“Forums!” exclaims Mr. Imaginary Voice. “But you don’t have any visitors yet!” This is true. But, I figured it’d be best to furnish the living room before inviting guests over, so to speak.

At present, they’re pretty much vanilla, out-of-the-box forums, but I’ll be spending the next few days (weeks?) making ’em look purdy. Well, as purdy as the rest of the site, at least.

I didn’t get as much work done on the site today as I’d planned, I’m afraid. And by that, I mean “none at all.” I could give the long, detailed reason why, but the short one is just as good: the ‘puter was tied up compiling a bit of software I need (or, at least, think I need). I didn’t expect that it would take the whole day for it (and all the various other bits it needed before it would cooperate) to finish compiling, but c’est la vie.

Tomorrow: back to work on the forums.

I don’t have much to report today, since the forums still aren’t finished and it’s too early to talk about the other stuff in the works. But, I’m trying to get into the habit of doing the daily post thing, so here I am.

The coming week should be a little more interesting: the nav bar’ll get another link or two, the banner space’ll have an actual banner in it, and, hopefully, we’ll have forums. And once all those things are taken care of, maybe I’ll look into getting some visitors to come to the site.

Which brings us to the topic of why I’m bothering with these posts when there’s nobody around to read them. I figured it’d be neat to keep a “developer diary” of the site’s construction, the hope being that people from the future will peruse the archives out of curiosity. Or boredom. I’m fairly certain that there’ll still be boredom in the future.

Besides, from what I gather, there are plenty of people out there blogging without an audience, and it doesn’t seem to bother them much.

Comic for 03-03-03

In honor of today being 03/03/03, I have three bits of news to report…

First, the big news. There’s a new “Comic” link in the nav bar that, appropriately enough, leads to the site’s new web comic. There’s really no good way to write up an introduction for a web comic (at least, I haven’t been able to come up with one), so I’ll just let the comic introduce itself.

The next news item is the banner. Since today marks the start of the comic, what better site to link the first banner to than a website for aspiring online cartoonists?

And finally, an update on the forums: I managed to get a fair bit of work done on ’em today and they’re starting to look the way I want them to look. But, there’s still a fair amount of tweaking to be done.

You know, if I didn’t know better, I’d say that this is starting to look like a real web site.

Just a quick update today. I’ve stripped out a few bits of cruft from the sidebar (we don’t need no steenkin’ hit counters) to tidy things up a bit. A lot of the remaining stuff is archive-related, so I’m thinking it might warrant whipping up an “Archives” page and moving said stuff there.

T’would give the nav bar a snazzy new link, too.

Comic for 03-05-03

New comic today, bringing the grand total to…two. Still, that was enough to bring me to the realization that I needed to add a navigation bar so folks could peruse all the comics. Which means that I got to write my first PHP script today.

As it turns out, PHP’s a Pretty Cool Thing. I managed to get the new comic nav-bar working with a minimum of fuss, and it didn’t really take too long. I may very well have made a number of horrible mistakes in my script that’ll come back to haunt me in the future, but for now I’ll just try to enjoy the post-success buzz.

Back to the comic…right now, the plan is to update the comic every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Depending on how well that goes, the updates may become more or less frequent (but I think they’ll stay MWF for awhile).

Just a quick update today. Added a “Links” section to the site (which means there’s another addition to the nav bar, natch). It’s not very pretty right now, but it’s a start.

And it should be more than enough to get you wasting time like a pro.

I’m fiddling around with the front page today, which means things might be a bit screwy while I sort things out. I’m trying to get the blog posts to display in a certain order/quantity, in hopes of making things less confusing for random passerby.

Oh, and since I need some way of testing how multiple posts look on the front page, you may see one or two perfectly pointless posts like…

Comic for 03-07-03

Oh, and there’s a new comic up, if you’re into that sort of thing.

I think it works. Groovy.

I spent the better part of today working on the links section of the site; it took a little longer than I’d planned (I think I say that everytime I work on some part of the site), but I’m fairly content with how it looks now.

Oh, and see those link buttons (i.e. the images next to the links)? Some of those were amazingly difficult to track down; this would seem to defeat the purpose of making them in the first place. So, if any web-designer-type person happens to read this some day…if you have a link button, please try to put it someplace prominent.

Of course, who am I to criticize? I don’t even have a link button yet.

I’ve added a new link to the links section; Wigu is a tasty webcomic chock full of monkeys, flying potatoes, and teenage angst. It doesn’t get much better than that.

Comic for 03-10-03

You know, I’m going to have to get in the habit of writing these news posts earlier in the day…at least on days when I’ve posted a new comic. I’m not terribly witty at 8:00 am, though, so perhaps I’ll have to write them the night before. Of course, there are some who’d say that I’m not terribly witty at any time of day; quiet, you.

Next week, I’m going to see what I can do about bringing in some visitors to the site. I’m not much of a self-promoter, so my efforts’ll probably be of the low-key variety. Right now, I’m just planning to register the site with a few search engines (I don’t think there are many people who run searches on “tweep,” but you never know…) and to start pinging weblogs.com.

