Welcome To The New MorganLinton.com

Hello and welcome to the brand-new MorganLinton.com! This change has been a long time coming and given that my life completely changes in October, I wanted to make sure that my blog changed with it.

This particular redesign has been in the works for some time and has been influenced by some of the top bloggers on the planet. Making a change like this has very little to do with writing code or tweaking configuration settings and a lot more to do with user experience. I have had some great feedback over the years on how I could improve my blog and a lot of this feedback has made it into the new version. Below is a summary of the main changes I made:

  • Focus On Content Not Ads. I put a lot of time into writing great content for this blog, at the same time I have a lot of great sponsors, many who have stuck with me for 3+ years. My goal with this next version was to balance the ads and content better on the site. On October 1st all animated ads will be replaced with static ads so it’s only getting better. At the same time I plan on writing more posts about my sponsors, what they do, how I use them, and some sweet special offers for all of you.
  • Better Mobile Experience. More and more of my audience is now reading MorganLinton.com on a mobile device, however my blog didn’t look very good on mobile. The new theme that I am using is optimized for mobile so my blog will look just as sharp on a 27″ Apple Cinema Display (my personal favorite) all the way down to an iPhone.
  • Simplified Header. My header was too busy, took up too much space, and focused on the wrong things. Looking at some of my favorite blogs like Chris Dixon and Fred Wilson I decided to simplify my header and reduce the amount of scrolling my readers have to do in order to access the content.
  • A Big Photo Of Me. Two version ago my blog had a huge image of me, I had a lot of positive feedback on this, heck this is MorganLinton.com let’s show a nice picture of me! So I decided to add this back but now have it on the sidebar rather than in the header so once again, you can get to the content as quickly as possible.

I hope you like the new changes, as always I’d love to hear your feedback on what you like, don’t like, and especially cool ideas you have for the next version!

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  • Cate Colgan September 4, 2012, 10:14 am

    Looks great Morgan – love ur pic but would love a pic of you with your arms not folded – why you might ask? – because you are an “open” kind of guy 🙂

    I have a suggestion for Fashion Metric logo if you want to hear fyi 🙂

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  • Muzi Mohale September 4, 2012, 10:38 am

    about your logo i would remove the ‘M’ so you’ve only the RED ‘m’ since you’ve duplicated them currently.

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  • Mr.T September 4, 2012, 10:42 am

    Love the template, love the “less is more” design but the ads really break this one. I know the ads bring in the money, but as a designer/dev, I hate to see the entire sidebar go to waste 🙂

    And why are you not on G+? 😉

    Keep up the great job, Morgan!

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  • Gene September 4, 2012, 10:46 am

    Looks sleek and minimalist.

    I definitely agree with Muzi about the logo. Logos that duplicate the first letter of the site name, and are located to the left of that name, aren’t processed by the brain very quickly. Consider shifting the image somewhere else so that it doesn’t look like “m Morg…”

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  • Connie Harter September 4, 2012, 10:55 am

    Love it all. You look on top of the world! Congratulations on your new marriage and your new career path. You still have a few flashing things on the screen, but they now on the right side and below the content area. I can read your content without distractions. Thanks Morgan.

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  • Joe September 4, 2012, 11:25 am

    Congrats on the redesign and glad you’ve followed my advice on turning off anti-aliasing.

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  • Morgan September 4, 2012, 11:45 am

    @Cate – great feedback, might be time for another photo shoot! And of course I would LOVE to hear your ideas for the Fashion Metric logo!

    @Muzi – excellent point and you’re now the third person to tell me this so I think it’s a change I will be making today.

    Thanks @Joe!

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  • todd September 4, 2012, 12:01 pm

    Hi Morgan,

    Are you going to put the categories back? I still think your name needs to stand out more and the red M logo reminds of the .Me logo. Looking good though.

    Todd

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  • Mark September 4, 2012, 12:02 pm

    Hi Morgan:

    Great new design. Thank you for losing the animated ads.

    I look forward to reading the site more often without the distraction.

    Best,
    Mark

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  • Samit September 4, 2012, 12:04 pm

    Wow Morgan, you’ve impressed me with this makeover.

    Clean, simple and easy to read, I love it.

    Cheers!

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  • RH September 4, 2012, 1:19 pm

    I wish you well either way but preferred the old site much better.

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