Sprucing up the blog

I've been trying to spruce up the blog the last few days. I'm trying to make things a little more reader-friendly and possibly increase traffic a little.

First, for the 11 people who actually subscribe to it, I've changed the RSS feed over to FeedBurner. That gets me subscriber statistics, a little extra exposure, and a bunch of other miscellaneous features. It's also completely painless for everybody else, since I just set a mod_rewrite rule to redirect everybody to the new external feed. I even did a little hacking to make the new feed URL integrate nicely with LnBlog.

I also set myself up with a Technorati account. This provides another handy tool for gaining wider exposure. It's a nice complement to TrackBack and Pingback in addition to actually being a nice service to use.

I'm also experimenting with my page layout. In particular, I'm reorganizing the sidebar. I don't really know what the optimal layout it, but I do know I wasn't particularly happy with the old layout. There's still plenty of stuff left to play with, so I guess I'll just try some different things and see what works.

Tomorrow I'll get into the motivation for the change. Right now, I need to go to bed. I was just barely able to muster the concentration to write this, so I'm certainly not up for a long explanation.

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