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This Blogging Month: August


Warning: This post was published more than 10 years ago.

I keep old posts on the site because sometimes it's interesting to read old content. Not everything that is old is bad. Also, I think people might be interested to track how my views have changed over time: for example, how my strident teenage views have mellowed and matured!

But given the age of this post, please bear in mind:

  • My views might have changed in the 10 years since I wrote this post.
  • This post might use language in ways which I would now consider inappropriate or offensive.
  • Factual information might be outdated.
  • Links might be broken; embedded material might not appear properly.

Many thanks for your understanding.

Last month, I said a number of things… not least, that there wasn’t going to be a This Blogging Month post this month. Well, there is. I also announced some changes to site navigation which, to cut a long story short, have now been reversed, due to user comments. No more ‘Older’ and ‘Later’ posts links!

In terms of hits, they’re up slightly on last month, which comes as something of a surprise, given that I’ve not written that much – I’d really expected the hits to drop off, but clearly they haven’t. I now stand at just over 135,000 hits this month, and I also passed the million mark this month for hits since the site’s launch. Amazon revenues just about covered costs this month.

Towards the end of August, the site had a fairly big design tweak, with titles now in the current curvy-style things and basically all round reduction of the dotted lines that were beginning to take over the site. I’ve also slimmed the site to a standard width, with the aim of improving design and accessibility, and having the helpful side-effect of reducing line-length to the standard 9-10 words for maximum readability. And you thought this was just thrown together… Printing still works properly, and the print template has stayed the same. The website now looks a tad better in Firefox, thanks to some tidying of the CSS. As always, I’m open to suggestions on the site’s design, so feel free to contribute to the discussion. I ‘ve also made the upgrade from WordPress to 1.5.2, which was made infinitely easier thanks to Swing as You are Dreaming‘s change log.

I think that’s about it for this month’s update – so a bit shorter than usual. Hopefully I’ll start to post a bit more regularly again now, as I’m back at uni with full internet access. Bet you can’t wait.

This 715th post was filed under: Site Updates.

More posts worth reading

The gathering storm of the next NHS crisis (published 9th August 2015)

Netflix might tell us why the election polls were wrong (published 26th May 2015)

James is wrong about giving 16- and 17-year-olds the vote (published 3rd May 2015)

I don’t understand America (published 4th July 2014)

A Week in My Life (published 4th February 2005)

The Guardian’s strategy (published 30th May 2014)

Dubya’s guide to the office (published 17th April 2005)

Comments and responses

Comment from Kenneth

by Kenneth

Comment posted at 15:31 on 1st September 2005.

I am glad you find it useful… Cheers

Comment from Hengist the Horrible

by Hengist the Horrible

Comment posted at 23:44 on 2nd September 2005.

Personally I cannot abide the new cramped look.

Give us reasonably wide columns and not an attempt to just ape tabloid style narrowness instead of broadsheet width.

Comment from sjhoward (author of the post)

by sjhoward

Comment posted at 14:53 on 3rd September 2005.

In response to Hengist…

Give us reasonably wide columns

This sentiment echos a couple of comments I’ve received, and you’ll hopefully notice that I’ve adjusted things so that the columns are indeed wider. I hope you think it’s an improvement!

an attempt to just ape tabloid style narrowness instead of broadsheet width

Interesting to note that the tabloid websites are, in general, wider than their broadsheet relatives. I’ve never noticed until today!

Comment from Jose Maria Fuentes

by Jose Maria Fuentes

Comment posted at 15:15 on 3rd September 2005.

Si, si. Already it start better to look.

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