Goodbye sweet monsters

As you might have noticed, Write for Your Life looks a little different. A little less colourful. Barely an illustrated monster in sight.

After much thought, I’ve decided to make the site more about me and less about trying to find an image for posts or entering data into custom fields. I also have many thoughts about blogging that I want to share with you, but that can wait for another time. It’s pretty late, here in the UK.

For now, I hope you like the changes. I must tip my hat in the direction of Stephen Hackett and his what the heck this needs to happen approach to updating a website. And to Shawn Blanc for generally knowing how to organise a link post weblog. Much inspiration.

I’d also like to internet-wave at Joanna Paterson of Confident Writing. It was her recent post on short-form blogging that reminded me: owners of relatively popular websites about writing are perfectly entitled to make changes and be themselves.

Lastly, I would like to thank Matt Pearce and Craig Shaw, two wonderful work colleagues of mine who helped design and build the previous site. What you see now was all done by my own fair hand. Any glitches, please let me know.

  1. I have to admit, I’ll miss the monsters (I kind of liked them…a lot), but the new design is very clean, so I suppose I understand the change.
    Nevertheless, your content is the important part, so I look forward to your future posts even without the monsters. 🙂

    1. I know, I liked the little fellas too, but I felt like the site had become too cluttered and I think a lot of people would come to the site and not even realise there was a person behind it. Also, I write relatively serious literary fiction and I’m not sure that’s what the monsters were conveying!
      All that said, if you check out the pages using the links in the menu, you’ll see they’re not completely gone 😉

  2. Glorious. I think you’ve managed to avoid being generic, which is an achievement.
    One thing: it’s not immediately obvious that the little numbers in circles show the comment count. Perhaps you could add a little pointy tail to give the impression of speech bubbles? It might turn out to look silly in the cold light of day – just an idea.

    1. Cheers!
      I know what you mean about the circles. However, they are done with CSS and to make them in to speech bubbles would require images, and I’d prefer to avoid that. Let’s make a rule though – if three people make the same observation, I’ll get it done!

    1. You know when you’re aware that something is very pretty and well designed, but you’re not sure if it really fits with what you’re doing or if other people really like it, but at the same time you’re really grateful to the people who have kindly given up their time to do it for you?
      Thanks for your support over the last nearly-three years. Always appreciated.

  3. Hi Iain,I like it!
    Congratulations, as it requires courage to change the image that radically.

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