Lots of Site Updating Progress

Thanks to some time off from work and a lazy day at my sister’s place today, I actually accomplished a lot with the updating around LiquidStar. Still, it isn’t finished, but at least it’s workable and I’m not using a free WordPress theme anymore. Nope, we are thankfully back to a custom, self-made design!

More fixing-up to come over the next week or so…

Bear With Me

After my ever-generous friend and host Dan recently upgraded LiquidStar to a new server, I was finally able to update WordPress to the most-recent version. Of course, it’s so different from the previous version that my theme didn’t work anymore and I have to update a bunch of plugins.

While I do all that, very piecemeal due to my work schedule, please bear with me! I found a free template I can live with for now while I work on writing one of my own that will work with the new widgets feature and all.

Patience…

Starting Anew

I’ve decided to make this no longer limited to food blogging. I think that just became an excuse not to do anything with the site when I didn’t have anything food-related to talk about. So with my new life starting out on my own in a house in Port Jefferson, NY with a job at the bakery across the street, I figured I could relaunch the site as a general weblog–with the inclusion of food-related posts along the way, of course. 😉

All of the previous entries will remain up, and since the next two weeks are going to be filled with sorting through my things here at my parent’s house, preparing to move in to my new place June 1st, and working halfway across the Island all the while, have a look at my Flickr account while you impatiently await my next update here. There are plenty of photos there I never had the chance to reference in any posts–including a cake I baked this morning, so feel free to comment your heart out there. :]

Scratch that Last Promise…

I’ve been doing a lot of personal re-evaluation–and in some cases first-time evaluation–lately, and I’ve come to the conclusion that this site is not going to continue as a food blog any longer for various reasons.

I’m reprioritizing, and in the process, food and all of its related things have been placed quite near the bottom of the list. More akin to “breathing” than “something of importance, worthy of frequent thought and concern.” Definitely not deserving of anything as time-consuming as documentation, even on the infrequent basis this blog has seen.

As such, I’m going to have to rethink the newsletter and restructure the site as well. I’m actually considering finally letting going of liquidstar.org and buying a new domain name. We’ll see.

More to come…

Huge Update(s) Forthcoming

Okay, so. I haven’t posted in a while, and my newsletters have been rather…delayed. 😡 My rabbit was deathly ill for a few weeks recently and required a lot of care, so when I haven’t been in class (or skipping class for him), I’ve been travelling home to care for him and then back to school again. Then last week I was summoned to serve jury duty, and on Saturday I went to see the Rauschenberg exhibit at the Met.

*whew*

So I promise to update forthwith on the following topics: a lengthy day of covering what felt like ever square millimeter of Manhattan with Robyn back in January–for fooding, of course ;); making doughnuts; the local steakhouse here, J&R’s; the lovely little Vietnamese/Chinese restaurant Noodles 28 right across the street from Two Little Red Hens on the Upper East side of Manhattan; and the woes of a schedule that truly is not so conducive to cooking for myself much this semester.

Hopefully all that updating will satiate those who have felt the need to poke me to life here. 😉

Site “Realign”

I was reading some articles at A List Apart, and it inspired me to “realign” my site so that it not only validated but was also standards-compliant. The articles made me realize just how design-oriented my code was rather than structure- or readability-oriented. My pages would have made absolutely no sense to someone unversed in Web design, and they were basically useless to anyone not using my stylesheets.

So now the site has a logical structure and properly utilizes the HTML tags. I’ve gotten rid of my style-class-happy-ness in favor of structural IDs and tag nesting. And I also took the opportunity to make some visual changes, obviously. 😉

The re-coding hopefully has made it easier to navigate for more people, and it reflects the content better. For one thing, I realized the Asian stir-fry dish I was using as the header image before is completely unreflective of what I usually cook–I don’t think I’ve ever made a stir-fry before, but I make omelets and veggies all the time.

Let me know what you think of the improvements. 🙂

Site Spiffing and Mailing List Plug

Oh, and in site-related news, I spent a good chunk of time tweaking little things last night in order to spiff it up a bit. I’d been feeling like there were some minor aesthetic changes I could make to the way my posts were output in order to make the site look cleaner and be more to my satisfaction design-wise, and I think the few changes I made are a big improvement. Rather than doing complete design overhauls like I did every time I was displeased with how the site looked in the past, I think I’m going to do things like that from now on. It’s so much less time-consuming and the end result is the same–I’m happier with how my site looks. 🙂

I’d also like to quickly plug the mailing list for the site. I haven’t used it in ages, but I’d like to make more regular use of it now that I’m updating much more frequently than I had been. So mosey on over to the contact page and fill out the form near the bottom if you’d like to join the list. There are a few people still on it from before, so it’ll let you know if you’re already subscribed.

Make-Over

If it wasn’t obvious straight away, this site has just completed undergoing a thorough make-over! No longer is it a site about me, the webmistress, but rather it is a showcase of mini photo-documentaries of my cooking and baking endeavors. I decided to completely overhaul the content like this because I was sick of having a Web site solely about me–I’m just not that dynamic of a person to keep the content frequently fresh and interesting, and I wanted to have a record of successes I’ve had in my kitchen now that I live in an apartment at school and utilize it frequently.

So I hope you enjoy checking out my adventures with food as much as I’ve enjoyed taking them on and recording them for you!