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How is my site?

Please Excuse the Dust

Just testing out a poll feature I added. Hanging out on a snowy day has encouraged me to add some neat features to the site. I hope you enjoy them, and for now, excuse the dust.

I add ratings to every post. Right now it only shows up when you click on individual posts, but I might put it all on the front page. I’m hoping for more feedback this way, even if it’s not extensive commenting.

I also added a print and email button on each post. Hopefully this will allow folks to spread the good news about posts both online and offline.

I’m considering putting only excerpts of posts on the front page, which would mean more clicking for folks, but faster loading. Don’t know if that’s a good idea or not.


Top Corner Banners

I like the little triangular banners you can put in the top corners of your website and blog. I’ve decided I would start a post collecting those. Since I couldn’t find a lot I’ll start with a couple and encourage people to make more for the websites (particularly humanitarian and non-profits) that you like.

Let’s be advocates through our blogs.

You can read about how to put this banner on your site here.

rightIf you want this banner for your website (and get it to show up for just Internet Explorer users) then check this out.

New Look and new features…

Thanks everyone for taking a minute and filling out the survey. If you haven’t I would really appreciate it if you could.
There will obviously be a few glitches along the way but I wanted to try something different, a little more friendly and readable. Let me know your thoughts. I’ll try and continue to make it as useful as possible, but I didn’t want all the clutter. Let me know if anything about it is distracting also.

One new thing I wanted to point out is that for a limited time I’ve been featuring some quotes on the sidebar (on the left) of the frontpage. The quotes are provided by my brother, Keane, which he posts on a xanga. I’d strongly encourage you to check them out here or subscribe to his blog so you can read them each day. Keane seems to find the most fascinating and awe-inspiring quotes around. You probably would do well to just read Keane’s quotes, rather then spending time reading lot’s of entire books.

Also, like I said I’m no longer posting the daily podcast as a blog post. If you want to get it daily you can come to the frontpage of the blog and listen there. Or you can subscribe or visit My Odeo Podcast. I hope you keep listening and let me know if we need a forum for discussion on the podcast posts. Right now I’ve started a “Why?” series on the podcast trying to discuss my own answers as to “Why” I do certain things, from where I choose to live, to what I eat, to why I ride that funky bike. Let me know if you have any other why questions for me.

More writing to come, I just need some motivation…

ideas keep me up at night

So, sometimes I have an idea and I can write it down and forget about it. Other times it keeps me up and so antsy I get kicked out of bed (actually encouraged lovingly to pursue my ideas; I love my wife). But sometimes I don’t know when to stop.

I had this idea to make a digg like site for articles and sites about fair trade and conscience consumerism. It seems like it would be a great way to keep things up-to-date and find relavent articles that suit people’s interest. So I found a clone of digg and tried to upload it. Turns out I can’t in a subdirectory so I went searching for a free webhost with mySql. No luck with that so two hours later I’m still where I started.

The idea still stands, but I’m going to have to wait till they update the web code before I can do it. Stay tuned.

Bigger is better

For those who don’t know I currently have all entries on this website reposted onto a xanga.com account. There are a couple of reasons for this, the main one being that I have a LOT of friends that use Xanga and this makes it much easier for them to read my writings. Second, this does spread the word and hopefully promote what I write a little bit.

Why the “Bigger is Better” title? Cause I saw flock.com’s start page a while back and they had a big font on it and I really liked it. So, today I decided to make my Xanga like that. Let me know what you think.

[AriahFine’s Xanga]

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