After many weeks of being away, and pushing more pixels than I can count, Geeky Pleasures is back and quite different. The difference that is immediately noticeable is the theme. The other major difference that is not immediately noticeable is the new format. Another thing that will be changed is the way I share posts, but only slightly. Please indulge me while I explain these changes.
Before I talk about the new theme, I’d like to give a huge kudos to Matt Schubbe (@Sh00bs) for the excellent design job he did on the Geeky Pleasures header. He also designed the new Geeky Pleasures badge which you can see on iTunes and Geeky Pleasures’ Google+ page. He is also the amazing talent who illustrated my newest book, Five Little Zombies And Fred. If you ever find yourself in the need of a designer, I highly recommend Matt.
After spending days looking through a variety of premium WordPress themes, I couldn’t find one with which I was satisfied. So I did what any good nerd would do. I installed a brand new copy of WordPress and designed the theme myself, from scratch. Let me tell you, that was a bit of a challenge.
Because of the all of the changes in themes and plugins over the last three years, and because of the massive amounts of media and posts, it wasn’t a simple task of installing a fresh copy of WordPress, dropping tables, and installing the existing tables. There were bugs in the MySQL databases that caused some major issues when it came time for me to design this theme. So, I opted to export my posts, without the media attached, and import them. Same with the pages. Then, I began designing the theme from there.
The theme is responsive, so it will re-size based on the size of your browser window. If you ever notice that the categories in either menu are not on the same line, that is because you don’t have your browser sized to the full width of the website. As soon as you start to see the grey on either side of the website, you’ll know you are viewing it at full size.
Most of the major media has been re-attached and the majority of the posts will be error free. But, because I’m having to re-attach featured images to each post, it will be a few weeks until Geeky Pleasures is completely finished. At the moment, you won’t notice the missing media until you hit the third main page when you click the “older” button on the different sections. The missing images causes some alignment issues.
If you have’t looked at Geeky Pleasures’ landing page yet, please do so. Those who are long time followers will probably immediately understand why the theme I designed makes me a giddy. The new landing page has half the information than what was on the old site. I opted to only have images on the main page, without any excerpt, because of the new format. Until the site finishes re-caching, load times may be a little bit slow. The 404 page I designed also gives me a chuckle.
I’ve testing the new theme on my iPad 3, iPhone 4, Nexus 7, and Kobo Vox. I have to say, browsing the website on a tablet makes me even more giddy — because LCARS and tablets, DUH!
On the Nexus 7, the mobile version doesn’t seem to load, which is my preference. However, you do have to pinch the screen so that the website will fit within the screen.
On the iPad, iPhone, and other tablets and smartphones, I suggest scrolling down to the very bottom of the page and clicking “View Full Site” before browsing. Unless, of course, you don’t mind the mobile version. Personally, I hate it. But that is me.
The biggest change with the new format is that I’m no longer going to be posting post on a regular schedule.
Long time readers will know that they could expect posts Monday through Friday, every hour, starting at 12 pm PT, with the last post scheduled to go live at 4 pm PT. Once upon a time, scheduling posts made my life easier. Now it doesn’t. It means that I have to remember to go back to the website every hour to tweet the posts and post them to Google Plus. Yes, I know there are tools that can handle that, but I prefer to that by hand and be around for any conversations that may result.
Now, I’m going to post things as they come to my attention, with no schedule. So, as soon as a press release comes in and I have a spare few minutes, it will immediately go live. As soon as something catches my attention and I want to write a post about it, or do a quick little pointer, then I’ll write it and post it immediately. The result could be getting a flurry of updates at once, or hours in between updates. It could also means updates in the middle of the night and weekends, if I feel so inclined.
The only posts that will remain on the same schedule are announcing contest winners and posting the audio for Geeky Pleasures Radio Show interviews.
I’ll still do reviews. I’m going to try my best to resume Geek of the Week. I’ll still share a variety of geeky pleasures, but the length and frequency of these things will be different. I may even start writing some more editorial type posts, something I rarely do here, now that the new makeover gives me the mental permission I needed to do whatever I want. Having a magazine style theme tricked my brain into thinking that things had to be of a certain format for me to allow them here. But having the main page look more like a Pinterest board… Well, at times I find the way my brain works to be fascinating, as I know feel I have some sort of permission that I didn’t have before.
New Sharing Format
Those who are subscribed via RSS will see every thing I share, every where. As part of the new format, anytime I see something on Twitter or my personal Google+ that I feel is worthy enough to either RT or share, I’ll also post it on Geeky Pleasures, the exception being non-geeky news items. Then you will see every thing without having to follow me on another social network. For those who do follow me on Twitter or my personal Google+ and have subscribed via RSS, then you will be less likely to miss things.
As for sharing on Twitter, I’ll only share the posts that are either original to Geeky Pleasures, or are posts of things that I shared on my personal Google+ page.
As for sharing on Geeky Pleasures’ Google+ page, it, too, will be updated with all posts created here.
As for sharing on my personal Google+ page, that will remain only one or two posts a day. For those who have my personal page circled and want to see all the posts, then I suggest circling Geeky Pleasures’ page or subscribing via RSS.
I think that covers the major things. I’m sure I’m missing something, but I think I covered the most important things. Thank you all for your patience during this time. I hope you enjoy the new Geeky Pleasures.