Hope you've enjoyed your Labor Day weekend. I've spent much of it completing a redesign of Gruntled Employees and its sister blog The Client Revolution. For those of you who read this blog through an RSS reader or email feed, you can take a look at it here.
Much of the changes are cosmetic. The basic blog design has been in place for nearly four years (later this month) here at Gruntled, and coming up on two years over at Revolution. Like many blog designs from 2006, these two became cluttered with too many sidebar elements, internal references, blogrolls, and widgets. Quite frankly, I'd gotten a little tired of looking at it all.
The redesign goes for a much more streamlined and clean look, similar to my firm's website (coincidentally last redesigned in 2006). This should allow the content to take on more prominence than before. Photos and other artwork will become more rare; I usually take too much time hunting down the "perfect" pic. Also, for the first time, the blogs now use real fonts, hosted by TypeKit. This one is called FF Dagny Web Pro, and it's a nice upgrade from Arial and Trebuchet.
Let me know what you think of the new look in the comments below, or give it a "Like" if you do. (Facebook doesn't seem to have a "Meh" button.)
Cosmetics aside, I'm also changing my approach to the posts themselves, trying to focus on more, shorter posts. My tendency is to post longish articles, which naturally take longer to write (and read). Shorter, targeted posts should also make it easier to write with greater frequency, something I've found difficult while running a law firm and raising two kids. Heck, even the ABA Journal gave me a hard time about infequent posts when it named this blog to its Top 100 list. Ouch.
I've started using the simple-but-brilliant Markdown language developed by my favorite Apple blogger, John Gruber of Daring Fireball. It allows me to write nearly everything on the iPad using SimpleNote.
I want to try to get more discussion going, too, so I've disabled the comment-moderation feature. I've heard that removing this barrier will let readers feel more free to share. Of course, I'll still be removing any spam or inappropriate comments, so it shouldn't become too much of a free-for-all.
Lastly, and most importantly, I'm aiming for a more-unified theme in my blogs, my firm's website, my law business, and my nascent consulting practice. They all share the same goal: to make clients' lives easier by reinventing the business of law. Ideally, making these minor social-media changes will help me do a better job of helping you.
OK, this has felt like a fairly self-indulgent post. If you've read to this point, thanks, and sorry. If you're one of the hardy souls who reads both blogs, please ignore the almost-identical post over at Client Revolution.
But do tell me what you think of the redesign. I value your feedback, and I thank you for continuing to join this conversation.