I am very particular in composing the content of the posts (and pages) on this blog. By content, I mean what I literally put in the post/page while editing – text, image, HTML etc. I like to keep the content extremely clean and avoid polluting with HTML like I had to earlier (on blogger.com). With the content polluted, it is a terrible pain when migrating blogs and/or rendering the posts flawless and consistent across browsers. Blogger is notorious in that aspect.
To have an unobtrusive reading experience, one that requires undivided attention from the reader, the content presentation has to be simple and clean. Markdown has been a big step not only for me but for any content publisher out there. It is a shame that WordPress wasn’t proactive in adopting markdown, and still has not made markdown composing first class citizen. Check out ghost.
A blog theme is another important facet of the reading experience. With so many themes out there, a lot of them offer nothing but clutter with weird line spacing, asymmetric font sizes and sidebars and so on making it all the more difficult for the reader to indulge in a reading experience. Even themes that are targeted for photo blogs don’t push the envelope that well. I must say that the Quintus theme has served me well in that regard all this time; so has McKinley theme that powers my photo blog.
I haven’t changed the theme, widgets, the blog tagline (debugging technique), wouldn’t be incorrect to say, since I migrated my blog to WordPress. Just like fashion, web page presentation styles change over time. I like to have keep it simpler and cleaner as ever.
Sporting a new look
As you can see, I have changed my theme to Twenty Fifteen. I rank it best amongst its sibling themes 2.
I have removed most of the sidebar widgets except the links to articles. I think it enhances the reading experience. I would love to have a auto-collapse sidebar. Since I run on free version of WordPress, I have to live with the static sidebar although the Twenty Fifteen team/designer could make the sidebar width configurable. 😀
I was (and always will be) in complete love with the previous blog tagline.
Another effective debugging technique is to explain your code to someone else. This will often cause you to explain the bug to yourself. Sometimes it takes no more than a few sentences, followed by an embarrassed Never mind. I see what’s wrong. Sorry to bother you. This works remarkably well; you can even use non-programmers as listeners - From the book The Practice of Programming by Brian W Kernighan and Rob Pike
At the time I started blogging, it conveyed what I wanted to convey through my blog. Then, I came across this excellent quote by John D. Cook, which I totally fell in love with. I don't think I am going to change again anytime soon.
The romantic image of an über-programmer is someone who fires up Emacs, types like a machine gun, and delivers a flawless final product from scratch. A more accurate image would be someone who stares quietly into space for a few minutes and then says Hmm. I think I’ve seen something like this before - John D. Cook.
I mardown-ed some of the older posts and pages cleaning up all the ugly HTML mess. You can see that the pages are cleaner after marking-down.
Let me know how do you like the new look. Suggestions are welcome.
Copy of the post on blogger.com at the time of leaving: My experience with blogspot has not been pleasant so far. I have found the interface and the final page rendered broken many times. If I write just paragraphs of text, maybe that works fine. But in a technical blog where there is code and links and various other formats, blogspot fails miserably. I find the themes and other user interface oriented stuff within blogger crappy. Yes, you can edit the template but neither do I have the time nor interest in that. Google should have improved blogger to really compete with other platforms - WordPress, Ghost etc. Blogspot, obviously, is not of high interest for Google. Overall, I am not happy with the product. I will be (have already!) no more writing here on this blog. Will be continue to post at http://vivekragunathan.wordpress.com. See you there! ↩︎