Friday, April 20, 2012

R is for Redirecting, Real Men, Religion, and Other Controversial Issues

I made a lot of mistakes when I started blogging. Not big things--definitely not things that might haunt me for the rest of my life--but they say the devil's in the details, right? One of those mistakes was trying to be cute with my blog name. The original name of my blog was One DV Rebel's Guide to Writing. It was an homage to Stu Maschwitz's The DV Rebel's Guide: An All-Digital Approach to Making Killer Action Movies on the Cheap. It was kind of an inside joke with friends, but at the time, I didn't think anyone would really be reading my blog.

So when I decided I wanted to start using my pen name and getting more involved in the writing community online, I changed the name to Chock Full of Words. I'm quite fond of this. But since I'd already started linking people to my blog, I never changed the URL from And for the last two months I've been thinking about that. Without the rest of the joke, "writing guide" seems pretentious. It's also only tangentially related to the actual blog now.

So this morning (which I swear was not deliberate because it's "R" day) I decided to set up a new URL, using my name, and redirect people from the old link. I expected this to take about ten minutes. It did not, especially since I made, like, 400x more work for myself by creating a new blog and trying to make it look like the old one, instead of just changing the URL of the old one and using the new one (with the old URL) as the redirect. If it sounds confusing now... yeah, it did then too.

The only thing I'm not sure of is whether you'll actually see these posts through your subscription reader. I think I did everything right. I set up a Feedburner account (you can see my feed at I added the URL to the Post Feed Redirect URL setting in the old URL. And now... I think you should see this. I guess we'll find out. (It might in your best interest to update your subscription to this feed instead of the old one. Also, if you know of something I'm doing wrong with the redirect thing, please help.)

So originally this post was going to be about Real Men, but the feminist side of my brain objected on the grounds that I wouldn't like it if a post like that was written about women. It was right. My views on Real Men are superficial and shallow and born from too many hours spent watching American Idol. So I'm not going to write that post.

Then I was going to write about religion and racism and a whole bunch of other controversial issues. But honestly, now that Blogger's beaten the will to type out of me, that seems like a lot of work. And I already have a post scheduled that will have to do with politics (because apparently I'm a glutton for punishment). So I'll put this one on the back burner for a little while.

So that was my morning. How was yours? Happy Friday!

P.S. Though I'm not going to post my whole rant, this is how Real Men should sound when they sing.

This one makes me cry every time.


Darius Rucker is both what a Real Man should sound and look like.


  1. LOL, I'm glad you have got your URL fixed now - I see the blog in my feed, which is a good thing!

    I would have liked to have read a post about real men, though! ;)

  2. Good for you! This is the perfect day for it. And I think it's always smart to have your name in the URL. That's what I hear anyway :) Today has been a crazy day for me. I'm ready for bed!

  3. Love the fake "R" post, and listening to 'real men' sing was worth it. Thank you.

  4. Those are some nice men. :) We all make little silly mistakes when first blogging. I've definitely evolved from how I started, and my earlier posts make me cringe. ;)

  5. Love the music, thanks for sharing. Hope the new URL works out great for you. Sounds like a lot of techie stuff to go through!