Design changes that is.
The problem for me is with the way things are set up now. I feel compelled to only write articles, and any time that I write something shorter and less important, it pushes the ones that are more important further down the page. So I need to do some reformatting to keep those important articles at the top, while allowing myself the freedom to post more often by not feeling the need to write a full article. The good news is, changing this means I’ll be posting more frequently.
Another issue is the body copy, Palatino doesn’t work well at small sizes, and though most people haven’t complained, I find myself annoyed by it at times lately. The last thing I want to do is be inhibiting the readability of the content; it’s the most important thing! So that will be another focus point for me, as well as making it easier to find and decide upon what content a user wants to read.
Lastly, the markup is a bit ugly, and hardly optimized for SEO, so that’s going to get an upgrade as well.
By ‘self-inflicted’ I do mean it in the wound sense. Deadlines suck, but they do force a result. A problem most of us face when designing for ourselves are the countless iterations we go through, and before you know it, a redesign becomes a months long project just deciding on a particular look and feel. So I’m setting a deadline for myself, April 14th. This also happens to be the date of MinneWebCon, which I’ll be attending.
Two weeks to go; I’m going to need some Red Bull.