here, you won't get your info swiped trying to get it. Doubt I will, but whatever. It's better to have it and not need it than it is to need it and not have it.
I removed my Donate button.
First of all, it was ugly, and annoyed the crap out of me having to look at it.
Second, I only added one because people kept asking me how they could support me, and I figured that putting it there would get people to stop asking, as well as giving them a way to support me without needing to have game development skills of their own to lend.
And third, no one used it, not even the people who were interested in supporting me.
The RSS Feed button is staying, though. Ever since I stuck it there, my weekly traffic has practically tripled, and my page views have stayed around 200 consistently, so I can only imagine that people have been using it and enjoying that it's been there.
I still really hate my background. It's really ugly and I hate having to look at that damn... whatever the hell it is off to the right, there. That claw thing...
This. Whatever the hell this is, I hate it being there. It's so stupid-looking.
And whatever the hell is on the left side, it looks like sewage... or mud, or something. Whatever it is, it's really unattractive.
Like I said before, the background images that Weebly has by default are pretty trash. This one is the only one that wouldn't have been so wildly off topic that it caused confusion.
And I can't just do a collage of classic games like other people do, because I'm a dev.
I don't want to give the false impression that I worked on any of the classic titles by putting them in the background. It's too dishonest.
I may have an opportunity to change it, though. The return to my current project gives me an excuse to do environment pixel art. So I should have something to replace it with soon enough.
I was actually just about to say "I'll let you know when I change it." but come to think of it, I'm pretty sure it's an instant update, and that kind of change would be pretty self-evident. It would be a waste of my time to alert you on the same blog...
Alright, I finally got sick of the crap and went to support to report my issues. Turns out Weebly doesn't play ball with a full browser cache, and it causes Weebly to have all sorts of big problems.
Clearing my cache seems to have solved all of my troubles. I'm saying this for the sake of people who are tempted to sign up for a Weebly account, or who already have one. If Weebly starts malfunctioning and behaving like it's riddled with bugs, it might be the cache. Clearly it and restarting the browser will probably fix it.
Which is good, because I was also having trouble getting in contact with the support team, and was literally in the middle of writing up my migration notice when I was finally able to get through to someone on the team. There was a weird form submission issue, and I couldn't use it. And the chat box wasn't responding (which may have been connectivity issues on my end.) So the title of this exact post was very nearly "Abandoning Weebly" with an explanation of my troubles followed by an announcement of my plans to start looking for a different blog service.
Thankfully that seems to have resolved absolutely all the issues I was having, because I really do like Weebly. It's a bit on the advanced side, and probably would overwhelm beginners, but it's really good otherwise. (Sure as fuck beats Tumblr, that's for damn sure.) But it's not a community-driven system (which might be for the better) I can't subscribe to other people's blogs, favorite, reblog, etc. But at the same time, if I offend the wrong people, they can't mass report me, or reblog my posts to get more of their squealing, crowing, bigoteer sheep to dogpile me.
Like that word, by the way? I've decided to stop calling them Social Justice Warriors. The term "Justice Warrior" is a little too good for them. So I'm calling them bigoteers, now. It's "bigot" with the "eers" suffix. IE: Engineer, musketeer, auctioneer, profiteer, etc. It's harder for them to wear that as a badge of honor.
Example: "I take pride in being a warrior of justice!" versus "I take pride in being a bigot!" Yeah, not going to go over well with the rest of the world.
Anyway, don't worry, I still have most of the blog post that got ruined. In a moment of sudden brilliance, saved a large portion of it to a word document, knowing Weebly would screw it up. I managed to save half. I just have to muster the fortitude to rewrite what I lost.
I've now added an RSS feed. Or rather, I've re-added the RSS feed.
Weebly blogs automatically come with RSS feeds and other stuff in the sidebar. I deleted that option along with a bunch of other things that were there by default because I wanted to have complete control over my sidebar, and I didn't know what an RSS feed was even for. So I removed it.
After doing some research for something else I do, I found out that some sites allow users to feed-sync their external blog to their account. So I decided to look up what RSS feeds were for and decided it was a fairly poor choice to erase that option to begin with.
Apparently you're supposed to be able to use them to more easily keep track of a blog by subscribing to them. Though it has the side effect of making it easier for people to hate-follow me, I'm also aware that hate-followers are the most loyal of followers and most regular of visitors, and I'm sure I have at least one or two of those, considering an SJW once linked my blog, driving my traffic up to 200 unique visitors per week for two whole weeks, and ever since then, my regular unique visits per week has remained above 10. (So accidentally helpful, those hate-followers!)
It should also be handy for those who don't feel like navigating directly to my blog just to see every post, but still want to keep track of my projects. Not sure how helpful having an RSS feed will be, but hopefully some people actually know how to use it (because I sorta don't) and hopefully those who do know how to use it do end up finding it handy.
I've added a new page to my blog. You can find it in the navigation menu.
A brand new feature by POWr that allows me to add and customize a dynamic, drop-down-style FAQ.
I will now be keeping track of Frequently Asked Questions. Though, I can't answer frequently asked questions if nobody's asking them, so for right now, I only have one FAQ up and answered.
Since it seems Twitter is on a suicidal rampage, Facebook is still shit as always, Tumblr is still the garbage heap of the internet, and people are genuinely interested in keeping track of my game development, I've decided to start a blog so that if Twitter does bite the big one, and the landfill that is Tumblr slides off into the ocean, you'll still have ways to keep up with me.
In essence, I'm only doing this for you. Otherwise I'd be fine slipping back out of social media for the time.