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.

19 Comments 26 September 2011 Reply

Outstanding, Iain.
Crisp, clean, uncluttered. Allows a reader to focus on what is really important.

George 26 September 2011 Reply

Thank you George. That was very much the plan and your support is appreciated, as always. 27 September 2011 Reply

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. 🙂 27 September 2011 Reply

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 😉 27 September 2011 Reply

Been reading for a while. First comment to say it’s a big improvement. 27 September 2011 Reply

Thanks Daniel – and welcome to the comments sections! 27 September 2011 Reply

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. 27 September 2011 Reply

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! 27 September 2011 Reply

Very nice! Definitely does it for me – well done. 29 September 2011 Reply

I now can READ TEXT on your site. This rocks. 29 September 2011 Reply

Ha! Yes, this is something of an added benefit. 30 September 2011 Reply

Looks great. I have to confess – I never liked the monsters. They were too cheery for me, and your message was always more serious than that.
But then again – I like serious. And waves. Thanks! 30 September 2011 Reply

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. 19 October 2011 Reply

If you wrote an article about life we’d all reach enlihgnetment. 11 October 2011 Reply

Hi Iain,I like it!
Congratulations, as it requires courage to change the image that radically.
Teresa 11 October 2011 Reply

Thank you! And yes, it did take a bit of dutch courage to take the plunge.

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