If you not someone who reads this blog in an RSS reader, you’ll notice a design change. I have tried to be minimalistic, although I could do better.

Why?

Design was never part of my thinking. That changed recently, as design is an extremely important entity at my workplace. So now, whenever I can, I try and think of design. I’m not good at it yet, but it’s a start.

Think of all the blogs and websites you visit : How much content do you consume and how much of it do you ignore? The next time you visit one, take note of the number of words you read vs. those you ignore. The answer will surprise you. The internet is a distracting place, and it has evolved to be so. Lack of a sense of design contributed.

An update to the Safari browser was released recently, called Safari 5. It is currently my primary browser. One feature in Safari 5 is a potential game-changer : Reader mode. Read more about it here. It strips out all the noise from an article, and presents only the content.  I’ve been using it for a few days now, and I can see how much litter is present on the internet. I don’t want to add to it.

This current theme isn’t perfect or what I’d ideally want. But this is one of the few minimalistic ones WordPress allows. To reduce noise, I’ve decided to not tag posts (I’ll still add categories to posts, but limit those to one per post). I don’t see any use of tags, except the very occasional traffic. Contrast that to the noise it creates while you are reading, and the tradeoff is acceptable.

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I’m seriously thinking about disabling comments, but haven’t reached a conclusion on that yet. I’d still open commenting on topics where a debate is needed, but not all posts fall in that category.

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And don’t even think of going all freedom-of-speechy on me if I ever disable comments. I’ll go all property-rightsy on you.

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Suggestions and thoughts are welcome.

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