Posted on September 27, 2005 at 12:44 AM
You may not have noticed, but I've made a few minor adjustments concerning the archives of this blog. Since I've never had a section to categorize my posts or a search feature to help the reader find old posts, I thought I would create an archive page that lists chronologically each post all the way down to my very first post. You'll find the archive link on the right sidebar.
Each post listed on the archive page displays the date in which the post was published, how many comments were left, and the total number of words contained within each post. Now I know you've got nothing better to do with your time and are dying to bust out the calculator and add them all up. But I'll save you the trouble. This blog is currently just over 30,000 words and counting.
I also compacted the monthly archives into a drop down menu to minimize the amount of space it takes up on the page. I've always felt having posts grouped into monthly archives was a bit of a waste, since the page for each month tends to stretch pretty far down the page. So for now the monthly archives will remain, thanks to it's new and improved smaller footprint.
Cosmetically the page still looks the same, though sometime by the end of this year I will have designed an entire new look for this site. I've always been somewhat pleased with the way the site looks, it's just that the entire site was designed in a 4 hour time period (from 12am - 4am on January 28th, 2005) just minutes before I submitted my first post. The new redesign will incorporate a look that will hopefully improve readability by utilizing a better color scheme, eye pleasing typography, and a more functional layout.
The redesign will also coincide with this blog moving to a new web host. My current host fatcow has been sufficient up to this point, but I need a host that allows more control over how the site functions. I also find Fatcow's stats to be somewhat lacking as I routinely have to download my log files in order to properly analyze the traffic for this site. I found that Media Temple offers exactly what I'm looking for and am pleased to announce it will soon be the new home of JoeSchmidt.com.
Though don't feel bad fatcow. "It's not you, it's me". Really.