As a bit of an aside, today I’d like to talk about some stats that I’m pooling here on the site. The stats are going to be for posts created on the old Stroz.net blog, but not including SPAM or page hits while it was running there. If you care, you can keep reading. Continue reading
A quick jot to see what people think about an idea I’ve been running through my head recently. I am thinking about designing a logo for this blog, but am not sure whether it’s needed, or even if it’s worth the time and effort that would go into designing it.
I’ve messed around a bit with Fireworks recently, due to having a Graphic Design for the Web class, and got to thinking about my final project. I will be doing a full redesign of Stroz.net (you can get a peak at it as I’m developing it on the dev site), but I feel like I need to do more to really cement my knowledge of the platform.
Here are a few ideas I’ve had, each taking about 5 minutes of work to produce. Now, they’re very rough, but they outline where my head is at nonetheless. Nothing outstanding, really, just some brainstorming.
They’re nowhere near being a final thing, I just wanted to get them out there and see if the idea of a logo is without merit.
The advantage of the WordPress theme that I’m using now is that it’s very simple. I’m undecided on whether or not I want to clutter it up with some sort of logo, but we’ll see. Tell me what you think.
I can’t believe that I’ve made it this far. 100 posts, WOW. I haven’t stuck to something like this before, and I’m really excited that I’m still here taking things on.
Though, we’ve been through a domain change, several starts and stops, we’ve chugged along at a decent pace.
The first article was posted on 04/23/2008. It’s been 171 days since then, which means there was an average of 0.58 posts per day. Now this is far below what I am hoping for the future, but it sure is a start. I’d like to take a few moments and write about a few posts that marked points in the blog’s life.
- I wrote my first ever book review on 05/07/2008 about A Confederacy of Dunces.
- I purchased Getting Things Done on 06/20/2008, and finished it on 10/01/2008.
- I reviewed my first video game, Minerva: Metastasis on 07/18/2008.
- My first really interesting philosophical post was made on 08/05/2008 about Interface Design.
- I decided to scale back my web presence on 09/08/2008, and still follow that today.
- My son turned two years old on 09/12/2008.
- I started the 60 Days, 60(+) Posts initiative on 09/15/2008 and have posted 41 posts in the 26 days since.
- I took a paid internship with a local independent news source, The Appalachian Independent on 09/16/2008.
- I wrestled with Linux, returned to Windows, only to return again to Linux.
- The blog switched domains and layout on 09/26/2008, leaving Stroz.net to be made into a portfolio site.
In this time, I’ve been through a job, struggled to find another one, and ended up going to back to college to get that degree that I’ve been chasing for a long time. This has been a hard decision, and it has contained a lot of work, but it’s been a wonderful ride so far, and I hope to see things increase in funness into the future. With the changes to scheduled posts, and all the other stuff going on, I expect this next 100 posts will be the best yet.
All of the posts from the Stroz.net blog have now been migrated here to Worthless Genius. I will be shutting down the blog over there, while I work on a new layout and informational pages.
I’ve never done an export/import with WordPress before, but it was completely painless. I’m happy to say that the transition went well, and I look forward to a future of updating only this one blog. Stick around, there’s lots more to come.
I appologize for any broken links or images. If I come across any, I will fix them, but otherwise, past posts will stand as they are.
The future of Stroz.net is not set in stone, but it will certainly be changing.
I have decided to split the blog off onto another site, so that I can use post my personal thoughts on a page that is not associated with Stroz.net.
The Stroz.net will eventually be transformed into a way for me to display my portfolio, designs and a professional profile. In the mean time, I’m not really sure what’s going to happen. As I work on the design more and more, I will be posting here about the decisions, and mirroring the posts on the new blog site.
I’m not ready to announce the new blog as of yet, but as soon as I get it all set up and the plugins ready, I’ll be sure to let everyone know.
For now, I will still be posting here on Stroz.net until everything appears to be hunky-dory.
I’ve been realizing more and more as I update the Stroz.net blog that if I want to end up using that site as a basis for a professional profile and portfolio, that I need to separate the junk from my more professional designs.
Thus, Worthless Genius was born.
With the updates I will be making to Stroz.net, with improved galleries for both designs and sketches, as well as my professional portfolio and a hosting information site, I’ve decided to take the blog off the main site, and move it to here.
Right now, the fate of the Stroz.net blog and its posts is unclear. I may end up attempting to backup relevent posts and installing them here on this site, or I may just get rid of the whole thing. I need to put some more thought and planning into the whole web of the Stroz.net family, in order to separate information into more usable chunks, and to make things a bit easier for people to find.
So, don’t mind the growing pains here, and look forward to a Mission Statement post for more information on the purpose and future of this blog.
As a part of two of my college courses, I am working on a new site design for Stroz.net. At this point, everything is very sketchy, and I don’t really know what I want to do yet.
I have a few ideas that I am going to implement:
- Move blog off of the / directory. Most likely I will put it at blog.stroz.net, and link to it from the main page.
- Portfolio page. I want to give links and descriptions of the web pages that I’ve constructed. I might even re-host some of the defunct stuff so that I can show that off too.
- Sketch gallery. I have a sketch gallery, but it’s part of WordPress. I’d rather do something up that’s a bit more homebrew, and more engaging, completely separate from the blog.
- Photoshop / Fireworks gallery. A similar gallery for all of my digital designs that aren’t sketches. Logo work, page layouts, etc. would be here.
- Hosting Info. While the hosting part of the site isn’t exactly a strong venture, I’d like to put up some info about what I can offer. I have a few sites that are hosted right now, and I would like to expand that a little bit.
- Online Presence. A page with links and info about all of the different communities and social networks to which I belong.
Like I said, it’s just a rough sketch as of late, and more planning will go into it over the coming weeks. If all goes right, I would like to have it in full swing before December 1, 2008. This will give me plenty of time to get things ready and bugs worked out for grading.
The overall feel I want to get with this is a more simplified browsing experience. I’d like to use solid colors, a good color scheme, and a less cluttered layout for every page that survives.
One thing I’m trying to figure is whether to have a splash page. A splash page is so 90s, but I’m not sure how else to present all of the different site pages. I’m sure there’s a better way, and I’m going mull this over for a long time before I settle on it.
One thing that I’m excited to get into is a totally table-less layout. I’m planning on using CSS divs and layers for the whole thing. My first goal will be XHTML and CSS validation, then, once that’s done, I’ll go back and fix it for the poor folk who are using Internet Explorer.
According to this quickly hobbled together set of stats from August 2008, Internet Explorer takes up 52.7% of all visits to Stroz.net. I am extremely happy to see that only 16.3% is attributed to IE6, as that’s where the trouble with CSS design lies. Even completely validated pages tend to have problems in that archaic browser.
I’m sufficiently confident with IE7’s capabilities, and think that IE8 is a great step in the right direction toward standard integration.
In conclusion, validated XHTML THEN bug fixes for old browsers. I guess this is fairly commonplace with most developers. I’m putting this stuff out there to show a bit of my thought process.