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Short Circuit Ally Sheedy Mark Mushakian

Since I started this site o’mine, we’ve gone through a number of changes.  At first I wrote my blogs out manually, each on their own hand-coded HTML pages, with a forum for leaving comments.  Then I employed a commenting system to replace the forum.  I followed that with a switch to full-fledged blogging software, but the changes kept coming.  I’ve designed and redesigned my menus, altered how I address site news, tried new features that didn’t last, and on and on.  Every change has been in the interest of improvement, though.  Change isn’t always for the better, and sometimes these new ideas fell through, but I’m always interested in finding the best ways to do things around here.  Which brings us to today…

Due to some technical things I won’t go into here (more for the sake of brevity than any type of secrecy), I’m looking to make a new change.  A BIG new change.  What kind of change?  Well, for starters, these “technical things” I’m referring to involve me switching to an entirely different blog system.  Fret not… posts won’t be lost, all of your witty comments from the past will be transferred, but it’s going to be a lot of work for me.  While I’m at it, though, I’m going to make a fresh start.  This site has been running on (basically) its original design, but with the new things that I’ll be able to now easily implement with my new blog software (the lovely WordPress 3.0, for those curious), I’m interested in starting from the ground up.

I know what I’M after, in terms of what I’ll be designing for (more social integration, Flickr and YouTube galleries, “prettier” design, more fun imagery, etc.), as well as new features that I’ll be able to bring about better due to the new design (a podcast, regular media updates other than through my blog, having comments on Facebook copy over to this site, etc.), but since I’m not the only one who visits this site, I’d like to cast the questions your way.

ANY idea is appreciated (besides retracting my opinions on movies, Certain Someone), so I’d love to hear your thoughts!  I’m really interested in bringing more function and visual appeal to this place, but that doesn’t mean that I haven’t put a lot of hard work into what it is right now… so go easy on harassing me for my current design.  Let’s look to the future without mocking the past, shall we?;)

If it’s ideas for layout, comments based on your screen resolution, color combinations that hurt your eyes (yes, I definitely take into account the common complaint of the white text/black background – that’s a high priority, actually), interest in a certain type of content, or whatever – let me know in the comments!  Take a look at this site’s current layout, see what information I’m trying to share (and realize that there is more coming), and let me know what you actually do or don’t care about.  Get as detailed and picky as you like.. I can’t consider changes if I don’t hear about them :).

P.S. – I may be disappearing for a while as I work and test out my new system/design (along with hopefully working, playing Red Dead Redemption, and living life), so don’t expect many more entries here until the new launch.  There is quite a bit of work to be done, and a plethora of new possibilities, so it’ll take some time.

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About Mark Mushakian

Just a man who loves God, women, kids, dogs, movies, and every other lovely thing in life :)
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