I'm sure this is already on the docket but some ideas:
I really liked the Archives on the past Tynan site. Reading through all the old posts would be rather difficult in this new setup.
I noticed there's no website URL for commenter's profile now which is how I came across a lot of other interesting people, would be nice to put in.
The singular emphasis on posts on the frontpage is good for existing users but might be off putting for new people. Where's the About? Where's the popular posts? Aka a sidebar.
1. I like the idea of having some sort of archives section. The hard part is figuring out exactly how to implement it and how to make it accessible. I was hoping that the good search and different sort methods would make it unnecessary, but I can also see how it could still be needed.
2. We'll probably make it possible to put a URL in eventually. The user bio section isn't complete yet.
3. I didn't import the about page (oops), but there's a way to do it. For popular posts, just change the sort to "rank". Maybe we need a better word than rank? I really hate the idea of a sidebar, because it limits the width of pictures and videos, and tends to be filled with junk. Also, our top bar replaces some of the more common things that you'd find in a sidebar.
I can see the pros and cons for a side bar. Without the sidebar, there's definitely a larger emphasis on the content which is great for returning visitors as we already read everything on the sidebar anyway. But, for new visitors, I still think an expanding <div> or something on the first page they visit would be good. Maybe, you could detect via cookie if it's a returning visitor or a new visitor (registered acct or not) and only show the extra info to new visitors.
I know when I first visited, it was some random post. And I could of easily left and never came back, but I read the sidebar and then went to your other highlighted posts and then was hooked. The ranking system would make more sense for blogs that started off with SETT but since you've migrated, it's less likely that your older, best posts will get ranked higher than your newer posts. aka, it would be nice if the blog author still had some control over pieces besides posts, some balance between community vs author control.
I must agree with Peter. I came across your site randomly when i was researching for my trip to thailand. And then I got to clicking. Frankly, I find the new setup rather off putting and I dont think I would have become a regular visitor if this was how I originally found it. (I'm having trouble articulating what is off putting and when I can I will let you know.)
But mostly, there is no way for me to easily browse what is available. When I first came to your site I found an article I liked and then noticed many others that were unrelated that also interested me. The search bar is only good if i know what im looking for. But if the top post is about your RV, how am I supposed to assume you also write articles on pickup?
Recently, I wanted to send a friend a link to some older articles I read about your general life philosophy and how you travel. But I wasnt sure what to type in the search bar, and even if there was a 'by rank' option, they might not be the most popular.
Wow, that was a really busy week. I'm not used to being busy at all - back in the day I had all the free time I could possibly imagine. Maybe it's about time to revisit polyphasic sleep? Here are some things that made me busy :
Work, of course. I've been waiting for weeks for a company to send us a new computer for our data center that lets me do fancy things. Last week it seemed like every day was going to be the day that it would be ready, so I would just wait all day for it to be set up. Then there would be some problem, and the process would repeat itself the next day. Finally this week it got all set up, so now I have more to do than I have time for. Yes! I love having things to do. It just so happens that this particular task is really fun too.
My car broke AGAIN. I have a 1994 S600, which is known to be one of the hardest (read : most expensive) cars to maintain. The reason is that it's a V12. Since it's basically two V6 engines stuck together, it also has two of a lot of components. Twice as many things to be broken. It also has a hydraulic suspension, which is what broke on mine. Of course this time I didn't take the car to the dealership.
So, I've been neglecting this blog a little bit. I feel bad, but I've been quite busy. I left June 6th for my cross country trip, and since then I've been in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Bloomfield, New Jersey, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, New York, New York, Columbus, Ohio, Ann Arbor, Michigan, and Chicago, Illinois. Tomorrow I leave for Madison, Wisconsin.
Everyone I've stayed with so far has been awesome, and the people I've met have been awesomer. I haven't, however, had a lot of time. I have a to-do list that's about 37 entries long, and sadly updating my blog is not at the top... For each of the major jams I've been to, I've written a summary and edited together a 3-5 minute video. I've been working on several other really great projects too, and I'll be announcing or releasing those fairly shortly.
I have to go to bed now, I'm totally worn out from Chicago. But long story short: I apologize for not updating more, and I promise I'll be updating more often. Over the next few days I'll be posting links to the videos of the major jams here, so check back often!
If you want to follow my trip more closely, you can check out Where's Zac? on www.AmericanParkour.com. I'm posting my write ups and videos there for the whole Parkour community to see.
For now, the Philly video: