Saturday, October 14, 2006

Grand Theft Blogstuff

Astute Ricardiblog readers (and there are only about two of you; you know who you are) will notice that I've just made some incremental 'improvements' to the sidebar.

Ok, ok, put the polygraph away. I admit it. I stole all of these ideas from Zoe's blog.

First thing: a Feedblitz email feed. God knows if it works. I guess I'll find out soon enough, as it seems to have signed me up to my own email, a situation which is bound to result in some kind of paradox eventually. If any of you are brave enough to try it out and let me know if it works, please go right ahead. As it's based on the underlying Blogger-powered Atom XML, I have my doubts. If anybody wants to try out the Atom feed itself, I'd also be interested to know if it works. I'd test it myself but I don't have a clue how.

Second thing: the Feedblitz chicklet whatsit that tells the whole world how few people are subscribed. God knows if that works either. Currently reading 'one', which I presume is me. I'll be watching it, you know.

Third thing: a Google-powered site search, courtesy of Javascript Kit. It actually does appear to work.

Now all I need to do is develop some design sense and a few more html chops, and maybe I can get this place looking a bit more elegant... like by coming up with a nice header banner, something in the manner of Dooce's stuff, perhaps (but not derivative or ripped off, oh no, not at all; and certainly not quite as pink as her current one).


In other news, there's some different new stuff on Flickr, including this very old watercolour:

and this almost-as-old photograph of Paris in the evening:

plus some other really crappy vintage 'artwork'. Go on, go and criticize. My Flickr comments are getting a bit stagnant.


zoe said...

i'm glad to have been of use, r'pus. it's good to sign up to the feedblitz email thingy yourself as that way you can tell if it's working or not.

they're nice guys over there, too.

good luck with the design - never an easy thing.

Anna said...

I saw the pictures on Flickr the other day--they're nice!

If you need a new design for your blog, I would be happy to help. I code for fun : )

Ricardipus said...

Zoe - ta. It does seem to be working. This stuff is all black magic and voodoo to me, so every little success is, well, a success.

Anna - ta also. I may take you up on that...

WV is 'cputoy', which is just too appropriate.