Weblogs.com, for those wondering, is just a big list of recently-updated weblogs (and “pinging” is just a way of telling them that your web site is one of said recently-updated weblogs). It’s also a pretty good place to visit if you’re looking for some sort of ‘net-diversion.

Remember how I said I didn’t have any link buttons for the site? Well, now I do.

Just a quick post before I head off to bed. I don’t really have any site updates to report, but I will share a neat little bit of news I discovered today: cafepress.com is going to add audio and data cds and print-on-demand books to their list of services.

For those not in the know, CafePress is a company that allows folks to design and sell t-shirts, baseball caps, mugs, wall clocks, and assorted other wares without any sort of risky investment; they set a base price for each of their products, which covers their expenses, and then you get to set your selling price (usually higher than the base price) and keep whatever profit you make.

Anyhow, the whole idea of folks being able to record their own music or write their own books with the knowledge that they can get a packaged/bound version out to the world without having to worry about publishers and such sounds very cool to me

Comic for 03-12-03

A post at 9:30 am? I think that’s my earliest yet. Anyhow, the new comic is up; it didn’t come out as well as I’d hoped, but at least it’s up on time. Let’s hope I have more luck with Friday’s.

No time for rest, I’m afraid. With the site going “open to the public” next week, I need to finish up all the tedious web page tweaking I’ve been putting off the past few days. Bleah.

I think I’ve got all the various tables, borders, and whatnot that make up the forums set up more-or-less the way I want. At least they don’t look like a big Jenga board any more. Woot!

No big updates today. The sidebar’s been tweaked a bit, but that’s about it. Tomorrow, I’ll probably just go through the site and make sure everything’s in its place and looking as it should. There’s not a whole lot left to do, actually.

Incidentally, today’s the two-week anniversary of the site. I should’ve bought a cake or some sparklers or something.

Comic for 03-14-03

Today’s comic, she is…how you say? Ah, yes….up.

Well, it looks like I’ve already had my first postless day; a storm knocked out the power last night, which somewhat hindered all my attempts at using such appliances as the computer and the cable modem. Not to say I didn’t try.

Anyhow, before the power went out, I was able to go through the site and make sure everything has a more-or-less uniform look. There are still a few tweaks left to make, but I’d say the site’s pretty much ready for visitors.

Comic for 03-17-03

Well, today’s the day I begin the epic quest to get folks to come visit the site (which means that this post is the first to ping weblogs.com). I’ll probably spend most of the day registering with search engines, adding meta tags, and the like.

In all likelihood, it’s actually going to be pretty anti-climactic today (well, at least in regards to the site; the rest of the world’s full of drama at the moment). It takes awhile to gain popularity; unless, of course, you happen to be a giant cheeto, in which case you have it pretty easy.

If somebody does stop by today and reads this, please have a look around. Check out today’s comic, post a little something in the forums if you like, or send me an email. And if you dig the site, tell a friend.

Well, it didn’t take very long for my previous post to drum up a few new visitors; unfortunately, most (if not all) of them seem to be of the robot variety. Not that I mind, really; most of the robots seem to belong to sites that do their own version of the weblogs.com thing, so I guess it means a potentially wider audience.

Well, it didn’t take long for one of the search engines I registered with to add the site to their listings. If you go to www.hotbot.com and do a search for “tweep,” this site shows up at number seven. While insignificant in the grand scheme of things, it’s still a neat little thrill for me. And we could all use a neat little thrill every now and then.

It looks like that hotbot.com site mentioned above is holding a “design our front page” contest; it might be fun, so perhaps I’ll give it a shot. Of course, I don’t know what I’d do if I won the grand prize; the thought of trying to fit a 57″ projection tv into my already cramped living space is so laughable, it borders on the absurd. I wouldn’t mind one of those iPods, though…

If you’re interested in entering the contest yourself, you’d better hurry; they stop accepting submissions on April 3rd.

Comic for 03-19-03

Just a quick post to announce that today’s comic is up.

Incidentally, I’m going to start giving these “I just uploaded the comic” posts the same titles as the comics themselves. It makes more sense, for one. For another, clever titles are a precious commodity, and shouldn’t be squandered as I’ve done in the past.

Frankly, I’m getting a bit weary of all these momentous moments where everyone in the world is up and tuned into the news, anxiously twittering with one another; none of these big events ever seem to involve something pleasant. Still, I guess I’d rather have these moments stay uncommon enough to be of global interest, than have them occur so frequently that they’re no longer newsworthy.

Anyhow, I’m not really sure how much I’ll be posting about this particular topic in the days to come. It would be silly to try to ignore it entirely (hence this post), but there are plenty of other sites one could visit if they want to read/talk about what’s going on. So, I’m thinking that I’ll just offer up tweep.com as a place folks can stop by if they start feeling a bit weary, too.

Care to see how tweep.com would look if I wrote 1n h4ck3r sp34k? Or if I were a redneck? Want to see what Mr. T thinks of the site?

“I pity da fool,” indeed.

