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Mon 29 Mar 2010 by mskala Tags used: ,

I've gone ahead and made the switch to PivotX. The old site remains more or less up, at the "Old site" link in the left-hand bar, but things will steadily disappear from there and appear here. Reasons behind the switch are discussed at length in this posting.

I created a section for Japanese-language entries because the software made it easy to do that, but don't get your hopes up. After a year of lessons my Japanese is still pretty rudimentary. Some day, though, I'd like to write and post entries in that section.

6 comments

Eric
Will the appearing things be sort of a "greatest hits" of the old site? Will they turn up in the RSS feed? Eric - 2010-03-29 18:40
Matt
Yes, they'll be a sort of greatest hits - basically, all the stuff that I want to keep as I go through deleting stuff.

Most likely they will appear in the RSS feed. I don't know what's the default for that when I back-date entries, and I'm also not sure what the right answer should be. I lean towards just making each new thing a new posting, with possible post-dating so that they appear spaced over time, like one a day or whatever. What do you think is preferable? Matt - 2010-03-29 19:27
Eric
I think a dribble of one or two posts (old or new) a day would be nice; the RSS reader I use (NetNewsWire 3.2 on MacOS 10.6) is displaying the back-dates properly. Eric - 2010-03-29 22:55
Axel
Like the looks, like the layout, like the functions provided (such as easy access to permanent links). On the down side it looks more generic and less individualistic than the old site. Is that an unretouched picture of the rising Sun shining through a dew-drenched spider, or is it brilliant Gimp art? Ah, memories... Up at dawn in the hills, dew glistening on little webs between blades of grass... Axel - 2010-03-30 10:18
Matt
The photo came with the ready-made layout I started from, and my guess is it's been retouched. I'm probably going to be changing the layout some. I'd like it to be a little more personalized; however, one of the biggest complaints I heard about the old site was that it didn't look like other Web sites, and one of the goals of the change is to make it look more like other Web sites. Thus, y'all should expect that it will in fact end up looking more like other Web sites and less individualistic than before. Designing it strictly to my own preferences meant getting a very few regular readers with preferences similar to mine, and designing it to those few regular readers' preferences isn't going to help much in attracting the many people who weren't visiting before. Matt - 2010-03-30 11:12
Axel
"...one of the biggest complaints I heard about the old site was that it didn't look like other Web sites..." Ha! None of those readers were Sun-Moon Aquarians, for sure. Difference is what I look for (it has nothing to do with preferences being similar to mine, it's more about not wanting everything to look, feel, sound, or taste the same). But then I have never been a democrat or worshipper of box office records. Axel - 2010-03-31 07:47


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