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

This post was published more than 15 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 15 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 15 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  • Factual information might be outdated.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...

I’ve changed the archives to the Weekly sort, as the monthly sort were becoming somewhat overloaded of late, and difficult to navigate because of their size. The downside to this is that some archive pages now only contain one post, which looks rather strange. But at least you can more easily find what you’re looking for in the archives.

And, on the subject of finding what you’re looking for, I’ve tweaked the search engine so that’s it now reindexes the site rather more often (it’s now indexed most days – at around 2am – whereas it was previously done weekly), and will only produce the individual post pages as results (so you won’t get two results for each post any more – one for the weekly archive page, and one for the actual post page). I’ve adjusted the weightings, too, so that the ‘Work’ sections of the site are likely to come near the top of your results, and any of these blog postings are likely to come nearer the bottom.

There are other tweaks here and there too, but those are fairly self-explanatory, such as the “Email this Post” link, and the greater range of Feed formats.

I hope you find the changes useful! If you think I could do anything else to improve the organisation of this place, then please let me know.

This 219th post was filed under: Site Updates.

Some recently published posts

The Tyne Pedestrian and Cycle Tunnels: eight years on / January 2020, 8 minutes long

What I’ve been reading this month / January 2020, 7 minutes long

Faber Stories / December 2019, 4 minutes long

My favourite books of 2016 / December 2019, 26 minutes long

What I’ve been reading this month / December 2019, 12 minutes long

Some random old posts

Adoption gets easier…? / February 2006, Less than a minute long

What I’ve been reading this month / June 2019, 6 minutes long

Review: The Submission by Amy Waldman / October 2012, 2 minutes long

Blair admits: I know I’m an issue / March 2005, 2 minutes long

ASCII Movies / February 2005, Less than a minute long

Leader reneges on secret deal / May 2005, Less than a minute long

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