The new design has landed

Welcome to my new website. After a lot of work, I’m finally up and running with the new design. I’ve still got to do a few tweaks, like uploading a new photo on the home page, but it’s more or less done.

In the new design, I’ve dedicated the front page to explaining who I am to people who don’t know me, so the blog now appears on a separate page. If you rely on a bookmark, please update it to http://andrewblackman.net/blog. Things like RSS feeds and email subscriptions won’t be affected, of course.

I’ve simplified the structure and removed a lot of sidebars and options, so some of the old pages don’t have a home. If you really want to read an alphabetical list of all the books I’ve reviewed on this site, you can still find it here, but there’s no menu option for it. I think it was always more of an outlet for my inner librarian than a particularly useful feature anyway.

I’ve also tried to make the site more friendly to those of you using tablets and mobiles, and just easier to read in general, because I’m planning to write slightly longer, essay-type posts sometimes. If you notice anything that looks odd or that isn’t working properly, please either leave a comment here or send me an email, and I’ll do my best to fix it!

 

20 Comments

  1. Sandra Sealy 7 Feb 2015 at 2:03 am

    Warm congrats from #Barbados Andrew!
    You’re inspiring. Hope to follow your journey at the right time. 🙂

    1. Andrew Blackman - Site Author 12 Feb 2015 at 7:14 pm

      Thanks so much, Sandra! Ah, I miss Barbados. Really appreciate the comment and the kind words 🙂

  2. Delia (Postcards from Asia) 7 Feb 2015 at 9:41 am

    Hi Andrew,
    I like the new look – simple and easy to navigate, the most important things for me when reading online. Looking forward to those “slightly longer, essay-type posts”.

    1. Andrew Blackman - Site Author 12 Feb 2015 at 7:15 pm

      Thanks Delia, that’s good to hear! Yes, I’m looking forward to writing them—just got to find the time… 😉

  3. Brian Joseph 7 Feb 2015 at 8:20 pm

    Looks really good Andrew. It is very clean and uncluttered.

    I also am looking forward to your future entries.

    1. Andrew Blackman - Site Author 12 Feb 2015 at 7:16 pm

      Thanks Brian! That was the aim, so I’m glad it’s how you experience it. Always good to hear from you.

  4. Marita 8 Feb 2015 at 12:34 am

    Nice one Andrew – I love the new look. Hope your writing is going well. Marita

    1. Andrew Blackman - Site Author 12 Feb 2015 at 7:17 pm

      Thanks Marita! Yes, it’s going well, thanks. How is yours going? And do you think you might get back to blogging, or have you stopped? I always enjoyed your entries, but I know it can be a lot of work to keep it up!

  5. Vishy 8 Feb 2015 at 5:44 am

    The new design looks like, Andrew! Congratulations! Looking forward to reading your posts and thoughts this year – especially your essay-length posts 🙂

    1. Andrew Blackman - Site Author 12 Feb 2015 at 7:18 pm

      I appreciate it, Vishy! Have been wanting to write some longer stuff, but I know it can be hard for people to read longer stuff online—I struggle with it myself. So am trying to get the balance right. I’ve got a backlog of book reviews to get through in the meantime!

  6. Jennifer Grahame 8 Feb 2015 at 2:04 pm

    Congrats Andrew. Loving the new site. Having mixed feelings about your changing your picture. I fell in love with the old one.

    1. Andrew Blackman - Site Author 12 Feb 2015 at 7:19 pm

      Thanks Jennifer! Hope you’ll like the new one too. I want something that blends in a bit more with the design of the site, maybe a transparent background. We’ll see 🙂 Glad you like the new site.

  7. Alice 8 Feb 2015 at 5:11 pm

    Love the new design, Andrew!

    1. Andrew Blackman - Site Author 12 Feb 2015 at 7:20 pm

      Thanks Alice! Feels really good to get all these positive comments after all those hours of work 🙂 Much appreciated.

  8. Jackie Cangro 15 Feb 2015 at 2:19 pm

    Love the new look. It’s very clean and straightforward. I updated my site about a year ago so I can appreciate how much work goes into an overhaul like this. I clicked through a few of the navigation links and everything is working. I’m looking forward to reading future posts.

    1. Andrew Blackman - Site Author 19 Feb 2015 at 7:05 pm

      Thanks, Jackie! Much appreciated. Yes, it’s a lot of work—I think I’ll leave it alone for a while now 🙂

  9. Charlie 17 Feb 2015 at 11:34 am

    Very nice!

    1. Andrew Blackman - Site Author 19 Feb 2015 at 7:05 pm

      Thanks Charlie! Good to hear from you 🙂

  10. Emma 20 Jul 2015 at 8:49 pm

    Hi Andrew,

    I like the new look. It’s as sober as a book cover by Gallimard. Classy.

    Emma

    1. Andrew Blackman - Site Author 25 Aug 2015 at 7:08 pm

      Wow, that’s a wonderful compliment, Emma. Merci beaucoup!