Out with the Old, In with the New

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We’re sporting the new look… and as you can see it’s drastically slimmed down.  Some things of note for this new 2009 rev:

  • Big content areas.  The main content area is 710 pixels wide.
  • A focus on simplicity.  I want this year to be more about content and less about the “cool” gadgets, widgets, and gizmos that lump up the page.
  • Typography.  Period.  Make it pretty. Check.
  • 1 sidebar. I now have a rigorous checklist for items that are going to make it on that puppy…
  • Advertising. I no longer swing the big Fortune 50 executive gig.  My servers cost a butt load.  My fault, I know.  I’m not going more than a 125×125 piece.  And the unobtrusive nature of the sidebar will make those 125’s stand out but not get in the way.
  • Plugins have decreased by 50%.  I had nearly 20 of them running.  I now have less than 10.
  • Page size has decreased, page load has quickened, and caching has been double checked.  I bet @lightvox could make it even faster.  Jerk.
  • Pagination.  If you have more than 50 posts, you should highly consider pagination of your posts.  The “next post” / “previous post” is ghetto and ineffective.  When was the last time you actually browsed that way?
  • A deep review of content focus and areas of blogging.  This has a lot to do with where I’m headed in the blogosphere and what I want to do with my life.

Deepest thanks and support for everyone who’s graced this blog… you guys are my rock and encourage me to to simply be “better”.

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John

Hacker. Human.