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New Site Features: Print & Email Posts, Gravatars

I wanted to take the time to announce some small additional site features I’ve added in the last few weeks. Hopefully they make for a better user experience and I invite you to leave me feedback, either in comments or email, on the changes. I think they’re useful but you might not, please let me know what you think. Also, if there are changes you think would improve your experience here, also please let me know.

No Ads on Homepage

Most of the folks who hit the homepage are regular readers who either haven’t signed up for the free RSS subscription or don’t have access to it at the moment. Research has shown that it’s the search engine visitors who are more likely to respond to ads since they’ll be searching for something specific, rather than just grazing at the awesomeness that is my thoughts. :) So, to improve your experience I’ve pulled the left sidebar of ads to give you all more reading room. It’s a little loss in advertising revenue but that’s okay, without all you folks reading and leaving comments, I wouldn’t have a blog in the first place.

Print & Email Posts

At the bottom of each post, in the blue box, are a few new options. I added links to a print version of the article, which is devoid of anything except the content of the post, as well as an email feature. The email feature will email the content of the post to the email address of your choosing. I’ve had it running for about two weeks and already 60+ emails have been sent so I’m pretty excited it’s been well received.

Gravatars

Gravatars are graphical avatars and they’re little images above your name in the comments. I find that putting a face to a name helps people remember whose who and hopefully we can have more conversations in the comments sections. You can set your gravatar here once you create an account and it’ll automatically appear here (and any site that uses gravatars) based on the email you type in.

There were some other graphical changes but those three are the big ones. Please let me know what you think, I appreciate it!


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