Well that didn’t take long.
The last design for this site just didn’t sit right with me in the long run. I could never quite put my finger on it, but it just didn’t “work”. I do know that I wanted to go back to something simpler and less cluttered—and the result is what you now see here. About as uncluttered as it gets, really (at least for me). It’s been a long time since I’ve done a design that so heavily relies on centered elements, but I have to say, this is the first personal design I’ve done in awhile that doesn’t immediately start making me think “well, gee, maybe I should do it this way instead… just a little tweak…”. So maybe I won’t futz with this one quite so soon.
The other change (and one that’s invisible to everyone but me) is that I’ve switched hosts. This site is now being hosted by Media Temple. The main issue with my previous host (I’m being nice and not naming names—feel free to ask me directly if you want to know): I’d randomly lose service for my site (web, e-mail, everything) once a week or so, and there was never an explanation why—it was always “file a ticket and we’ll look at it”, and service would magically come back after a bit but with no explanation as to what happened and, more importantly, why it kept happening. I’m the one paying the money, remember? So, as they say, I voted with my feet.
Media Temple’s (gs) Grid-Service hosting service looks (at least on paper) to provide me with more reliability than I was getting with my previous host, and even though it’s a bit more expensive than any host I’ve previously used, I’m at the point where the added reliability is worth a couple of extra bucks a month.
Added more whitespace; the whole design just seems to breathe a bit more.
Got rid of the boxy blocks of color in the header; ties in with the previous point.
Brought back the banner photo at the top of the page.
The bad: (maybe… maybe not)
Anyway, hope you like the new paint job.
It sure feels like I don’t post nearly as frequently as I used to. Sure enough:
- 2001: 65 posts in 6 months
- 2002: 127 posts in 12 months
- 2003: 53 posts in 12 months
- 2004: 71 posts in 12 months
- 2005: 43 posts in 12 months
- 2006: 13 posts (counting this one) in 10 months
And to be honest, the slight bump in ’04 is due almost entirely to posts focused around Shrub and the elections. So no, it’s not your imagination. So what happened?
Honestly… well, I’ve become a bit bored. Or maybe not so much bored as disinterested. In the back of my mind, I have these grand ideas about expanding this site beyond its current blog-centric focus, but I simply don’t care right now to commit the time and effort it would take to implement the changes. Actually, that’s not entirely accurate—I care, but the reality is that I don’t have nearly as much free time as I used to have, and what free time I do have (on weekends and such), I’d rather spend tooling around with my wife (New England is just plain awesome for tooling around) or working in the yard. So I guess it’d be more accurate to say I don’t care enough to take time away from those activities to spend on a web site.
Winter’s coming, though, so maybe that’ll help change things. Of course, by then, we’ll (hopefully) be well on our way to cranking up the various home projects we have slated (painting rooms and such). If it isn’t one thing, it’s another—maybe one of those anothers will be this site.
Stay tuned. Though, honestly, I wouldn’t blame you if you didn’t.
It goes without saying that I didn’t exactly end 2005 with a flurry of posting. We’ll see what 2006 brings.
I just upgraded to the recently released WordPress 1.5.1, and I figured now was also as good a time as any to (finally) change how I’ve been doing my permalinks, i.e., the links to the actual entries. I have now fallen in line with what appears to be the prevalent way of doing things these days, which is to use “pretty” permalinks (or “dir-ified” permalinks or whatever you want to call them)—that is, using the post name—instead of the post number in the permalinks.
Which means that, for awhile, search engine links (read: Google) will be busted, but they’ll catch up soon enough. (For readers hitting the site from Google, et al., I apologize for the inconvenience, but I’ve been wanting to do this for some time now. Redo the permalinks, that is, not inconvenience you.)