Some changes

For some time now I haven’t been too happy with this ‘all in one’ blog. Although this is fine for most of you, somehow this isn’t for me, I need to keep things separated. My brain only works that way.

So I have been working behind your backs (no knives involved) and made some small changes to this site.

First I have taken the Hometown tab from the header navigation menu, but you can still find it in the footer tag cloud.

Then a little change in the URL of one of my remaining blogs and voilà, a brand new photo blog was born, Jule’s Darkroom. The Darkroom tab in the header menu is now leading there. Not too much going on there at the moment, but this will change with time.

You may have already noticed the Freestyle tab I have added a while ago. Yes, another new blog, jule b – art lab for my experimental stuff. Hopefully, in May you will see some more of that.

And last but not least I have imported almost all of the entries from the UFO Garage & Fabric Depot as well as from From The Boudoir. I simply couldn’t do without them – feeling much better now. But every single entry will have to be edited – the picture URLs are still leading to the old blogs so you might not be able to see them although I can. I’ll update the entries where needed and check the links so you’ll land at your designated destination. – I’m working my way backwards in time. As I write this, 2016 is complete. 335 more to go, but I can only handle a few at a time.


Rescue mission accomplished

When I tried to open my oldest blog about a week ago LiveJournal forced me to accept their new Terms Of Service or I wouldn’t able to use my blog anymore. They provided an English translation of the new TOS which in their own words wasn’t legally binding. The original and binding one was in Russian. Also, they referred to a lot of Russian Federal Acts without  giving an explanation what they were about and of which of course I had no knowledge.

LJ had been sold to new Russian owners a couple of years ago, but were still hosting the data in the US. After some digging around on the internet I found out that a couple of months ago the LJ servers had been moved fom California to Russia. Of which the users had not been informed.

Well, I had to accept the new TOS – what else. Next thing was trying to import my blog to WP like I did a couple of year ago. But alas, LJ have been blocking their API for quite a while so WP had no access to their data.

Red alert. Rescue mission required. Urgent.

One option was to manually download my blog content without the comments month by month. But the resulting files are unsuitable to import into WP, which I knew. So I bit the bullet and transformed my entries into MS Word files one by one to have at least some kind of backup. More digging on the internet followed, as well as reading the TOS of various other blogging platforms. Finally I decided to try Dreamwidth again. Four years before, at the time LJ went to their new owners I had moved my blog over there but failed to customize it and deleted the account.

DW is operating on the base of LJ’s software code. And luckily I could export my blog to their site. Obviously they had massive import from LJ as they warned people their importing could take up to a couple of days as new import request were queued. Anyway, this was an option to save seven years of blogging so I started my import. All done in five minutes. Everything in place now, cost me one week of work.

I have deleted my LJ blog. Well, sort of. I still have 60 days access to undelete. But this is not going to happen.

While I was in deleting mode I have also permanently deleted seven of my WP blogs yesterday. Don’t worry, nothing important you would miss and still enough left. I saved export files in case I should decide otherwise. There are a couple more that will have to go as soon as I’ve decided what I want to keep. Watch this space.

Off now for something more pleasant.

Working behind the scenes


Some of my readers may know 2016 was a bit of a year for me. To keep it short, I started the year with a depression, then I lost my job, then had fun with a leaky roof and a landlord who was very reluctant in repairing this. Among other things.

In summer I got diagnosed with a personality disorder. The diagnosis was very helpful to me because it explained why I’m a little challenged on the social side and also made me understand certain other things. As for me, I axed the disorder part and kept personality. Because this is who I am.

To keep me busy during the time when I was not filling in forms for my health insurance, for the unemployment agency or for getting housing benefit, having appointments  at the doctor’s or reminding my landlord that the roof was still leaking I sorted my hoard humble belongings that I have gathered during the last 40+ years.

I’ve spent another couple of weeks in midst of piles of paper sorting my clippings and torn out pages from newspapers and magazines, my sketches and drafts of possible projects. I got rid of a lot of stuff. Being in my mid-fifties, I’ve got thirty more years if I’m lucky. The pile of remaining craft material I kept will pretty much cover that. 🙂

Unfortunately, I’m no longer able to produce the tiny and even hand stitches I was notorious for, my seams have become uneven. For this reason I will have to switch to machine sewing which will also affect the style of my projects. As you already know, a couple of my former projects have been abandoned with some more to follow, as much as I regret it because of the time and effort already put into them. I’m trying to finish as much as possible, though.

Last year I closed some of my remaining blogs and set up this one instead. But to be honest, I’m not quite happy with how it turned out because putting everything into just one blog doesn’t really seem to match my personality. On the other hand, I don’t want to re-open the other blogs again. Dilemma.

For some time now I’ve been struggling with blogging. As a result of my health issues lots of ideas do not get published because I’m simply unable to concentrate long enough to write about them. On a good day I’m able to scrape together a couple of sentences. On a bad day everything  just goes POP!  – You may have noticed that I mostly just leave a like on your blogs instead of commenting. It’s not that I don’t have nothing to say, but the moment I open the comment form the words just vanish into thin air.

So I’m quietly working behind the scenes these days. I’ve been busy with lots of things recently. Working on old projects and preparing the next steps, trying out new techniques, researching future projects. I’ve worked a little on this blog, re-arranged the widgets, dumped my virtual project baskets and added the projects I’m working on each month instead. Next on the list is setting up a couple of new gallery pages.

Wish me luck