Two new designs at wordpress, one of which I’ve adopted for my wordpress blog, which currently houses my attempts at writing. I wish, and I’m sure others do too, that there was some means by virtue of which I could transfer all the old posts to wordpress.
WordPress is evolving, and it’s already better than blogger in many ways. You can now get a wordpress blog for yourself by signing up. Invites, which is how I got mine, are passe. Categories, comment filtering, additional pages, automatic technorati listing…I could go on forever – it’s great; just not Blogger. I can even password-protect ‘works-in-progress’, which I stop working on if I share with too many people, or no one at all. What I don’t like about wordpress, is that I can’t create my own design.
Oh, while we�re talking about WordPress, lots of people are asking how I got my custom design. That�s actually a preview of a new feature that�s coming to WordPress.com soon, says Matt Mullenweg (he did my custom theme). Thanks Matt, keep the good stuff coming!
And that’s why we’re happy, and keenly waiting for the announcement. As late as Christmas? I hope not!
Codey tried wordpress for a bit, found it restrictive and then switched back to blogger. Ankit, when I told him about wordpress, said that he’d rather shift to his own domain and then get a wordpress blog that he can customise. I don’t know if I’m going to get my own domain, unless it pays for itself, so I’m sticking to the free services. A switch to wordpress in the offing once they allow customising design.
Bye the bye, here’s Jakob Nielson, the usability guru, on weblog design and related issues. It’s didactic, yes, and his suggestions would make blogs rather impersonal by standardising everything, so take what you want from it. He mentions something that I avoid: listing ‘classic’ posts- like my take on Kajrare, which I enjoyed reading again today. With wordpress, it’ll become unbelievably easy, and you will be able to read other priceless posts that regulars have been subjected to. I’m lazy, all right! Nielson also believes that one shouldn’t have a domain owned by a website, like blogspot or a wordpress domain, but then that applies to serious bloggers, not me. 😉 A usable read, still.
And while we’re on priceless posts (this is another one. I just can stop linking today, can I?), here’s a very relevant article by Edward de Bono. I’m a fan, and this article relates to my crazy ideation exercises. Ouch.
Music (on repeat, for the last few hours): Viscinity of Obscenity by System of a Down. A very strange song that is noisy at times. I don’t understand what’s being said, yet am enjoying it immensely.