Redesign and Retrospective

It has gone quiet around here, not because I haven’t been doing anything, but rather because I did not feel like spending the time to update the web community about it. In addition I grew a bit tired of focussing on web development related topics outside of work, with this great weather here in California and so much outdoorsy stuff to do. But now, to this post, there are 2 main reasons and themes:

Redesign

If you look at this page in your web browser (and not your favorite RSS reader), you will notice that the design of this very page has changed. I was planning on a redesign for quite a while, but was lacking either motivation or creative inspiration or both at certain times. However, at work I had to just recently dive into all the new technologies that became mainstream in 2010, like HTML5 and CSS3. And finally, I decided, its time to tackle the redesign. So with just a rough idea, and some prototyping, essentially using Firebug, I came up with what you see in your browser. I switched the markup to use HTML5 elements (I still need to verify that I am using them correctly though), use CSS3 for some of the visual effects, and only really care at this point that it looks good in great modern browsers. I will deal with the rest later, or not at all. And that is fine with me. Cause if there is one thing I learned in 2010 is that perfection is something to strive for, but can never be reached. And that it’s ok that some things just don’t work as they would in a perfectly envisioned and engineered world. I would almost argue that imperfection provides the salt in the soup of life…but I am getting ahead of myself here.

I also cut down on some of the features, taking out my portfolio section (which only contained sites that were 3+ years old), took out my resume (instead linking to my profile on LinkedIn), and got rid of some WordPress plugins that either got surpassed by different technologies or just do not provide any value to this site any more. I stripped it down to the things I care about, and nothing else.

Retrospective

On the way to the summit of Mt. WhitneyAs mentioned earlier, one of the reasons you didn’t see any updates in terms of blog posts on this site in 2010 is simple: I just didn’t feel like it. I am not someone who is particular keen on letting the whole world know what is going on in my life, that’s why, if you are looking for me on Facebook or Twitter, that search is futile. I also felt I didn’t really have anything to contribute in terms of web development related topics, as I focussed more on spending time away from my computer outside of work. I decided I would rather enjoy the great outdoors in California on the weekends, than blogging about a new JavaScript pattern. And that pretty much sums it up. Now that might change in 2011, but only in a way that I might shift the focus of topics I write about to things that are not related to HTML, CSS or JavaScript. But who knows what 2011 might bring.

I am writing this blog post from my parents home in Vienna, Austria. I made it through the European winter travel chaos around this Christmas with amazingly only a little more than one hour delay in total, which still stuns me today, as some many people are still trapped at airports all over Europe. It is freezing cold here, but good to be back, relaxing and celebrating Christmas with my family.

And in that spirit, to all of my loyal readers (all 3 of you), I wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!