Finally, after a few months of talking, I launch the new “Lost in Japan” site with a new design and layout. Also, I’ll try refocus and actually produce some meaningful articles on here from time to time!
Note that the re-design is not 100% complete, there will be some small changes during the near future, but I thought it was time to at least launch the major updates of the site. Oh and WordPress is also updated from the ancient version I was running before, so it should run a bit smoother now.
Photo by dsevilla
Recently I have found myself bored with my regular blog reading – I don’t know why, but I’ve found myself getting bored by blogs I used to read fervently before.
So, while casually browsing the latest stuff to come through the RSS feeds on my Netvibes page, I found a link to the following:
Best Blogs of 2006 that You (Maybe) Aren’t Reading (via: Waxy.org)
That is an extremly high recommended list of interesting blogs you may or (probably) may not be reading right now. I for one was not reading any of them regularly, and had only heard about a handful.
And yes, this is yet another fairly unrelated post on this blog which has fallen victim of my recent increased workload and lack of inspiration…. Sorry, I hope that maybe by reading some of these blogs I, too, might rediscover my inspiration to rekindle the activity of my blog again…
If you notice something different about the layout today, that is because I am currently experimenting with what to put in the right sidebar. I am tired of the one-line movie reviews (it doesn’t generate any value-add to my readers, and I am too lazy to update it in a timely manner).
First I added the Technorati Favorites widget, displaying the latest three posts from blogs that I have tagged as my favorites on Technorati. After putting in the sidebar though, I was a bit disappointed in the lack of customization. My sidebar bar is 200 pixels wide, and that the Technorati favorites block barely fits in it. Further, the colors and layout of it really doesn’t appeal to me.
So for now
Secondly, I made a Flickr badge displaying photos tagged with ‘Japan’. It looks kind of nice, don’t you think?I took away the Flickr badge because it was unreliable for some reason – often not displaying any pictures at all, so the Technorati Widget is back until further notice….
Then there is this list of things to put in your sidebar over at Listible.com to consider as well.
I’m a bit lost here. I need to put something really cool there but I don’t really know what. I will have to retreat into my Web 2.0-approved home and think really hard. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated!
A-List blogger Jason Kottke has recently given up his “pro” blogger status by stopping his micropatronage (i.e. donations from subscribing readers) and settled for a more “normal” blogging approach, namely advertisements.
Check out the new look of Kottke’s site here.
[EDIT] In case you didn’t get it, this was sort of an inside joke by Mark Wilkie. Kottke is also catching some flak from other directions for what some call his “abandoning” of his patrons.
Well, I fell for the hype, I added tags to the site – or rather, the usability of the site will hopefully increase by introducing them. I didn’t want to litter the site with lots of categories, especially for subjects I might not write so much about. Further, there might be some posts which are totally off-subject too. Just putting them into the “General” Category and relying on the keywords that might be in the actual text, it will be pretty hard for people to find the post through search engines etc.
For this purpose, I installed Ultimate Tag Warrior by Christine Davis which this far seems to be doing an OK job. Next task is for me tol add tags to all archived posts, which I will do when I have some spare time.
[EDIT] Ok, call me a hypocrite if you want (see my old post about tags in cloud format) but I added a tag archive displaying the tags in, you knew it, cloud format. It’s just that there isn’t a better format that I can think of right now. Sure you can have a plain old list, but it wouldn’t be as interested. Reach the tag archive here: http://lostinjapan.groth.hm/taglist/