Don’t Forget: September One-Day Theme Tomorrow!

Just a reminder that the September 1 “Someone Special” theme day is tomorrow, September 1, beginning at midnight Pacific Time.

Mr. Linky will close at 11:59 PM PST on September 3. However, remember that the earlier you link up, the more people will see your post! 🙂 Also the Linky box at the bottom of my post will tell you how many hours you have left until it closes.

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Don’t Forget: August One-Day Theme Tomorrow!

Just a reminder that the August 1 Bow theme day is tomorrow, August 1, beginning at midnight Pacific Time.

Mr. Linky will close at 11:59 PM PST on August 3. However, remember that the earlier you link up, the more people will see your post! 🙂 Also the Linky box at the bottom of my post will tell you how many hours you have left until it closes.

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(NOTE: Apparently the time on my new server is off by 6 hours, so this reminder launched a bit early California time. I’ll try to remember that when I schedule posts in the future!)

WordPress Transfer Success

Wow, I spent a ton of hours on this but it finally worked out.  The blog design is just temporary (I used a free template until I can come up with my own design) but the technical (stressful) part is done.  I’m excited!

The bad news: I was wrong on one point.  Google did decide to cut off use of Google Friend Connect (GFC) for any sites other than Blogger.  They want to force everyone to use Google+.  I personally think Google+ is the stupidest thing I’ve ever encountered, so I won’t be encouraging my readers to do that.  🙂  The only down sides are:

  • Now I won’t have a list of “Followers” which doesn’t really mean anything except I liked how it enhanced the sense of community
  • To comment, you’ll have to either create a WordPress account (which is free, and VERY similar to GFC) or just type in your name and URL each time.

The good news is that my feeds will still work in everyone’s Google Reader, for those who are already following me with GFC.  I was able to update my feed in Blogger to point to my new WP site, so you will still get my new posts in Reader without doing anything. This makes me happy!  (Sorry if some of you got duplicates of my old posts in Reader.  Not sure why it did that, but it should be a one-time thing as it finds the new feed).

New subscribers can also use Google Reader, by clicking the Get the RSS Feed link under “Subscribe via Google Reader” in the right-hand column.  You can also subscribe via e-mail or Like my Facebook page (which I figure will now become the primary subscription method, along with Google Reader).  So if you haven’t done so yet, be sure to “Like” Sophistique Noir on Facebook. Or you can follow my blog with Bloglovin.

The other good news is I was able to create the exact same URL structure on the new site, so all of your links to my posts (such as in your Red & Black posts) will still work.  No broken links on anyone’s blog – that’s a good thing!!  However, if I missed anything in that regard, let me know.  My URL is still www.SophistiqueNoir.com.

I would love to hear everyone’s thoughts on this new platform (excluding the design, because I’m still working on that.  *wink*).  I hated to lose GFC, but I gave it a ton of thought and decided that having full control over my content was too important.  I invest so much time in this blog, I hate having it all hosted by a company I have no control over.  Not to mention that it’s just not easy enough to manage on Blogger with the limited time I now have available.  Since I do have so much control now, if there’s something you don’t like about how the new blog works, let me know!  I can probably fix it.  🙂

Thanks for understanding, and welcome to the new Sophistique Noir!  😀

A Quick Hello!

Hello, dear friends in Blogland!

I just wanted to take a moment to say hello and let you know I’m not out of the blog scene just yet.  😉  As I’ve mentioned before, adjusting to the new job and the new commute has been incredibly challenging.  Add in a whole slew of things going on this summer and I find I barely even have time to check Facebook once or twice a week!  Much less take great outfit photos and create quality blog posts.  I don’t want to squeeze blogging in at the expense of quality, so I’ve just had to take a little break while I catch my breath.

Mr. Kitty and I recently started a Google Calendar to help us keep track of all of the craziness life has been throwing at us, and to help us evaluate what we really want to be doing and what is just taking up time that could be spend in more valuable ways.  I think it has given us a new perspective, and helped us see when we are not leaving enough time for ourselves.  And when we are double-booking, which was starting to happen a lot because we weren’t looking at the same calendar before…  😉

My semi-hiatus from blogging will likely continue for a few more weeks, as I have decided to finally make the switch from Blogger to WordPress!  The process has been more difficult that I expected, but will be worth it in the end.  WordPress offers a version that can be installed on my own server, truly giving me full control and ownership of my blog.  As a professional Web designer/developer, I feel this makes the most sense for me.  All of my photos will be stored on my own server, not Google’s servers, I can automate backups instead of having to remember to do so regularly, and modifying my blog design and composing posts will be faster and simpler.  The bottom line is, I can have a better blog, and it will be easier to run.  Best of all, I should be able to migrate my Google Friend Connect over to the new blog, so those of you who are following me should experience a seamless transition.  I hope.  😉

I am devoting some time this weekend to perusing (and commenting on) the blogs of all the dear online friends I’ve made since starting Sophistique Noir.  I’ve missed reading your posts even more than I’ve missed creating posts of my own.

See you soon!  😀


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Red & Black Week Starts TOMORROW!

