New Blog Design

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So, it has been quite awhile since my last post. 7 months and 17 days to be exact. There are a number of reasons (excuses) for this. Besides being generally busy with work and play, it seems that 2008 has been the year of the social networking sites, specifically Facebook and Twitter. With the advent of the status update, a short blurb about what you are doing at any given moment, and the wider reach of social networks, personal blogs just seem…less relevant. If you want to know what I’m up to, you can simply follow me on Twitter. Of course, there are those times when 140 characters do not suffice. The other main reason is that I started on a blog redesign earlier this year which I finally got around to finishing. Posting in the interim created an issue of version control so I opted to create less work for myself and held off on posting. There’s a bit more work to do, but some of the new blog features include:

  • Total custom design (not based on a pre-made blog theme)
  • Integration of Twitter feed (on sidebar)
  • List of where to find me on various social networks (“Find Me On…”)
  • New Subscribe page where you can subscribe by email and/or RSS. I am also creating category level feeds (i.e. – subscribe only to Triathlon posts, etc.)
  • An Archive page listing previous posts
  • Photos (linked directly to my Flickr photo stream)
  • A number of behind the scenes code improvements
  • Overall cleaner, more Zen appearance

I hope you like the new design.