Welcome to the new Newton Poetry

Well, what do you think?

On Friday, after playing around with my WordPress.org download and messing with the theme, I figured, “shit, why not?” I bought hosting space, uploaded my files, and began a weekend-long project to bring the new Newton Poetry live.

Was it easy? In a word: heck no.

Finding my way around FTP (I’m using Fetch), uploading WordPress files, and having to do a reinstall of everything I worked on – including a lengthy XML file upload – all came to a head at about 6 p.m. today, when newtonpoetry.com switched from WordPress.com to a self-hosted site.

I miss some things from WordPress.com already. Most of all, I miss the handy Blog Stats page, with its graph and referrer list. All the YouTube videos I posted had to be re-posted with the embed code. And, you know, free hosting was nice.

But the original Newton Poetry never looked like I wanted it to look. For one, there was too much blue. Two, I dig simplicity. I took notes from the other blogs I visit and built my theme, based on the Infimum theme, around what I like.

Let me know what you think. I know there are a few dedicated readers out there, and I appreciate your thoughtful feedback and support. Is something missing? Is there something you’d like to see me cover (I know, I know – the wifi stuff is on the list)? Drop me a comment and let me know.

A side note: the focus of Newton Poetry will broaden a little bit to include some other Mac- and tech-based stuff I find interesting and want to share. But fear not. The Newton MessagePad will always be the mainstay.

Thanks again, everyone, for all your support. Make yourself at home.

6 comments.

  1. It’s OK, but in Opera 9.21 (well, at least on Windows) the page appears to be like, ten thousand pixels wide, even though there’s nothing that wide.

  2. Yeah, I tend to like a little structure…maybe lines around it to kinda corral it all in?

    I like the favicon though :P

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  4. Thanks for the feedback, gang.

    @Matej – it looks even weirder on my roommates IE5. The fonts are pixelated and yucky. But I tested it on IE7, Firefox, and Safari (including Mobile Safari) and it looks decent.

    @Erik – thanks. I love the fine art of favicons, and mine – naturally – had to be a Newton. One of my earliest revisions had boxes around all the sidebar stuff. Maybe in the future.

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