Changed my Language to Canadian WordPress

I thought I had all my sites set to Canadian English. But, I had missed a couple.

It doesn’t come up a lot. There aren’t huge differences in Canadian English versus British, Australian or US. But, when something does pop up wrong it bugs me. Especially when spellchecker is trying to correct Canadian spelling.

So, I fixed them all.

To do so yourself…

Start at Settings. Change your Site Language (find English, then the English version you use). Save that.

Then go to your Dashboard, Updates. At the bottom will be the option to update translations. If you have changed your language in Settings, there will be an update in translations. Go ahead and update it.

That’s it. A simple process and a simple fix to have your site in your preferred English.

Please Use Your Canadian Spelling

Schools here in Canada, Ontario (Newmarket, Ontario to be precise) are teaching students to spell the US way. Not Canadian. Why?

I don’t know but it makes me angry. No modifying, polite, adjectives, just plain angry.

It is hard to find Canadian spelling online. It is not offered as an option. You can easily find options for US and UK spelling. All English spelling is not created equal. What about Canada, Australia and other cultures who use the English language in their own way?

People need to speak up, spell up! Tell site owners, webmasters, content marketers and the rest of them to offer Canadian spelling (or whatever English spelling you come from).

Most of all – Use your Canadian spelling yourself. Keep it alive, active and popular.

The CMS Mission

I thought about going to Toronto WordCamp, the WordPress thing. But, I think it will be all about people making sites for clients and not just people making sites. I really dislike the marketing focus with so much online, not just WordPress. But, with WP it has become an obsession, almost a cult. If you aren’t part of the marketing cult you are not allowed to have an opinion.

The WordCamp is focused on Gutenberg. A bad sign. Gutenberg seems to be a faster way for web developers to make cookie cutter sites for clients. It is all about that current fad of using content blocks. I’m already done with that. I don’t like seeing blocks of content on sites and scrolling down through their coloured content bars. Move on to something else, please.

The rest of the WordCamp is about the future of WP. That would be interesting but… I expect the future the Gutenberg cookie cutter site people see is not the future I would like. I really wish I had found a better way to work with my content, a different CMS from WordPress. But, I tried that and ended up back at the start. For now. Don’t think I have given up. I’m just suspending the mission for awhile.

I wrote to ask about the WordCamp in Toronto, Ontario. But, I never (yet) heard back from them. I think I didn’t say all the right keywords.

My Obsession with the Obsolete

Starting with history itself, then onto urban exploration. I like things that have out lived their usefulness, or their popularity might be more of how I feel about them. An appreciation for neglect of some kind.

I also like keeping things on Blogger blogs. I don’t believe they are going to have a sudden, great comeback. Though I would like to see it happen. Blogger blogs are good for keeping things you don’t want to lose. I have all kinds of sub-topics and niche ideas tucked away on Blogger blogs.

I think it is an inability to let go, or give up.

How Will It Make Any Money?

I come from a family where they say, “If I can take it why would I buy it?” This is why I seldom trust anyone and I have tried to find every sneaky angle that can be used against me any time I have to rely on someone else. I do not like being tricked or robbed.

The real irony is that one half of my family were law breakers and the other half law makers. I’m sure there have always been people who jumped the fence, on either side. In my case, I’m more of a law maker who does not entirely trust or respect authority.

This whole thing drives me crazy when it comes to selling anything, like art, online. It is all too easy to rip off. Everything I look at is very flawed. Even if I did go ahead and try it anyway my family will be telling that it isn’t going to make any money. Most of them have been in sales. But they don’t give me help with selling anything, just insist that everything online is free for the taking.

I think its hopeless. But I keep trying, or sort of trying. It’s how I live most of my life.

“How will it make any money?” You have no idea how irritating, to the point of near insanity, that question is after all these years. Why does everything have to be about money? Money, and people are two things I would like not to have. Money, in the way of not needing it by having enough that I don’t have to care about it. People, in the way of not having to have them around.

