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Blog Update – Just in Case You Hadn’t Noticed

Published May 24, 2012 - 2 Comments

I’ve been working on the look of the blog again.  When I think back to how it used to look on the old Blogger platform, and many many different variations on WordPress… well… it’s quite amazing, actually!

I stumbled onto a brand new blog tonight.  I was clicking randomly through twitter links, and notice someone posting that her blog was now live, so naturally I went to check it out.  There was a single post there.  No comments.  When I say a brand new blog, I mean a brand spankin’ new blog!

As I read through Katching Kayte I wondered whether the blogger would follow through with her current passion, or whether she would eventually succumb to writer’s block, and Katching Kayte would become yet another addition to the dead blog wasteland…  Only time will tell.

What’s new with WhatAboutStephen?  The blog is still running on the Thesis WordPress theme.  (Remember when I was so frustrated switching to Thesis?)  I moved from the free Thesis Sharp skin to the premium Thesis Blogskin.  I think that it’s a little crisper than Thesis Sharp.  I hope that you agree.

I’m making better use of the teasers on the front page, including thumbnail pictures with them.  Thumbnail and post pictures have always been a little tricky for me, but I think that I’ve finally managed to figure it all out.  Unfortunately this change makes my previous posts look rather sloppy. If a post is not configured properly, it will show a missing photo link… I would have to go back and correct each post manually, and that’s about 3 years worth.  I don’t foresee that happening.  As new posts continue to push the existing ones off the front page, it will become less noticeable.  Oh, curious about those smiley faces?  Those are default thumbnails and get placed there automatically if I chose not to include a photo within the post.  Think of them as a placeholder.  I will probably end up changing them, but for now they work.

I’ve removed some of the more annoying widgets from the sidebar.  In fact, I went on a bit of a cleaning spree and removed A LOT of plugins that I’ve installed over the years.  Most of those are things that you would not notice, but hopefully it provides a little cleaner interface, and fewer 3rd party plugins reduces the chances of a conflict.

So other than a couple of cosmetic things that I want to test out (I really would like to have a proper banner graphic, except that I’m artistically-challenged) I think that I’m pretty much settled on the way things are… for now… and will turn my attention to updating some of my other projects that have been neglected over the past few months.

Thanks for reading!