Blog Housekeeping – nothing to see here
Oh hi there. It seems you have snuck onto the blog right as I was doing some minor maintenance. The code above is a “technorati claim code”, which is something I need to put into the MMM RSS feed so that the obscure “technorati” service will recognize this blog as belonging to me. Why do I care about this? I don’t, really, it’s just one of those things website owners do to ensure the tentacles of the world wide web properly embrace your blog and you appear a bit higher on the various lists of “top 100 personal finance blogs”.
In other news, we fancied up the the typography on this site a little bit last night. It was formerly using the default “Helvetica” font for article bodies, but that’s an old Sans Serif font that looked a little bit cheap to me. I was quite fond of the font my Internet friend Sean uses on his stylish and intelligent Renewable Wealth blog, so I asked him last night what it was called, and he replied immediately with the secret code. “Georgia”. So that’s what you’re reading right now. When I see my words printed in this font, they are much closer to the way I imagine them in my head, so I think that’s an improvement.
Finally, we added a neat automatic forum snapshot tool in the right sidebar. It takes the five latest forum posts, and tantalizes you with their titles. If you hover your mouse pointer over the title, a little preview of the text pops up. This should encourage future readers to head over to check out the action-packed forum even after the forum announcement is long gone from this front page.
Blog writing is an interesting challenge, because you must always write for your dearest friends, the people who have been reading for many months or even since the beginning. You don’t want to bore them with endless repetition of things you’ve already said (unless you’re Dave Ramsey). But at the same time, 40% of the readers are brand new with every month due to the “everything is always subject to exponential growth” nature of the Internet. So you have to simultaneously write everything with new readers in mind. It is probably a good form of exercise for the mind.
Have a great Thursday. It’s a beautiful sunny day here in Colorado, so I’m attempting to make it a computer-and-phone-free day. Obviously I have failed, but it’s only 10AM so there is much time outdoors to be salvaged!
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