OddSphere is undergoing a few and here they are:
Probably the most obvious change. I’ve always wanted to make this blog dual language. For those of you that just tuned in, I’m Polish, so I’ve wanted to have entries in two languages that are closest to me – my native Polish and English that I’ve had contact with since childhood. Unfortunately time constraints and personal shortcomings (I’m lazy and I hate writing the same thing twice) made me stick to entries in Polish. I had many reasons to switch to English (one of them is further down this entry) but I’ve clung to the vision of “dual language blog” for far too long. Now is the time to change and I want to give it a go, even though I don’t feel I’m as good in English as I think I should be be.
I’ve changed the blog theme yet again, this time going with an even more minimalistic design. I can’t pinpoint the exact reason, but I would probably bet that whilst analyzing Windows Phone’s app design patterns more and more, I’ve grown tired of the idea of a big blog, with media-rich entries, an overblown theme and tons of plugins. I tried that and it didn’t work so I’m scaling down, until I reach my comfort zone of a simple, fast blog that I can fill with content with relative ease.
TWITTER GOOD, FACEBOOK BAD
One of the primary reasons for the drastic change in OddSphere’s preferred language. I’ve tried promoting myself on Facebook and I suck at it. I see people gaining likes in hundreds and thousands in a matter of days, while I’m struggling to reach fifty since the blogs start. I don’t have the courage, the know-how, the time and the idea to promote myself into something popular to total strangers on Facebook. And Twitter? Well, I mostly disregarded it. For a long time I couldn’t fathom if the whole “max 140 character tweets” idea could be useful for any sort of meaningful communication and hashtags are still a mystery to me. Then, one day, fed up with all the information chaos on Facebook I gave Twitter another go. Right now I still don’t feel like an expert, but I think I can achieve a lot more on Twitter than I did on Facebook. For that I need to reach a broader audience, and Polish-only entries are not the key to that.
For some of you CosFire is a “mobile cosplay management app” for Windows Phone 8.1 and Windows 8.1 that’s being prepared by “CosCon Shop in collaboration with Weirdfyre”. Well, not anymore. Weirdfyre was an experiment, born mostly out of necessity. Fortunately the hindrance that forced me to create it is partially gone, therefore I can shut down Weirdfyre, with a more or less clear conscience. I know it’s highly confusing that I’m throwing this project back and forth, but trying to manage multiple entities when I can’t even manage a single one is…well, it’s really dumb. That’s why Weirdfyre will be closed in a few days and CosFire becomes OddSphere’s property. Believe me, this is for the best. CosFire is still very much a thing and it’s progressing even better during the last few weeks than it used to.
That’s all for today. Thank You all for reading and putting up with my constant idea shifts.
PS. Precious Books is alive and well. I have a few new, unposted screenshots that I’ll share in a few days.