Words cannot describe how grateful I am to be honored by my Veidi, so I will let the art do the talking. Thank you again, my friend, for your amazing talent! :p
Time flies like an arrow, fruit flies like bananas. :p
I find it hard to believe that I could possibly have been away for over a month, but here we are. I've been taking care of keeping my family, both nuclear and extended. It is a lot of work keeping up with my toddler, especially when a cold goes around the family.
We went on a trip to Disneyland for a few days, where I was the riding buddy for my 8-year old niece. I've never ridden a ride so many times back-to-back. Despite having been the middle of spring break, the lines were incredibly short. She had so much energy! Both our families had quite a bit of fun.
On the transmogrification and World of Warcraft fronts, things have been fairly quiet. I did get a chance to help judge a transmogrification contest thanks to Lingfabao @ Stormrage, and you can check out the finale here! It was fun and I was able to do the judging remotely, since I couldn't log in when the show was happening. I will be doing a feature of the winners, as well as runner-ups.
In case you were wondering what Galithrea is doing there, I have a project in the works. It'll take some time to put it all together, but I think it'll be fun for the Summer months rapidly approaching.
I hope all of your adventures are fun, fashionable, and that you MOG ALL THE THINGS! :p
Greetings my fellow transmogrification addicts! I am finally free from the grasp of rampant competition, that came in the form of Dungeons & Dragons: Arena of War. I got wrapped up in the last event, which pretty much removed me from the world of the living for almost a week.
The game is pretty simple, turn-based, arena combat. Similar to a Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA) game, like League of Legends, but on a much smaller scale and (currently) without the player versus player aspect. Sling-shot your characters around the screen to hit the bad guys and get loot. Easy to start, somewhat difficult to put down.
So, things might be busy, but I got some of the best input on how Mog's Addiction behaves, loads and feels. Over the next few weeks, I'll be implementing a few changes to hopefully keep things looking good, while running and loading smoother than ever.
Jim Younkin of Power Word Gold was browsing through my site, and noticed it was loading quite slowly. He asked if I had done any image optimization. My response was, "What is image optimization?" Well, he pointed out that while the pictures look good, they were close to a megabyte each.
I was unaware that they stayed that large, even when they are in their thumbnail form. Unfortunately, the way Weebly handles images, they are always loaded to their full size. So, he showed me a few GIMP tricks to reduce their size down, but maintain their fidelity.
I'm always down to make things smoother, especially when you consider that each of those tiny pictures you see when I put up "Fresh Fashion" could be upwards of 10 megabytes of data. Probably not something you want loaded when you are on a mobile device.
A good example are the two pictures above. Simply by choosing JPEG format versus PNG format, the images were reduced to 1/5th of their original size. If the whole site were moved over to that, it would be 1/5th the data overall. A pretty stunning reduction of bandwidth, without much being lost in the quality.
Another significant change coming is each of the blog pages is being reduced to 5 posts displayed per page, down from 10, along with the return of gratuitous page breaks. So, be sure to click that little "Read More" text at the bottom of a post. I may go through older posts and put breaks in them, though I think the time would be better spent on getting fresh content posted.
And speaking of fresh content, I have a couple submissions I want to get posted. The sets look great, and they should be up soon. Thanks again to everyone who submits their sets and makes this community lively and enjoyable.
Last, but certainly not least, is the addition of a gold making blog section. I'm calling it "Mog Money", and I'll be putting little tidbits about my adventures in selling, and reselling, transmogrification items. Once I get a good night's sleep, I'll be finishing the Just 20 Silver (#just20silver) 20th day post, followed soon after by the 30th day post. The project was definitely a success, so I'd like to wrap it up with a bow and show it off to everyone.
Until next time, remember: MOG ALL THE THINGS! :p
Greetings my fellow mog addicts! I hope all of your endeavors have proven successful in the last few weeks. My quest to share my market knowledge reached its tenth day recently, and I want to sum it all up for you here, today.
I'm aware it's a little different bend from my usual rantings, but it's all in an effort to show that with only a little effort any mog addict can turn their passion for fashion into a source of income. I certainly hope it hasn't scared anyone away, as I still love to share all the sets that my friends, acquaintances, and myself make. Speaking of which, I have a few things to share before I delve into the details of the experiment.
I hope you enjoy what I have to share, both in the mogs and in the mog business. Until next time: MOG ALL THE THINGS! :p
10 days with #just20silver
(Just to warn you, this is very picture heavy. :p)