A Fresh Coat of Paint

It was too hot to spend much time outside on Saturday, so I spent a large chunk of the day poking around on the blog and making some much-needed changes. (And by “large chunk” I’m talking hours… I sat down with my coffee some time around 10 a.m. and didn’t really do much else until about 3 or 4 p.m. I completely lost track of time.)

Here is what’s new:

Email subscription: I don’t know why anyone would want more email, but in case you do, that’s now an option. The sign-up box is in the right sidebar, just below the usual RSS info.

Customized RSS feeds: While the home page RSS offerings (all post and comments) are the same, there are now customized feeds for my posts, Eileen’s posts, and the 3BT posts.

Author pages: It is now possible to get to an archive of either Eileen’s posts or mine from the main navigation. I’m not sure why having these was such a big deal to me, but trying to figure out how to create them was actually what got me started on my many hours of blog renovation. (Sadly, I can’t seem to add the RSS links to these pages – it’s the most logical place to include them. Instead, the permanent home for the RSS links is on the “About” page.)

And here is what has moved:

The blogroll: This is now in the footer of the page (that is, at the bottom). I also cleaned it up a little by pulling out the dead links.  If your blog got dumped… well, start blogging again, dammit!

Books & music: The lists generated by my Last.fm and Goodreads profiles are now at the bottom of the page, too. This seems like as good a time as any to mention that all of the non-post content (both of these items, as well as the blogroll and sidebar Twitter feed) are all generated by me, not Eileen. I assume this is – and always has been – clear, but maybe not to those of you who don’t know one or both of us outside the pixel-world.

I think this marks the end of the tweaks that started when I renamed the blog in April, at least until I break down and pay for the upgrade that lets me play with the CSS. (CSS=back end code-y stuff to make the site more customized.) That’s a ways in the future though, considering that CSS is pretty much outside my skill set at the moment.

2 thoughts on “A Fresh Coat of Paint

  1. common loon July 19, 2010 / 3:36 pm

    I like it! I agree w/ Sionna on the tagline bit. And is that an intentional happy face at the bottom of the page? I found the links in your explanations of the new stuff very helpful. I’m not sure that I follow enough blogs yet to need an RSS feed/reader (is there one that would work better for an old PC?), but I will come back to this when that changes. It seems it would be easier and fun.

  2. Mom July 19, 2010 / 6:42 pm

    I like it too!! Now that it’s done it seems a lot less cluttered. But if you’d asked me last week, I would not have thought it cluttered :). I like “updates” — HATE “upgrades”. Always too many bugs & problems in my IT world; yet another plus to retirement. 🙂

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