The old blog has a new look, which I think you can see.
Time for a New Look
After finishing up the fourth year on the road, I started to become more critical of the design of these pages. In particular I felt like I wanted it to be:
- Less technical looking
- Have an easier reading layout
- Faster to load
- Faster to navigate from page to page
- Use less bandwidth
- Have an overall better experience with modern browsers
TBT, I was also bored with it and needed an incentive to write more.
Now there’s at least 100,000 premade WordPress templates out there, but I decided to write my own. Why? Because I can. It also allowed me to incorporate some of the open source stuff I’ve written and structure the whole thing so I could easily move off the WordPress platform entirely should I decide to. I was also able to make some long needed improvements to some of the functions like the maps, lists, states visited (click on a state) and add a new masonry styled gallery/slide show.
So, if you’re using a current mainstream modern browser – Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Edge, Opera, Samsung Internet – this is it. If not, then a limited version is what you’re seeing and it’s long past the time to upgrade.
I hope you, my massive audience numbering well over 1,000,000 (binary!) will find this change an improvement. I invite your feedback on the changes or the blog in general.
For web developers out there, the site is a Polymer 2.0 progressive web app. Offline capability is currently disabled, but may be turned on soon. The backend is just the WordPress REST API plus a couple of custom endpoints. Some of the images are served by Cloudinary. I’m aware I need a favicon.