Here’s a quick update at the start of the week. Several of you have asked for a more mobile-friendly format, and I’ve released a new version of the theme that should accommodate you. In the process I have also adjusted the layout of the desktop site. But it should look very similar. Please refresh or clear the cache on your browser if it is not displaying properly. This setting is located in the “Preferences” menu on Chrome and Firefox.
Some of you are probably wondering why I keep messing with the theme. I should just focus on creating more and better content. But I enjoy doing both. Each version of this blog is largely coded by hand through trial and error. As I learn more I come up with new ideas to do it better. That’s the same approach I take with my blog posts and travel in general. And I believe that a good presentation makes it easier to learn just as much as the quality of the information.
While I’m very pleased with how the new theme looks on a mobile device, it is still a bit wonky on tablets and when re-sized to a smaller window on desktops. I’m not good with responsive design, but I believe I should have most of these issues ironed out in the next week. I welcome feedback from any of you who will be at the Chicago Seminars this weekend and want to show me what it looks like on your device.
Here are some additional tips:
- Blog posts are listed in chronological order from top to bottom and left to right. The two most recent and the five oldest have a picture and short excerpt. Five in the middle have the title only. The five oldest (with picture and excerpt, at the bottom) do not display on mobile devices in order to save space.
- I have heard from a few people who visit the site once or twice a month and read several posts at once. You’ll notice there are no page numbers on the home page to go back to older posts. However, you can find a month-long archive in the footer. I am working on restoring “next” and “previous” buttons at the bottom of each post.
- You’ll notice there is no search bar at the top of the page. You can use the one in the BoardingArea header and it will search only on this blog. But it doesn’t work on mobile devices. If you are on a mobile device, there is a backup search bar in the footer.
- I am investigating off-line access via apps for iOS and Android but have not made much progress yet. If you know of a good, easy tool please let me know.
- Check out the Instagram feed I added to the sidebar. Although I warn you I’m just as likely to post a picture of a cocktail as I am of an airplane.