Welcome back

Hi everyone, and welcome back to my blog! This is it — it’s official. This is a proper relaunch. And to prove it I have about a dozen posts already prepared, ready to be whipped out whenever I hit a dry patch.

I was actually hoping to launch it a few weeks earlier. But the process of redesigning the blog took much longer than I had anticipated. I must have had the original ideas for this design way back in September, and I have been working on it on and off ever since. Obviously it went on the back burner when I moved into my new flat, which took up a huge amount of my time between December and February.

Nonetheless, I expected that I would be able to put together the design quite quickly. One of my original intentions was to do it properly, with good accessibility, a mobile stylesheet, and some HTML5 and CSS3. I saw it as a good learning experience, and an opportunity to learn about the sort of code I will have to start using at work.

In the end, I have ended up having to basically re-learn how to develop a WordPress theme, due to major changes in versions 2.7 and 3.0. That was much harder than I anticipated, and it was only after borrowing a book from my colleague Gareth Saunders that I finally cracked it (sort of)!

It got to the stage where I have just had to work as quickly as possible to get the theme finished and ready for public display. As such, most of the fancy stuff I wanted to implement has not been started on, never mind finished. And the theme lacks the final polish. You will probably notice a few inconsistencies in the way some elements of the design work. I will be hoping to iron this all out in the coming weeks.

Content-wise, I anticipate that the blog will be quite different to what has been here before. But I knew that all along. That was part of the reason for my hiatus over the winter. But you will see what’s in store later on.

In the next few weeks there will be a few posts that would normally have appeared in either November or December. The normal sort of end-of-year stuff. For instance, I never got round to writing about the end of last year’s Formula 1 season (!), nor did I write a music roundup, which I have done every year since I started blogging way back in 2002.

Please let me know what you think of the design. As I say, I’m still working on it and am open to any suggestions.

6 comments

  1. Congrats Duncan! As a long-term reader but possibly(?) first-time commenter, I have to ask you two things:

    1: What do you make of the Lib Dems being in government and to what extent do you still support them?

    2. Is the return of Adam & Joe to 6Music the best thing that has ever happened to you? If not, what is?

    With love, an anonymous fan

    XXXX

  2. Thank you both! I’m glad the design seems to be going down well. I was worried it wasn’t as good as the old one!

    Ano, thanks for the questions! If you don’t mind, I will answer the question about the Lib Dems in a separate post as I think it might be of wider interest.

    As for Adam & Joe, their return is a very good thing. But as it is only for a 12 week run, it is not quite the best thing that has ever happened to me. The best thing is probably getting a decent job.

  3. I’ve just spotted this article (I saw the later one first, earlier today). The new design seems very good; I find it a lot more pleasant to view than what went before – clean and uncluttered looking.