Blog Update: Simplicity
Tagged: hacking news thoughts
I just finished reworking the front-end of my blog. The generator behind it is still the same–wintersun.
So I asked myself, What is the function of my blog? How well does it perform that function? Can I make it better and is there some prior art in this domain?
I want my blog to present my writing. It needs to be readable. It looks alright, but looking at prior art, it can be better.
Prior art that inspired me: - Firefox's "reader mode": dark text on bright background. - Pocket: dark text on bright background. - Dead-tree and electronic books: dark text on bright background.
It's as if there's a pattern there ;).
So I: - chucked highlight.js. The few short snippets of code I share on my blog don't benefit much from the 44kb (!) of js. - chucked the fancier css effects like hover-animations and text-shadows. Now it's just #222 text on a #fffafa background. - chucked the orange-gray colorscheme. I can always add it back in later. - chucked columns. Can't get simpler than one column (oh, and it looks great on mobile browsers now).
What's left is a collection of documents with hyperlinks. There's almost no cruft getting in the reader's way now, I hope.