Post-Hibernation Updates

So as promised, the following is a comprehensive list (in no particular order) of the updates and fixes made to the site while it was down in maintenance mode. No dates are attributed to any of the following updates because everything was done very sporadically throughout all of downtime (and also vaguely simultaneously).

  • I corrected the way the updates page looked and behaved so that half of it was no longer magically missing. This was the main deterrent from making the website live!
  • The total site layout was once again fixed. Alongside some minor updates to the website illustrations. But a full illustration overhaul will be coming later, so that shouldn’t be a major point at this stage. All current illustrations are basically stand-in rough drafts of what they should ultimately become. Updates will be live-streamed on Twitch and other social media as they happen.
  • A slew of various necessary declarations were signed by me on behalf of this site. This was done primarily to make my stance known on certain controversial (to some, obvious to others) topics, and hopefully also to deter certain toxic personality types from bothering me on any of my platforms. All links are prominently displayed on the About Page as well as in the footer widgets of all pages. They’ll also be updated periodically as R.A makes a stand in more places on more topics.
  • Piggybacking off of the previous point, the About Page was further fleshed out, both in the main body as well as the individual bio’s you can find there. More content was overall added, and volunteer reviews were moved from the front page to there to help differentiate them and keep everything organized.
  • This might be a bit strange to put on this list, especially since I’ve already made an entire post on it previously, but it happened during maintenance mode downtime so it belongs. I finally was able to set up the Events Calendar I’ve been looking forward to for a while! It’s not complete by any means and still needs to be fully fleshed out but it’s a promising start!
  • The Suggestion Box was actually broken 😂 (in the dumbest way possible) so don’t use that for now hahahaha. You can contact me instead via my social media handles that can be found pasted all over the site. It’s not too much of a priority since I’m easy to get in touch with on Instagram, Tik Tok, etc.
  • Some of you may realize now that TikTok is a new platform I’ve never mentioned before. This will be further elaborated on in a later update as well, but Rune. Academy now has a few more presences online than it previously had, all of which can be found on our LinkTree which can be accessed here. It also includes a commissions section!
  • Alongside that, new Donation avenues were set up. Some still need further updating but, for the most part, all groundwork should be there. They can, again, be found on R.A’s LinkTree.
  • Etsy has also been set up and linked to all the shop links on the page. Items are slowly being added.
  • Possibly the largest change to have happened was the start of a new (unfortunately on the down-low for now) project that allowed for such a pivot in what I was doing behind the scenes that I was able to delete a MASSIVE amount of half-started projects and data. I’d originally had this idea where I was going to combine a plethora of interactive mediums that were difficult to integrate and banked on this website being the main hub for them all. Worrying on the integration caused me to stagnate on actually working on the content itself. It’s a good thing I didn’t sink too much time into it! Because I found a solution that I feel I can definitely handle all on my own and am finally working on something much better! And it’s finally all in one place!

There’s a strong possibility that I’m forgetting something, because for some reason, I didn’t start this post as I was working on everything, but after. So there’s a chance that something actually didn’t make it on here. Apologies if readability is a bit iffy on this post. It’s very late and I’ve been putting off publishing this for long enough now. I need to complete it and move on to the next thing.

Productivity is key!

I wish you all the absolute best and hope to see you all again in the near future~!~~

Come Out and Support Our Friend Lana of Noble Root Herbs Today!

Hello beautiful people! Maybe you’ve noticed that the site is finally up? Well, there will be a new post made detailing all of the updates in due time.

This here will just be a short update inviting you all to go check out and support our good friend Lana of Noble Root Herbs if you’re in the AZ area!

Please see the flyer below for more info.

And contact her for more details here on her Instagram.

An event has also been added to the calendar.

New August Event – Svarog the Cosmic Blacksmith

Plans for a small event have been made! In efforts to maintain a safe environment with Coronavirus on the loose, we’re keeping this a closed event, with only the participants holding the location address. But hopefully, by the time the planned date crops up, the entire pandemic situation will be a lot calmer. (If only we had a nickel for every time someone’s said that one!)

The following event has been added to the calendar of festivals and events:

Ritual Honoring Svarog the Cosmic Blacksmith

Saturday and Sunday, August 21st and 22nd

A Full Moon Weekend

–Upstate New York–

Svarog is an Ancient Slavic Deity of Blacksmithing, Primordial Fire, and Creation. He is said to have crafted the world in a massive storm with his hammer and anvil. In other mythology, it is said he is perpetually asleep and dreams the universe into being in real time.

His son, Svarozich, who carries a similar name, is the personification of flame and fire itself. Svarog is the one who molds the world out of, and with the help of, his son, fire.

Regardless, Svarog is the only Slavic deity who was confirmed to have existed in nearly all regions of Eastern Europe.

