Hi. I just wanted to tell you that I'm now working on the new friendlybit. I've listened to your previous comments, and these are the changes I'm going to make/not make:
- Blog format stays, no community. You're damn conservative (something like 95% percent said to keep it a blog).
- More compact writing. I'll skip more of the fluffy wording, and concentrate on what I want said. That means shorter posts.
- WYSIWYG-editor inside WordPress (my blogging tool) gets turned on. This might make the HTML somewhat worse, but It makes my job easier, so I'll try anyways.
- Paid links gets removed. I previously sold links on the frontpage and got like $200 a month from them. I've now removed them, since:
- It seems to be hip inside the Googleplex to kick on people making money from other things than AdSense.
- I have no idea if the PageRank drop from PR6 to PR4 is caused by them, but I'm still going to hope that was the case. We'll see.
- To show to myself that blogging isn't about money. Now I most definitely don't blog for the money.
- Number of feed readers will be used as a way of seeing if I do my job or not. This will also be shown at the top of all pages, so you will be able to follow them too.
- Comments will be central, as Jesse Skinner suggested. For now, I'm just moving them up, above the fold, but we'll see where we end up.
- New design underway. As a token of me caring for you (and me wanting to steal your skills), I thought I'd post a screenshoot of it here:
But. This damn layout is to narrow, so I'll just paste a link instead: New friendlybit design. Some ideas (all changable if you give me good reasons):
- It will be flexible width, between 800 and 1024 pixels.
- Content and comments will each take up approx 50% of the page width, so you'll get plenty of eyeballs on your comments.
- I don't know the height of the columns, so I'll just let them expand downwards as long as they need to be.
- I won't make it work in IE6 (on purpose). This is for my own satisfaction, and seriously, any decent web developer should already have something better. Stats say 60% Firefox, 16% IE7, and 14% IE6. Please upgrade people. I will test it in the latest version of Opera (4.2%) and Safari (4.5%). Why? Because I want more users with good browsers, and fewer with bad. And since this is a personal blog, I can choose. Yay!
Now. Do I have to tell you I want your feedback on that?