I haven't written in awhile, so I thought I'd just kind of ramble and see where my mind goes.
Lately, I've been working on a new layout for ILoveMyJournal, as well as quite a few structural changes. The desire to make this site better came when my little bro. wrote a pretty personal and inspiring entry, and about the same time, my posted wedding video got quite a few comments. I'm not sure if that makes any sense at all, but I don't really care right now.
I just want this site to be the best it can be, and over the year its been up (has it already been a year?), I've noticed quite a few areas where it could use a bit of work.
Here's a quick screenshot of the new site's main page. The design is quite drastically different, and there are a load of new features which the current home-page doesn't have.
Some of the obvious features added are the 5-star rating system, the home-page search (which returns results in 3 areas immediately available on the home page: newest posts, highest rated posts, and most viewed posts), home-page pagination, which allows you to view all of the public posts page-by-page, and a vertical tag-cloud. I've never found tag clouds to be easy to read, so I did the whole "getting bigger with more posts
" thing, but kept it vertical. I hope people like it.
I've also re-done the "write" page, making it a bit easier to write your entry... Here's a shot of me writing this post:
So, there ya have it. I'm working on this site like crazy (between 6 - 10 hours per day), and I've almost got it functional. There's so much I want to do with it, it's frustrating to have these cool features and enhancements and not be able to put it live yet. Ah well.. What do they always say about patience? *grin*
Ummm.... Work is going really good, even though I got wrote up for hardly working. hehe... I talked with my boss and we've got a plan going that'll keep me in my seat more. I just like living life a bit too much, and it's hard to live it behind a computer 8 hours a day. Ah well.. I found out my boss really does appreciate my work, though, and that's good.
My kids are healthy and happy. My wife is getting more and more beautiful, and my Mustang GT is still the shiz-nigget.
So, anyway... Keep the faith, ya'll, and let me know what you think of the screenshots. Personally, I can't wait to get it all live.