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Everyday I’m Making Stuff

It’s been a while since I’ve posted to this blog, so please don’t mind if I take a paragraph break to blow the dust off the site.

Suffice it to say, it’s been a while. My time was split between Helvetic, and the late We Distinguish. The latter now being put down, I imagine I’ll have some stuff to post here again—not the three posts per week I had been aiming for before, but you know, some stuff.

Actually, this post fits into the category, “some stuff.” Speaking of this post, I should get on with it, shouldn’t I? • • • Read More • • •

Site Design Changes

In order to design a thing well, you have to know what it’s going to be used for. The practice of making generic templates is alright as far as it goes, but for a design to be excellent it needs to be made intentionally for the content.

One thing this implies is that for a website to be well designed at the start, the creator must know what he’s going to do with the website. When I started this website, I honestly wasn’t exactly sure when it would become. I just knew I wanted a place to write.

I actually thought I might be writing a lot of short, 50–100 word posts as commentary on various links. I did this a little at the start, but then tapered off. I also thought my posts would rarely exceed 1,000 words in length. This also proved not to be the case, especially in relation to my Calvinism and the Rest of It series. • • • Read More • • •

Tools I Use: Linode

I host about a dozen websites. Some of these are hosted for friends and a few are hosted for myself. This site and the my podcast website get the most traffic by far and have grown in popularity to the point where they would likely make any shared hosting service rather sluggish.

When I first started making websites, shared hosting was about the only optio. At times of high traffic, even with a reliable host, my sites would often slow to a crawl. I had looked into hosting on a dedicated server, but the cost was far too high. But things have changed in the last ten years. • • • Read More • • •

Slow Posting and Facebook

This week has been devoid of posts primarily because I was visiting family last week and didn’t have time to write. If you like the sort of content that I post and want to continue to read it even when I’m not writing, you may find the And the Rest of It Facebook page helpful, since I often post links to other sites that have similar content. I also do the same thing on my personal Twitter account.

Most of you probably come here through social media, but in case anyone just checks this site on a regular basis or subscribes via RSS, it seemed good to make mention of those alternative feeds here.

Quick New Year’s Website Update

Fun fact: search engines almost entirely ignore the words “and,” “the,” and “of.” They also don’t take to kindly to the word “it.” Why does that matter? Well, it means that “And the Rest of It” is a rather awful website name if my goal is to generate traffic.

Thankfully, that’s not my goal. I write because I love writing and want to improve, not because I want people to read all the wonderful things I have to talk about. I also don’t make any money off of running this website. That said, I’ve been encouraged to give my blog a little more publicity by people who say they’ve found my posts helpful. • • • Read More • • •

November Website Update

I don’t always update this website’s design, but when I do, it’s subtle. Here’s a short list of changes:

  • The navigation menu on desktop and tablet browsers now displays as soon as you load the page. Previously, you needed to click on the “&” sign to make it appear.
  • The navigation menu now includes a “topics” button that takes you to a page with a list of topics and some post series I’ve been writing.
  • I toned down the animations and hover effects in favor of a simpler, smoother website.

If you notice any bugs, please let me know.

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