This Site Needs an Enema

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This is the official “please pardon my dust” notice for ShezCrafti.com.

Over the past couple of weeks I’ve been working on sprucing things up around here, now that the site is getting a respectable amount of traffic and I’m no longer just talking to my imaginary friends (you’re still cool though, Zombie Chris Farley and Unicorn Shark).

Here’s what I’ve been doing/plan to be doing to make this place suck a little less:

Implementing a New Comment System

I’ve tried a few different comment system plug-ins over the last month, some you’ve probably been unaware of, to make things easier for you and integrate better with the social platforms you prefer. I think I’ve finally settled on Disqus which is currently in the process of importing all of my blog’s existing comments. I may keep it, I may ditch it and try something else. We’ll see how it goes.

Mobile-friendly Improvements

According to Google Analytics, something like 25-30% of my site traffic is mobile. I haven’t really been going out of my way to make this site more mobile-friendly, but I plan to soon, so you might be seeing some weird things here and there as I try out different themes and options.

Features

In an attempt to make things easier to find, I added a Features link to the main menu, which gives you a page that lists the types of content I do (or plan to do) on a recurring basis. The Features page itself is pretty plain at the moment; I’ll be tending to that soon.

Link Love

My links page has been updated to include some of you cool people in The League, as well as other friends from around the blogosphere. However, I still consider it a work in progress, so if you’re wondering why your site isn’t listed there, it’s probably because I just haven’t gotten around to it yet.

In Search of Better Video Solution

Right now I’m using something called Flowplayer for features like Movie Montage Monday, but honestly, I think it kind of sucks. I’m in search of a better solution for sharing self-hosted videos (i.e. not YouTube or Vimeo). If anyone has any good suggestions, I’m all ears.

Monthly Poll

I added a poll feature to my sidebar which I plan to update on a monthly or bi-monthly basis. It’s just for fun and the questions will pertain to the silly, stupid, and/or pointless things I care about. It’s always amusing to see what types of responses people give to these things.

Search Fixed

For a while my search bar was doing some weird-ass things and returning 404 errors for certain queries. I think I’ve got it straightened out now, and hopefully this will stop happening.

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