Tuesday, November 21, 2006

The Boy Who Holds the World in a Paper Cup

You regulars may have noticed more linky gobblygook at the bottom of some of my posts. In addition to the Technorati tags that have been showing up, I'm now including links under the heading "Read more." Indeed, I do think you should read more — specifically stuff that I wrote.

For a long time, I've felt that older content on Back of the Cereal Box — stuff that went up back when most of you weren't reading on a regular basis — just sits there, neglected and unread, save for the people using Google to find some connection between Maya Angelou and Froot Loops. (It exists.) Thus, early this last summer, I spent my downtime sorting through old posts, reformatting them to look pretty and categorizing them.

The process proved to be time-consuming. In fact, it also nearly got me nailed by the Blogger police as a spammer. I actually had to argue that the category system I rigged wasn't a violation of Blogger policy. Believe me, it was fun, thinking that all my work could zapped into internet realms unknown on account of some technicality.

Eventually, however, I was approved and sent the following letter.
Hello,

Your blog has been reviewed, verified, and cleared for regular use so
thatit will no longer appear as potential spam. If you sign out of Blogger
andsign back in again, you should be able to post as normal. Thanks for
yourpatience, and we apologize for any inconvenience this has caused.

Sincerely,
The Blogger Team

I finally finished the polishing and sorting around the end of October, right around the time Blogger released Blogger Beta, the nifty upgrade to the service I had used to compose my blog for the last four years. The major advantage with Blogger Beta — for which the "beta" implies not a test version, it seems, but more of a sequel — is the label system. "Label," you see, is Googlespeak for "tag," and Blogger's missing tag feature what this whole janky faux post categories thing I've constructed was made to be a substitute for. In short, all the work I did — save the formatting clean-up of the old content — was for naught. Or at least it would be, if only Blogger would extend the upgrade to the new version for me. They have for everybody else — both Spencer and Dina, for example — but not me, as I opted for some basic FTP features on this blog back in 2003. That, it seems, is what has so far prevented me from switching over.

As a result of all this mess, I present to you my blog, with its generic-but-temporary template and its lame post categorization system. Feel free to read my blog grouped into rather broad categories now. I know you've always wanted to!

Broad, ultimately useless categories for your face:

I suppose I should also note that, other than myself, four people earned their own categories, for sheer volume of contributions to this blog's content: Sanam, Dina, Spencer and David Lynch. Now there's a bridge group.

Yes, on the whole, these categories suck and will have to wait to be expanded and bettered upon the advent of Back of the Cereal Box 2.0. Until then, this is all I have to offer you. Stick it out with me, friends and strangers, and one day we'll all appreciate a bigger, better Cereal Box. In the meantime, know I've done something that you can play with over Thanksgiving break

Come on and drink it up.

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