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September 13, 2003
Back and Better Than Ever!
Surprise! While you were sleeping, we were switching. Not just to a new hosting service, but also to a MovableType
As a result, you'll see _lots_ of improvements around here. Because it's MovableType, of course, we've got integrated comments and trackback capability at last! We've got real permalinks now...to individual entries, not munged monthly files. (Though we still have monthly archives available.) We've also got author-based archives, so that you can read all the posts by a specific person. We haven't yet finished converting all the past posts, but with any luck that will be done by the end of the month. (April, May, and September are all done...June, July, and August still need to be converted.) Older permalinks will still be supported, because the old archive files have been retained.
Now that we've got the technology to support it better, we're also reviving our guestblogging process, starting with Stewart Butterfield
this month. Guest posts will be mixed in with the rest of our content, but offset with a different background color so that they stand out. You'll be able to see all the posts by a specific guestblogger using the menu on the left sidebar.
Regular readers will note that Jessica Hammer has dropped off the byline. We hope she'll still be joining us from time to time as a guestblogger, and her earlier posts are available through the guestblogger menu.
We've changed our design pretty dramatically, as well. We've shifted from 3 to 2 columns to reduce screen clutter, and cut way down on sidebar contents for the same reason. We've dropped the blogroll, and put a lot of material into drop-down menus rather than lengthy lists.
Author names now appear next to the post titles (and I'm working on making the same change in the RSS feeds), so that as you read the post you'll be able to better put it in the context of the author's "voice."
Speaking of RSS feeds...because I don't have access to the server that the old feed was on, I have no way to easily redirect from that feed to the new ones (shown on the left sidebar). I'm hoping that the people who read us via aggregators will stop by here to find out why their feeds have gone dead!
As the primary architect of the redesign (front and back-end), I certainly hope our readers find the changes helpful. At the very least, the improved CMS environment will bring me back into the fold as a much more frequent participant!
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