8 July 2019
Northstar.nu, FREE!: Rei, Ainna.me, FREE!: Sousuke

Bought myself a new domain for my birthday two days ago (yet again because of a Namecheap sale)! I decided Ainna.cc (which now redirects to my Carrd profile) never really looked nice enough, and Ainna.me looks so much better for a personal site. ♥

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Yamazaki Sousuke Fanlisting New fanlisting alert! Yamazaki Sousuke is now up and affiliates with Rei (of course)! My only regret is I couldn’t come up with a better name than “Badass,” because, heck, that’s what he is. xD

Despite the layout looking similar to my other fanlistings, I took longer than usual to finish coding this site because I opted for a one-page tabbed design (like Northstar.nu) so the structure is rather different. I’m very pleased Johanndro gave me permission to use this fanart! Sousuke is sooo handsome here ☆

I’m liking the clean and simple look of this design. It doesn’t contain more information than it should. It’s very… succinct, pretty much like how Sousuke is. Maybe I should redesign the rest of my FLs to look this fresh…?

2 July 2019
Northstar.nu, Hakanai.net, Ainna.me

Three days before my birthday, and I have finally reached a decision as to what to do with my domains!

  1. Ainna.cc will be my primary identity portal. It will contain a brief “About Me” section and will house my RL blog. As it is based on the concept of my Carrd profile, it will be home to the personal stuff I feel like sharing.
  2. Northstar.nu however will still be my main domain, and will still center on my fan projects and how important webdesign is to me as a hobby. It will house my fic rec site, my doujinshi collection site, a clique directory, my webdesign archive/portfolio, and all my fanlistings (which are fast becoming short tributes to various subjects).
  3. However, because I create a lot of FLs, I decided to put them all in one place. Hakanai.net is a subdivision of Northstar.nu that is specifically going to be my fanlisting collective. I plan to talk about my FL history there, which FLs I own and why, and which ones I joined. It makes sense to lump them all together because otherwise, my main domain is starting to look too crowded!

The only things I need to determine are which script to use for my RL blog (deciding between Wordpress, for security reasons, and FanUpdate, for its simplicity and east PHP includes that makes it easier to design around the script), and if I should move all my anime sites to Hakanai.net. Hmm.

21 June 2019
Northstar.nu, Viola Davis, Ainna.me

I got myself a Carrd yesterday because everyone I know on Twitter has one. And since Namecheap is having a sale, I thought I’d buy a shorter .CC domain for it (which in my head is short for Carrd.co, or Calling Card, or carbon copy—which is essentially what I will use the domain for: a one-stop URL that links to my other sites and profiles but which is ultimately still part of Northstar.nu).

Now my problem is I don’t know which domain I will use as my main one, lol. Or what Ainna.cc will be for, aside from a profile landing page. #MultipleDomainProbs (Now might also be a good time to explain that I decided to change online handles, because I have had enough of the problems the handle Ai~ is giving me in signing up for stuff; it’s too short without the tilde, and most forms do not allow special characters. So “Ainna” it is. Heh.)

Viola Davis Fanlisting In other news, I finished the Viola Davis fanlisting! She is such a fantastic actress and, in my eyes, can turn in no faulty performance. ☆

20 June 2019
Oasis, Hakanai.net

Namecheap is having a Business Week Sale until the 24th, so I went and grabbed another *.NET domain which I’ve had an eye on for a while now: HAKANAI.NET! It means “ephemeral” in Nihongo, and it’s my own poetic rendition of the things I am into at the moment, to perhaps archive the things I like. I also wanted something to complement the permanence and singularity of Northstar.nu. I also wanted to own a Japanese domain to reflect my interest in their language and culture.

As of now there’s only a placeholder image though lol (ft. the gorgeous art of Axsens—thank you for granting me permission), as I’m still trying to decide what to do with it. I bought it initially for my joined fanlistings (FLs) page, but then I also wanted to put up an RL shoutlog (which is basically a microblog like Twitter but without bothering with followers or (Q)RTs), and I think that would work well with the theme of the domain, too. Or I could use it for house my FL collective (which I have been averse to separating from my main domain since most of my sites are FLs anyway lol), so at least everything is one place. Or should I just move my TAFL sites over there…? If you have any suggestions, please throw them my way! xD

Oasis Fanlisting In other news, I opened a new fanlisting for one of my all-time favorite bands, Oasis! With gratitude to the former owner, Xanthania, for letting me inherit the list, and to Steve Alce for letting me use his fanart. ♥

18 June 2019
Northstar.nu, Shounen, Shoujo, Mr. & Mrs. X

Opened two new FLs in the last two weeks: one for the ongoing RoGambit-centric X-Men series, Mr. and Mrs. X (a must-read for any Rogue/Gambit fan!), and the other is for shoujo series, which I adopted from Buruma (thank you!). This is a nice compliment to my shounen FL!

shoujo   Mr. and Mrs. X

The beautiful Sailor Moon fanart featured in the shoujo layout is done by the wonderful Pillara, who very kindly gave me permission to use her work. ♥ While there is no character I hate more than Usagi, Pillara’s work made me rethink my preference— it is that stunning!

In domain news, I also added Isa to my affiliates. ♥