Welcome to ADRICULOUS!

This is my personal blog. It used to be that it’s both a personal blog and site. Now it’s just a blog. It has gone through several years of changes from its name to its side contents. Its previous name was Adriatastic, but after many years of blogging under that name through its own domain,1 I felt that it was the right time to change back with a brand-new identity and independent from my portfolio domain.

I try to keep this blog focused towards the hodgepodge, where I talk about anything and everything out on a whim without involving my specific passions: digital/web designing and writing. For those, you can find them on my portfolio and my official writing site.

Before that, it also went through several changes in terms of the site name and content, starting from my now-defunct domain, Akaliane.net. It used to be a site for my writing projects alone from general blogging to writing certain articles covering topics usually related to my current fandom and general pop culture. Today, this site simply became just a general personal website, a playground of sorts where I can get random content-wise while all the latest technical, internet-related blog entries are now housed in my creatives and learning journal, The NINPOJineous.

I use this site as my hodgepodge playground of sorts, mainly for writing random stuff for writing practice and sharing some random general content that I may find interesting and worth sharing to the masses. I dabble with other websites hosted under other different domains, but all of them are still under construction. I hope that you may find something you may be interested in here and if you do, be sure to holler and let me know. I’ll see if I can have my focus towards your suggestion instead.

I have a chronicled timeline on my collective if you are curious about my hobbyist web design/development history.

Blogging Style?

It’s a fact that every dedicated blogger around the interwebs has their own style of blogging. Because I babble too much on the sidelines and can’t seem to get direct to the point of the subject, I take advantage of using footnotes to write down my other sidenotes and/or mini-“asides” notes right at the bottom. You can find a list of them right at the bottom of each entry where it says ON THE SIDENOTE… with corresponding numbers, just like any other footnote you see in a typed research paper or a textbook.

Let me give you an example of what I mean below:

I’m currently single and not in a rush to fall in love or get married.2

Other than that, I’m just any other blogger just like any other blogger out there. Well, maybe.

You will not see anything about my personal problems, personal issues, or any other real-life drama that I may come across in my real life. I have my (somewhat) therapeutic journal3 to rant out all of that. This blog isn’t about someone else’s real life drama and then make up some fictional plot and make money out of.

Ain’t got no time for all that. 

What the heck does “adriculous” mean? (or rather, what the heck is it?)

Just like when I first renamed my blog Adriatastic, it’s another little word play that I made up based on my name that describes anything that relates to me. So basically, this entire blog isn’t not just all about me, but more of expressing things in general that’s coming from my point of view. In addition, I have been using Adriculous as a username for many of my social media accounts (which includes Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, etc.), and I think it’s time for me to have a name change.

Aside from those small reasons, I find “adriculous” sound cooler than “adriatastic.”

Why did you transfer all of your old entries from the old “adriatastic” blog to the new one?

Simple. I still want to establish myself as being a blogger for over ten years now. Even though the entries from the old Adriatastic blog were fresh and new back in 2008, it was around that time that I finally learned how to transfer files from one site to the next without deleting any form of database. After all, at that time, PHP/mySQL was still new to me4 at that time.

The thing is, the only thing I still kept intact were the blog entries. All the other sections are no longer there. I plan to transfer a few of them to my writing site.

 

Barebones

  • Open since 2008
  • Formerly known as ADRIATASTIC (and the names before that (in descending order): AkalianeFunyaraga, and its first name, Adventure Antibiotics)
  • Changed the name to ADRICULOUS and transferred from a subdomain to its own domain.

Current Theme

Update: 1/4/2017

2016 was more of an experimental funky year for my grid-based, color/graphics-heavy theme. This year, I want to have something simple yet cool at the same time. I am using a child theme based on Themify‘s signature multipurpose theme, Ultra. This theme reminds me a lot of Elegant Themes’ signature multipurpose theme Divi, but there’s a lot of cool features not quite included in Divi (yet). I wanted to master both themes, therefore I decided to test Ultra for my blog.

I also installed a number of premium fonts as web fonts via the Use Any Font site. This year, I’ve only installed one: Stylist Pro. I love the handwriting look of it, and from a calligrapher’s standpoint, it looks like the font itself was created or derived by writing legibly with a fountain pen. I still have to get used to writing naturally with a fountain pen, plus I also need to really sit down and learn how to make my own fonts.

That’s it for the time being. I may make a few customizations here and there in the future, but this is pretty much it.

Tools

Resources

  • W3 Schools
  • Girls Who Geek (formerly Tutorialtastic)
  • Colour Lovers
  • Udemy (free and paid online courses)
  • DeviantArt (for the various templates and backgrounds used in the web comics and other custom graphics)
  • Font Forecast (for the Stylist Pro font, used as the site title, entry title, meta text, etc.)
  • Google Fonts (for the rest of the fonts used in this theme version)
  • Font Awesome (for the icons, even though it’s already built in the Ultra parent theme)
  • Creative Market (for all the mockup images I made/used)
  • Pixabay (for the royalty-free images used in some of my entries)

WordPress Plugins

Akismet 3.2  Akismet 3.2
» Automattic (url)
Used by millions, Akismet is quite possibly the best way in the world to protect your blog from spam. It keeps your site protected even while you sleep. To get started: 1) Click the “Activate” link to the left of this description, 2) Sign up for an Akismet plan to get an API key, and 3) Go to your Akismet configuration page, and save your API key.

