A new look (and some more admin stuff)

Hello there. I misplaced my F1-blogging mojo for a bit, hence the lack of proper posts. Mind you, that may be just because Formula 1 is on its annual summer break at the moment so there’s not a lot of news going around just now.

I knew it would be like that, so I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to finish of the new theme for this website, which I have been working on for a couple of months. (That was the new thing that I hinted about in a previous post.) And tonight I’ve decided it’s good enough to launch it. I’ll still be tweaking bits and pieces, and one or two new features will be added over the weekend. In the meantime, any feedback would be greatly welcomed. If you spot any bugs then do please let me know.

One of the reasons I decided to opt for a new look was just so that I could get an original design up. Although the previous look, which was inspired by the classic FOM graphics used throughout the 1990s, was quaint, it was also a bit unoriginal of me. I wanted to give vee8 its own unique identity.

You will see also that in the sidebar I have built a comprehensive index. You can now choose to view posts that mention a particular driver, team or grand prix. There is also now a full A–Z index.

The new look also puts more emphasis on the author of each post. Beforehand it wasn’t terribly obvious who wrote each post. Now the author’s handle appears on a bold red background and a gavatar (or identicon) is also displayed.

Speaking of post authors…

Important notice for anyone who has submitted a post

A few months ago the good people of Brits On Pole registered here and wrote a post. And it never got published. They emailed me about it, and I didn’t have a clue what was happening. There was no sign of the rogue post anywhere. Later on they submitted a couple of other posts and the process worked fine.

The more I thought about it, though, the more I wondered if the problem struck anyone else. So I’m writing a note here to ask if that has happened to any of you guys. 16 people have registered, but only seven of them have submitted a post — as far as I know.

I have never rejected a post for vee8, so if you submitted a post and it never appeared it wasn’t because I didn’t like what you wrote. It must simply have got lost. Please accept my apologies if your post was lost, and do feel free to write another one. But perhaps keep a backup copy yourself and email it to me in case it gets lost again.


Daily news update has evolved

You may have noticed recently that I’ve had a bit of trouble with the daily news update. Instead of using Delicious’s own tool for publishing a daily post, I have decided to use a plugin (Postalicious) instead.

Postalicious confused me for a while. In fact, in all honest, it still confuses me a little bit. I can’t tell exactly when it will post something, even after setting it all up the way I wanted. Hopefully in the long run it will be published daily at 1700 UK time — as long as there are three or more links for that day.

Using Twitter to liveblog the race is no more

I have decided to ditch my old habit of updating the Twitter account throughout the race. My original intention was for my tweets to act as the race report. In reality, Twitter was simply not reliable enough to work like this. I found that when the daily Twitter post was published here, huge chunks of the race were missing. In the meantime, I will be focussing all my attention on the F1 Fanatic liveblog.

I will still use Twitter to post quick comments though.


  1. Very nice – maybe I’m old fashioned but I do find black-on-white a lot easier on the eyes. I always thought the old look had a bit of a ZX Spectrum vibe!

    Really looking forward to the live blogs next week it’s always fund seeing F1 at a new venue 🙂

  2. I really like the new look, easier on the eye as Keith says plus a lot brighter.

    Also, good news on the Twitter front – to be honest I wasn’t really a fan of logging in to find three or four pages of live race updates lol 😉