As I mentioned last time I wrote on this subject, I’ve been debating whether or not to take part in the May 1 CSS Reboot. Last night while waiting for something to upload, I cracked open my most recent PSD of the homepage layout, dated October 16, 2005. Roughly two-and-a-half hours later, I had made a fair bit of progress and was feeling good about where it seems to be going. I immediately made my way over to the CSS Reboot site and signed up. You see, if I don’t have a deadline, I don’t get shit done. And hey, the November 1 CSS Reboot helped me roll this bad boy out, so let’s see how May 1 does for my personal domain.

Wondering what I have in store? Me too! To be honest, I’m not entirely sure just yet. I have a lot of ideas and a to-do list a few dozen items long. The majority of my time spent last night was on content positioning for the homepage. Something I’ve been meaning to get to for a couple months now. Shifting focus and experimenting with size and colour. I’ve already increased the contrast a bit by brightening the colours (believe it or not).

One idea I’ve been toying with that I’d like to get some feedback on is how I present reviews. I’m stoked on the layout I have for game reviews now, but I’m thinking more along the lines of actually separating reviews from regular blog posts and making them their own entity. Basically, I put a lot of work into them. The video footage takes quite a while to capture, edit and encode. And I usually spend a good hour to hour-and-a-half writing the review itself. For this reason alone, I like to keep them on the homepage a little longer than I would a straight up, off-the-top-of-my-head post. To counter this, I’ve also considered introducing asides. But then again, since my sidebar is fairly lengthy on post pages, I’m almost bound to writing decent length entries. I also realize that I have swayed way over in the direction of gaming more than anything else, especially over the past couple months. For this reason, I’d like to get more ‘off-topic’ entries flowing and was thinking asides could do the trick here as well.

I posted a little teaser in the CSS Reboot Flickr pool last night. Things are getting interesting up in there! Also, skim through the Rebooters list (which is nearing 1000!) and I’m sure you’ll see some familiar names.

Oh, I almost forgot! Things are going very well on the FeedIcons.com front. We have two more developers on board now and we’re working on some pretty awesome stuff! Clay Loveless of Feedster/Killersoft/Pearified volunteered his services as well as ColourMod‘s Stephen Hallgren. I’ve come pretty close to wrapping up the design and the backend stuff has been moving along in tandem, so things are looking good and I’m pretty confident that we’ll hit the May 1 deadline. Right – I entered FeedIcons.com in the CSS Reboot as well. Did I forget to mention that? 😛

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Well first, good luck in the CSS Reboot. It will undoubtedly turn out great.

Second, I really like the review format, and love reading the reviews even though I will probably never own many of the games. The work you put into the review is definitely appreciated. The video content is the best part. I’d say keep it as is.

Third, I wouldn’t worry about your game-related articles too much. It’s part of where you made your fame, but I wouldn’t let that dictate the content of your post’s too much. Just write what you want to write.

Fourth, good luck with feedicons. I hope it works out well for not only you, but the entire community.

I almost can’t believe you have decided to reboot, but at the same time I’m psyched to see what ideas you’ve had floating around. As far as the notion of creating more of a separation between the game reviews and blog posts, I say go for it. Your reviews are very well done and deserve their own space. On the same token, however, your other various posts shouldn’t be put on a back burner. Regardless, I leave the burden of a final decision on your shoulders (haha) and look forward to seeing the outcome.

Cant wait to see what you come up with Matt. I noticed on your Flickr that you are working the Feed site. Congrats on the success with that project.

I’m looking forward to seeing the outcome both here and at feedicons.com. I saw your teasers on Flickr can’t can’t wait to see what you’re working on!

Sweet Matt. I had eveery intent on being part of the reboot butI just started the process of purchasing a home and will be tied up for the next few weeks dealing with that.

Greetings from Finland! You have such a great website! I love it! You are genious and only eight years older than me. I hope that I’ll be that good in the future.

Matt, I’m not a gamer but I like reading and love watching your game reviews. (In fact they’ve inspired me to buy a console in the near future.) And your idea of having a separate section for these posts is, in my opinion, a mint thought.

Maybe not to everyone’s tastes but if each review is neatly stored in one place, it would make it ideal for those who want to check out a number of games quickly and efficiently – as opposed to trawling through your archives and post categories to find each one. Believe me, I’ve done it. 🙂

I also think it would give your blog (yet another) unique selling point. It’s different, unique and after all, people read your blog for (I’m guessing) three reasons:

Your design skills

Your game reviews

Your opinion

Why not store them separately for quick reference?

You could even offer three different feeds:

One for posts

One for reviews

One for post/reviews

Hmm. After writing that, not sure if that would be a good idea or not?

Anyway, you asked for feedback so I thought I’d chime in with my 2. 😉

Hey, thanks for all the feedback and your opinions. Since you all probably spend more time looking at and using my site than I do, I want to make sure that what I’m doing is in my readers’ best interest.

I did a little more work on the site last night and am really happy with the changes I made. I reorganized the header and tightened it all up. Came up with a new navigation and ditched the About blurb all together. It’s looking pretty good so far.

@Stephen: Good suggestion on the separate feeds. I had actually thought of that myself but am still unsure about it.

Nice one Matt, see you on May the 1st for some Reboot action, I am looking forward to it and I am of similar thinking… Enter so you actually give yourself a deadline for doing your own site, otherwise it is tinker here and a tweak there…

Good luck although you won’t need it 😉

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