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

This post was published more than 14 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 14 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 14 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  • Factual information might be outdated.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...

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 1.5.1.3 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 714th post was filed under: Site Updates.

Some recently published posts

What I’ve been reading this month / October 2019, 3 minutes long

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

What I’ve been reading this month / August 2019, 7 minutes long

A flying visit to Copenhagen / July 2019, 9 minutes long

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

Some random old posts

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

25m peoples’ bank details lost in the post… / November 2007, 1 minute long

Of course this makes us doubt God’s existence / January 2005, 1 minute long

I oppose tax breaks for marriage / January 2014, Less than a minute long

Please stop calling us Tories, say Tories / March 2005, 1 minute long

A ‘thing’ about memorials and Acts of Remembrance / November 2005, 2 minutes long


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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