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Weekly Site Changes: June 26th-July 2nd, 2021

I, for one, am a bit tired of living in interesting times.

Some progress, hoping to be able to do a larger chunk of catch up this month as certain commitments wind down. I’ve been trying to be consistent in taking an office window view every Tuesday, but may take more in between when time allows. Reorganized the Overall ToDo lists.

Here’s this week’s updates and progress notes.

Recent Changes:

2021 To Do:

  • Finish any past unpolished posts and publish them backdated to when they were planned for release.
    • Shade mapping post in particular!
  • Finalize format for 2Hr Garden series for consistency.
    • Finish current draft for first 2HG series this year.
  • Still seeking the not online note of when we took our rain barrel in last fall. 
  • RE: the landscape fabric rant post–don’t forget to take a picture in that same spot as the last time for a near future post follow up on the topic.
  • Pick a time duration for that notion of recording the environmental audio in the yard and nothing else posts. 
    • Keep testing various devices we own to see which records best. Vivtar isn’t that great, but could work for short avi sweeps of the backyard.
  • Figure out why the cookie consent widget isn’t WAI.
  • Try to get one pre-migration post fixed per week, starting with the post after the very first post.  Delete the old site mirror when finished.
  • Until the old site is completely bereft of posts, check once a month and migrate subscribers from the old if any find that site first.

Migration Hiccups Needing Fixing:

  • Continue checking categories on all pre-migration move posts. The remaining to fix were formerly in Conservation, Monarch Guardianship (sub of Conservation) & Plants, Seeds (sub of Plants). Note where you left off.
  • Continue fixing in-site links that still point to  Note where you left off.
  • Continue to check links in migrated posts. Last post checked: start at the 2nd post in 2018.

Accessibility Related to Do:

  • Started adding image alt text/description as from February 10, 2021–Office Window View post and on to present. May need to read even more on the difference between alt and alt description as to readers and make changes accordingly. Double check the character count on both alt and description!!!  Go back and count.  *sighs*
  • Currently have done none from the first post onwards. [Change this once started to help keep track.]
  • Try out a different accessibility widget in July and see if it breaks like the current one does.
  • Keep reading up on the latest accessibility changes on WP to get a better understanding of how alternate options are presented on the blog, and related—accept the fact that either Future Me is going to have to track down the Theme creator if that’s the issue since it hasn’t been updated in so long OR accept the face that Future Me is going to have to redo the Theme so all the Accessibility functions work properly.
  • Don’t forget about how best to handle near-future-but-not-just-yet podcast posts for hearing impaired visitors.
  • Don’t forget letter about adding closed captions for visually impaired visitors to those way-later-in-the-future videos.

Pre-migration Still to Do and Rollover (with notes and changes):
[Pretty much all of these items are dead last priority right now, only move to the top any that are time sensitive and reasonably doable in available time.]

  • Oh, Planting Page icon drawings, you’re still not done…*headdesk*
  • Office Window Views (OWV)
    • Keep adding:
      • at least one 2019 unposted OWV–you left off on June 22, 2019.
      • and one 2020 unposted OWV–you left off on May 23, 2020.
      • Go back and add similar dated OWV to 2021 OWV posts.
    • Go through media files, make sure all OWV labels and names are consistent.
    • Make sure earliest views are tagged as such, before we came up with the “tag”.
  • Continue to double check all posts’ Cats and Tags. (When you finally get around to this, note where you leave off for sanity’s sake.)
    • Continue Tag cleanup (typos, dumb ideas, excessive growing in gardner).
    • GiG tag removal progress: still only the first few I did immediately
    • Create either a widget or something under the Our Plants page that has all the new Tags listed for posts that used to be under sub cats of Plants or newly make Project Progress.
  • Do the changeover for “Friends?” Page and explain why that’s changing.
  • Keep weeding through all draft posts, polish when possible, update when needed, ditch when not worth spending further time.
  • Consider a Cloud tag/placement.

Not Near Future to Do:

  • Plan a small watermark for the images and start using it.
  • Might want to add a 2020 Compost Page, since we’re still a one bin system.
  • Pick a deadline for what to do about the Friends? page.
  • Add at least one new plant a month to “Plants”.
  • Add at least one new critter a month to “Critters”.
    • What is “food animals” and “food insects” supposed to represent on the data page?  I’m so confused because it doesn’t seem to be what my brain wants it to be.
    • How to better organize that page?
  • Start story boarding the garden comic, with the intent to have a buffer for when it does finally make the light of day.

[REMINDER TO FUTURE ME: If you shut off the scheduled post option to add something before you go to bed, don’t forget to turn it back on after you’re done so it actually posts when it’s supposed to, you silly!
RELATED REMINDER: Make sure the date you schedule for is the right day. Even if you fix it later, it still hangs around on the WP Reader.

Care to share thoughts on this?