As you’ve probably guessed, I’d like to change my blog template for 2015.
Now, WordPress has provided a new default theme for the new year, Twenty Fifteen, which is nice enough but looks a bit odd on mobile platforms.
I liked the Editor theme, which I tried for a couple of days, but the size of the font and the blockquotes didn’t really do it for me on anything other than my really big iMac screen.
I really, really like something like the Blink or Literatum themes, which are a lot like the layout used by Medium.com, including War is Boring. I’ve been using a “classic” layout like Andrew Sullivan for as long as I’ve been blogging, but a lot of the cool kiddies nowadays are adopting themes like Medium, Gawker or Vox. Now, I’m tempted to go in the direction of big feature images and nice topography (like Medium), but at the same time, I’m not sure if those layouts suit my style of blogging.
Of course, if I take this blog in a more long-form blogging direction, a Medium-like them might be good.
Anyway, if you’ve got advice (including “Keep the damn theme you’re using now!”), feel free to offer it.
Don’t try to adjust your monitor – I’ve adopted a completely new blog theme.
I rather like the simple layout, with big feature images and plenty of focus on content. It also looks good on mobile devices – and displays the author of each post, too, which the old layout did not on smartphones.
The only thing I’m not really sure about is the blockquote style, but I’ll probably get used to that.
It’s come to my attention that about 100 comments were sitting in moderation due to some improper settings with Disqus, including some comments from long-time commenters (Wedge, Baduk, Nulji, Hodges, etc.).
The situation has been resolved, so post away.
Apologies for that. If anyone runs into similar issues, just drop me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
John Bocskay of the Outsider Looking In blog, has an interview with Lonely Planet Korea writer Rob Whyte.
For those of you who fancy becoming a travel writer, keep in mind, it’s a tough, less than glamourous gig.
I don’t know if people know this or not but most travel writers never eat in the restaurants they write about, and they never sleep in the hotels they write about, because they can’t afford to.
And don’t expect that after you publish you will then be able to afford it either.
Frankly speaking, the pay isn’t really worth it anymore. It’s really just about keeping that cachet going. The publishing world – the print publishing world – is undergoing great changes right now, and so, frankly the money just isn’t worth it. It’s more like, if it’s fun, OK, but it’s not for the money, that’s for sure.
Oh, and concerning the lack of content here recently, I will restart posting regular content here from Monday. I’ve been a bit busy recently, and truth be told, I’ve been directing a bit more energy towards my Tumblr photoblog. Things should be getting back to normal from next week, though.
With the New Year comes a new site that I am sure many of you will find interesting. It is Jeju World Wide.
It wasn’t too many years ago that it was really difficult to find anything in English about places outside of Seoul. Now there are several including Busan Haps, Daegu Pockets and, of course, Jeju World Wide. These online newspaper/magazines have a lot to offer but, for the most part, seem to be relatively unknown to people outside of their immediate area. Hopefully this posting will help them gain some well-deserved interest.
Bill was one of the first bloggers I followed, initially when he was with Japundit and later when he started Ampontan. I didn’t always agree with his commentary about Korea, but he was witty and he knew his shit. Above all, it was clear he loved and respected his adopted homeland, and his strident commentary about Japan provided a refreshing contrast to the bitching and moaning you sometimes read in the Western press and blogosphere.