How to Avoid Code While Using Tumblr and WordPress

Let’s face it, the internet -for all its glamor and stupidity- is a piece of work. Those of us “internet junkies” who can barely manage html can testify to that.

(I mean.. heck, I haven’t even figured out how to use tabs on my wordpress posts yet)

Within the safe constraints of Facebook , Instagram, and Twitter, all is well; encountering any pieces of lose, uncovered code is an unheard of, unimaginable phenonomenon – like reaching the end of the infinity that is one’s newsfeed.
But, one hesitant toe into the tepid waters of reddit, wordpress, tumblr, and even..goodreads ends that virginity.

Code is everywhere – strange pieces of a robotic, stunted language that looks better suited for alien communication float around everywhere with their CSS’s and other troubling acronyms.

Tumblr, for example, is teeming with creative life – elaborate blogs (with groan-worth pun names) galore! But for a native Tweeter like me, it means many traumatic encounters with that which is dreaded- code.
Designing a mini-blog on the stickiest platform ever with no programming knowledge whatsoever isn’t particularly my idea of a social time anyway.

But it is for social-media-loving, cat-video-watching, technologically-handicapped so-called internet junkies like me, that the various tech gods around the world have developed extensions, and easy-to-use add-ons.

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What Exactly is Semi-Professional?

If this blog had an identifier – it would be the word(s) “semi-professional” (I still haven’t figured out whether hyphenated words are treated as one), but that could mean anything. So today, I just want to clarify and set some ground rules for this part-portfolio part-blog thing.

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It will be my masterpiece..

I really don’t know how (where?) to begin, but which artist really knew how to start their masterpiece?

I’m pretty sure Picasso painted frantically over that first stroke of paint, covering it up with a late blooming brilliance. And I KNOW James Joyce cheated and went back to rewrite that gorgeous first sentence in Ulysses.

As the years pass (if I get that far), I’m going to come back to this post, cringe in humiliation, and delete it with an embarrassed shake of my head.

But anyway, all matters of the temporary nature of this post aside, this is my brand new semi-professional blog; I was supposed to be making an online portfolio, but I thought this would much more fun. A lot less professional yes, but still very insightful into the person I am.

I’ll have an About Me page up soon (and will link it here), but here’s the gist of it – I’m a 17-year-old journalist wannabe (student), who dabbles in just about anything related to the written word (because she likes the word dabble) – prose and poetry, book reviews, spectacular (and not-really-so) quotes, and obscure words.

So welcome to my masterpiece – a.k.a My Life 🙂