The chosen weekend also happens to be around the time the Ancient Roman festival of Vulcanalia, which is usually celebrated around August 23rd. The Roman Vulcan, or the Greek Haphaestus, was also a deity of beneficial fire and the forge, but also of volcanoes. Vulkan can in many ways be seen as a parallel to Svarog, but he isn’t as associated with creation and creativity as much as Svarog.

Those who follow and honor Svarog, generally understand him to be very “put your head down and work” type of god, who loves to make beautiful and, very importantly, useful things, and has no time for nonsense, as he is also known for having a fiery temper. After all, his name is the originator of the old Slavic word “Svarka”, which in some languages means “blacksmithing”, but also “argument”, even though etymologically, Svarog’s name did originate from the words meaning “heavens” and “skies” of Proto-Indo-European languages.

We hope to document the experience enough for everyone to share later on for all of your viewing pleasures.

There will also be an option to separately honor Hecate, as the chosen date also falls on one of her festivals, but the main itinerary has been planned around honoring Svarog.

Have a good one everyone!

Events and Celebrations Calendar Update!

As the title very says, this is the Events and Celebrations Calendar Update!

I’m personally very, very excited for this update as it’s one of those ideas that’s been floating around my mind since the very first version of the site. On the front page of the first ever iteration of this site, we made this little announcement on our first holiday season officially together as “Rune.Academy”:

Magical Fae Yule Update Goals~

As the wondrous holiday season approaches, we here at Rune.Academy are doing our best to turn the dream of everything this website can become a reality. For the holiday season, we’re planning on releasing a reworking of the website mainframe and stability. New beta testing of the behind the scenes features will also begin. In the new year, one of the first new features will be a comprehensive, accessible, and fully functional calendar of magical holidays celebrated all around the globe.

-Rune.Academy (Holiday Season, 2017)

Oh, how naive, green, and full of hope were we to think that we’d be done with that entire checklist by the end of that holiday season. We had absolutely no idea what this dear endeavor had in store for us and just how much it would test our resolve to believe in it… Rune.Academy took us on an absolute roller coaster ride.

We were learning on our feet mastering disciplines we never before thought we’d need. (I personally had rebuild the entire site from almost scratch twice now.) It’s been annoying and insane… but completely and absolutely necessary. As if the powers that be wanted us to get real smart real fast! (Or as smart as we could get in the time allotted to us anyway.)

And now that almost all of the priority items on that list are well on being out of the way, this Events and Celebrations Calendar Update is one of the first non-priority updates that I was completely ecstatic to jump on.

I found an interesting calendar base that looked correct enough but was still missing a vast majority of the holidays we personally practice. I knew I could easily double check, correct, and then continue to heavily add to it and flesh it out. I’m currently in the process of still adding holidays, and likely will be for a long time, but it’ll also be a good place to keep track of group activities and events we’re planning on attending. Now I’m happy to be able to provide you all with a calendar that you all can follow along with at home… view it here!!

Massive Maintenance Mode Update

Welcome to the Massive Maintenance Mode Update!! To explain this update, you first have to understand that most of Rune.Academy’s look and feel info as well as database info was lost in the crash, so we rebuilt whatever we could find and remember. We ended up completely moving providers, which I may have failed to mention in the previous updates, because the backups the previous one made only backed up the bare minimum and weren’t doing their job correctly in archiving everything they were supposed to be archiving (mainly databases… which means we lost basically all of our old updates posts unless they were archived by a third party, which is how we got back whatever we currently have back,). There’s still a few things left to remake, namely java-script interactives, but that’ll have to be done in later updates, as they’re currently a lot less pressing. This update is being posted for bookkeeping purposes and to update everyone on board while the website is still down in maintenance mode.

Everything was worked on at the same time, throughout the duration of a few months (with the site being in maintenance mode for close to a year now), so no dates will be given for any of these. But as of today, this is where everything stands regarding the rebuild:

  • All old pages have been reinstated, even if some are still blank, all old links are currently live again.
  • SSL Cert is back up again. New laws make it so those have to be manually redone every year now so that’s annoying. But the new SSL comes with a fancy-shmancy emblem that we placed at the footer of the site.
  • Suggestion box – don’t use it yet. Yikes.
  • Work in progress images were added to all side menus that are clearly still works in progress. The bookcase menu still clearly has to be taken a gander at with a second pair of eyeballs to reconfirm that it looks wonky.
  • All fonts work now! All site colors are all set and work now! There’s an odd berry purple that pops up in some places but it’s kind of pretty so I’m leaving it. It looks like the light purple of the above sweet treats.
  • New features like the lexicon and calendar have begun work!
  • The about-us section has been redone and more has been added in. It’ll have to be redone again because I’m actually waiting for some new valuable information to go through. (Currently at a 1/3 on that.) Will also be placed in the footer when that’s done.
  • Donation buttons are back up and functioning. They’ve also been placed in the footer. And the page is back.
  • The Art-Gallery is functional now! Yay! I placed all of the old website illustrations there for a nice nostalgia trip later on in years. Here’s a screenshot where you can also see the current footer. The emblems on the bottom are for gallery display. The text will be changed later.
  • The updates section has been completely fixed aside from the aforementioned sidebar. Might place a header image in there later but that’s not currently a priority.
  • FAQ was checked again even though there wasn’t really anything broken there.
  • The Homepage is still broken. updates won’t save. No idea why because the rest of the site is clearly being worked on and updated perfectly fine. I’m wondering if I should just make a completely new homepage and then delete the old one…
  • A LOT of features have been removed form the back-end to lessen clutter. They’ll be added back once we’re ready for them. There’s really no need for them to be sitting around back there without being used.
  • User login pages have been dismantled so that they can be made completely from scratch again. Yikes again.

