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Hold up! Before you read on, please read this...

This post was published more than 11 years ago

I keep old posts on the site because I often enjoy reading old content on other people's sites. It can be interesting to see how views have changed over time: for example, how my strident teenage views have, to put it mildly, mellowed.

I'm not a believer in brushing the past under the carpet. I've written some offensive rubbish on here in the past: deleting it and pretending it never happened doesn't change that. I hope that stumbling across something that's 11 years old won't offend anyone anew, because I hope that people can understand that what I thought and felt and wrote about then is probably very different to what I think and feel and wrote about now. It's a relic of an (albeit recent) bygone era.

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

  • My views may well have changed in the last 11 years. I have written some very silly things over the years, many of which I find utterly cringeworthy today.
  • This post might use words or language in ways which I would now consider highly inappropriate, offensive, embarrassing, or all three.
  • Factual information might be outdated.
  • Links might be broken, and embedded material might not appear properly.

Okay. Consider yourself duly warned. Read on...

Regular visitors will, no doubt, have noticed by now that sjhoward.co.uk is a little wider than before. Frankly, this is because I felt that it was looking a bit weedy in comparison to the recently expanded Guardian Unlimited, Times Online, Telegraph.co.uk, and that bastion of quality journalism, Heat World.

I’d love to say it was peer pressure, but that seems a little big-headed, even for me.

Anyway, I felt that the site needed expanding. However, as previously explored, if the text columns are any wider then they become more difficult to read. Short lines are always best on a computer screen.

Other important considerations were keeping the posts top-left, as the focal point of the page, and not ending up with two bamboozling sidebars next to each other – a look which always fries my mind, on any site.

So, I decided to use the extra space to highlight other stuff on the site – when you’ve got a back-catalogue of well over 1,000 posts, it seems a shame that only one or two are highlighted on any particular page. Hopefully, the little pictorial promo-boxes will encourage you to explore the site more, as well as brightening things up a bit.

Initial feedback has consisted mainly of ‘Ooh, what’s that think about Graham Norton?’, and ‘Tyra Banks? Click that!’ which I judge something of a success. Hopefully, there are enough of them to stop you becoming sick of the sight of them too quickly, and of course, I’ll add more all the time.

So… what do you think of the tweaked look? Any major complaints?

This 1,232nd post was filed under: Blogging, Site Updates.

Some recently published posts

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Some random old posts

Sacked minister rehired: The same old New Labour / June 2007, 2 minutes long

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Guardian-Reading Liberal Wet / December 2004, Less than a minute long

Uncle Rumple / February 2004, 1 minute long

First-class customer service from Toshiba / December 2006, 1 minute long

Craig Barrett rocks out with Aerosmith… no really / January 2005, Less than a minute long

Comments and responses

Comment from Jonathan Rothwell

by Jonathan Rothwell

Comment posted at 16:10 on 9th December 2007.

I’m impressed – 800*600 support is so 1998 (yes, I know my site is fixed-width at 800*600, but I plan to change that soon). Now that anarchoristic throwback to the days of Internet Explorer 2 and Mac OS 7 has gone, the site looks surprisingly good with its extra sidebar, and it’s nice not to have the cliché of one sidebar on either side of the page. Good work.

Comment from Mort

by Mort

Comment posted at 18:44 on 9th December 2007.

I guess it is true, as my wife says of me, that as you get older, you get wider.
So it is with your blog. By the time you are old like me we will have to use the new wide screen monitors to view it.
Tne contents are still just as good and jucy, so keep it up.
I still hope you deceide to become a doctor in Renfrew County, Ontario so I can move back home.

Comment from sjhoward (author of the post)

by sjhoward

Comment posted at 20:05 on 9th December 2007.

Mort: It does indeed seem true that there’s a relationship between age and width… Your wife is right as usual 😉

Thanks to you both for your kind comments – I think this is the biggest change I’ve done without a load of negative comments…

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