This is something I've been meaning to do for a quite a while now but time hasn't really permitted. Over the last two or three weeks though I've (literally) been cleaning house as I've been getting ready to sell it. Maybe that was inspiration to clean my blog house, do some tidying up, rearranging and additional decorating.
No., I'm not selling cubikmusik.
who'd buy it? :)
First things first is that you may see that my category cloud has been dramatically reduced in size. Needless to say when you have 'Drum and Bass" , "Drum n' Bass" and "Drum 'n' Bass" listed there is something wrong!
When you're writing and building a blog its easy to get caught up in adding categories to try and describe what you're talking about but I think that I need to be able to keep my categories reasonably focused. We'll see!
Another change has been the colours. In all honesty, when we did the redesign earlier last year I was very happy with how it looked. The colours were appealing but after a while they became a bit too much on the eyes. The black is certainly darker but I think it helps to bring out whats on the page more. Foreground is important while background should only compliment rather then overpower the foreground.
I've also started to try and post pictures in more of my posts. A number of reasons behind this.
-Its looks nice when you have pictures.
-When Hype Machine lists posts and you have a picture its included in the post and therefore is probably more appealing than the default that is assigned. See here:
- I wanted to have a more visual representation of what I write about here. Yes, its pretty much all about music in various shapes and sizes but music is also represented through visuals and so the far right column is set up to show that. This column displays my 'posts in pics' and you can click on a photo to bring you to its associated post.
-Lastly, and this isn't foremost in my thoughts, but it would certainly be a good benefit if readers were more likely to explore other posts through visuals rather than post names. I know I do.
There's a slight price to pay with regard to page load speed but thanks to the wonder of analytics I know that approx. 90% of ya'll are on cable, DSL or faster (a whopping 9% of you are checking cubikmusik out in work on your T1 lines so thats a good thing for you but a bad thing for your boss!).
So, thats it. All and any feedback (good or bad) is most welcome. There may be more changes over the coming days so if you drop by a lot, or not a lot, feel free to tell me what you'd like to see each time or what you're tired of seeing.
With that, I've decided on "Drum 'n' Bass" so here's some top sounds from Tokyo on Hospital Records.
(Update Feb. 5th: lower bitrate file added at request of label).
Buy: Direct from label