Thoughts on these themes

So it is time. I am late to the party, but I want to share my thoughts on this theme that has been out for a while. You may have seen it, and I even tried it out. The Blank Canvas. As the name suggests, it is a “Blank Canvas.” And you have a “little” more control over what you can do. That is the impression I got anyway. It feels like an option for free users to try out.

I have two other themes I want to mention later on. One WordPress theme seems interesting. But I’m getting ahead of myself. I will start with one WordPress theme at a time.

Blank Canvas has three sections to edit. You can think of this as a burger or a sandwich. A top, a middle, and a bottom. You can edit each section almost as if you are writing a blog post on wordpress.com.

Spearhead Blocks theme

The theme does look nice. It is a single column for your blog. There are no widgets for this theme, but I will get back to this later. If you are fine without having widgets to use, this would be a great theme for you. It is clean and simple for users. No header images from what I have seen.

Now I will say this. If you use the new theme and feel it is not your thing. And switch back to the old theme you were using. It can have an odd effect on your widgets. I say this because I used the Blank Canvas and switched back to the Colinear theme to see all the widgets I had set in place were removed/deleted.

Back up your widgets. Put the info into a text pad should something happen when switching back from a Blank canvas series theme.

I mentioned other themes, like Blank Canvas and how they act, and I will cite them now.

Spearhead Blocks, and Pixl. These are the same as Blank Canvas, but most of the work is done and has more features to use/mess around with to see what works for you. And these have their spin, and I’m not 100 % on how much you can edit here, but again, I think these are great new themes.

I am a fan of having widgets for viewers to look at, from Twitter to my Instagram. I enjoy showing off my social media, but maybe it is time to cut back on widgets. And it seems these themes won’t add widgets to use anytime soon.

proscons
It’s freeeach page in this theme is akin to making a new blog post
you can edit each page and add a custom page for missing contentyou have more control though it feels limiting
more controlno widgets
great for new usersolder users may not like this if you enjoy wordpress.com widgets to show off content.
simple to useNo header images

Overall, I think the themes are great, and I might even try it out for a month to see how I like it and to go without using widgets. It might be fun, or maybe I will stop after a week. But that was my thoughts on these themes and what I think of them. I don’t know what others think of these themes.

Blogger shoutout

Hmm, I have not done this in a long while, and all the reason to do that now. I used to talk about bloggers and add them to a list where other viewers find new users to follow and check out their content or personality. And it is good to expand your reach on bloggers to follow.

You can find some hidden gems in the rough, or people are worth a follow, or at the very least, find some great blog pages to watch or check out. So it is time to get started with this blog post.

LIFESFINEWHINE (Pooja G)

You enjoy reading blog posts or even love reading poems or want to learn some tips about blogging or tips about life. Pooja G is your girl for that. She was someone I found on WordPress not too long ago, but I have always enjoyed her content, even enough to where I would make a blog post in reply to her blog post.

CROW’S WORLD OF ANIME

It is the bird of anime. If you need a review of an anime episode, or in general, Crow is your guy, and these reviews will be in great detail. The good, the bad, and the ugly. And from there, you can form your own opinion.

My Nintendo News

If you like gaming news or news related to Nintendo, this blog might be for you. They cover gaming news, updates for games, video game reviews, patch notes, and more. Anything related to gaming, I’m sure you will find it here. And Sickr is pretty cool. :3

I DRINK AND WATCH ANIME

What do you drink is the question. But for real, Irina is a great blogger. She makes very detailed reviews about the anime she watches. I have replied to a few of them. If you’re looking for more anime reviews, I believe Irina can lend you a hand. :3

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As a blogger, I wanted to shout out. They are a gaming blog which I feel is fair to say unless I’m wrong. But I do pop in from time to time to see good content and video game update log of progress. Very nice to see.

sideoffiction

I come to bring an honorable mention. Sideoffiction has a great blog theme. And they are an anime blogger but also can talk about games and other things. If you’re looking for something, I’m sure they will have you covered.

Tumblr Test

So, I did a little test not too long ago where I wanted to see how well would my blog posts would do on Tumblr compared to WordPress since Tumblr has a lot of communities which I thought would do well there, and the results were not too shocking.

So my goal was to upload things to Tumblr and then WordPress after to see how would they do, and from what I have seen, WordPress has done a bit better than I thought. I made some blog posts for Tumblr to see how well they would do and show up but the results were poor.

