Okay, so my blog design mirrors another, probably better-coded site, but imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, right? And if that other blog has a problem with my appropriation of certain elements of its design, some from there should contact me, and I’ll go back to the ho-hum white and gray old version of this site. Until then, I’m going to enjoy working with and tweaking this new design.
Call this “Hypercrit 6.0.” (Wow, I can’t believe I’ve redesigned this site six times — that I’ve counted.)
Blogging has been put more or less on hold this weekend, as I have actually been opening a printed monograph or two instead of huddling over my laptop’s keyboard. Don’t worry. I’m sure this is just a phase. I’ll be back with vigor on Monday.
Until then, you can always enjoy all the bookmarks and links I save to either http://www.delicious.com/superjaberwocky or http://www.diigo.com/user/superjaberwocky. I have manage to maintain those a bit this weekend.
So I use Google Analytics for stats on this blog and another site I run. Thanks to a little creative advertising, the number of visits to that site is currently registering that it’s up 2,900 percent.
Of course, for that particular site, the increase only amounts to about 70 visits, but I’m hoping to go up even further from there. Here’s hoping for 100 visits!
I know 300 posts isn’t really a significant milestone in the blogging world, but it’s taken me, a casual and unpaid blogger who posts a few times a week at most, a long time to get here. Given that, I feel somewhat justified in taking a moment to reflect on where this blog has been and, maybe, on where it’s going to go. Besides that, it’s the holidays, the perfect time for a little reflection — something I don’t do quite enough of.
I upgraded to WordPress 2.7, and so far I’m really impressed. I didn’t get into the beta testing or anything like that. I did little more than look at the wireframes before today, but I have to say, the interface is pretty sweet. I’ll explore it over the next few days.
I received my registration code for the TypePad for Journalists program yesterday and took the time to set up my free pro level account.
I come to TypePad and the entire MoveableType system as a novice. Long ago, I made some fundamental choices when it came to blogging software, and WordPress won. For years and years I have faithfully used WordPress for every original blog that I have put together.
My fling with TypePad is just that, a fling. Let it never be said I passed up an opportunity for free stuff.
Besides, I’m not all that impressed with TypePad. It feels too polished, too user-friendly to be of any use to me. I like WordPress. I can see some of its nuts and bolts and screw with them at my leisure.
I may play with the TypePad blog for a while, but don’t expect me to be changing CMSs any time soon.
A thought occurs to me. Is it better to excerpt your blog posts on the home page, essentially giving the reader a little teaser that he then follows to the article’s page; or do we throw the entire text of the article onto the home page and be done with it?
Maybe if I had advertisements on this site, I would care more about page visits, and therefore, I would have an incentive to get people to visit as many pages on this site as possible by showing the teasers on the home page. But I have no ads.
So while I like the look of a page full of excerpts leading to the full articles — it looks so very newspapery, is it good blog practice to make a visitor click through?