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Just a reminder, Sophistique Noir’s Second Annual Red & Black Week starts tomorrow, June 3. We’ll be featuring six days of posts honoring this sacred Gothic color combination June 3-8, followed by a wrap-up featuring everyone who participates in the event.

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I’m so excited to be hosting this event for the second year, and can’t wait to see what everyone contributes.


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Red & Black Week Starts in ONE WEEK!

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Just a reminder, Sophistique Noir’s Second Annual Red & Black Week starts one week from today. Get your posts ready for a full week of celebrating the most important of all Goth color schemes, June 3-8.

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Remember that you can plan your posts ahead of time if you won’t have time to do blogging during the week. Just create your posts and schedule them to launch on the appropriate day, then pop over to my blog and add your post using Mr. Linky. Adding your link takes just a few seconds and will help your blog get new fans!


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Time for a Change… And a BatFit Accomplishment!

Yes, I’ve been an extremely quiet blogger lately. Sophistique Noir has been in a state of near silence for most of April for both posting and commenting. I even failed to announce that there would be no Monthly Theme for May… But I promise it is all for a very good reason.

For the past couple of months, I’ve been looking for a new job. It’s been an exciting and challenging process after 11 years in my current position. Late in March I stumbled upon a job listing that sounded absolutely perfect for me, so I sent in my resume. A month later, I’ve been through three intense interviews with a total of eight interview panel members. I completed a major project that I spent 30 hours on one weekend in order to give them a presentation showing what I can do. I even had to go for a physical as a condition for employment. Yesterday, I completed the whole process and was formally offered the job.

This accomplishment was my number one goal for BatFit 2012. When she began her 40×40 journey, Le Professeur Gothique had stressed that fitness is about both physical AND mental wellness, a concept that I totally agree with. Due to a toxic person at my work, my problem was definitely in the mental area. I never wanted to mention too much about it on my blog (you never know who is reading…) but someone did something very unethical to me last December and it plunged me into a pretty major depression, something that is very unlike me. For months, my stomach churned with nausea whenever I thought about going to work. I had no energy and I binged on chocolate. I laid awake nights, I had horrible dreams when I did sleep, I cried on my way to work and on my way home for weeks on end. I knew there would be no solution but to walk away from that job and get that person out of my life forever.

I’m someone who doesn’t really like major change, so it took me a couple of months to even get up the courage to start looking at job openings. Then, despite finding a wealth of awesome jobs out there in my industry that I was perfectly qualified for, I found fault with every single one. Until I came across one that I just couldn’t deny was perfect for me. Just at that time, Le Professeur announced the BatFit challenge of “Facing Your Fears.” I was in the midst of doing just that, and my hard work paid off tremendously!

I’m truly looking forward to this new opportunity in my career, and the new chapter it opens for this blog. I will be taking you along with me in my process of adapting to a new environment and slowly letting my personality come out after I win my new colleagues over with my work performance and professionalism.

Now’s the time to practice what I preached in my post about Dressing Goth at Work. It’s time to come into a new position with a fairly conservative appearance that just hints at my quirky sense of style (I won’t even be showing a single tattoo until I see whether there are others in the office with them). Over the coming months, if it is appropriate to do so, I will ease into being more “myself” in my style and appearance, as long as everything I do falls within the organization’s dress code and the comfort zone of my supervisors. It’s going to be an adventure, after more than a decade of being totally comfortable (to the point of complacency) in my old office.

I feel alive again, and I’m so thankful to be headed in this new direction. And I’m thankful to my sweet readers who were concerned by my virtual absence over the past few weeks! Sorry for the long, photo-free journal entry here, and extra-special thanks to those who are still reading at this point. 😉

Stay tuned later this week for posts of my three interview outfits, along with my rationale for dressing how I do for those most important first impressions.


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Don’t Forget: March One-Day Theme Tomorrow!

Just a reminder that the March 1 Gray theme day is tomorrow, March 1, beginning at midnight Pacific Time. For those of you in other time zones, check the left-hand column of my blog to see the time I am going by.

Mr. Linky will close at 11:59 PM PST on March 3. However, remember that the earlier you link up, the more people will see your post! 🙂 Also the Linky box at the bottom of my post will tell you how many hours you have left until it closes.

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Happy Blogiversary to Me!

One year ago today, I published my first-ever blog post here on Sophistique Noir. it was just a silly bit of babbling about why I was interested in blogging, and a chance to get my feet wet using Blogger. I really thought no one would be too interested. Now, just 12 months (and nearly 225 posts) later, I have 466 followers on Google Friend Connect, 296 on Facebook, and a wonderful group of regular commenters that I look forward to interacting with on my blog as well as theirs!

I’m seriously getting weepy writing this, because this blog had become so special to me. Not only has it become a much-needed outlet for creative expression, it also puts a very personal part of me out there for the world to see and crititque. But most importantly, I’ve grown to love this little online community and the interaction with fellow Goth ladies of all ages and nationalities. I feel connected here in a way that I certainly don’t amongst the “normal” world. So thank you, all of you who read and comment, for making the past year a rewarding one for me on a whole new level!