I decided it was time to update the theme for my blog, so I spent a couple hours with Gimp and W3Schools to create the new design. There may still be some minor bumps in it here and there, I’ll work them out as I go–feel free to comment about any you find and let me know abut them.
I wanted something cleaner, faster, and laid out to focused on displaying the content over every single online haunt that I can be found at like my last theme did. I left icon-links at the top of this new design for my Facebook and Twitter accounts, but I’m pretty sure most visitors didn’t need links to my profiles on MySpace, Flickr, YouTube, LinkedIn, Digg, Orkut and a dozen other places where I might visit once a month now. (If you do need those links, I’ll leave them on the About page of the blog just for you)
With the new theme comes lots less noise, meaning I didn’t need all of the plugins my blog used to have (there were 41 of them suckers active here).
I trimmed that down to about 7 or 8 and deleted the rest. Between the cleaner theme and 30+ fewer plugins, it feels like my blog lost about 50 lbs. of dead weight.
And while I’m at it, I’ve decided to go back through every post I’ve made over the past 5 years, and I’ll be deleting a bunch of those suckers too.
A lot of the stuff I published years ago is very outdated now. Some of it I’ll update and keep if it’s worthy, but much of it is so wrong now that there’s no point in giving it life support, I’m just pulling the plug with it…it’s the more humane thing to do.
Which brings up an interesting question; should bloggers delete old and outdated posts that can’t be revived with an update?
I did some searching to see what others have said about this, and it seems most people agree you shouldn’t do that.
They give reasons that range from SEO purposes to broken links leading to pitch-fork mobs chasing you down after enough of them hit your 404 error pages.
My opinion though, is that if you have a nice and friendly 404 error page, one that apologizes for the missing content and offers suggestions for other content on your blog that may be of interest to the visitor, as well as an easy search function, then that’s far better to give to people than an old post of useless or bad information.
So, if you notice some things missing around here that’s why.