I finally got tired enough of dealing with WordPress’s admin interface and writing posts in HTML to do something about it, and I’ve redone this here blog. Now it’s all blogofile. I can edit in markdown and preview locally. All of my content is backed up just by pushing it to github.
It also got a facelift in the process.
The new design
The old design was based around a 500 pixel column with 14 pixel text. As resolutions have grown, that started to look tiny. Now it’s 640 pixels wide using a 16 pixel body font. Like the old site, the new one is designed to rigidly adhere to a baseline grid. This time, the grid is 24 pixels tall.
The old design was a classic two column layout. This time around, I went with a single column. The entire site is now 640 pixels wide, almost like I was designing in 1998! I pushed all of the navigation down to the bottom.
Two reasons: First, when reading a post I wanted to remove as much clutter as possible. I wanted it to feel like reading a book without some constellation of navigation and social buttons in your peripheral vision vying for your attention.
And I figured a narrower layout would be more mobile friendly. On my phone, I think the new design looks pretty nice.
Since this was more or less redoing things from scratch, I probably broke some stuff. Let me know if you see something busted. In the meantime, I can get back to actually writing about stuff again!