I’ve gone magazine

I’ve rolled out some changes to my blog– I’m using a “magazine” format now.

What do you think?

Do I look good in this blog? (I think makes me look taller.)

If you’re subscribing to my RSS feed, things should look pretty much the same. But I’d love it if you clicked through and told me what you think of the new format.

Why the change?

I’d like to post more frequently, including shorter posts with bits of information: the new format will help support that by displaying more posts on the page.

I am my blog

The more time I spent writing about technology, the more I feel like I come through on my blog as who I am. After a couple of years writing this, blogging is part of my life and I would miss it if I stopped. It’s gotten to the point where I sometimes like to buy my blog presents and dress it up in new clothes. At least I haven’t tried to take it to dinner yet.

Why blog?

Barry Ritholltz wrote down what he thinks are good reasons to blog. All ten of those good reasons resonate with me– so here’s to blogs, mine and yours.

“If my doctor told me I had only six minutes to live, I wouldn’t brood. I’d type a little faster.” …Isaac Asimov

Update: I’m still really pleased with the magazine format on the Woo Canvas theme a few weeks later. There was only one thing that bothered me– the theme showed all excerpts, and I wanted to show full posts for the 4 most recent posts. Found the resolution in the forums:

Open template-magazine.php and change line 64

<!--?php the_excerpt(); ?--> 

to

<!--?php the_content(); ?--> 

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About Kendra Little

Kendra specializes in high availability and performance tuning. She is a Microsoft Certified Master in SQL Server-- the highest technical SQL Server Certification available. Kendra loves databases and software development more than long walks on the beach. Those cartoons in her blog posts? She draws 'em all. You should follow Kendra on Twitter: http://twitter.com/kendra_little

8 Responses to “I’ve gone magazine”

  1. Michael J Swart March 19, 2011 at 4:20 pm #

    Very slick! and good job.
    If you’re going to spending some time here, it makes sense to gussy up the place a bit. Also good advice for home and work.

    (“Gussy” Where did that come from?)

    • Kendra Little March 22, 2011 at 8:19 am #

      I need to gussy my blog up with another poster or two. Thanks for the compliment!

  2. Bek March 19, 2011 at 4:43 pm #

    It’s clean, very readable, and the layout is efficient and functional. I dig it!

    Oh yeah, I caught your session earlier this week, which rocked, and how I found your blog and why I’m here now (well at least via RSS). Hi! :-)

  3. Joe Sack March 20, 2011 at 8:18 am #

    I really like the new format, Kendra. Gives me blog template envy.

    • Kendra Little March 22, 2011 at 8:16 am #

      Don’t worry– I have book envy for you, so you’re still easily in the lead.

  4. Matt Velic March 21, 2011 at 5:30 am #

    Nice. I’m thinking of changing it up again soon. I just can’t seem to find one I’m completely happy with. I really like the landing page on this theme with the changing light box. Woo Themes does a great job.

  5. Brent Ozar March 21, 2011 at 9:16 am #

    The magazine format only works well for people who have visual content – and that, ma’am, is right up your alley. Most of us technical bloggers who try to pull it off end up looking bad, but it looks great for you. Nice!

  6. Bill Graziano March 21, 2011 at 8:09 pm #

    Looks great!

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