I’ve never been happy with the design of this blog – until now.
For the first five years of this blog, I was using Movable Type as the blog software that powered bryanstrawser.com. Once upon a time, I coded a custom template but it was so standards non-compliant it wasn’t even funny. A later attempt to hire a professional designer yielded a design that I was really less than fond of. So it was back to templates for me.
After leaving the blog world for over a year, I relaunched on Memorial Day 2007 using Automattic’s WordPress. I wound up rotating through some different templates before giving up and contacting my good friend Matt Craven to get a design put together on the blog.
The result is this uber-cool design that you see before you.
The picture of me in the header is from my vacation to Bar Harbor, Maine in October 2003. It’s one of my favorite pictures of myself. The picture was taken on the eastern coast of Bar Harbor early on an October morning as the fog was just beginning to burn off… I wrote more about that vacation here, here, and here.
For a very long time, Richard Bach has been one of my favorite authors. Two friends of mine from high school gave me the book Illusions in my junior year.. and it had a profound impact on me. The book has remained one of my favorites ever since…
The quote is but one of the sayings from The Master’s Handbook that Bach’s character is given in the book..
Through Matt, I gave Chris little guidance other than some links to blog designs that I liked alot.. the credit for the creativity, inspiration, and end result is entirely due to his abilities as a designer. I couldn’t be h
Chris also made a slick archives page that is fairly unique in it’s layout and architecture.
For the first time, I wrote a solid About Page – one that I’m pleased with for the time being anyways.
As my career has grown, I’ve also been fortunate enough to be able to speak at some various conferences and the like – where permitted, links to those are on the new presentations page.
All said, I’m very happy with this design. I finally feel like the blog has been brought forward to today’s technology with WordPress and with a design that pops… I’m looking forward to blogging on a more regular basis!