No Pressure Blogging

Foliage on Water

I’ve been try­ing to redesign my weblog for months now but I still haven’t come up with a design that I real­ly like, so I thought I’d just try to improve the exist­ing design and add some ele­ments that I’d like in a new design into it.

The most notice­able addi­tion would be the quick­link type thing. Some of you might remem­ber that I used to post links to this weblog through del.icio.us. I stopped because I was get­ting frus­trat­ed with the flak­i­ness of their serv­er which often ruined my blog­ging mood. Plus, I always felt pres­sured to post a cer­tain amount of links per day. The pres­sure didn’t come from you, mind you. It was from myself. Some­times I’d spend hours search­ing the web for links to post just to ful­fill my per­son­al quo­ta. After awhile, it just wasn’t fun any­more.

Now with this new inter­face, I’ve made a rule for myself not to search pur­pose­ful­ly for links to post but instead just post links that I hap­pen to come across while I’m brows­ing around and that I find worth shar­ing. I’m all for no-pres­sure blog­ging now! It should keep blog­ging fun for me.
Anoth­er addi­tion to the design (though it’s more like a change than an addi­tion) is more Flickr thumb­nails in the side­bar. It used to be two thumb­nails at a time. Now it’s nine. The thumb­nail lay­out looks fine to me in the lat­est ver­sion of Mozil­la Fire­fox and IE6, but for some rea­sons it looks unstyled in Mozil­la Fire­fox on Troy’s com­put­er. Please let me know how it looks to you and what brows­er you’re using.

I still have yet to com­bine the link RSS feed with the exist­ing feed. I haven’t found a non-intim­i­dat­ing way to do it. I know I could use a third-par­ty web­site to com­bine the feeds, but I’d rather do it here on-site. If you hap­pen to know a sim­ple way to do it, feel free to share it with me. For your infor­ma­tion, the feeds I’d like to com­bine are from two MT-pow­ered blogs.

4 comments / Add your comment below

  1. While I am mixed on the use of del.icio.us or quick links in gen­er­al, I must say that your page is def­i­nite­ly one of the more sooth­ing pages to read. The soft hues are a plea­sure on the eyes. “Weblog Wannabe”. Why do you still have that title? I would def­i­nite­ly endorse this site as a “weblog”. No need for the wannabe.

  2. It’s a nice look­ing blog for sure, although I haven’t browsed your posts much. I thought I’d tell you what strikes me most in dif­fer­ent browsers.
    I see a nice nine pic­ture square in Netscape and Flock (!) but I get two rows in Fire­fox and IE. Fun­ny thing is that in Fire­fox they have pink bor­ders, with blue ones in IE. Hope this helps.
    I’ll be explor­ing your blog first now. Cheers!

  3. (damn spam­mers…)
    You can use Multi­Blog to com­bine the entries from two weblogs into one tem­plate. It’s quite a nice plu­g­in, actu­al­ly.
    I keep mean­ing to get around to com­bin­ing my link entries into my main feed too.

  4. Neil: Damn spam­mers indeed. They usu­al­ly only spam old entries.
    Thanks for the link. I’m think­ing either to use that one or the Sitewide RSS. Both are equal­ly intim­i­dat­ing, but I’ll try to be brave and just do it one way or anoth­er…
    Derek: My weblog has been a wannabe for more than 6 years. It’s hard to change. :)

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