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Scrubbles.net, 2000-2017

So, it’s come down to this: I’m shutting Scrubbles.net down. Last month, my server got attacked by hackers, taking all of our WordPress-powered sites down. Although the site and its archives have since been restored, I’ve eliminated the commenting system from Scrubbles and don’t plan on writing any more blog entries. Like many other bloggers, maintaining this particular site for a dwindling audience got to be too much of a chore. Scrubbles.net quietly launched in 2000, and its heyday was in 2001-2003. Despite a lot of efforts to maintain an interested readership, the last ten years have personally felt like shouting into a vast, empty canyon. “Is anybody there?,” I’d constantly say – and no one would answer. Despite that bitterness, I’m so pleased at how my little blog came out. Better to have a readership, however brief, than to never have had one at all.

This isn’t to say that I’ve given up on writing or blogging. For the past 18 months, I’ve been busy at work on a book which will (fingers crossed) prove incredibly useful for a specific market. That exciting venture will be ready later on this year. After the hacking incident, I’ve also tried blogging at Medium.com. This time, I’m going to stick to a one-story-a-week schedule!

It’s been a wonderful, illuminating 17 years. Thank you.

You’re Turning Violet, Violet!

Doing some tweaking on the site design and decided to go all purple and violet with the color scheme. We also have a cleaner, sharper version of the header graphic. These colors come from the “eggplant” section of Adobe Illustrator’s vegetable color palette; I plan to keep it this way for a year before switching the colors out again.

Another thing I have to look into eventually is finding a wider WordPress template. Having 500 pixels width for weblog entries used to be a great luxury, but now my weblog is starting to feel like Kate Moss in a world full of Kirstie Alleys. Skinny! Ideally I’d like to keep the current design, just rejigger the content area to add an extra 25% of girth. Having no talent for rejiggering things, however, this could be an insurmountable challenge.

Experiment, Refresh, Repeat

The Scrubbles.net redesign continues … after a lot of trial and tribulation, the layout is now the way I originally envisioned it to be. Unfortunately, the header looks a bit lost — downright illegible, even — amid the background pattern. Back to Photoshop for more tweaks. The final design will be here, eventually.

There’s also the cross-platform issue. Although this page looks fine ‘n dandy in Safari and Firefox on my Mac, I’ve noticed that viewing it with Internet Explorer on Windows seriously screws with the layout. Apparently it displays just a header and a footer with nothing in between. This might be an issue only with older versions of IE or Windows. PC users, can you give me any feedback on how the site looks on your end?

Update the Feed

A week later and I think I have a semi-solution for the scrubbles.net feed problem. Most of the new scrubbles.net feeds are being redirected to FeedBurner. For now I’m keeping the old, non-functional feeds. It’s useless to say this (since the people who need this most won’t be able to see it), but to get the latest, greatest feed go to your favorite reader and enter this address:

http://feeds.feedburner.com/scrubbles

The Case of the Missing RSS Feed

Another update on the Great Scrubbles.net Migration – it appears that all of my feeds are now dead. I’m working hard on getting this fixed, despite knowing squat about feeds and how they work. Under the old setup, the atom feed was the only functioning feed in the bunch. Now I want to get all of them up and working. Apparently the fact that WordPress was installed in a subdirectory is causing the problem. If anybody reading this has some ideas, I’d love to know them.

The New Scrubbles.net

Hi, I’m back … I spent the last week migrating this weblog over to WordPress. To make a long story short, the old Movable Type system was getting bogged down with spam comments. The situation got so bad that I often couldn’t access the control panel until early evening — then I’d be consumed with slogging through a painfully slow system just moving and deleting those damn comments. When the time spent doing the backstage stuff vastly outnumbers the time spent posting new weblog entries (you know, the fun part), it’s time to move on!

So I installed WordPress and, attempting to find a template that resembled the old design as much as possible, selected a semipopular one called Andreas. Although the overall layout was nice, I ended up doing lots of tweaking on the typography until arriving at what you see here. I like this design very much (dig the modified banner art) – even if it still seems a little plain and LiveJournal-ish (no offense to you LiveJournalers).

As for the WordPress, it’s remarkably easy to use and I’m guardedly optimistic that it can handle the spam (anybody know any good anti-spam plugins?). Please feel free to comment on anything at all. I’m just happy to be back and posting again – on my third blogging system!