Tumblr from what I would see would peak at 2 to rarely 6 views then flame out. A lot of the people I thought were there in the Tumblr communities are buried under so many posts and my understanding so far is that I am hard to find unless I have a presence and maybe I can get found.

It seems on WordPress, I have somewhat of a presence here. It is not a large one but big enough for me to get found by other viewers, bloggers, and users outside of WordPress. And I will continue to upload here. I did have a feeling that I would not get the result that I wanted.

WordPress blog does better than tumblr one.

Going forward I will keep that blog around on Tumblr in case something happens or my blog gets wiped out but I think I am fine. I am a little sad that my blog posts didn’t do well as I hoped on Tumblr but this was a good wake-up call for me.

So I now know for future reference that Tumblr would be a good backup blog at the very least. I wanted to share my experience with you and I guess the results I saw.

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Some WordPress Issues

So, I want to do something that I used to do on Tumblr. On Tumblr, I made a big post talking about the issues and problems I found with the site and I made that post in great detail. With WordPress, I found a lot of new issues, old issues that got somewhat worse, and just other things I am confused about. 

WordPress reader tags (And this can apply to search)

These are very important and a good way to find what you are looking for, rather than trying to search for it without tags, making it harder. Tags are good for getting your posts found on WordPress reader and other sites.

Why am I talking about tags now? Well, I mentioned before that the NSFW tag was being cleaned up of bots and spam accounts but some posts got caught in the crossfire and wiped out from the tag.

And now today, some tags I check every once in a while seem to be empty. It is annoying to know that posts that you make will become hidden and/or removed later on as time goes on from search/tags

You can see hear that the last two blog posts are somewhat transparent here, and I have seen this on blog posts in the NSFW tag a few years ago, and I guess this means the blog post is marked to be removed/hidden? No clue for the https://wordpress.com/tag/steven-universe

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Tumblr or WordPress?

It has been a while since I talked about Tumblr. And then I talked about Tumblr on a serious note was the post NSFW ban on Tumblr and link ban which hid blog posts, and after going back to Tumblr, I see they fixed their site. The search engine for Tumblr seems to show all. Even tags seem to be working right, but I can’t be completely sure.

And which all these changes, and given that Tumblr is a part of the WordPress family now, I have a new option for blogging. There is one thing I can’t be sure about, and that is the content you can post there.

Some of my content here, I do walk on thin ice and will mostly set off a content flag for banned content, even though, I censored it to death. But so far, I have been lucky. I don’t know if what applies to WordPress can be used on Tumblr, given they have different rules.

So, why am I talking about Tumblr today? I am thinking of making Tumblr my main blogging platform. Keyword: “thinking” WordPress is still a good site to use, And it has done a lot for me as a free user. But WordPress feels much more professional, which is not a bad thing. But I feel the content I post here is not a good fit. My target audience, I wanna say is not on WordPress, and if they are, they are so far buried under bots, spam posts, tags.

TumblrWordPress
Easy to use
Personal Blog
free to customize your blog theme at will
There is an audience for anyone there.
No ads on blogs
Infinite space for photos
You can upload videos
SEO may be better now?
Add in third-party widgets (Addthis, etc…) A lot of fandoms
Ask widget
Easy to use
Personal Blog
Making blog posts is easy
A lot of good features Good SEO?
Infinite space for photos by making new sites.
Fandoms are here too. (None of the ones I’m into yet.)
Spam filter
some good themes for free users

These are pros I think about for Tumblr or WordPress. And Tumblr is not perfect, by any means. It still has porn bots that like to like posts or follow you. And every social media has bots. Look at WordPress. I still get bot followers, and in some tags, bots spam or copy and repost the same post to fill up a blog tag.

I guess what I wanted to do is talk about Tumblr. I will move back to Tumblr to see how things are, and how much has changed and do a simple test of posting to both blogging sites and see what happens. If Tumblr is better now in terms of blogging and blog tagging working right, I will probably move there. And making my WordPress blog a second backup blog.

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WordPress spam bots are dumb

So, as you probably know or don’t know. I like comments. They are pleasant to read, sometimes. Other times they are not nice, but what can you do? Why I’m starting with this? I wanted to see if allowing anyone to comment without a WordPress account would be a good idea and bring in more comments? I know most users don’t have a WordPress account. And being able to comment without a WordPress account. May lead to more comments in theory.

