I have finished updating the format of The Curt Jester
It had been over three years since I last updated the version of Movable Type which is the publishing system I use to maintain this blog. In the meantime since my last update Movable Type has gone open source and through many changes and real improvements.
I started fresh with the blog templates and did a lot of modifications to give me both a feel for my old layout and updating the style of it at the same time. I don’t know how non-geeks update blog templates because it can be challenging for someone such as myself who makes his living coding. Though I certainly appreciate the power of Movable Types layout and I have really separated parts of the blog into separate widgets to make it much easier to maintain, such as my blogroll for example.
Since I had been using Movable Type for over five years there were aspects of it that were rather dated. For example the main feed use to be in the older RDF format. I know have Atom and RSS feeds that show the whole post, those with the older one will need to subscribe to the new ones. Another change is that the blog is now published dynamically instead of creating static web pages. After close to six years of blogging I was eating a lot of server space with various archives. My blog host was kind enough to up the limit each time I ran out of room, but it is better just to serve web pages dynamically. The links to blog posts have changed also. Before they were just a number like 9687.html. Now they use the post title in the url. So old links to individual posts no longer work. Annoying, but an needed change I should have done a long time ago.
One thing that is really annoying is those of you reading my blog through just a blog aggregator. I spent countless hours in the dungeons of CSS code programming only for you to view my blog in an aggregator with no formatting. But then again I read blogs through just an aggregator so hardly see the efforts of people when they have redesigned their blog, unless I go to their site to comment. In fact I have become an RSS bigot. If some internet blog or news site doesn’t have a feed I pretty much never visit it again.
Anyway I hope you like the new format and if you are reading this via an aggregator, never mind.