This morning, I launched a few subtle changes to the blog design:
- Bye bye sumo-dude. I took down the little sumo guy on the top right side in the get updates box. The sumo dude was cute, but wasn’t really adding much beyond being a distraction. Almost nobody clicked on his image or listened to the audio message.
- Hello Twitter. Twitter is a micro-blogging platform that is quickly becoming something akin to the blogging world’s after-party. It’s a place where anyone can sign up for a free account in seconds, start interacting with others and posting very short (140 character or less) messages or “tweets.” At first, I didn’t get it, but it’s quickly revealed itself as not only a wonderful source of community, but a great way to connect with people who are often hard to interact with by other means. Twitter provides layers of access.If you’re not on it, go join now. It’s totally free and the conversations are fast, furious and informative. I am spending a lot more time micro-blogging on Twitter and interacting with friends these days, sharing information and cool links and I wanted to integrate those conversations more closely into the blog. So:
- I’ve added a link to my twitter profile where the sumo-dude used to be (top right), so you can click over to my twitter page and see what I am up to. In fact, please go there now. If you are not yet on Twitter, click on the Join Now button (it’ll only take a second and it’s FREE), then go back to my profile page and click on the “follow” link, send me a quick message that lets me know you came from here and I’ll follow you back.
- Recent tweets appear on sidebar. I’ve added a box on the right column showing my recent few tweets (tweets are twitter messages that are 140 characters or less). And…
- I’ve added a “Tweet this” link to the social media links below each post. So, if you like a post, just click that link and you can “tweet” the article onto your twitter page (it shrinks the link using tinyurl automatically).
- No more Ask Jonathan box. It’s not that I don’t want to know what’s on your mind. In fact, I really do, which is why I took down the Ask Jonathan form. Because, 99% of what was coming through was spam and, honestly, I don’t need yet another place to buy viagra, cialis, porn and invest in the business-opp of a lifetime. So, if you’d like to ask me a question to be answered on the blog, either ask it on twitter or just e-mail it to me at jonathan [at] jonathanfields [dot] com.
One last thing, I am wrapping up the book the I’ve been writing over the next few weeks. It’s a great love, but it also takes a huge chunk of time and energy. and, that’s led me to post fewer extensive, resource laden articles and sometimes post less frequently.
I’d rather post a bit less than post just for the sake of posting. The book will be done very soon and I’ll not not only be back to some more in-depth columns, but, as mentioned in an earlier post, I’ll be spinning certain subject areas into their own blog.
More announcements on that in May.
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