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Redesigned... At Last!

Posted Wednesday, February 16, 2005 11:22:45 AM by jojo


Funny how it is always your own site that gets neglected, I've been meaning to redesign mine for quite some time.

Today I finally managed to complete the job, and it all went live. The site is loosely based around the Paris JumpStart with one or two additions built into the CSS.

If you want to take a look you can find it here, Advanced CSS Training. The JumpStarts make this kind of thing very easy, you can quickly add in a few extra bits to personalise the design and the structure is easily tweaked. If you have any of the JumpStarts you've customised then post a link to them here and let's see what you've been up to.

Category tags: This and That

Self-Important Bloggers Conquer the World

Posted Wednesday, February 16, 2005 5:35:09 AM by Kim

Uh-oh. Another major disturbance in the blogoshpere this week. This time the political bloggers of the world are all a twitter over the resignation of Eason Jordan at CNN.

Who cares? And maybe more importantly, does it matter in the least? I'm sure it matters to Mr. Jordan, and to the White House staffer who lost his job, and maybe even to Dan Rather, but for the average person of the world it matters not a whit.

I don't read politcal blogs for the same reason I don't listen to talk radio or watch Fox News. Too many self-important people blathering on about themselves and how important they are. "Have you heard/seen/read what I had to say about this topic? I was right. You were wrong. Blather, blather, blather." It's tiresome and boring after a while, and it may well be that this type of self-congraulatory attitude will lead to the ultimate demise of the politi-bloggers of the world.

Right now it's news because the people who write the news are paying attention, but for the average person in the world this blogging "phenomenom" means absolutley zero. Being a Famous Blogger is roughly akin to being a Famous Philatelist. Sure, it's a big deal in your own small circle, and blogs allow people to widen that circle in new ways, but the impact on the larger population of people is minimal.

Test this for yourself. Ask someone who is fairly web-literate if they read blogs regularly. (Sorry, you're reading this so you're automatically disqualified.) I did this last week in the course I teach at the community college to folks who are, or want to be, web designers. They looked at me like there was broccoli growing out of my ears. "Blogs? Whazzat?" Blogs are not on their radar, nor do they take the time to investigate how they could be useful or even entertaining. I get the same reaction at work from the highly techie people that I work with.

To me blogging is about finding information that I find useful and working on my own writing skills. My most frequent blogging is done at my BrainFrieze blog as a hobby. I do it because I enjoy writing and reading what other people have to say. Sure, it's a kick when someone in South Korea picks up on something that you write and comments on it in their blog, but I write for myself first and foremost. Doing it in public just makes it a little more rewarding.

So, my advice to the bloggers out there waiting to write the next big story or move the world. Get over yourselves. Enjoy and use blogs for what they are--a great way to stay tuned in to topics of interest to you and to have a chuckle now and then. But remember that the percentage of the population that is paying attention to you is pretty miniscule and is likely to remain so for the near future.

Category tags: Blogs and Blogging