My First Post to Citizen Orange: Thank You Nezua

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Nezua will probably be helping me with a few more things, but Citizen Orange is up and operational and I'm going to be extremely happy to move operations here on Monday.  I've been doing so much administrative work lately that it will be nice to get back to blogging on the weekdays.

Immigration Orange will still be up and I will put up a post every now and then over there, but I'll link to them here and everyone should migrate over to this platform if they want to keep up with my writing.  Nezua has helped me set up links to all of the blogging features that I could have ever dreamed of, an RSS Feed, a Podcast, a Technorati Favorite Button, a Contact Form, and a Donate Page, each with beautiful custom-made designs.  I also have complete control over my blogroll, and it's been difficult for me to remember everybody, so if I missed you don't hesitate to let me know.

The real reason I wanted to write this post, was to thank The Unapologetic Mexican.  If you want one of the best looking blogs on the web, please contact him, and click to read more about why this blog kicks so much ass.
I had gotten in touch with Nezua about designing a blog for me a few months ago.  I really wanted to take my blogging to the next level and I knew that Nezua could take me there.  That is if I was lucky enough to be graced with the privilege of having him dedicate some of his busy schedule to it.  Nezua was really nice with me about the whole thing and he negotiated a decent price for me considering I've been living in the negative for sometime now.  I paid half up front and I waited.  Nezua told me to just let him get to it in his own time, that I would have to be patient but that I would be happy with the outcome.  I sat on hosting fees for a little bit, but I can't stress how right was he right about being happy with the outcome.

The first thing he sent me was the quetzal rune (the one pictured above), and that's when I began to get excited.  I loved the rune so much that I've been placing it in all my profiles all over the web.  The quetzal, for those of you that didn't know, is Guatemala's national bird.  I liked the first design that he sent me of the blog, and gave him a little bit of feedback.  He added the pictures of Jacobo Arbenz, and Tomasa Mendez, on either side of the Pacaya volcano that was in the original design, and I noticed for the first time, after Nez told me, that there was Guatemalan fabric in the background.  It looked almost like lava to me at first.  Then he gave me access to the blog.

Ever since that fateful day I haven't been able to take my eyes off the blog.  At first, I liked it.  But ever since Nez gave me the keys to this blog I've just been entranced.  The design just does such an amazing job of conveying who I am and what I'm trying to do.  The pictures of Jacobo Arbenz and Tomasa Mendez just connect so viscerally to reality for me the abstract concept that is citizen orange for me.  The theme of roundness really conveys the idea of a development of a global citizenry that I talk about so much.  The crystal balls are surrounded by a Mayan design that illustrates how much my viewpoint has been characterized by the 18 years that I spent in Guatemala.  All enveloped in an almost space-like theme that is so very Nezua with his aliencholo designs.

Then Nezua put up custom designs for each of the features that are just going to make my blogging so much more effective.  Now, I seriously feel like a kid on Christmas day, who can't stop playing with his toys.  I guess this is just a long way of introducing everyone to Citizen Orange and to thank Nezua who was done work that has surpassed even my wildest dreams.  I hope that I do this blog justice with my writing.

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14 Comments

ah man, you made me grin all the way through! i'm so happy for you, bro. the Snazz is but a worthy complement to your passion and dedication. enjoy! and keep up the good fight, 'mano.

kyledeb Author Profile Page said:

How fitting that you're the first one to leave the first comment on my Citizen Orange, Nezua. You've done more for me than you'll ever know.

RickB said:

It looks great, onward and upward!

kyledeb Author Profile Page said:

Thanks RickB!

It's good to be able to have you sign in properly and comment. Good to see yas on Citizen Orange.

LL said:

Holy crap, this blog looks gorgeous. Good on ya for the new digs!!

Man Eegee said:

[tap tap tap]

this thing on?

woohoo! success! congrats again on the launch

kyledeb Author Profile Page said:

Thanks LL,

It's good to see ya here.

kyledeb Author Profile Page said:

Good to see you here, Manny,

And thanks for the heads up on the comments, you helped me fix it.

Kyle

Laura said:

Beautiful site Kyle (and Nezua)!

kyledeb Author Profile Page said:

Many thanks Laura.

You were right to include Nezua in that exclamation. Hopefully it will inspire you to keep blogging after you take a little time off.

Ampersand said:

The design is really beautiful. But I have one suggestion:

Please, please, please add a full RSS feed, rather than the partial feed you have now. In the long run, you'll have more readers with a full RSS feed.

This blog makes the argument for a full RSS feed. It's a money-focused blog, not the kind of blogging that you do, but many of the arguments still apply.

The main thing is that other bloggers are very likely to read dozens and dozens of blogs, and so to use RSS feeds; and so they're more likely to link to your blog (bringing you more readers) if they can read your blog via RSS.

kyledeb Author Profile Page said:

I guess I can't argue with that. I've change the feed so that you get the full posts. Let me know if you have any trouble with it.

yeah most people do full feeds. i dont purposely for my own reasons. but if you are not personally opposed to it, then why not, right? thanks for all the good feedback from kyle's commenters.

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