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New masthead

I’ve decided to give the site’s masthead a bit of a makeover, as the old one was starting to feel more than a little dated. The new one still has elements of the old: the same background image, the guillemet, and a bit of bold-italic verdana being the most obvious examples. But I hope the overall effect is a bit more modern, and a bit more typographically interesting.

The old one (see here) had remained basically the same since 2005 (see here), albeit with various different tag-lines, a couple of different size variations, and a short-lived change of background image. I can’t think of another website that’s had the same basic masthead for seven years – and the last masthead itself was an updated version of the original 2003 logo (see here).

Anyway, I hope you like it. I’m sure I’ll tweak it over the next few days and weeks – the curse of perfectionism, I’m afraid – but it’ll settle eventually!

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Throw your money at Me(ncap)!

As you can see, I’m now 1000 words into my 2500-word Mencap spellathon challenge. I think I underestimated how many words make 2500 – it turns out that 2500 is quite a lot. So keep sponsoring me, and keep me spelling!

Mencap is a great cause, supporting the 1.5 million people in the UK with learning disabilities. If you gave me a penny for ever ten words – that’s just £2.50 – Mencap could make that go a long way. So get over to the JustGiving page Mencap have created for me, and give them some cash.

Thanks for your support!

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Tweaking the design of my blog

Those readers who view my posts directly on this site can’t have failed to have noticed a few design tweaks over the last couple of days. I’ve been attempting to improve the readability of the text, and make it easier to delve into the archive. There are a few graphical changes too, to make things look a bit more modern.

A lot of the changes are really tiny – text sizes, contrast and line spacing, for example – but some of the more obvious ones are the improved handling of archive pages (which now show full posts rather than lists of titles), the ability to flick through the blog chronologically, and the vastly clarified “calls to action” under posts on single post pages.

The latter includes one-click access to similarly tagged archive posts. Unfortunately, few of my posts actually have tags, as they’ve never had any practical function from the front-end until now, but I am determinedly ploughing through the archive tagging away.

I hope the changes are to your liking – as ever, I’d be delighted to hear your feedback.

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I’m coming home

I’ve been using Tumblr for a few months now, mainly because of ease of access on the move. However, having become frustrated with the limitations of a third-party service, I’ve leapt back to WordPress sjhoward.co.uk from today.

I’ve duplicated almost all of the posts from Tumblr – there weren’t all that many, and I don’t anticipate this transition shaking the Earth to the core. I tended to post more varied content on Tumblr that I historically did on here, and my posts were almost all shorter than typical posts here, and I plan to continue that style back on here. I’ll be doing my photo-a-day project via here, for example.

There’s bits of housekeeping to be done to tidy things up on here, which will no doubt get done in time. Feel free to comment on this post if you spot any glaring errors for me to pay some attention to.

Thanks for your support over the eight or so years that I’ve been blogging – I hope you’ll continue to enjoy reading!

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