Mid-week Update

I had a few things I wanted to mention and separate posts about each didn't seem warranted so here it is:

3 days left!

The SXSW 2007 Interactive Pass Contest was off to a strong start with a bunch of really good entries. It should be fun coming up with a winner. My wife will be assisting in the judging so who knows what direction the final results will lean towards! Remember, the deadline is this Friday night at midnight and I'll announce the winner on Monday morning.

Design Updates

It's been a couple months with the new design and I'm still really happy with it. I've been tweaking things from time to time but I feel like I've got a solid base to build off of. No major changes planned at this point.

Things that have changed since the Reboot:

  • tweaked the typography; I set everything to a vertical rhythm, at least for the article. Plus, I went with Georgia for headings which just felt more comfortable than using Arial.
  • added the view all comments feature; I've already talked about that.
  • the category now appears under the article title.
  • added a Linked Up feature which allows me to associate links with a page without disturbing the feed. Handy for Digg and Delicious links but I'm also using them for related links like Amazon links for book reviews. I like it because I can add them after an article has gone live without it appearing as unread or updated to feed subscribers.
  • added advertising. I actually had someone compliment me on how well they were integrated. It was nice to hear that.


Just kidding! You've no doubt left your delurking comments elsewhere so don't worry about coming out of the closet here. This is apparently a full delurking week, though. Who knew? If you do feel obliged to delurk anyways, feel free to share with everybody a little bit about yourself and what you do.


I've begun getting some basic ideas together on what to do for a podcast, getting closer to actually getting something off the ground. My question to you is, what would you like to hear in such a podcast? Keep in mind that my intention is to keep them under 15 minutes. If I do interviews, for example, they'll likely be a more succint and/or edited to keep the pace up.

Coming up

I still have plenty of things in the queue to post about. If you have anything you'd like to see, let me know.

Published January 09, 2007
Categorized as Other
Short URL: https://snook.ca/s/749


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Binny V A said on January 09, 2007

So, is this a Delurking post or not? If it is, this is a copy-paste from my other delurking comments...

I am Binny - Web Developer on the Lamp(P being PHP) Platform based at India.

I read this blog for JavaScript articles - but the CakePHP articles are also appreciated.

Great design, by the way.

Ryan said on January 09, 2007

What the heck, I'll delurk.

I'm Ryan, an online newspaper worker bee. I read as much about Web design as I can get my eyes on, as long as my eyes like what they see.

I'm subscribed to this feed, prolly because I spotted more than one post that seemed useful and/or amusing. I like learning about typography, so maybe that was it.

Chris Huff said on January 10, 2007

What the heck, I'll delurk again. I don't think I've ever really introduced myself before though, so here goes.

I'm Chris Huff. Web design has been a hobby of mine for a long long time. I do a little freelance here and there, but mostly only when I get a little free time (what's that?!).

Nate K said on January 10, 2007

Hi everyone, my name is Nate, and I am addicted to commenting on blogs.

There, are you happy now? he.

Nate, Web Developer working for a Book Publisher, read this blog because I enjoy the innovative and useful posts regarding cakePHP, JS, and CSS, and I think you should continue what you are doing now.

Jakob Heuser said on January 11, 2007

I think I've delurked, but only on occasion, and certainly never formally. I'm Jakob Heuser, a PHP developer for Gaia Interactive, the company behind the website Gaia Online. I read snook.ca for the really good pieces on JavaScript and to get a fresh perspective on PHP development solutions, such as practical implementations of CakePHP.

In the realm of podcasting, I'd love to hear things that are in line with your blog. JavaScript applications (or challenges) framework discussion, and the occasional interview.

Kilian Valkhof said on January 11, 2007

the new typography is very good looking, Richard Rutter is a genius. the georgia allcaps looks very good too. Glad to see you're making your website even better :)

the advertisements are really tasteful :)

Brian G said on January 11, 2007

Delurking - I'm Brian Garside, the former web guru behind TSN.ca, currently employed by InfoTech.com. I'm a part time comics pimp (I run All New Comics, which is Canada's largest online comics retailer), web developer, and web evangelist.

I've been reading Jonathan's Digital Web Magazine articles for a while, and he emailed me in August 2005 after we relaunched TSN.ca with a couple of really valuable hints and tricks to make the site validate.

Fredrik Wärnsberg said on January 11, 2007

I noticed that you changed the vertical rhythm for your articles a while ago. They're so much easier on the eye while reading now, well done!

Dan said on January 12, 2007


I'm Daniel VanMilligan, web developer for Flex360.com based out of Little Rock, Arkansas. I think I found this site a year or two ago while learning javascript. I couldn't help but love the different site designs/layouts here.

Sorry, comments are closed for this post. If you have any further questions or comments, feel free to send them to me directly.