The New Face of

If you are reading this post that means you are now looking at the brand-new version of! This is the fourth version of my blog since its inception in October of 2007! A lot of the changes made in v2 were driven by – you – my readers! As a blogger I am forever grateful for all of my incredible readers – without you this blog would not exist. As such it is your comments that have driven the new features in this update of my blog.

So what’s new here? First and foremost I have made my blog much easier to navigate. Now that I have over three-hundred articles I have received an overwhelming number of requests to make it even easier to access all of the past content that I’ve written. You will now see the easy to access Category Navigation at the top and with you on every page. This means that you can read my current articles or quickly dig-into your favorite category and read-away!

Next I’ve added a “Popular Articles” section directly on the main page. This will help you navigate some of my most popular articles right-away. Heck if everyone liked the article there has to be something that made it interesting…right?

Search! Yes – you can finally search my blog, just scroll-down to find my brand-new search box. You can now search every single article I’ve ever written by simply entering your search terms into the box on the sidebar.

Advertisers delight! I have added a 468×60 ad slot at the top of my blog as well as made my 128×128 banner ad slots MUCH more visible. Remember, advertising is how this blog makes money and I don’t use any Google Adsense or other PPC – only valued sponsors are allowed on my site. With over 11,000 pageviews in August this is a great time to advertise on

Last, but certainly not least – this blog has not been hacked! That’s right, this is all clean, header-spam free code. Hopefully my blog will regain its search engine rankings now that the offending code is nowhere to be found. I have added some serious security provisions to this version and will detail the changes I made in future posts.

Let me know what you think of the new design! Like it? Hate it? Share your opinion and let your voice be heard. As you know I publish just about everything and will continue to do it because this blog is made for you!

As always thanks for reading and making my blog what it is today!

{ 10 comments… add one }

  • TeenDomainer September 18, 2009, 8:22 pm

    The new site looks great! Nice job getting it up so quickly after the hack

  • Jamie Zoch September 18, 2009, 10:18 pm

    Love it. Very clean and easy to read. I am a big fan of a wide text area as well. That is one thing my old theme had and my new one does not.

  • Ross September 19, 2009, 2:23 am

    I dont like it, a mix between chef’s and elliots would get the gold medal.

    • mlinton September 19, 2009, 11:28 am

      Thanks for the feedback Ross – what specifically would you change? Always looking for ways to improve the blog 🙂

  • Donald September 19, 2009, 5:09 am

    I love it. I am always one of your biggest fans.

    • mlinton September 19, 2009, 11:28 am

      Thanks Donald!

  • Celso September 19, 2009, 8:53 am

    Awesome clean redesign. Although if I were to advertise on your blog, I would want a spot directly below the category menu above the post as it is a spot that hits the readers eyes immediately. It also has good visibility when browsing on mobile devices even when the visitor zooms in to read the post.
    I really enjoy your blog. Keep up the good work!

  • Ross September 19, 2009, 5:17 pm

    Hi Morgan,

    1) The main thing is: I like the box shape themes that other sites use, with an alternative colored background. Makes you focus more on the text/ adverts. Could have a dark grey background with black cell borders which would fit in with the page menu, cell space of 2 or 3. Then where the advert column is on the right hand side highlight this area with a light grey.

    2) I would have the page menu aligned to the left not the right. I would also increase the font of the page menu to 12 px . (Not too sure about the black background either. Takes too much of your attention away with the current design. 2a) add the search function on the right hand side. (maybe add your twitter and rss icons up there too)

    3) I would change your h1 font type to veranda or san-serif.

    4) Where the black space bar is under your categories on the front page, I would add space for two companies to advertise, which would also be there when a visitor would click on a post.

    5) I would move your rss and twitter icon, either move it down the page and move your adverts up, this would give more respect to your advertisers. Or resize it and add it up to the page menu.

    6) Also improve your comments widget in the side menu to add the actual comment to it. Could make two vertical columns and run the blog roll and comments side by side.

    7) Also an email an subscription on the top right. Maybe

    8) I would also make the posts more narrow, I think overall readers prefer it to a wide one. Wide post can make it look longer, narrow posts the reader starts and gets sucked in even if the post is the same length.

    9) Larger font as well for the post make it easier to read. 14 pxt

    10) In between your blog post and the two columns of adverts you could add a vertical row of your recent video posts that you have done.

    Think I have had too much coffee 🙂

    • mlinton September 19, 2009, 5:20 pm

      Thanks Ross!! Great feedback and definitely gives me some excellent ideas of how to further improve the layout!

  • Chef Patrick September 19, 2009, 7:22 pm

    I think Ross gave you some great feedback.

    Two things I would add to his list.
    -Make sure to ad back the social bookmarking tools. Without them you are making it harder for your readers to re-post your articles. This will reduce your traffic.
    -The right side is longer than your content side when visiting the home page. I would either go back to full posts showing or allow for the last 15-20 articles instead of 10 to keep the left side longer.

    We’ll talk more on the phone 🙂


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