As you may have seen throughout yesterday evening, I’ve been working on transitioning the Veg Blog to a new design that’s been in the works for months. Everything is pretty much taken care of, though there are a few small changes I’ll be continuing to work on in the coming weeks.
Here’s a quick overview of what’s changed:
- Upgraded to Movable Type 3.x. This went surprisingly well, though I’m sure there will be a few little bugs here and there related to commenting. I’ll work them out with time. In addition, some commenting policies may change (in particular, related to older entries). Spammers and trolls will hopefully become a thing of the past.
- Added a sideblog for capturing of small news items throughout the day with little or no commentary. These links are stored remotely thanks to the wonderful del.icio.us service and are rolled into the main RSS feed. And that brings me to…
- Offloaded the RSS/Atom feed to FeedBurner. Not only does it roll the sideblog links into the main blog, but it also automatically serves up the right feed for your reader. Good stuff! (And, oh yeah, the feed now serves up full posts.)
- Moved recipes out of MT. The recipe section used to be a separate blog, but now it’s running in a separate database with a proprietary script I wrote and adapted for this site. You can still comment on recipes (though old comments are gone… there weren’t very many) and you can also rate recipes. There’s one new one in there, too.
- Trimmed things down. The Cookbook Capsule Reviews are gone. I wasn’t keeping them updated and, really, that stuff should be going into the “Books” category of the main blog. The “classifications” section is now gone as well, though I’ll likely be moving that to the “features” section or as an entry in the main blog.
- Updated the “About” page. I’m vegan now and have updated the about page to reflect this change and also give a new angle to my own vegetarianism and the site’s focus and direction. I may tweak this a little more this week.
- Updated the “Resources” section. It’s much more complete and useful now. This section will be continually revisited and updated to serve as a good launching point for anyone getting started with meat-free living.
I’m excited about these changes and what they mean for the site. The Veg Blog is the one site I run that I really want to pick up the pace on more than any other. So look around and please let me know what you think! I look forward to your feedback.