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Nobody here but us kittens…

Midnight facing right ‘Scuse me. There’s nobody home right now. Staff are busy carting over all the stuff from our old website. Sorry, gotta run. Neighbor’s coming over with TUNA!

21 Responses

  1. formularze

    How can I copyright all original content current and future on my website?

    • katnagel

      If you are in the US, your material is covered by US copyright laws as soon as you publish it. If you want to register the copyright, which makes it easier to defend against infringement, all the information you need is available at

  2. Chatt

    Hi. I’m sorry to bother you but I ran across your website and discovered you’re using the exact same template as me. The only issue is on my website, I’m unable to get the theme looking like yours. Would you mind emailing me at: so I can get this figured out. By the way I’ve bookmarked your website: and will certainly be visiting often. Thanks!!

    • katnagel

      Thanks for the kind words, Chatt. While I started with ThemeID’s Shell-Lite theme, I created a child theme from it and customized it with my own logo and graphics. I also changed the layout of the included templates a bit, and added a couple of specialized page templates to suit some of my content that needed a slightly different structure.

      You can create a Shell child template of your own using the instructions in the WordPress Codex. ThemeID has made it easy by setting up a child theme sub-directory for this purpose. It is installed with the the rest of the theme, and there is a short tutorial on the ThemeID web site to show what to do with it.

      Hope this helps,

  3. rozliczenie pit

    My partner and I are developing a Joomla website for a certain project. We are using separate computer and separate hosts (localhosts). My partner has made changes to the graphical design and database structure so I have copied the directories (folders) to my computer. In doing such, I have encountered this error message “Database Error: Unable to connect to the database:Could not connect to MySQL”. Please help. Thanks :)).

    • katnagel

      Your Joomla installation is looking for the original database, which you have apparently overwritten by copying your partner’s files onto your computer. While I’m not an expert on Joomla, there should be a way to direct your copy of Joomla to use the new database. Look for database options in the Joomla setup screens. If it allows you to browse for the correct database, great. If not, you will have to enter the exact file path information. Hope this helps,

  4. rozliczenie roczne

    I have a blog using Blogspot. I would like to ban a specific person from viewing and/or commenting. I am not looking to make the entire blog password-protected or moderate comments. I just want to ban a specific IP address. How can I do this?.

    • katnagel

      The short answer is “No.” Blogspot/Blogger does not provide a way to block a specific IP address.

      If you are comfortable editing the code in your template, you may be able to use a product like You register for an account (I think it is free) and type in the IP address you want to block. This service will give you a code snippet you can copy and paste into your template. Note: this is only effective if (a) the person you want to block has a static, not dynamic, IP address, and (2) doesn’t use an anonymizer or proxy when browsing to your site.
      Hope this helps.

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    You have a great website! I would love to build backlinks for you.

  6. House Cleaning Service New York Company

    I’m not sure exactly why but this weblog is loading extremely slow for me. Is anyone else having this problem or is it a issue on my end? I’ll check back later and see if the problem still exists.

    • katnagel

      Yours is the second report of this, Mr/Ms Vonholt. It’s loading quickly here, but there may be a problem elsewhere. I’ve contacted my hosting company and they’re looking into it. Thanks!

  7. Great post, I admire the writing style 🙂 A little off topic here but what theme are you using? Looks pretty cool.

    • katnagel

      Thanks! My MasterWork theme is based on the Arras theme by Melvin Lee. Arras has lots of customization options, and is quite easy to work with. Glad you like it!

      Updated 2011-09-28:
      The Arras-based theme broke when WordPress upgraded to v3.0. I’ve created a child theme called WorkOfArt, based (this time) on ThemeID’s Shell-Lite design. Shell is a sturdy, flexible theme, and their Lite version includes templates for the three page layouts I use most often. I also like the way the CSS is organized. It’s very easy to customize to get the lood exactly the way I want it. I took the opportunity to design a logo for MasterWork, too. Hope you like it.

      Kat Nagel

  8. If you could mail me with a few tips on just how you made your website look this great, I would be thankful.

  9. Ivan Sterr

    Howdy outstanding website! Does running a blog similar to this require a massive amount work? I have virtually no understanding of programming but I had been hoping to start my own blog in the near future. Anyway, if you have any recommendations or techniques for new blog owners please share. I understand this is off subject however I just had to ask. Kudos!

    • katnagel

      Thanks, Ivan! It requires more work than I have time to give it, actually, although I’m trying to do better. I still have a bunch of articles to move over from my old site, along with my portfolio.

  10. Thank you for a good story, I really enjoyed your blog. Be sure to give a link to your friends!

  11. You are very smart. I will come back again.

    • katnagel

      Thank you. I’m gradually moving content over from my old site design. Hope you find it useful.

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