Blog re-design 2016

By Adrian Smith12 Sep 2016900 words4 mins to read

Today I've released a new version of my blog and homepage. Unless you're reading this a long time in the future and this design has been superseded by a new design, you're looking at it :)

It's been a long time since I updated my blog design last. The previous design was a modification of the standard WordPress theme from January 2008. It wasn't responsive, and was primarily based around the standard blog format of a "newest first" list of articles. What would a personal homepage need to look like in 2016?

I set out to answer this question a few months ago. Ten years ago, most people read blogs by subscribing via tools like Google Reader: those days are gone. Now I have over 200 articles; whereas previously new readers could find all content that interested them just by clicking "next page" a few times, those days are gone too: there needs to be better ways of discovering the content. The web site needs to be more an advertisement for me for those new readers who don't know me, than just a list of my articles. Yet not just an advertisement, I still yearn greatly to publish articles, so the site must be a repository for them as well.

I decided to ignore my existing design and structure and assumptions about what a blog should be, and asked myself the question of what site I would build, if I didn't already have a site. Here's what I came up with:

Take a look around using the navigation at the top, and let me know what you think.

What do you think of my list, would you have come up with the same list?

This article was written by Adrian Smith on 12 Sep 2016

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