Some blog updates

Yes, I’ve had a few minutes of time that I dedicated to my blog last night.  I’ve made great progress on my thesis, so I didn’t mind spending a few minutes in the evening writing, coding or learning a bit more about wordpress.  Frankly, I think my blog needed a few cosmetic updates anyhow.

First, I’ve customized the menu above.  Turns out it’s not hard to do in word press.  Once that was done, I wrote a new about page, added a couple links and then realized that the links on the right were redundant, so they’re gone now.  Yay progress.

The font size for the main text has been shrunk.  If it’s too small for anyone, let me know.  I had always felt it was a bit too large, so I’m glad it wasn’t too hard to do.

I also added a link to my old blog, but then discovered that wordpress offers a half-assed method of importing from blogger.  Unfortunately, none of the comments made it over, but the nearly 400 blog entries from my old blog did (albeit with some funky extra “>” characters).  However, that makes my old blog pretty much obsolete, so if I ever get the comments to move over, I’ll take down the website and the new button as well. At any rate, you can use the search bar on the right to go through all of my blog posts from 2006 till now (minus the ones at Nature blogs, of course).

That means that my site now spans just over 5 years, covering some 555 posts (including this one) and 106 categories.   That’s an average of about 111 posts a year, or about 2 posts a week.  I’m sure my conference blogging skews that number, but it’s not insignificant.  Wow.  I certainly hadn’t thought I’d been blogging that much…!

Finally, I’ve also changed my blog’s perma-links from the ugly /?p=XXX format to one that reflects the date and title of the post.  The old format should also work if you’re linking here from an old URL, but it won’t be how I refer to posts from now on.  Just thought you should know.

So, no major changes, but a lot of little details.  I hope they make my blog a bit more usable and readable… and perhaps just a little more professional looking.  If there’s anything I’ve missed that would be useful, don’t hesitate to let me know.

2 thoughts on “Some blog updates

  1. Looks good! I love the header and colour scheme.

    Are you planning to try and import any of your Nature Network posts? A few other Occam’s Typewriter bloggers have done this, and Lou did send me my archives file, but apparently it’s really fiddly…

  2. Thanks Cath! Sometimes a few small changes can make all the difference.

    I hadn’t thought about trying to pull in my Nature Network posts, to be honest. I’ve more or less assumed they’re a lost cause. Now that you mention it, however, I’ll have to think about it.

    Although, I don’t think I wrote nearly as much there as I have on my own site. It probably isn’t really worth it.

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