Wednesday, February 9
We Got a New Look!
This redesign is all about making things easier to find. As a site with over 500 articles on writing, sometimes it can be hard to find what you are after. The site now features a comprehensive index and popular feature links to help you find what you need, when you need it.
Well, the new design is live (yippie!) and I couldn't be happier. I love the new color scheme and style, and I think it'll be a lot easier for folks to find what they're looking for. Let me give you the tour...
New Contents Menu
On the left we have a lovely new contents menu that breaks down the articles on the blog into easy-to-find chunks. Each link will take you to a page with a breakdown of what's in that section and the most-helpful-popular-nifty posts in that topic, followed by links to pull up all the articles on that topic.
New Features Links
Up top, you'll see a series of boxes with popular articles. These will randomize every time the page is refreshed so there will be new things to see every time. When articles reach "popular" status (determined by my tech-guru and his numbers) then it'll be added to the rotation.
Each article has been re-tagged to better assist you in finding what you're looking for. These tags will correspond to the contents menu.
New Tags Index
Some topics defy easy classification in an index, and some people like to use tag searches. We still have a full listing of tags that you can use to locate anything on the site. The link to the full tag listing is at the bottom of the Contents menu.
Why the New Look?
There's a lot of information on this blog, but it wasn't so easy to find older articles. I really want this blog to become a helpful resource for writers, and to do that, it has to be inviting and user-friendly. It should be just as easy for first-time visitors to find articles as long-time readers.
And I'm Not Done Yet
This blog will continue be a work in progress, and I'll always be on the lookout for ways to improve it. I'll be fleshing out the contents, adding more info to areas with only a few articles so far, working up more articles on the fundamentals, refining the index, etc.
See Anything Wrong?
This redesign has taken a lot of effort and is a first draft in some ways. We spent weeks re-working existing content, and creating the new Index pages. Surely there are a few typos or errors lurking in there somewhere. If you spot anything we missed, don't hesitate to drop us a note.