7 Minute Miles

7 Minute Miles Turns Five

Posted Tuesday, March 29th, 2011 07:09 pm GMT -5 in Housekeeping, Longform, Personal

The oldest post on 7 Minute Miles was written five years ago tomorrow. I’ll skip the usual “time flies” references and all that – just glad to still be around to publish anything…

A lot has changed in my life during this timeframe, but the look of this site has not. I was kicking around the idea that I should write a new theme and incorporate all of the new features that WordPress has added over the years, but I’m both lazy and a slow learner. In the end, I decided to mostly keep things the way they’ve been, but did tidy up the joint a little:

  • Added new background image
  • De-cluttered the title bar and re-named some links
  • Modified the color scheme a bit and cleaned up the style sheet
  • Removed the sidebar and created a new sub-footer section
  • New social media and contact buttons in the sub-footer
  • Moved the bucket list items to the footer area
  • Upgraded the photo gallery to the latest version
  • De-activated and removed unused plugins (and added some new ones)
  • Adding a new running log section (not quite ready yet)
  • Re-writing the about section and merging it with the old bio and fetish sections (in progress)

I’ve been thinking a lot about how personal web sites fit in with the current social media landscape and decided I’ll keep this site as my online home base and have Twitter continue to feed the home page with short updates. When I do write the occasional longer post here, Twitter and Facebook will announce those posts automatically. And I still like the concept of owning the box (and the contents) and not worrying about the (sometimes) arbitrary policy changes of other companies. Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn all serve various purposes for me, though, so they will continue to stay in the picture (despite my occasional idiot freakouts).

A few stats as of today: 919 posts, 95 pages, 182 approved comments (78,255 blocked spam comments), 39,194 unique visitors in 2010 (who viewed 400,295 pages).

Originally published by DK on March 29, 2011 at 7:09 pm

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