Post About My Blogjob Picture

I want an avatar for this web site. The system doesn’t make them mandatory, but I want one. Back when I was “born” into cyberspace in 2005, nobody else was using the screen name “Priscilla King.” Now there are a couple of hundred of us on Google + alone; several of them insist that that’s their real legal name, in which case I think they shouldn’t be posting it on the Internet anyway. Anyway, if they don’t see a black cat with amber eyes, how will readers know I’m the first one to use this name in cyberspace?

(For those who don’t already know: “Priscilla King” is not my real legal name as an individual, but I’ve been using it long enough to have registered it as the real legal name of my business.)

Fun part: go to, search for “black cat,” check out the familiar and new cat pictures. Morguefile pictures are available for anyone to use. The site encourages users to “pay” for pictures we gank by donating pictures we’ve taken. I don’t think any of mine are good enough actually.

Somebody’s added a new black cat image. Cat playing with “mouse” on keyboard. Sort of like Viola the Cybercat (a friend’s kitten who contributed some comic relief to the Blogspot, years ago). Cute. Let’s upload it.

Blogjob says the picture is too big. Let’s open Paint and make it smaller. Let’s cut it down to 12.5% of the original size. Yes, the folder description shows that it’s been stored as a much smaller picture now. Save it. Paste in the smaller picture…

Blogjob opens it as if it were exactly the same size it was before–not even Morguefile “magazine” size, but maybe the size of an extra-large centerfold. Much bigger than the computer screen. The part that shows up on the screen is a blur of pixels that doesn’t look like anything; on inspection it’s the far left corner of the original picture, not showing the cat or the laptop.

Try something I know how to do. Paste it into Blogspot. It looks good in Blogspot. Copy the image from there. Paste it into Blogjob. It refuses to paste into Blogjob that way…

Long story short. Here are enough words to make this post count as a Blogjob blog post. Now:



Good evening. It’s 7 p.m., end of a long busy day’s hack writing, and I’m just testing this site. If it works, I’ll be moving the book reviews and other fun stuff from over here. (If it works, I’ll be getting paid for all these words I’ve been writing for all these years, and youall know I could use the money.) If it works, readers will not only be able to log in and post comments, but be able to earn money for doing so. If it works, this site will be absolutely fandangous. If it works.

If it works, I’ll think of a better introduction post later.

For now, I’m still trying to figure out how (and whether) this site works. I have a minor injury that makes walking home from this job site (ten miles) unnecessarily complicated; I have an eighty-year-old partner in Webstuff who’s willing to drive me home, who really doesn’t need to be driving either in the late afternoon sun that hits right in her face or after dark, which makes timing tricky; I have a weird Web connection that may or may not drop dead tomorrow afternoon. And I didn’t expect +Sandy KS (is there a way to tag e-friends on this web site?) to report that anything like this site existed…much less to be here and need to think of something Professional Writerly to say here, at the end of the day.

Actually, I was expecting to be able to open +Nancy Hardin’s latest post from Jaquo, and that totally didn’t work today. Again. (For a few months Jaquo didn’t work on any computer to which I had access. Last week, for reasons unclear to me, it suddenly did. Now, again, it doesn’t.)

Anyway: Persona Peeps, LJ Friends, Googlers from the Circle of Following, Twitterers, Tsu’ers, Bubblers, Blazers, Freedom Connectors, and anybody whose blog appears in my blogfeed or Link Logs–you’re all welcome. Pull up chairs, pass cups for coffee or iced tea or soda pop or mountain spring water, take out your fancy work of choice, and get acquainted with one another.

There are a few Site Rules:

1. Since some people who are welcome here will be voting for Clinton and I don’t yet know how many people who can find their way over here live outside the United States, let’s save the long, detailed political rants for whichever political and news sites we’ve been posting those to.

2. Anything classified as “adult content” (meaning content that appeals to teenagers–sex, violence, rude words, any mention of specific body parts) should be saved for LJ, where it can be tagged as adult and thus officially kept where it won’t upset children.

3. Content that appeals to actual adults–about work, money, family, responsibility, faith, health, cleaning, and other things that are only ever interesting to adults–is fine, so far as I can tell.

4. Except for the topics of firearms and fireworks. Some potential sponsors are apparently pyrophobic.

5. If you’re easily offended by people’s opinions on issues, here’s the guide: Anything that advocates violence toward anybody is forbidden at this site. (At worst, when talking about convicted felons, we can recommend life imprisonment at hard labor, saying nothing about water.) The sort of silly playground-type taunts about which I just vented at the Blogspot, earlier today, are unwelcome at this site. Harsh judgments of groups of people defined by circumstances beyond their control (e.g. “those Kentucky drivers”) are unwelcome at this site. Harsh judgments of opinions, policies, and behavior (e.g. “that stupid argument” or “their tacky manners”) are acceptable at this site; whining is not acceptable. Logical arguments and counter-arguments are fine. In short, freedom of speech rules, but let’s keep it parliamentary–a lot of the comments that are typical at The Blaze, the Huffington Post, etc., would not be tolerated here.