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Introducing the Diary


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

This post was published more than 12 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 12 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 write 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 12 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  • Factual information might be outdated.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...

Photo by Paul Watson, modified under licence
The experiment in mini-posts seems to have worked well, and has received positive feedback from readers whilst being very easy for me to use. I therefore intend to continue with it.

As you may have already noticed, I’ve made some changes to the display of the posts to give them a more permanent identity, as I felt that having a screaming headline format didn’t really work for the mini-posts. For that reason, I’ve renamed them ‘My Diary’, and given them their own special design, which I feel works rather well – and I hope you do too.

Let me know what you think, keep commenting, and help the very discussion to thrive.

This 1,266th post was filed under: Site Updates.

Some recently published posts

What I’ve been reading this month / May 2020, 10 minutes long

What I’ve been reading this month / April 2020, 13 minutes long

A €38m lesson with my latte / March 2020, 11 minutes long

What I’ve been reading this month / March 2020, 14 minutes long

Interesting… isch. / February 2020, 3 minutes long

Some random old posts

John Prescott to retire at next election / August 2007, 1 minute long

‘No glass ceilings’ on poll ambitions, says Kennedy / March 2005, 3 minutes long

Five drops the risqué for Russian / April 2005, Less than a minute long

Am I going to die this year? / April 2014, Less than a minute long

No election TV debate, says Blair / January 2005, Less than a minute long

Blair out; Brown in / June 2007, 1 minute long

Comments and responses

Comment from Jonathan Rothwell

by Jonathan Rothwell

Comment posted at 10:34 on 1st March 2008.

I suggest making the diary headers a little smaller, and perhaps toning down the background colour – maybe it could be a sort of blue instead of yellow?

I do like the idea of them having their own design though.

Comment from sjhoward (author of the post)

by sjhoward

Comment posted at 18:07 on 1st March 2008.

I quite like the variation of the yellow – and a couple of people have commented that it brightens things up a bit. It’s supposed to bear a passing resemblance to a physical diary.

That said, clearly, it’s a bit rough around the edges at the moment, and I will get round to tidying it up at some point in the next decade…

Comment from sjhoward (author of the post)

by sjhoward

Comment posted at 21:29 on 9th March 2008.

Hmm, I’ve changed things again now… The yellow didn’t really work, did it? I’ve gone for an edited photo as a background now, which I think adds more of a personal touch. You like?

Comment from Jonathan Rothwell

by Jonathan Rothwell

Comment posted at 22:04 on 9th March 2008.

That is better by an order of magnitude. I like it more now that it’s been toned down a bit and that the headers aren’t as shouty and cheese-tastic as before.

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