updated: September 27th, 2006 / Ross Johnson / 7 Comments

New Design, Revolution not Evolution…

Yup, I scrapped my previous design for a super clean “whitespace” design. I still have a lot of tweaking to do, but I like how it came out overall. My main goal was readability, since I am using this blog more to talk about issues and post articles than showcase my design abilities or ideas.

Larger Fonts,Less Clutter, More specific color highlights all work to create a more legible surface.

Coupled with the new design I decided that “Tagging” was ultra-hip, and that I should jump on that bandwagon just like every other one I shamelessly follow. Unfortunetly for me the tagging plugin I am using seems to break if I try and customize it how/where it renders. Guess I will have to look into Ultimate Tag Warrior a little closer.

One deep dark secret behind my desire to add tagging is the *gasp* seo benifit. Not only do I have some keywords as catagories, I also have them in the tags again – bumping my keyword density up, and creating relevant subjects/catagories for my page through the eyes of the search engines.

It needs more testing and tweaking of course, but I like how its coming thus far.

7 thoughts New Design, Revolution not Evolution…

  1. I dig it, man. Getting ready for the 9rules submission window?

  2. Yeah! I am looking forwarding to submitting but I don’t have my hopes up. I would love to be a part of the network, but I am sure there are people who post far more interesting and thought provoking information than me. šŸ˜‰

    ross
  3. Personally, I have no problem hauling my ego around on a trailer or shamelessly promoting what I do. False modesty rarely helps anyone. Besides, there’s an underlying brazenness to the very act of blogging and posting your thoughts and opinions publicly as something for other people to consider.

    I like the site, BTW. Now I’ve got to catch up on what’s already posted.

  4. lol, thanks for the comment ptvGuy! I have to admit when I first read it in my inbox I was unsure what you were refering to and honestly… it confused the hell out of me.

    After trying to figure out if what I had posted on your accelerated dialup article somehow related – I finally realized that I had responded to Bretts comment on this post.

    Likewise – I really did enjoy your article on the accelerated dial up and will be looking through the rest of your posts.

    Cheers

    ross
  5. But that’s what makes blogging so worthwhile. You and I could post our articles on static pages (like the old days in the ’90s) and maybe even get people to come and read them, but then all we would have is the online equivalent of a newsletter or magazine (just as you pointed out in your newest post.) With a blog/vlog/audio-blog, each post/video/podcast is, hopefully, the beginning of a conversation.

    We put a topic out there, and we allow people space to respond to it. We hope they’ll agree; they don’t always. Sometimes they point out our mistakes (like refering to me as “Tv Guy” in your newest post,) and sometimes they add to our knowledge. Ideally, the responses themselves lead to further responses. Commenters talking to other commenters is one indicator of a good blog.

    Anyway, please excuse my tendency to spontaneously pontificate. I guess I was born to be a blogger. ;>

  6. No apologize needed!

    I agree, commenting has taken blogging to a whole nother level back from the days when my blogging platform was a cgi script I wrote that simply appended my flat html with my latest blurb.

    However I think the ability to contribute to a “from the trenches” blogging commentary on the latest rumors and information is a powerful tool. My buddy Brett describes it well in this post here. He has even been quoted by CNET news in a selection of a few blogs talking about the change of media.

    That sort of buzz and ability to contribute and add to that buzz is what excites me most about blogging. But part of the buzz, as you say, is the discussion and commenting afterwards.

    ross
  7. Thanks for the linkover, Ross. The article was a good read and gave me some new thoughts on SEO. However, the CSS problems in your friend’s blog have made commenting there a matter of shooting in the dark–literally. It’s even compounded if you cross browsers.

    Friends don’t let friends use bad style sheets.

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