More people seem to be developing this kind of allergic reaction to people. How long will it take before the only time we communicate is through electronics, not face to face? I don’t own/ have a mobile phone. Almost everyone else around me has one, or more. I’m not a phone person. Just hearing it ring (the house phone) makes me cringe. But, I laugh (out loud even) at the progress of mobile phones.

From an actual phone to texting only now. Texting, is just a more expensive way to send an email. I’m never going to be addicted to a mobile phone, or any other phone. I’m too happy to not have anyone contacting me. Twitter works. It’s silent and I can look at it, or not. Undemanding.

But, I still don’t know how I am going to sell my art online. I don’t think I am ever going to find a way to avoid having it stolen. I don’t have the social skills, or the liking for them, to be a great sales person for myself.

“How will it make any money?”  I can feel myself on a Medieval stretching wrack, pulled tighter and tighter. If not for that sound track, could I manage to actually get somewhere? I will never know, not likely.

My family are all very stubborn, in their ways. Mine is that I can not seem to just give up, no matter how many times I say that I am.

Updates and Take Backs

Today I am trying to fix my WordGrrls.com links for writers. Focused on Ontario and Canadian writers. I had such a good collection of links and then I went through my year of trying to get out of WordPress and all my links were somehow lost from one change to another. Files are not as strong or reliable as you would like them to be. But, I can rebuild. Starting with the links from old dmoz/ new Curlie. I don’t feel that is cheating when I’ve been the editor for about 20 years in that category especially.

Scoop.it has taken yet more away from the early adopter accounts. Years ago they were promised to be kept as they were. But, time went on and this and that were chipped away. Until there isn’t much left and no point to continuing to post and put time and energy into that network. The end for me was having the embedded feed widget removed. If I can’t post the widget to my sites… what am I doing working for Scoop.it for free? It stopped being a partnership, or not anything equal or useful. I have left all my topics, empty of posts, with just a link to my sites. I would like to keep followers. But, most of them are spammers and just hope for follow-backs. I don’t think there have been any real content curators at Scoop.it since the earliest years. Annoying to see marketing claim another site, but that’s too often how it goes.

So Much is Back and Forth

Most of the big parts of my life have had a lot of back and forth. This summer I am back and forth between my life, whatever that is, and helping my sister in another town in the great wilds of Ontario.

I have a lot of sites, mostly web domains. Not enough to them to really think of them as a site. I need a better plan for them. Blogs and ezines are not going to work so well in the current state of things online.

You are supposed to ask “what do people want?” but the real question is “Do I care what they want?” I don’t, not enough.

Or, is this just another of those back and forth things?

Working on Meta Tags in the Headers

Tomorrow I am going to work on new meta tags for the headers of each of my sites. I started today with this site but meta information has changed since the early days when a title and description were enough. Not even a mention of adding keywords now. I guess the older tags are mostly abandoned for the new Open Graph, Twitter and Facebook tags. Everyone thinks they need to be famous. But that leaves no one left to just applaud.

I am using a post from the Moz site to update my meta tags.

I am also changing all my WordPress formatted content to sit back in a subdomain. I have done that much today, and put in temporary redirects. Then I am going to make a one page HTML page to lead into each part of the domain. Not everything is on WordPress. This has the bonus of making it MUCH easier to move out of WordPress while leaving my content unbroken.

Too much time spent today on looking at HTML editors, trying to find a simple template to adapt. When I ended up using one from One Page Love which I adapted in plain old Notepad. I notice my age when it comes to things like this. Before I would not have been intimidated by just going the mad scientist route and changing the template in Notepad. Now, I second guess and try to find a short cut or something that feels safer, with a guarantee of success. That is the sad part about being older, becoming just a little leery of stepping off into adventures.

It would be easier if I could see better. Each time I get the store to fix these glasses they seem ok. But, a few days later everything is blurry again. Not so bad for TV and such but harder to read anything on the computer screen. Most of the time I am reading with my head tipped far back so I can use the bifocal part of the lens to read what’s in front of me.

Old is as old does. Has anyone ever said that?