So here are my results from the test I did. And it’s pretty much how I thought it would go. So Here are the spam comments I got from bots. Some of them are funny, and others are just sad. And sometimes, it is from the same account / IP, but the email and link are different.

These comments are more or less the same, asking if you can recommend something, ignoring the post, but these comments are in the trash as clearly spam. I have to wonder what these people get for creating spambots to post spam. I guess it’s a way to fill up comments with junk, like Tumblr bots used to do back then.

And then the other comments are just weird, like asking for adult toys to recommend or what kind of vape can someone could recommend. And at that point, it’s just bots spamming things of nonsense or whatnot

And I know you can turn on the “Users must be registered and logged in to comment.“ to stop the bot, and at the same time, users who don’t want to make an account can’t comment. It’s a double edge sword that keeps bots away but users as well. But this can also be used by bad actors. But there are some settings in place, like “Comment must be manually approved.” or “Comment author must have a previously approved comment.”

While not an important post. I thought it would be funny to share this blog post. Since bots are pretty wild on here, if you turn off “Users must be registered and logged in to comment.”. And since bots generally use similar keywords and words in each post marked for spam, it’s easy to disallow comment keys or disallow specific keywords.

That’s all for this post, have a good day/night.

More questions about WordPress

Hey, I’m back with more questions about WordPress, and I hope they can answer, or I can at least get some insight into my WordPress questions. :3 Last time I had questions about WordPress plans, which I got an answer, which I am thankful for, but I have more questions that are related to tags and categories on WordPress.

I will start with my first question since I have three questions to ask. I am hoping I can get some answers or insight into my WordPress questions. It has been something I have been wondering about for a while.

Table of content:
tags and categories
Do WordPress tags and categories get index on search engines
can old posts become hidden in WordPress reader search

1. How many tags and categories can you have in total?

I know a few years ago or a decade ago that this rule has changed over time? I know it was no more than 15 tags and categories in total. I know posts would disappear in the tag search and WordPress reader search?

The main point. But I have also seen that the new guideline for categories and tags got lowered to 12 or less.

So what I want to know is, how many blog tags and categories can I use per post? I have seen some self-hosted sites on WordPress have posts that use 15 tags and categories in total, but I guess if you self-host, you are free from this rule. I even saw a few blog posts that had more than Ten tags, but they still show up in search.

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Thinking of opening a new discord server

So I made a new discord server. But the thing is, I’m not sure if I should open it up for use. I had an ex server but, I deleted that one. So what I plan to do is, give it some time, update the server, add stuff and changes, and maybe open it up.

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I made many discord servers and closed a lot of discord servers. I like having discord servers but there no point in adding people who never talk. If I open this server up, it will be for users that plan on talking or a few friends.

This server will be a gaming / hang out for my friends to play games. I will add random strangers, but it will be for friends. I don’t know who will join but, if I make my server open, you will see a link in my WordPress sidebar.

If you wish to join this server, there will be a link you can click on, but the server will have roles that you will need to chat or use the server. It can help weed out the trolls or assholes or bots.

I will have something for everyone. Twitch users have their room, Twitter users have their area, and WordPress users have their place. That’s the plan at the moment.

Why I still use WordPress instead of Tumblr

So, not long ago I made a post about WordPress about should I upgrade? More about that post here. After that post I been thinking, “Do I want to keep using WordPress.com?”

I like WordPress.com. I made a small, and I mean small following on here of 84 users. Granted, some or most of them are bots, one off accounts. I do enjoy using WordPress.com, don’t get me wrong but.. I should list the things I like and don’t like about WordPress.com

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I will start with the pros. Better to start off strong rather then weak.

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Questions about WordPress plans

So, I have been thinking about this for a while now. WordPress.com plans. I like blogging on here but something I remember is holding me back. And it the WordPress having say on what happens.

I made a post on Lifesfinewhine update and I feel it might be risky to have the same thing happen to me. I guess the same thing happened to me but in post form. Some of my old posts that are not 2018 or higher are hidden in WordPress reader.

I have to go out my way to change the day to get them unhidden or some posts don’t show up at all. But this can be for a different post. I have some questions about upgrading.

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Because I thought about upgrading but seeing how rude and unhelpful WordPress Staff / support was to LifesFineWhine.. I don’t know if I should put in money and upgrade with my gift card but I will ask my questions.

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Seen Lifesfinewhine’s update on WP

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Getting out of my despair, I see that the lass is being forced to move to a self hosted site since WordPress support is more or less like Tumblr’s Support. By Tumblr Support, I mean useless support.

