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.

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?

Happy 2018

I have set up new email addresses for some of my domain sites. I’m still going to use my Gmail for almost everything. But, I’ve been getting attacked by spam emailers, mostly from Subaru USA. So I can use the new addresses for people I actually want to hear from. Which will likely be almost nothing really. Even family email may as well go to the old account. I’m not so likely to check the new accounts often. Unless I set them up to work with something like the email part of SeaMonkey. Tried once and it did not work, but how can you tell when you don’t have activity in the account. Yes, I did send myself a test email. Anyway, that is all more to work on.

I’m looking at various ways to keep my niche web resource directories, without WordPress. Everyone seems to suggest WordPress plugins. But they don’t understand that all those plugins are dependent on WordPress. WordPress, which says it is standalone software but requires a lot of plugins.

I am trying RSS feeds but, some sites do not use RSS any more. I don’t understand why. It is such a simple way to distribute your content and you don’t have to do anything. Just put the link up somewhere and forget about it.

Yesterday I was looking at a lot of ways to set up a holiday and event site. Calendar software, address book software, PIM software… No luck so far. Most of the software I find is dated or forgotten/ abandoned. If something isn’t popular they don’t want to bother with it. Popularity being dictated by Google overall. I am fed up with marketing and that whole mentality. Why do people want to be Google automatons?

I am starting two online shops. One for Ontario Exploration and the other for ASCII Artist. Both of those sites are still on WordPress due to the web resource directory I have built for them. Also, I’m just not feeling the patience to move all the images and figure out this and that to make them work on b2. The image thing on b2 is still bugging me, a lot. Really it shouldn’t. It is just a matter of changing the way I create a post, adapting to different software. But, it did seem so much easier to add it while I wrote the post, instead of before or after. I guess I am just letting myself be stubborn about it.

Another change, I allowed Grammarly to attempt to take over my life. It feels that way, even though it just sits in every post window, waiting to boss me around and tell me I should be spelling everything in US spelling, not Canadian. I did not set it all up, registering with the site. If I had it might stop nagging me about every word I spell with Canadian spelling. I don’t want to register and give my information to them. So, it will be a battle between trying to catch typos and getting fed up with being corrected.

On the homefront, outside of this computer, I am dealing with hoarding, trying to make myself exercise and other things. Go me.

Happy New Year! Possibly the last time I type that, until the end of this year.