2018 April/May/June Update:

As you know, most of the year I publish 2 to 3 articles a day.

However, every year during convention season, I take a break from that to go full swing CosPlay.

From early April 2018 to late June 2018, article posting schedule will be sporadic, while CosPlay Season and Convention events are going full swing.

During this time period, you can expect most, possible all new articles to be focused on costume making, CosPlay, and the characters I'm CosPlaying.

UPDATE: It's now divided into 7 pages. The primary page "Meet Avallach" is now over 20,000 words long. At this rate, it'll cross 60,000 long before the costume is finished, and that's not including the other 5 pages. The primary page has now crossed 60,000 89,000 words and counting, the whole set of Avallac'h pages are now more than 200,000 words long, and more then 500 pictures of Avallac'h and his friends have now been uploaded on these pages, plus there are now 400+ hour-long videos f the costume making process as we record live, every second of this insanely elaborate, over the top CosPlay project.

As of May 19, just 29 days to PortCon we are embroidering his blue coat in a countdown against the clock to finish in time for the event, while we pray that The Dazzling Razzberry will be re-weilded back together and drivable in time for PortCon, after it's recent vandalism by Old Orchard Beach's ever growing Ku Klux Klan problem.

There will still be daily updates, but the BULK of the daily updates will be limited to the pages linked here:

  1. The Avallac'h CosPlay: Who is Avallac'h?
  2. Obsession: Meet Avallac'h
  3. [NSFW] Avallac'h & His Nude Women | Witcher 3 Game Screenshots
  4. Historical Accuracy vs Avallac'h (to go live later this summer)
  5. The Avallac'h CosPlay Costume Making Vlogs (will go live AFTER finishing the costume)
  6. How To Make The Avallac'h CosPlay (will go live AFTER PortCon)
  7. How Much Did It Cost? ($800+ will run to around $3,000) Budgeting The Avallac'h CosPlay (eing written as the costume is being made, will go live after completion of the costume)
  8. Why do children CosPlay rapists & rape victims? & WHY Avallac'h is a M18+ character. 
  9. PortConMaine 2018
  10. On Being a Handicapped CosPlayer: A Look At Events of PortConMaine 2017 That Resulted In 3 Disabled CosPlayers Getting hurt at The Convention and How These Things Could Have Been Avoided


After PortCon Update:

PortCon 2018 is over... but the making of the Avallac'h CosPlay is not. It is not possible to make a costume as detailed as I'm making in fewer then 400 hours, and only 129 hours went into the simplified first run version you saw at PortCon'18. The complete version will not be seen until PortCon'19

If you want to see this costume in person and watch it's progression onward as I continue to expand it... I'll be wearing it at the monthly Maine Association of CosPlay Enthusiasts (M.A.C.E.) events, throughout 2018 and 2019, you are welcome to join us. The list of current events can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/293470827423558/events/ This list is updated monthly, so be sure to check back often to find all the dates, locations, and details of events.



Why I Removed Discus Comments From My Site




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Is Disqus Worth It? Are You Using Disqus?

 #1393849  by erin from wicca-spirituality.com 
 06 Mar 2018 15:42

Hi folks,

I had a vibrant Disqus comments section going on, although I found it fairly impossible to reply promptly to questions. Then they started charging OR putting up offensive and misleading ads on my site.  

So I removed Disqus from my pages while I considered what to do about this. (  Warning: If you do this, turns out all those previous comments are lost forever.)

Now it's time to decide:  is it worth paying Disqus for commentability?  

I've wondered... 
whether comments in Disqus boost SE ratings -- frequent updates of pages, new content, long tail keywords, etc. 

Or whether it boosts traffic in other ways. 

Or if it increases conversions -- do people trust me more and want to work with me, based on interactions they may see/post in Disqus?

Or... whatever else I'm missing.  
Is there any definitive answer? Or at least educated guesses? 

It's not an inconsequential fee, IMO, so I'd like to know that there's actually a benefit, and not just a drain of time and money. Opinions, anyone? 

Blessings,

erin

http://www.wicca-spirituality.com
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I used to love Disqus. Part of the lure of them was that they WERE NEVER GOING TO USE ADS and you could log in from any of 80+ social networks, all your comments from everywhere could be found on you "disqus blog" that they made out of your comments, and they added a set of "here's other posts from this site" at the end of each article.

I started using them around 2007. Loved them to pieces...

Until last year, when suddenly, super spammy (I lost 30lbs in 2 days, find out how drivers in your town beat the system, etc), HIGHLY OFFENSIVE (close up of boobs about to burst out of bra, gory-bloody close ups of surgery, etc), and outright fake news (*name of famous celebrity* died!!!, etc) all of them completely off topic to my site and many of them with gross, stomach turning, disgusting pictures (including close ups of pimples and vomit no less!) begane to show up on my site. It was like the ads went out of their way to be the MOST offensive and shocking as possible.

I couldn't figure out what in the heck was going on. Where the hell did these shitty fucking ads come from? 

And you couldn't find the comment box from Disqus ay more. You had to scroll under the ads, and there'd be 16 ads, 4 across, 4 down to scroll under.

For over a decade, Disqus has always promoted the fact: "Use us, we are ad free, we'll NEVER add ads to your site". 

It wasn't the ads themselves that bothered me so much as the over the top gross, disgusting photos they were using for the ads. I did not want those kinds of images and photos showing up on my site. So, I removed Disqus.

I think they now have a paid option so you can remove the ads, but, I never got enough comments over all for it to be worth the trouble.

Now, where I used to have the comment box, I've instead put the "AddThis" social media icon list instead. (http://www.addthis.com/get/follow) So, if someone has a comment they can post it on my FaceBook, Tumblr, Twitter, LinkedIn, LiveJournel, etc account instead. I also added the "AddThis" share button list (http://www.addthis.com/get/share) and since doing so, I've had way more interactions on social media. It seems that people are more likely to share a page then comment on it, so in my case removing comments turned out to be a good thing, seeing how I replaced it with social media interaction ability and far more people are sharing pages then ever commented on them.

I don't know if the addition of or lack of comments had any effect on my SEO rankings or not. I didn't notice any change resulting from it.




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