Updating the Blog (again)

Thursday, June 21, 2007 | 02:52 PM

Yeah, its about that time: We will be updating the blog design to add some functionality over the next few weeks.

The following are the latest additions to my Blog-Tool-Wish-List:

1. Print functionality:  Typepad has created some advanced scripting tools that will allow just the post, and not all the extra graphics/headers/junk to be printed.  A popular request from many of you.

2. Hide Email Address for Comments: Another occasional request -- and I am sure the source of many garbage email addresses. This was a less requested, but nonetheless ardent request demand.

3. Advertising: You folks have pretty much convinced me to do so. All I request of advertisiers are these 3 rules: 1) No pop ups, 2) no blinking/flashing/dancing junk, 3) no porn.

I expect to start running Blog Ads and Google AdSense. If anyone has any other advertising suggestions, I am all ears.

A few people have privately suggested sponsor ads. For suitable sponsors, I would expect that to make a lot of sense.

4. If I can, I'll remove the link to Google in the Big Picture search box (yeah, I keep accidentally clicking it also!)

5. I want to tighten up the sidebar headers to each section – I am going to move a lot of the content to “Pages,” a new feature of typepad. The sidebars will be less cluttered

6. Changing the indent color to #000066 -- Yeah, the bright blue was tough on my eyes also.

7. Add a few "subscribe" features: Posts, Feedburner, etc.


Any other ideas, suggestions, structural changes? Something I should add/substract/modify?

Feel free to use the comments below to let your ideas fly!

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You may want to rethink 3.2 (no blinking/flashing/dancing junk). Think of all the mortgage ad revenue you'll be losing!

As far as additional advertising, might I suggest:


Not for the blog but might help ease the pain of the new house. Love the blog and keep up the great work!

Posted by: Tim Abbott | Jun 20, 2007 10:58:49 PM

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