Over the last couple of months I have added a few new features to the site, removed a few things and generally had a little play around.
Why? Because that is what I do! No seriously let me explain the various changes:
I have removed the Archives and Categories from the sidebar for two reasons:
1. They are the least used parts of the site yet they take up a lot of prime real estate,
2. The enhanced Vaults page really does away with the need for them
Main change is to the Contacts section where I have added images linked to the various ways in which you can contact or interact with me:
- iChat and Mail are obvious choices for a Mac user like myself
- Jabber and MSN are necessary for my non Mac mates and older contacts who are very much MSN orientated
- Skype goes without saying
- Pownce and Twitter are more a marketing tool for the site than anything else
- 9rules is the only community that I regularly participate in, and one day hope to get my site accepted to
- LinkedIn and Facebook are very much at the ‘suck it and see’ stage. I really don’t have much use for them, but keep getting invites to join, so I am going to leave them there for a while and see what happens.
Please add me as a friend or contact if you haven’t already – am more than happy to see what direction these take me in!!
Oh, I made a very slight change to the Chris (formally Welcome) section.
This is where it gets exciting (well I think so):
- Plugins: As Tom and I develop more plugins and code though our growing (and highly enjoyable) partnership I wanted a section on the site where you could easily download them. They are free but Donations are welcome and appreciated so it was ‘inevitable’ that I would need to add a Donate button
- Certain posts now have a DIGG button at the bottom. I have had an on/off relationship with this before, but now that I am blogging about more than ‘just’ reviews I wanted to give it another try
- I have added the e.Subscribe option as another way in which people can keep up to date with new posts and changes to pages on the blog
- The Features section is my way of generating some funds while retaining the integrity of the reviews. I will not write a review for money! I will write a feature for money – the difference? A feature will NOT have a personal opinion, a rating or a recommendation. If someone wants me to post something on my site to promote their product, service or event then so long as I am comfortable that it ‘fits’ with the overall sites style and integrity then I will do so. I will ALWAYS make it clear as to when a post is a Feature, and therefor paid for
- The Promotions sidebar will feature offers that I am able to bring you through my sponsors and contacts.
- I have added the Subscribe page to make it easier to subscribe in your favourite RSS reader, although the WWW page remains with all my RSS feeds from around the web
- I have added a link to the Movies and Books that I watch and read, to share my rating, thoughts etc.
- I have added a For Sale page for the items that I have for sale
NB. These last three items are accessible through the new Personal section in the sidebar. This section also includes any current activities that I am involved in that I think may be of interest, items I am saving up to buy etc
I will be updating the Books, Movies and For Sale pages over the next couple of weeks to bring them fully up to date but wanted to give you a ‘heads up’ now. The For Sale is very much dominated by the ongoing process of ripping all our DVD’s to hard drive, and I haven’t even started on the Region 1 ones yet, and I need to go back through various records for the Books and Movies. The Books plugin is proving somewhat unreliable at the moment as it depends on a link to amazon.com to pick up the book titles and so far pretty much every one that I try says it doesn’t recognize the link!!! I will keep trying though.
When i introduced the new theme I said that I wanted the site to better reflect the balance of my life, and the addition of the above reflects that. As such as I start to write more about photography and other interests you can expect minor alterations in the future. The Mac, its applications and its community still play a huge part in my life, but they are not my whole life so nor will they be the only things that I blog about.
I hope the additions are clear and add some benefit. I am keen to maintain the overall theme that Tom and I worked so hard on, while at the same time ensuring that the site truly reflects my life.