February 15, 2007

Latest Improvements

I don’t like writing posts about how Lionel Deimel’s Web Log has changed, but doing so seems necessary every now and then. So, let me explain the latest changes, some of which are obvious and some not. I’ll also use this post as a place to discuss how I view this particular enterprise.

Perhaps most importantly, I have increased the width of posts themselves. The goals in doing so were to make posts easier to read and to put more text on a page when posts are printed, so that we can save a few trees. In the process of making this change, I discovered some inconsistencies in the way pages of the blog were rendered by different browsers. I cannot claim that I have eliminated all inconsistencies, but I think that I have substantially decreased their numbers.

Visitors have probably noticed that my blog does not include a list of recent posts, although a handful of the latest posts are usually displayed. What has not been obvious from the blog itself is that the site map for Lionel Deimel’s Farrago includes a complete chronological list of posts and summaries, color-coded by topic. So this fact will be less of a mystery in the future, I have added a notice about this listing and a link to it in the top left box on all blog pages.

In this same box is a link to Technorati, as well as a Technorati search box. The Technorati search seems to be better than Blogger’s, and it yields only results from my blog. (The search page for Lionel Deimel’s Farrago gives results both for Farrago and Web Log.)

I’m not sure how many Mac users have ever found my blog, as I discovered an error in the code of the navigation buttons that direct people to it from Lionel Deimel’s Farrago. As far as I can determine, only Safari browsers were affected. In any case, I fixed the problem and hope to have more Mac readers in the future.

Finally, I should say a few words about how I use these pages. Lionel Deimel’s Web Log is informed by the same spirit as Lionel Deimel’s Farrago—both are eclectic in their content, both farragoes of stuff. Because of this, I don’t have many regular readers, since I can’t be relied upon to deliver a daily dose of anything in particular. As things have turned out, I seem to write more poetry and commentary on The Episcopal Church than anything else, but even my contributions in these areas are, at best, occasional.

This blog is a place for me to write random thoughts that seem too inconsequential to be essays at Lionel Deimel’s Farrago or, in some cases, seem to be too ephemeral for it. (The latter rationale explains the occasional long, polished essay on a topic of immediate interest that appears here.) I am sometimes interested in addressing a topic, but lack the time or patience to do it justice. I often simply drop these ideas or postpone dealing with them indefinitely. In the future, however, I may write more posts here, with the understanding that calling this a blog will allow me to toss out half-baked ideas now and them without fear of being criticized too vigorously for doing so.

Happy reading!

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