I have changed the look of and some of the underlying architecture supporting my blog. I had my reasons.
I was motivated to do this for a number of reasons but primarily I wanted to rationalise Home Pages and consolidate the domain – http://www.billmitchell.org – in the one place so that it is simultaneously my home page and blog address. That forced me to reconsider the code architecture that supported both the home page and blog.
I decided that this was the best option for me in terms of functionality and ease of maintenance.
My new blog (and home page) theme is one I constructed from a combination of the WordPress Twenty Ten theme and the yet to be released Twenty Eleven theme (coming in June 2011 I think). I then modified a lot of the styling and added several new functions. It makes the blog more functional in terms of editing and presentation etc. It is also a better code base on which to introduce new features such as reviewable comments etc. It is also more compliant with different browsers although IE still tries to run its own show in defiance of accepted Internet standards.
The header image for the blog is an Australian native tree – Callistemon formosus (aka Kingaroy Bottlebrush) which is found in all tropical and sub-tropical (frost-free areas) on the east coast of Australia. It grows to about 3 metres and has lemon-coloured flowering spikes (that look like bottle brushes) all year round. It is one of thousands of beautiful Australian native trees. More information on the Callistemon variety and all other varieties of our beautiful fauna is available from the Australian National Botanical Gardens.
Any comments welcome and appreciated. I will not, however, be easily persuaded to go back to my old theme which was robust and functional but built on a limited code base with minimal support for new functions.
I particularly would like to know if the new theme has introduced any new browsing problems for readers. I will fix them as soon as I know about them.