After days of Googling, I finally managed to make buttons on one side of the screen do things on the other side of the screen. I know I should probably hide or remove those extra buttons that just say content, but with the journal section of my website up and running, I suspect I'll be filling them up pretty soon.
As for why I decided to do this, well, the answer is a little long winded, but since you're here already, I thought I may as well explain.
I have always wanted a few things no commercial website has ever been able to give me. Deviantart was pretty good for galleries, and I presume it still is, though I'll admit it's been a long time, but the community was a cesspit and the journal and writing sections were awful. Tumblr and blogger have everything separated into dated posts you have scroll down to find, which is fine for writing, but it wasn't what I wanted for my other content, and I've found the scroll-down style could sometimes impede navigation, too. Twitter's character limit was a turnoff, and facebook's sucking need for every aspect of your real life was distasteful right from the start, so I never got into it.
So on and so forth, none of the prefab websites had exactly what I wanted, or in the way I wanted it, so when I saw a tumblr post suggesting making your own website as a solution, I decided, on utter whim, to do exactly that.
Much like the stay at home father who decides home renovation would make a great "weekend project," I had a pretty good idea of what I wanted, no idea of how to do it, and no plans to hold back. The end result probably looks a lot like a busted out wall with naked studs showing between the plaster, but it's mine, and there's a certain warmth in that, something mine, I don't think I've ever really felt before. I think I like it.
There's another reason I've done this, too, and it's related to my own personality and the way social media seems designed to sort of...shove people's thoughts into each other's faces, and how those thoughts are monetized, if not with actual money, then with the social rewards of likes, reblogs, and hearts.
I don't like bothering people. One of the biggest revalations I had as a kid was that just talking about what you liked could be construed as offense, annoying people for talking too much, or too long, or maybe just the wrong thing. It wasn't something I understood, then.
One of the conclusions I came to, after getting a little older and thinking about it, was that everyone had a right to talk, just as they had a right to not talk, just as everyone had a right to listen, just as everyone had a right to walk away from what they don't want to hear.
Whether it's wise turn away like that is one thing, but you shouldn't obligate people, either. Neither you nor I hold any right to the ears of the anyone. Their time and attention is their own.
And yet at the same time, everyone wants someone to listen. Usually with sympathy, but even hate is good enough for some.
This is a section for ramblings on the internet, sequestered away from all my other stuff, the fiction and art most would undoubtedly find more relevant. There is no algorithm pushing it your face, no update log or 'latest' forcing you to scroll past it, no stress on my end over comments, likes, or clicks, nothing.
If you are here, it is because you found my website, clicked this page, and chose to read. I have made, to the best of my ability, an attempt at compromise. A place to put my thoughts, public, but not obtrusively so, something people can come to visit if they want.
Thank you for coming, it is my hope that you enjoy your stay.