Well, the times they are a changin’….Or at least, this blog it is a changing. Tomorrow, and through the weekend, I will be implementing some pretty big changes to the look and structure of this blog.
What this will mean for you, the reader:
- It will be easier to find the posts with recipes, the monthly to do lists, or the articles on specific topics like chickens, fruit growing, etc.
- You will be able to convert posts into print-friendly or pdf formats easily (good for the recipe posts) and edit out extra text or pictures before printing.
- Threaded commenting! This means you can reply directly to a comment instead of having a reply get shoved to the bottom of the list.
- Fast load times. I am told by technical people that the site should load quickly.
- You’re not losing a thing. The name is staying the same, all the old content and all the old comments should remain, and the existing URLs should work…eventually…we hope.
- Sweet new lighter, brighter look-and-feel that I hope you will enjoy. Here’s a sneak peak, but things are still being finalized:
What this means for me, your blogger:
- A big learning curve as I get up to speed on what it takes to build and maintain a self-hosted (as opposed to Blogger-hosted) web site. Big learning curve. But fun.
- Scalability. This will make it possible for me to bring new site features on-line going forward as the blog continues to grow and evolve.
- Direct feedback. I am super excited about threaded commenting. I’ve long wanted to be able to be more responsive to reader comments, so the ability to reply directly is huge. It’s actually what pushed me to begin this site migration process.
- Better SEO (Search Engine Optimization). Basically, more people should be able to find my posts on gardening, cooking, etc. through web searches. And that will help veggie gardeners take over the world….mwaaa haaa haaa!
- Cost. Yup, this is gonna cost me some money for hosting services, domain registry, etc. That’s cool, I knew what I was signing up for, but if you value the content, and want to help me defray the additional expenses and help keep this blog ad-free, you can throw a few bucks in the tip jar ($6 covers hosting costs for a month, anything at all is appreciated beyond words). Also helpful: if you have something that you would be buying anyway on Amazon, and you do so through my storefront, about 4% of your purchase price is sent my way. And you don’t have to buy what I link to…as long as you hit up Amazon through my site, almost any purchase counts.
What I need from you:
- Patience. There will probably be times in the next several days where things look weird, or content is temporarily not found at its original URLs. There is some backend stuff happening that mean the interwebs may not know where NW Edible lives for a while. This should work itself out over the weekend but I cannot guarantee things won’t be funky next week. I may be fiddling with blog look for a while, and it may take a week or so to get all the old content tagged and categorized properly.
- Feedback. Give me until Monday, but starting next week, and going forward, if something isn’t working, or if things look all hashed up on your computer, please, please tell me. There are hundreds (thousands?) of you and one of me (well, two of us, since Homebrew Husband is helping), so you will probably catch something we missed. If you do, help us fix it by alerting us to the weirdness.
- Hopefully, nothing else. If everything goes well, all of you who subscribe through an RSS feed, or follow through Google Friend Connect will continue to receive your posts as you have. If you are a subscriber and your daily dose of NW Edible stops appearing in your email box or your reader, please tell me.
Thanks you guys, I’m looking forward to unveiling the new site next week. Wish me luck, and have a great weekend!