Folks, over the weekend, I made some minor design tweaks to the website. Why? let me explain. The work pressure at Business 2.0, and constant blogging were making things a tad hairy. I was enjoying the process less and less, and feeling that perhaps I should give it all up. Russell calls it blog fatigue. That was only a lingering though, but it scared me into thinking negatively. That bothered me. But that was not the only reason. In an earlier post I had lamented that it was tough to keep the original reporting and writing separated from the quick-hit blog postings. I have come-up with a band-aid solution, to separate the long posts and original stories from the “quickies.” Mike helped me with this and had to use all sorts of includes, and plug-ins, and some design changes to make it all work.
The left column is where anything that ranges over 350 words is going to show-up. I have called this the “featured” section. You will get the four most recent big-pieces in this section. The middle column, is now a daily journal, where I would include interesting links, short opinions and well sometimes personal musings. I have pushed the old middle column to the very extreme right of the page, which is where all the navigation stuff, and archives etc. are going to reside. The new Daily Journal is something I think you folks are going to realize. Over next few days, I would revive the “recently posted” section, and blogroll.
Like all reporters, I have an analog daily blotter, where I take notes, jot down thoughts, and well draw noodles. Instead of doing it on paper, I am going to do it offline. This will also give me a chance to link to other more meaningful posts in the blogsphere. Sometimes, a link and a line is more than most. By the way, the categories are all the same. Nothing different. Just take your eye to the middle of the page more often!
Now if you are reading this through an RSS Feed Reader such as Net News Wire, you probably won’t notice any difference. The design change is more for the browser-based readers. I am not sure what you folks think, but I guess this minor-mod, is going to make UI more reader-friendly.