Saturday, March 27, 2010

New Design

After a whole year, I finally redesigned blog-stalk. I was reluctant to do it, but I was making significant improvements to the code while developing a new site with the same code base, and I wanted some of those enhancements on blog-stalk. Although I like the new look more, I was primarily hesitant to revise blog-stalk's look, because I knew that there would be some resistance from members, and I wanted more diversity when showing my portfolio to clients. Having two nearly identical sites really counts as one when clients look at my work.

I released a screen shot several days ago, and I was surprised by the positive responses. I did not get a single complaint until the actual update was released. Two members objected. They claim that it strains their eyes. I'm not really sure if it's their monitor settings, or if they are just trying to justify a purely psychological reaction by claiming a physiological basis. The majority of members liked the revised look. I compromised a bit by lowering the contrast, but now everything looks dull to me. For the new site that I am working on, I am retaining the high contrast.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

CMS Garbage

While developing my latest site, I was reminded of why I had to code blog-stalk entirely from scratch. Joomla is garbage and Drupal is only borderline practical for what I wanted. If they had worked better, I might not have needed to do so much coding. It was a good learning experience. I may some day make my own CMS based on the blog-stalk code base.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

First Anniversary

Blog-stalk was launched a year ago, but I'm not really in the mood to celebrate. I wonder if it will last another year. I always feel like it's on the verge of dying, but random flurries of activity seem to always happen.

I am currently focusing on other web projects. I'm developing a new site for my internet show and animations. I am also beginning to develop Facebook games. I am not abandoning blog-stalk, but I have become less enthusiastic about it.