Always Use Open Graph with Jetpack 1.0  Always Use Open Graph with Jetpack 1.0
» Brandon Kraft (url)
Jetpack automatically disables its Open Graph tags when there’s a known plugin that already adds Open Graph tags, which is good. Sometimes, though, you might want to use Jetpack’s version instead. Even if you disable the tags in the conflicting plugin, Jetpack won’t add Open Graph tags without being told to do so.

Comet Cache 161221  Comet Cache 161221
» WebSharks, Inc. (url)
Comet Cache is an advanced WordPress caching plugin inspired by simplicity.

CommentLuv 2.94.7  CommentLuv 2.94.7
» Andy Bailey (url)
Reward your readers by automatically placing a link to their last blog post at the end of their comment. Encourage a community and discover new posts.

Contact Form 7 4.6.1  Contact Form 7 4.6.1
» Takayuki Miyoshi (url)
Just another contact form plugin. Simple but flexible.

Contact Form 7 Honeypot 1.10  Contact Form 7 Honeypot 1.10
» Nocean (url)
Add honeypot anti-spam functionality to the popular Contact Form 7 plugin.

Display Widgets 2.05  Display Widgets 2.05
» Strategy11 (url)
Adds checkboxes to each widget to show or hide on site pages.

EWWW Image Optimizer 3.2.6  EWWW Image Optimizer 3.2.6
» Shane Bishop (url)
Reduce file sizes for images within WordPress including NextGEN Gallery and GRAND FlAGallery. Uses jpegtran, optipng/pngout, and gifsicle.

Instagram Feed WD 1.1.21  Instagram Feed WD 1.1.21
» WebDorado (url)
WD Instagram Feed is a user-friendly tool for displaying user or hashtag-based feeds on your website. You can create feeds with one of the available layouts. It allows displaying image metadata, open up images in lightbox, download them and even share in social networking websites.

Jetpack by WordPress.com 4.6  Jetpack by WordPress.com 4.6
» Automattic (url)
Bring the power of the WordPress.com cloud to your self-hosted WordPress. Jetpack enables you to connect your blog to a WordPress.com account to use the powerful features normally only available to WordPress.com users.

Native Emoji 2.0.2  Native Emoji 2.0.2
» Davabuu Designs (url)
This is not just a plugin, this is the plugin for use emoji in a native way. When activated you will see a new button in your wordpress editor, from there you will be able to include more than 1,000 emojis in to your posts, pages, and custom posts type.

Orbisius Child Theme Creator 1.3.7  Orbisius Child Theme Creator 1.3.7
» Svetoslav Marinov (Slavi) (url)
This plugin allows you to quickly create child themes from any theme that you have currently installed on your site/blog.

Really Simple CAPTCHA 1.9  Really Simple CAPTCHA 1.9
» Takayuki Miyoshi (url)
Really Simple CAPTCHA is a CAPTCHA module intended to be called from other plugins. It is originally created for my Contact Form 7 plugin.

Show IDs 1.1.1  Show IDs 1.1.1
» 99 Robots (url)
Show IDs on all post, page and taxonomy pages.

SpeedUp WP Site Plugin 1.0.0  SpeedUp WP Site Plugin 1.0.0
» speedupwpsite (url)
A one click solution to speeding up your wordpress site. No Setup needed.

Text Hover 3.7.1  Text Hover 3.7.1
» Scott Reilly (url)
Add hover text to regular text in posts. Handy for providing explanations of names, terms, phrases, and acronyms mentioned in your blog.

Use Any Font 4.6  Use Any Font 4.6
» Dinesh Karki (url)
Embed any font in your website

Use Google Libraries 1.6.2.1  Use Google Libraries 1.6.2.1
» Jason Penney (url)
Allows your site to use common javascript libraries from Google’s AJAX Libraries CDN, rather than from WordPress’s own copies.

Wordfence Security 6.3.1  Wordfence Security 6.3.1
» Wordfence (url)
Wordfence Security – Anti-virus, Firewall and Malware Scan

WP-Footnotes 4.2.2  WP-Footnotes 4.2.2
» Simon Elvery (url)
Allows a user to easily add footnotes to a post.

WP-PluginsUsed 1.50  WP-PluginsUsed 1.50
» Lester 'GaMerZ' Chan (url)
Display WordPress plugins that you currently have (both active and inactive) onto a post/page.

WP Pixabay 2.5  WP Pixabay 2.5
» WPclever (url)
This plugin help you search millions of free photos, vectors and art illustrations from https://pixabay.com then insert into content or set as featured image very quickly.

Yoast SEO 4.3  Yoast SEO 4.3
» Team Yoast (url)
The first true all-in-one SEO solution for WordPress, including on-page content analysis, XML sitemaps and much more.

There are 24 plugins used: 23 active plugins and 1 inactive plugin.

On the sidenote...

  1. and purposely downgraded to a subdomain due to some financial budgeting []
  2. But if I do, I’d love to have kids. This is a sample footnote, folks! []
  3. as in a small notebook with a pen… []
  4. and it’s still is new to me, I just happen to learn a few basics here and there []