Site Update

From Orvis to Astra

After taking another look at my partner’s blog* earlier today, I decided that I wanted to redesign my site a bit. Really, since I helped her design her blog, I have wanted to do a redesign for mine. I like Orvis, but it still didn’t look like I wanted it to and it doesn’t have a lot of flexibility. Astra, on the other hand, has more flexibility, but the free version doesn’t include options that I want. With nothing but my bare hands and my proficiency in Google Fu, I cobbled together some CSS to achieve the effects that I wanted.

CSS that I cobbled together
.main-header-bar, .ast-header-break-point .main-header-menu, .ast-header-break-point .main-header-menu .sub-menu {
  background-color: #303030;
.main-header-menu .sub-menu, .entry-content pre {
  background-color: #404040;
.site-title a, .site-title a:focus, .site-title a:hover, .site-title a:visited, .ast-header-break-point .ast-mobile-menu-buttons, .menu-toggle-icon {
  color: #ffffff;
.widget .tagcloud a {
	font-size: 12px !important;
	border: none;
	margin: 8px 1px 0 0 !important;
	padding: 2px 4px 2px !important;

*Because I’m a bit vain, I’ll have you know that the clever name of InterLibrarian Loan was my idea.

Here’s the before and after:

I stole that yellow from my partner’s blog. Overall, the big changes are a slightly larger container for the text, some changes to font sizes and bolding, removing those awful lines in the Recent Posts and Categories section, and making the tags much smaller.

The July update you’ve all been waiting for

I really couldn’t have put together a short post about how the Greyfolk syllable blocks have changed, huh?

To be fair, I’m preparing for a big move to Columbus, Ohio! While I don’t have many exciting conlang-related things to share, I did update the site. I revamped the homepage, removed About Me, and added Portfolio. Ooh, a portfolio? Yeah, I guess I felt I kind of deserved to have a portfolio page after publishing a paper on Laiholh psycho-collocations.

To be honest, I’m glad I waited on some of the posts that I was preparing because tons of small things are changing for the Greyfolk language. And, to be even more honest, I probably won’t post again until August—though, I hope to have much more to say about the current state of the Greyfolk language.

Added a site icon

It’s something small—literally quite small—, but I did it. It took a lot of trial and error—perhaps more than it should’ve taken. All I used was Excel and

It’s a bit squishy-squashed, but that’s the Greyfolk word «pe», which is the first-person singular pronoun, translated into English as “I” or “me”, depending on the context.

Furthermore, it almost ended up being «pom», which is a verb that can be translated into English as “to love”.

Honestly, I’d prefer to «pom» to «pe», but I think «pe» looks a lot better as a 16×16 icon. But I might change my mind.

Removing wiki, adding projects

So, it turns out that using Mediawiki to create a personal wiki is really hard. Instead of continuing to fight against it, I have created a space for wiki-like pages directly on the WordPress part of my site under Projects in my site navigation. The first one—Greyfolk language—is up! Now, it’s definitely not complete, but it’s a great start toward what I want to be doing with this site.

I wish I had a Greyfolk way to say hello

Alas, I don’t.

Anyway, here’s my first post on what I am lazily calling the Greyson’s Conlang Blog. It’s good enough for now! To my friends, family, and old professors, if you want to prove that you’ve really checked out my new site, message/email/whatever me with the following secret phrase: “Wait, that’s the best you could do for a website? Yikes.”

More to come soon. I hope.