How I Became an Instagram Poet

Calling myself and Instagram Poet may seem like a bit of an exaggeration, but I am sticking my toe in those waters by posting my first ever published poem and my first published translations (which actually predate the first poem) on Instagram. My plan is to follow these with more poems, mostly from my firstContinue reading “How I Became an Instagram Poet”

More Fun with Blocks

As promised, I’m writing about my experiences updating my blog to an author website with a static home page and learning WordPress’s new Block Editor. I never was able to get the image carousel that I wanted the other day. I could use an image gallery, but the options for linking with that are quiteContinue reading “More Fun with Blocks”

Fun with Blocks

No, I haven’t reverted to childhood to start playing with wood blocks. This weekend, after taking the plunge and changing the theme of my blog (and after second-guessing myself and exploring several more themes, only to settle for the one I initially chose, at least for now), I dug into revising some of my pagesContinue reading “Fun with Blocks”

Changing WordPress Themes

Now that I’ve dived in and am revising my blog, I might as well write about the process. The first step was to change the theme from “Spring Loaded,” which was so old that WordPress had retired it, but let me keep using it, to “Exford.” This promised to be an easy process. I wentContinue reading “Changing WordPress Themes”

Changes Coming to My Blog

Recently, I realized that I’ve been blogging for over a decade, since July 2009 to be precise. In that time, my blog and my readership has grown quite a bit, but the blog’s format has remained unchanged. In that time, I’ve also published two books of poetry and a textbook, and I’ve started an MFAContinue reading “Changes Coming to My Blog”

Groups in the Social-Distanced Classroom

Last week, I posted some late night musings on how a face-to-face classroom might be different under social distancing. I was surprised at the number of people who viewed that post — nearly 100 in the first day. And because I can’t ask questions like that without searching for answers, I’ve begun collecting some toolsContinue reading “Groups in the Social-Distanced Classroom”

@ATThelp Conclusion

After playing phone tag with Delva, we finally connected. At first she didn’t seem to understand what the problem was, but after I explained the delays we had encountered with our upgrade to fiber, she said was able to offer a $50 credit. It took over a week after our installation to get through toContinue reading “@ATThelp Conclusion”

Phone tag with @ATTHelp

Before I continue my little rant at ATT, let me say that we did finally get our upgrade from DSL to fiber, and the technician who came out was very friendly and helpful. I have no complaints about him, though I did have a terrible experience the first time. And now I’m stuck in customerContinue reading “Phone tag with @ATTHelp”

ATT Run-Around Follow-Up, Part 1

This morning, I was contacted by Hernando on ATT’s Social Media team @ATThelp. He said he wanted to help with the issues I experienced yesterday, so I connected to chat with him (it took a couple of tries before I got to the right person). I had already been looking into whether I could changeContinue reading “ATT Run-Around Follow-Up, Part 1”

ATT Support Run-Around Yet Again

There’s nothing like a little ATT tech support to get your heart rate and your blood pressure up. Not the most enjoyable form of ‘exercise,’ but it still feels like a workout. Anyone who’s read this blog very long knows that this isn’t my first run-in with ATT, but it may be the worst customerContinue reading “ATT Support Run-Around Yet Again”