Where do I start? The past few days have been incredible around these parts! I joined the CSS Reboot back in August mainly to motivate myself to actually do something with this site and to get my portfolio online (which is on the way). When mid-October rolled around and I was still working on the design, I considered backing out. I had already done tons of planning and research and had some new tricks up my sleeve that I was dying to try out, so I stuck it out – worked many late nights and through weekends and pulled it off. Apparently , it was well worth the effort as I’ve received tons of recognition from design showcase sites (links below) and fellow bloggers. And also tons of awesome feedback from visitors. I thank you all for your kind words and gestures. I truly was not expecting any of this.
Since the Reboot, I’ve made some changes around here. Mostly fine-tuning, but I’ve also added some things that weren’t there initially.
As you may have noticed, Gravatars appeared on comments shortly after the launch. I had full intentions of having Gravatars on comments from the get-go, but it seems they’ve been having server troubles over the past few weeks and I wasn’t able to access their site when I needed to. I really like how Gravatars instantly add personality to comments and give the site a better sense of community.
To be honest, I hadn’t given doc type a second thought. I for whatever reason, always stick to XHTML 1.0 Transitional. I will admit, this is mostly just ‘big cock syndrome’ in geek form. I was checking out Vladimir’s Reboot when I noticed it was Strict. I made a crack about being “merely transitional” which lead to me running my site through the validator as Strict for shits and giggles. Only 2 negligible errors… on the homepage at least. After about half an hour I had the whole site (with the exception of a few comments – Vladimir, of all people! ;-)) validating as Strict. Oh, and the About page cause I use an iframe, but that’ll be gone soon. That was a quick and dirty implementation as the clock was ticking.
I’ve seen some interesting referrals showing up in my stats. Message board topics discussing techniques I’ve implemented here and wondering what WordPress plugins I’m running – that sort of thing. Some of which could be figured out by simply viewing the source, but I’ve decided to share the wealth and will be posting a ‘dissection’ of my site including all the plugins I’m running and links to various sources of influence and inspiration.
Speaking of inspiration, be sure to drop by the CSS Reboot site to check out the near 400 brand spankin’ new sites!
- CSS Beauty
- CSS Mania (you’ll have to dig for it)
- CSS Thesis
- CSS Vault
- Design Shack
- Web Standards Awards
And a few sites where you can cast a vote or rank my site…
- CSS Reboot
- CSS Thesis
- Dark Eye