Oh rly? Looks like it. This anniversary marks me being inactive on my very own site for roughly one year now. Incredible.
On a more productive note, I have added a del.icio.us tagcloud to the sidebar on the right. Clicking one of the tags will take you to a list of my del.icio.us links filed under that tag. I’m aware of the fact that social bookmarking is totally 2007, but I wanted one of those fancy tagclouds for a long time, just never got ’round to actually implementing it. Don’t blame me too much though, I have a lot to catch up on.
As usual with these webdesign related things, I ended up tweaking my stylesheets for more than two hours straight, just to get some margins right. Doh!
I have revamped the page design (again), removing the bright red and toxic green (don’t ask if you haven’t seen it, be happy), fixed some smaller bugs and updated a little content in the “Projects”, “About” and “Contact” sections. If you like (or dislike) the site design, feel free to comment on it.
After one week of working on several drafts, I decided it was time for a release of version 0.1. I wont give this release a full version number (e.g. 1.0) yet because there is still lots of fine tuning needed.
I started off with a simple HTML layout based on CSS. Like many others (I presume) I had only worked with tables for designing layouts, so CSS was a real revelation. I’ll never go back to using tables, really. After the first few days decided I wanted a more dynamic content management system, which pure HTML can’t offer (at least not when I code it). I chose WordPress for that. I lost about a day trying to work out its structure, mainly by reverse engineering the default theme and heavily modifying it to suit my needs. I never worked with PHP before and knew nothing about it so this proved to be quite a challenge – but I’m happy with the results so far.
The graphics have gone through three major overhauls during this one week, the current version is what I finally came up with today. I might change it again though, depending on wether or not I can still bear to watch it tomorrow.
For the next update I’m gonna try to get the structure of the subcategories sorted, along with uploading some content. I’m still not perfectly happy with using HTML for those pages – it’s not very convenient to update and I’m not sure if I want to go through that every time something changes in those categories. Other fixes will involve a consistent hyperlink design, some changes in font size here and there and maybe a restructuring of the sidebar.
Thanks go out to Mr. Fukai for advising me of the possibilities inherent in CSS, to the Lavazza coffee company for helping to keep me awake, and to my sweet girlfriend for reminding me of the fact that humans need to sleep in order to keep up the creative flow. 😉
I’ve returned to Hamburg on october 15th, and even though there are some more pictures I haven’t posted yet but consider worth it, I haven’t had any free time on my hands to edit them properly for uploading. I might do so in the future, or I might not, but until further notice I’ll discontinue the work on this blog.
I’ve very much enjoyed doing it, and the website will definitely stay up for longer, so everyone to whom I give it’s URL has a chance of reading it and viewing the pictures.
Update 2012/04/01 14:03: This closes the series of posts migrated from the old Japan Blog.