New host, new format, new RSS feed.

The RSS Feed

First, a matter of minor annoyance: the RSS url on Squarespace can't be made to match the WordPress one by any method I can find, and as such, anyone that has been following the blog by RSS will need to update their feed subscription. This is something I would have preferred to avoid, and might have been able to if I was a bit more savvy in such things. Regardless, there's now an RSS feed button at the top of the page, and the url is as follows:

http://david-dennis.squarespace.com/blog?format=rss

It already took me two attempts to get this right while updating the old blog to help redirect people. Hopefully this is the last time I need to think about it. Fingers crossed.

New Host, New Format

I think Squarespace is pretty awesome and I think the site looks pretty great, scaling on mobile browsers much better and generally having a cleaner look. Back in the 1990s and early 2000s I could build pretty decent websites, time has moved on however and I haven't in this particular regard. Squarespace offers something a little more narrowly focused to my needs than WordPress does, and pretty much makes my web-design-inept life much easier. I have something much closer to my ideal here than I could have managed with WordPress without significant time investiture or expense. HTML 4.something and CSS2 just don't stand up against modern standards and capabilities and my interests and hobbies now lie in other pursuits.

WordPress was good to me, but I feel the time has come to move on.

The redesign, while simpler, is a little more along the lines of my original intentions. It's pretty minimal (which has the added advantage of presenting near identically, and equally beautifully, on any browser) but has some clever and understated features. Prominent images get blow up and dominate the screen in a way that image posts on the WordPress themes I had available do not. Linked listing is a neat and tidy experience, the post title incorporating the link and removing the need for additional, wordy text links around block quotes.

Progress isn’t made by early risers. It’s made by lazy men trying to find easier ways to do something.
— Robert A. Heinlein

It also allowed me to have a modern blog with some typography reminiscent of print newspapers, which may be a little anachronistic but was always something I wanted to do. I haven't had to edit any CSS by trial and error to get the look I want, which is a big win for me. WordPress is an awesome tool, and particularly powerful in the hands of someone with the right technical knowledge. I'm a website luddite these days however, and just want to write the content. I feel I can do that much better here.

You don't even want to know how much time I've put into tweaking the fonts on here. I am a little obsessive about it.

The Future

This blog has become more popular than I anticipated. While It's hardly widely known and highly-regarded in internet terms I am honestly surprised that this ever got more than a couple of regular readers; who assumedly would be personal friends I press ganged grudgingly into it. As it happens, I get a few more readers and I count that as a huge success.

I want to step up my game a little, pick up my posting frequency and vary my subject matter a little more. I'll admit to falling into the trap of posting about gadgets and tech with a little too much focus. There's more going on out there that I'm interested in, and I have many more opinions to hoist upon you unbidden.

That's why you're here... right?