Aside from that, March is the month that everyone is celebrating their birthdays here! So happy birthday to everyone and their mother! And happy birthday to me too soon! See you in the next update!

Library of Books

Library Updates

Today’s update post is incredibly short, but centers around a very exciting new library feature.

This new library feature is a flip-book and helps add immersion and interactivity to the site content.

I’m not going to spend too long talking about it because the below pictured library book should speak for itself. Feel free to mess around with it! The sample below includes some images from one of our Instagram posts.

Please wait while flipbook is loading. For more related info, FAQs and issues please refer to DearFlip WordPress Flipbook Plugin Help documentation.

Rune.Academy Castle Header Image

More Core Website Updates

Well wishes to everybody~ Hope your summer is going great! 

This second update began immediately after the first update was posted.

  • July 3rd –Rerouted the url to take the visitor to the new site instead of the old one (very very sorry for the period the website was down and looking extremely broken). Removed old website files from the server. 
  • July 10-13th –Moved already existing pages from old system to new system (some updates were made and some pages were consolidated). Added all old fonts (although some stubbornly refuse to work) and some old images (most need reworking and are in a new “draft” status). 
  • July 14th – 1:00AM –I got the side menu in decent working order! I’m no software engineer but it moves and looks nice and that’s all I need to be happy for the time being! This is great! Added Suggestion Box functionality. Changed filler text on the main slider. Added a quick Rune.Academy castle filler painting to the top header so it isn’t the default from before:

(This image is basically just me playing around with the layout of the castle and seeing what kinds of changes I should make to the larger images in general. As the header image, the entire picture can’t be seen all at once unless the entire page is resized a certain way, but it serves the purpose so it’s staying.) 

Rune.Academy Castle Header Image

First Major Website Update and Goodbye to the Old Layout

Hello everyone!

This is going to be fairly long, so sit tight.
There has been a major, major, major, update to the look and feel of the website.

The previous platform that has been used to run the website has now officially been scrapped. It was meant to be a “learning playground” type of website to begin with, where I figured out what worked and what didn’t work, and what I simply wanted out of this website. Although there was a very beautiful, and almost nostalgic, sort of charm to the previous design, this one offers more functionality and room to grow (without feeling too confined and messy the busier it gets).

So, to get some simple things out of the way first, the following is a visual homage to the prior look and feel of the website. Most of the art is still in rudimentary draft phases, but has been transferred over in-tact, in some form or another, to the new site. Likewise, the information on the pages has been transferred over, although there are updates to the content made constantly.

The Front Page: (the current one can be found here)

This was where the major announcements/greetings to the general public could be seen.

The About Rune.Academy Page: (the current one can be found here)

This was where the visitor could find some general knowledge about Rune.Academy and how it began.

The About Our Creators Page: (this page was consolidated into the one above it and can be found here)

This was where the visitor could find out about Rune.Academy creators and those that helped out and inspired the endeavor.

The Our Site Gallery Page: (the current one can be found here)

This was where the visitor could view a catalog of all of the art that illustrated the website.

The Suggestion Box Page: (the current one can be found here)

This was where the visitor would be able to leave suggestions to site owners about anything their hearts desired. Or just say hi.

The Legal Statements Page: (the current one can be found here)

This was where the Privacy Policy and Terms of Use were housed.

The Donation Page: (the current one can be found here)

This was where the visitor could leave us a donation for our labor on the site.

And finally…

The Old Updates Page with the Original First Post: (the current one can be found here)

This screenshot is elongated specifically so you would be able to read the previous updates made to the old website. Since I’m trying to carry as much as I can over, I thought, why not the old updates as well? The background couldn’t scroll on the previous layout, but if it could, it would have been very boring. Fun fact; those are some of my friends up there. I try to include people I know in these images a lot. It makes my heart glow when I browse the website. It’s like looking through an old photo album.

The change onto the new platform has been, in many ways a blessing and a curse. A blessing because the future looks brighter and a lot of changes can be made faster and more seamlessly. And much more functionality is available with it. It’s a curse because I have to try to get a layout that I like now out of this new one that was provided me. So please sit tight while I try to edit it. I want it to visually evoke emotions that are at least similar to what I almost achieved with the previous one.

Hope you enjoyed this glimpse into the past! Thanks all!