From what I seen, WordPress doesn’t know how to fix the issue and is willing to do or say anything that doesn’t have to do with Lifesfinewhine WP issue. It’s funny. WordPress seem like they were much more helpful then Tumblr but I guess not.

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Replying to lifesfinewhine post

So, I was bored and looking on WordPress.com, and just seeing what people post who like my post. And one post caught my eye that I needed to blog about it. And replying to the post would not be enough, for me.

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You may wonder what post I am talking about. Wonder no more, I, OnyChaos, will show you the post in question that made me want to make this post to talk about it.

Post in question: “Why I Prefer WordPress Over Social Media” by lifesfinewhine

This post got me thinking about some of the points, and I learned it’s nice to talk about this stuff. makes you really think, you know. Anywho, there are four points that is made in this post, I will give my thoughts on them.

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My Tumblr experience

My thoughts on Tumblr and WordPress but also my experience, and me talking about what I don’t like. :P

Using Tumblr has been an interesting ride as a blogging platform. It’s makes blogging somewhat easy. You make the post, tag it, And you are done with that post. Tumblr is pretty great but as great as it is to blog on Tumblr…

Tumblr has a few cons that makes it hard to enjoy it but the same can be said of WordPress.com and chances are, It’s just me that feels this way.

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I like how easy it is to tag posts on Tumblr. I love Tumblr’s Tag System, it’s better then WordPress’s Tag System. But the problem with Tumblr tags, is that you are a drop in the sea of art post, questions.

Now, WordPress is not any better by any means. Their search system is full of unrelated posts from any website that is powered by WordPress.com or WordPress.org (Self-hosting website) 

While on the Tag subject, I really do hate the “3 Post per tag” rule. I can understand wanting to stop spam but it’s a bad way to go about this. Nothing is stopping you from ignoring this rule other then your posts that break the tag rule. They won’t show up or lag a bit before showing up.


But even with the 3 Tag rule, Your posts is in an ocean of question posts, chat posts, audio posts, art posts, and other posts. I feel text posts are boring to people but I enjoy blogging, ranting, and posting other things but I know that my type of post are not for anyone really but that’s fine.

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But with Tumblr changing in the past, it’s hard to say if things are better or worst?

At least you can search up terms or hashtags on WordPress and Tumblr but it’s better to search by tag on Tumblr from what I seen in the past if you want better..

My next issue is a me thing but when making a text post. I never understand why when you insert a video link, that the video goes to the very bottom of the post and Having to drag it back up to the top is eh…

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Making a text post is simple and pain free, other then the video embed issue I mentioned, it’s not too bad if the post are short but it’s an issue or pain if the post are long

The last thing is A Tumblr problem that Tumblr staff thought they could fixed. The porn bots, they thought if they could hide all post with links that the porn bots could be stopped but the porn bots found a way around this.

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Porn bots just reblog posts that may do well and they can just spam that way. And yes it is old news, but the effect of this URL Ban* is that all posts that has links that are blacklisted are hidden from Tumblr Search, and there are a lot of that are hidden, counting mine posts…

And Maybe this is me but I had a post where I added a link that was not whitelisted to Tumblr post source and removed it. The post was still hidden after removing the link..

And I have a lot of post with links but sadly, not sure removing the links will make my post show up again, if they don’t show up that means I have to re-upload the post to make it show up again.

With the cons out the way. WordPress is the same but Minus the 3 Tag per post rule and the URL ban.

Tumblr has been a fun time for me. Tumblr let you turn your blog into a piece of yourself. Make your blog how you want with no limits. I love that freedom when it comes to Tumblr themes and changing your blog site.

With WordPress, your freedom to edit your blog is very limited. You may edit the widgets or other theme features if they are free. If you wish to edit a blog theme on WordPress akin to Tumblr, you need to have an upgrade on your account for that right.

Now If I can figure out how or why it is taking some long for Google to index my site. My WordPress site has been index and is almost up to date but my tumblr is lagging behind and it has been four or five years? And only see 4 results..

And Need to figure out what this means “Only the first 20 tags on a post will show up in searches” (On tumblr search or off tumblr search and something like google?) I’m sure in time I will understand this more but for now, I will learn as I go. Just talking about tumblr. :P

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Well…Got a lot of post to remove links in, re-tag them better, and more.

Oh, and I love that you have infinite image space or it seems to be that way. :3