On My Mind #2

Site rebranding, ancient healing frequencies, my newly-born affection for Christmas and data protection. On My Mind #2.

Site rebranding

Towards the end of this year, my deadlines are coming up and the last thing that I want to do now is to work on them. That’s why I decided to give my blog a rebranding. I’ve been keeping the old design for two years now and it desperately needs some fresh air.

The perks of having a self-hosted site are the freedom to design it however I see fit and to make any changes without having to pay ridiculous amounts on premium themes. The downside: self-designing a website is tremendously time-consuming for a programming noob like me. Sure, I learned some HTML and CSS in uni, but my crippling knowledge is far from enough to help me. Thanks to having this blog and many hours later, I kind of self-taught myself a little bit of Javascript and PHP.

My site rebranding consists of:

  • Fonts makeover. I’m slowly moving away from serif fonts to the vast world of san serifs.
  • Visual makeover. I decided to have a more monochrome landing page. The deeper you go into the blog, the more colourful the photos will become.
  • Photography page makeover. Ironically, the photography page is the least visited page on my blog, even though this blog is about analogue photography. Be sure to check the page out, it’s much more user-friendly now.
  • Sidebar adjustments. To be more on par with the focus on photography content, I’ve tweaked the Flickr photo slideshow in the sidebar to make it more user-friendly.
  • Small “back to top” button at the bottom left. Now you can go straight back to the top of the site after reading my loooong posts 🙂
  • Chat function! Instead of having to fill out a form on the Contact page, you can chat directly with me via the chatbox at the bottom right. My site is 100% GDPR-compliant so you don’t have to worry about your personal data.

So far, those are the new features on this blog. Thank you for supporting me all this long. I could never imagine that anyone would be interested in reading my bla blas ♥ Now that my site is more pretty IMO, I certainly have more motivation to finish my backlog (currently ≈5 drafts).

Solfeggio Healing Frequencies

Auntie Strawberry dropped by yesterday and I had experienced the worst period cramps ever. I literally thought I was going to die, or at least had to go to the ER. Amidst my utter hopelessness, I went to Youtube to find some soothing music, because music has proved to be mood-changing for me in the past. It was then that I came across the Solfeggio Healing Frequencies.

Solfeggio frequencies make up the ancient 6-tone scale thought to have been used in sacred music, including the beautiful and well known Gregorian Chants. The chants and their special tones were believed to impart spiritual blessings when sung in harmony. Each Solfeggio tone is comprised of a frequency required to balance your energy and keep your body, mind and spirit in perfect harmony.

attunedvibrations.com

About one hour in, with the addition of my heated blanket and a 500mg paracetamol pill, all of my pain went completely away. I was so shocked!
If you are in any emotional or physical pain, this is for you. Things will get better.

My thoughts on Christmas

I am not a big fan of Christmas. Partly because I live away from my family, while Christmas is a very much familial occasion. This year, I dislike it a little bit less. I’m actually really looking forward to Christmas and to seeing Bơ again in Paris. We were roommates this summer when I was going on an exchange semester there. I will also spend New Year’s Eve in Paris, which is such a #lifegoal!

Privacy-aware or paranoid?

I’m reading a lot of literature about data and information ethics. What struck me the most is how careless I am with my personal data and Internet passwords, even though I pride myself as a privacy-aware person.

Some changes that I have implemented lately:

  • Check if my emails were part of previous data breaches via https://haveibeenpwned.com
  • Create a ProtonMail account to use with important services like online banking, health insurance & PayPal. Most of us use Gmail, while the service itself is free to use, we are paying with our personal data.
  • Minimizing my digital footprint. Thanks to the EU GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation), we as customers have the right to request our personal data that services had collected, as well as to request the deletion of this information. I’m reviewing my obsolete accounts on websites that I’ve used in the past and requesting them to delete my account forever. JustDelete.me provides information on how to do this for many services.

    Disclaimer: All opinions are mine and mine only. I wasn’t paid to promote any of these. I personally use and find these sites useful, therefore, I am recommending it to you. Use at your own risk.

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