Archive for the 'Blog-ministration' Category

Sorry ’bout that

November 15th, 2007

Was sick for a fair chunk of last week. Just now getting up to date with the blog.

No more interruptions between now and election day, I promise.

I’ve backfilled to where I dropped off last week.


Redesigned

October 14th, 2007

The new design for the site has just gone live. Hopefully it’s a little bit cleaner than the old design.

I’ve mainly tried to simplify the overall design – leave only the main elements that are needed. In particular I’ve removed the whole sidebar, and replaced it with a single archives page link at the top.

Another thing is that I’ve taken the comments out of the blog. There wasn’t much use of the comments, and it was causing me a lot of overhead in website design. Spam was the bigger issue, with only about one in one hundred comments I deal with being actually real. If you have a comment you’d like to make on a post, use the email address on the Contact page.

I haven’t had a chance to test it properly in every browser yet, so please let me know if there are any problems.


Recharging

August 6th, 2007

Sorry for the lack of posts the past couple of days. I just couldn’t find any inspiration for something to blog about…

So I’ve decided that I should take a month off ‘real’ blogging. I’ll keep popping up the little tidbits that I find on the Internet for people to see, so there’s something new every day (actually, every 2 hours or so during the workday…). And if I think of something really interesting to say, I’ll say it. But otherwise, don’t expect to see much commentary, reviews or economics here until September.


Can’t get enough of this blog?

July 27th, 2007

Just a quick reminder (given that I can’t think of anything to write tonight…) that there’s more to be seen if you haven’t visited the actual site of the blog in a while.

(Thanks to good old RSS, I suspect a few readers of this site don’t ever come to the page).

Thanks to Google Reader, you can see some of the posts that I’ve recently read that I thought were neat, interesting or otherwise cool. You can find it on the left hand column of the blog, or you can click here.

If you’d like to get slightly more meta, you can subscribe to the RSS feed for the posts I share with Reader.

And if you are actually reading this page directly, rather than using an RSS reader: maybe you should get one? They’re a very efficient way to keep track of a lot of sites at once. According to my stats, I subscribe to 110 websites, and have read 19,873 items in the past 30 days. An RSS reader is like performance enhancing drugs for web surfing…


User interaction

May 24th, 2007

Quick question for people – should I bother posting stuff on the weekends, or should I just stick to Monday-Friday? Please answer, I need the feedback!

Should I post stuff on weekends?
Yes, I check the site every day
Nah, 5 days a week is plenty
If you could manage 3 days a week, that would be nice…
  
pollcode.com free polls

Where can I find about 5 hours free time per day

May 15th, 2007

It’s pretty embarrassing exactly how long it takes me to collapsed on my periodic insistence that I’ll begin to post to this weblog properly…

So, sorry everyone (if there is indeed anyone left)! The excuses are many and varied, mainly due to a recent increase in the quantity and tempo of work. I’m going to not offer any further promises about actually updating this site regularly.

But all this just bought home to me how difficult it is to fit everything into your day…

To start with, I like about 9 hours sleep a day. That’s probably a little more than I need, but it makes me a happier person so I go with it. I suspect that if I got my fitness a little higher I would be able to make do with a little less. Then there’s work (10 hours a day on average, including lunch), commuting (about an hour, counting walks to/from the car park), dressing/showering/etc (maybe half an hour?) and dinner (about 30-45 mins depending on what I’m cooking). So that’s 21 hours of my day gone. That leaves me just three hours for everything else.

The list of ‘everything else’ includes spending time with my lovely wife, watching TV, getting exercise, posting to the blog, designing websites, playing with my kitten, cleaning the house, and reading books. Just as a start. I’m normally lucky if I can get more than a couple of those done on any given night.

Weekends aren’t a lot better either…

So what I really need is another 4-5 hours a day. That should just about give me time to fit everything in. The only block of time which that can really come from is the sleep. So this brings me to the question: if someone could design a safe, legal, side effect free pill that would allow you to have only 4 hours sleep a night, would you take it? And how much would you pay for it?

I think I would. And I think I’d pay a fair bit. And I might even actually update this thing more than once a month…