Other sites doing open redesigns inspired me to do one of my own (Frank Chimero is the best example).
The site is getting a little clunky with some completely unrelated content areas. I tried tweaking the navigation a bit and that only made things worse.
A quick peak into my CSS revealed a mess of unused rules. I’m inconsistently using tags and categories in Jekyll. My content is splintered into multiple RSS feeds.
This is from 4 years of randomly adding this and that with hacks and duct tape. Not bad, but it’s time to start from scratch and do better.
My site should be fun in the old-school internet sort of way.
I’d like to showcase my better writing, both personal blog posts and professional work, without the clutter of content that’s gone stale.
The different streams of content (i.e. long form blog posts, more ephemeral posts, portfolio writigns and EFL materials) are both separated from each other yet easy to navigate to.
All updated need to be united in a single RSS feed.
A few minor design and typography changes for an overall refresh.
I first tried doing this in one go. Nope. Made zero real progress because it was always too much.
Thus I’ve broken this down into smaller, iterative chunks.
And to make it even more fun, I’m doing all of this from iPad.
- Cull low quality blog posts
- Add intro content to blog categories
- Update Portfolio page
- Design & typography updates
- Refactor CSS and HTML
- Redo site navigation: header nav, subtitles, footer and homepage
- Add English Learning into single RSS feed with the blog posts
- Organize remaining content into more usable categories
- Update Post layout
- Update Page layout
- Update Home layout
- Added the Now page to the main RSS feed but hid it from the blog page. Automated the process of updating it.
- Redid the content on the Home and About pages so they are no longer overlapping.
- Created now, uses and reading pages.
- Made this page. Gotta start somewhere.