This is just a test post to see if the changes I made to the pinging code work. Hopefully, it’ll ping a couple other sites in addition to weblogs.com now.

Here’s hoping I don’t blow up anybody’s server or anything…

Comic for 03-21-03

Today’s comic is up, mis amigos.

Oh, and if you’re wondering whether last night’s pinging experiment worked…well, the jury’s still out on that. Doesn’t look like I blew anything up though. Which is always a good thing.

Just wanted to share a couple bits of freely-available sources of entertainment/amusement with y’all:

Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom by Cory Doctorow (who maintains a blog of his own over at boingboing.net) is a novel that Mr. Doctorow has kindly put up on the internet for anyone to download and read if they so desire. Trying to summarize the novel probably wouldn’t do it justice, so let’s just say that if you’re interested in themes like cloning, ‘net culture, or Disney lore, then you’ll probably enjoy this story. When I read it, I used the html version you’ll find at the link above; there’s another version here, though, that might be more to your liking.

The other source of free fun is at dccomics.com, where they’ve put up a copy of Aquaman #1 as a free e-comic. Personally, I don’t much go for comic books of the superhero variety, but I still thought this was a pretty neat thing for the folks at DC to do. And hey, the comic was pretty entertaining (although, perhaps not always in the ways they might’ve planned).

The changes to the pinging code needed a lil’ tweak, it seems. Just testing to see if it works. Carry on.

It looks like the site’s starting to get a few visitors, including some folks who actually return for more after their first visit; they either dig the site (which would be nice), or find it to be a lot like a horrifically-fascinating car accident. Naturally, I’m hoping for the former, but if it’s the latter…well, stop by the links section at least, and hopefully you’ll find something more to your liking. I’d hate for folks to leave disappointed.

Speaking of the links section (how’s that for a segue?), I’ve added a couple more buttons for folks who want to link to tweep.com. I’ve also changed the “Milton” one a little; so, if you have a copy of the old one, you can now consider it a collector’s item.

This is as close to digital crack as it gets.

Incidentally, the folks that crafted the above are now accepting applications for beta testers for future products.

Comic for 03-24-03

Today’s comic is ready for your viewing pleasure.

There hasn’t been much meat to these daily news posts lately, for which I apologize. I can’t think of anything terribly interesting (current events aside) to write about, though. I’m still waiting for some feedback from y’all about what you think of the site, what your interests are, etc.. But, if there’s one thing I can understand, it’s shyness, so I won’t press you guys too much.

My web host just up and decided to give everyone an additional 200 MB of storage, gratis. How cool is that?

If you’re searching for a web host, you really should give these guys a look (and I’m not on their referral program at present, so it’s not like I’m trying to make money here). But hey, don’t take my word for it…they’ve got a message board you can peruse (which says something about how confident they are about the quality of their service).

Comic for 03-26-03

Today’s comic is, as you might’ve guessed, up.

By the by, Tweep’s now listed with SplurdLink (one of a number of online comics directories); let’s see if that brings in any newcomers.

If you Google for “tweep,” tweep.com comes up at the number one spot. Woot!

Incidentally, I think Dr. Seuss would be awfully tickled at the phrase “Google for tweep.”

This is a pretty neat site. Check out their definitions for “blog.”

I found this over at boingboing.net today…which means it’s probably well on its way to circumnavigating the internet already, but perhaps you haven’t seen (or, more precisely, heard) it yet.

…and the Google taketh away.

Alas, it looks like the site’s no longer listed with Google (so, if you perused yesterday’s entries in the archives, decided to check it out yourself, and now are wondering if I smoke crack recreationally, this should explain all). On the bright side, from what I can tell, this is perfectly normal and tweep.com should be back up there eventually.

Comic for 03-28-03

Today’s comic is up, folks.

The site’s seen a sudden surge in traffic lately, which I’m guessing is because Tweep’s just been added to the listing at onlinecomics.net. Hello, new people! Feel free to share some comments in the forums or through email.

For anyone who digs the Tweep web comic, I’ve made a couple of additions to the links section; you can (if you like) show your support by casting your vote at the two places linked at the bottom of the page.

Some might argue that it would make more sense to put these on the same page as the comic, but I rather like the nice, clean look that page has, and wouldn’t want to muddle it up.

The steady stream of visitors from onlinecomics.net continues, much to my surprise; I’d only discovered that site recently, and didn’t realise it was so heavily travelled. It’s a moshpit of all things illustrated, and you can find the occasional neat little gem there.

Of course, right now, it’s curiosity that’s drawing people to the site more than anything, so I’ll just have to wait and see how many of these folks come back on Monday.

In case you haven’t noticed, there’s a new link button (a grande-sized link button, but a link button nonetheless) in the sidebar; tweep.com’s now listed (twice, actually) on blogshares.com.

BlogShares is a new fantasy stock market-type dealie where you get to invest play money in weblogs and, well, that’s pretty much it right now. Still, it looks like it might be fun. It’s only in beta though, so be gentle.

Check this out.

Comic for 03-31-03

Have you tried today’s comic yet? It’s loaded with essential vitamins and minerals; everything you need to start your day.