I've been so focused on getting Autisable ready, that I haven't had a chance to really address this blogs look and feel.
This theme is what was transferred from Xanga 1.0. And although I'm not one for a lot of change, I'm ready for when theme's become available and I can modify/update my xanga blog.
I appreciate Eugenia for helping to get this blog at least presentable. The old Brain Fried Network header that barelyjen created all those years ago is still here, although that website has been down for some time.
That's the era of websites, when they work - you stick with them... when they don't, you move on.
For me, I see Xanga moving forward. Is it as fast as I expected it to be? No, of course not. But it's good to know it's still around and the team is working on improvements.
I've always viewed the initial upgrade of utilizing wordpress as changing the foundation of a building. With the framework, the steel beams and walls, being the upcoming theme system. This is aspect of dealing with features that the team is on right now.
From my conversations with John, he wants to push out some updates that we can actually see. Which I think is a good thing, and to which I'm sure many people will say, "about dang time."
It was pretty cool this past week that a reporter from the Washington Post highlighted Xanga has one throwback site that still around.
Some folks in my last few updates and in messages have asked me to share on this blog what we share on Xanga's facebook page.
I do have some good news on that note, and it doesn't require me to keep track of all the posts on the page to share on my blog...
Now, for those who aren't on facebook - you can still view Xanga's facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/xanga without an account.
You don't have to have an account on facebook to see all the updates we're posting. The only thing you are unable to do is comment/like or share those updates. We are currently making all facebook posts public, so as to make sure everyone can see all posts on the page, regardless if they have a facebook account or not.
I am coordinating with The Xanga Team as to find and locate active bloggers on the site, and will be sharing their Xanga blog posts on the facebook page. Even though you may not have an account on the facebook page, you can still click those links and still be connected to Xangans.
This level of sharing will be much easier for us to do, rather than trying to get all status updates in a single post. It will also allow everyone to see comments on the page, even though you may not be able to comment.
Think of it as treating the Facebook page as Xanga's main page where bloggers posts are highlighted, at least until the team updates the main page. Also, based on previous blog posts and conversations with John - the front page of Xanga is expected to be managed by xangans.
There are some challenges with sharing content from xanga blogs onto Xanga's facebook page - so I'll name a few:
1. many folks have followers lock on their blog. this means that if you have your account settings are adjusted that only followers can see your blog, don't expect your blog to be shared on Xanga's Facebook page. Beyond that, don't expect any new people visiting your blog either. Adjust your settings if you want more people to see what you're writing/sharing.
2. some folks have sign-in lock turned on. This means that someone has to be signed into Xanga in order to see your blog posts. Again, this is fine if you like Xangans to visit your blog (upgraded xanga accounts or not), but it also means we can't share your content via the Xanga Facebook page - as the blog doesn't appear on Facebook and therefore a challenge to share it to more xangans/general public.
3. add media to your blog - search for a relevant picture for your blog post. This is an option, but a visual prompt with a blog gets more attention then just the words.
Use of the facebook page will change over time, but being that I'm not the only one managing the page - it will provide an opportunity for everyone to see what's going on in a real time fashion, and not have to wait on me to provide an update.
Please let me know if you have any further questions/concerns.
Here's the settings in your dashboard to adjust if you want to change them...