The Obligatory Relaunch Post


Well folks, here it is. The new Internet Bard. Over the last few weeks, I had to come up with my new blogging focus and theme, which took way longer than expected because I had to start over about three times.

At one point, this blog was supposed to relaunch without any of the previous content, with mostly video posts, and be focused entirely on video storytelling techniques. Oh, and in the midst of all that, I was going to keep up my other personal blog, contribute to Social Media Explorer (I’m now working for Jason Falls at Doe Anderson), and start work on about three large fiction projects.

Yeah, can you say “delusional?”

So now, I’ve closed the book on That Darn Kat. All my personal blogging action will be here. I’m still going to be working in my nonexistent free time on at least one large writing project that I’ll be pitching to a publisher (and I’ll be documenting that adventure here.) If you want to know what the main topical focus will be, check the nifty category links in the submenu above. There’s one that’s still missing simply because I haven’t created a post for that category yet.

I have to give props to Jason at, whose Massive News theme I modded a bit for the new look. (The original theme was in greyscale, and I don’t do greyscale. Evah. And I needed entirely different stuff in my sidebar. Thank God for widgets.) For those technical geeks who’ve asked, the featured post slideshow isn’t Flash, it’s javascript and CSS. Yes, I know about the repeat issue, and I’m trying to figure out what’s making it do that. The theme is supposed to have thumbnail images for each post, which could be the problem, or it could be that two plugins, ShareThis and Sociable, are throwing off the layout. At any rate, I’m working on it.

I also have to at least mention Justin Tadlock, whose Options theme I was planning on using originally. It turned out to be overkill for my purposes here (there were, in fact, too many options in Options), but it’s a great theme if you’re planning on building a magazine-style multimedia powerhouse of a blog.

The main image for the new “thoughtful bard” avatar was designed by Absolutely Frenchy, whose gorgeous vector illustration work is available on istockphoto.

As far as content goes, I’ve got drafts of my next two or three posts in the queue. The first is a review of the Asus Eee PC. I’ve had mine for a few months now, and I’ll be talking about how useful (or not) it is as a writing/blogging tool. The second post is under the new “The Juggling Act” category, and is about trying to find practical parenting tips, as opposed to Parentocratic ultimatums that seem targeted more to induce guilt than to inspire better parenting. The Juggling Act is also going to cover my remedial attempts to integrate GTD, Constructive Living, Flylady and other “getting your crap together” efforts worked into my daily routines. The third post is going to be about Online Communities, and the relative benefits of a “walled garden” approach.

I’m planning on also introducing video posts, and there will be a new category soon on Visual Storytelling talking about innovations like machinima, Flash animation (I heart the Angry Alien bunnies), vlogging and other stuff that is making the big deal of “filmmaking” and video production more accessible to the masses.

So that’s what I’ve been up to behind the napping cat placeholder, and what is coming down the pike. Talk at you soon. 🙂


  1. ·

    Wow. Cool design. I likey. Good work and look forward to reading more of your stuff. I obviously can’t get enough of it. Heh.

  2. Kat

    Thanks, Jason. 🙂 Been enjoying your twitter stream from NYC on the PRSA conference in twitterfox. I’m shooting for about three posts a week–which I think is manageable.

    Try not to blow a gasket over the folks who don’t get it yet. Rome wasn’t built in a day–and migrating the old guard to the 21st century is a project of similar scale. 😉


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