What in the world?!
As some of you might recall (although I’d be concerned if you did…), the design we’ve had since March 2009 happened quite by accident: I was fooling around with some code I shouldn’t have been fooling around with late at night and finally reached a point where it was easier to start fresh with a new design than to set the old one right again. Total amateur mistake.
Two years later, the new new look of Country California debuts under much happier circumstances. In fact, this one was downright premeditated. Here’s a quick catalog of the major changes:
- For first-time/occasional visitors, the magazine-style front page hopefully puts some of our better content right up front and allows folks to get oriented quickly.
- Regular readers can switch their bookmarks over to the new Blog page, which puts all the posts in reverse chronological order with the newest up top and most of my awkward phases buried way, way at the back. This is something I always wanted to implement in the old design, but the coding involved was over my head. Now we’ve got it.
- There’s about the same amount of advertising, but it’s displayed more prominently. Sorry… necessary evil. Come to find out that ads don’t work great when you hide them away unobtrusively. I think we’re still striking a pretty decent balance of classiness and, you know, possibly becoming financially solvent.
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- Down by the blogroll, there’s an auto-updated list of my last few posts at The 9513.
Same old content in a brand new frame? Well, for the time being. But this new frame will allow for new kinds of content and new kinds of engagement over time. And, speaking as the guy who looks at this thing more than anyone, a new design forces a new perspective on what I’m doing here. For me, that’s exciting.
I’ll still be settling in and tweaking a few things for the next couple days, but do take a look around and let me know what you think of our new home, including any problems or oddities that might arise. I hope you like it. Or that, if you initially hate it, you eventually come to like it.