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This Blogging Month: August

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.

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Comment from Kenneth


    15.31, 01/09/2005

I am glad you find it useful… Cheers


Comment from Hengist the Horrible


    23.44, 02/09/2005

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)


    14.53, 03/09/2005

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


    15.15, 03/09/2005

Si, si. Already it start better to look.




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