Blog Refactoring

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Feb 082012

My blog got quite slow recently, and I think even though the “recently shared” posts generated lots of traffic I didn’t really like them being mixed up with content generated by me. I also got tired of the layout. I haven’t done any recent updates so that was required at some point too and finally… I got incredibly bored in Pforzheim, Germany.

I removed a couple of static pages:

  • As Google has removed the google reader sharing and google+ just made me tired of virtual social networks I moved the Just Read tab into old stuff.
  • Husband has now multiple blogs and I guess people should follow him directly.

I removed other page integrations

  • I removed all the share and social network stuff. If you like my post and want to share it just copy the URL. Main reasons for that decision is site performance and the unlikelihood of re-sharing of already shared content.
  • Sadly I haven’t earned anything on flattr. So the default donation button remains on the main page, but the article specific buttons are now gone.
  • I removed the collection of shared items – my foot prints if you recall. With google reader gone and me not using twitter anymore it’s less likely that there is any interesting stuff on it, and sharing my foursquare logs etc does only do a little stuff. With all the call back links there was a bit of traffic and loads of spam. For now I have hidden all these posts, I might delete them one day forever. I might have messed up my timeline / feed though as my filter wasn’t correct initially.

Other changes

  • I removed a few plugins and polished some other things in the back end to improve the performance of my blog.
  • I added a new theme with a more lean layout.

Guess what, more is up to come.

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Feb 062012
  1. Prime directive: Make Mr Tang happy.
  2. Get a house and build a home for The Tangs. We actually started it. Today we lost our favorite house in a bidding war. That quite hurts, especially as I had the extensions and garden architecture scoped out in my mind already. We are bidding now on another house and I guess Jim doesn’t like it as much anymore because I considered the hillside yard to be an interesting location to build a bunker.
  3. Answer private mails. I skipped all the online social network broadcasting and replaced them with real people contacts, however I still suck at answering mails from people that matter.
  4. Live healthy. Less restaurant food during work trips, less pub o’clock till Ian o’clock and beyond on Fridays, less red meat, more naturally riped fruits and vegetables and lots of fibers. Also, I need to get rid of my recently discovered liking for Butler’s chocolate. Do more exercises, at least 30 min walk a day.
  5. Spend less, save more. Do something to cover my pension. Husband’s b-day words are unforgotten: “16 more years and you’ll be 50.” When did I age that much… I felt I was 20-something. Now I need to take care of future me to save her from the streets, evil offspring and public social care for elderly people. 
  6. Throw *the* 60th and 70th birthday party for my parents :)
  7. Re-factor my blog. It’s a mess, I admit. Also, write more articles. I guess, with the next weeks in lovely suburbian Bristol, beautiful Birmingham and some random London suburb I will have lots of time for it.

I guess (1) is the most difficult, (2) is commit goal for The Tangs, (3) takes most time, (4) has it’s 20th anniversary on this list, (5) continues from the past 2 years, (6) is already in progress, (7) will most likely be actually done by end of this year.

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Apr 282011

As WordPress 3.1 supports excluding categories from the feed I wonder if anyone of you would be interested to have the weekly aggregation of feeds about shared / happened / twittered / foursquared items excluded from the feed. Just ping on twitter / via mail or comment if you want to keep or exclude this.


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Jul 132010

For those who remember: in about 2001 I registered my first own domain for my third private web site: The first one I remember was on Lycos (no link as they died and just the name remained).

Embarrassingly has the history of between 2001 and 2004. Back in the late 1990s / early 2000s it was all about self coded stuff. So I had as first site in plain HTML, later a bit more advanced using CSS and colors. Back in these days there was no WYSIWYG; template frameworks were just in an early stage. SelfHTML has been my source of knowledge ever since. Later I used templates maintained with a tool – basically a text editor with some scripts (don’t remember the name). I played a short while with self hacked php pages which I maintained with Dreamweaver 4.0 templates.

… and got annoyed of all the stupid efforts, especially as it got more and more painful to do all the different
browser support. Eventually I grew up and decided to care for content, not for the code behind. I started with the Serendipity blog system for a while. It was good for the beginning, but the upgrade process was painful (manual!), there weren’t as many plugins available and I don’t even remember about themes and what management tools were like. I am quite sure they improved a lot in the past 5 years, but I am fan-boy of another blog system. As thoms kept trying convincing me that WordPress is the blog software, I installed it in the mid 2000s and I am happy since.

Unfortunately I decided to change my hoster at some point and so my precious domain got another (evil) hoster who didn’t get it managed to release the domain since about 3 years ago. I frequently checked if I eventually can take it again and now – almost exactly 3 years later is mine again. Hurray!

This was the original welcome site i designed. I even created the image myself with a tool I completely forgot and skills I unfortunately have lost.

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Jul 132010

I just read an excellent article about WordPress security [german]. It also linked to this article [english] which gives a pretty good summary of what an admin should (could) do.

I double checked and installed a few plugins:

I have also installed HTML tidy as Firefox addon to verify the resulting HTML pages.

A quick check this morning got me a thumbs-up; everything is fine. Hurray!

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