If you’re one of the dear souls who subscribes to this underused blog you already know how I’ve agonized over a suitable theme. The search may finally be over. I think I’ve finally found a winner!
I chose Cleanr. It’s a straightforward theme that fits my strict aesthetic needs. I’m in love with the right rail, too! There you’ll find my Twitter updates, Flickr photos, and Google Reader shared items. I think it’s the best integration I’ve found yet. If there’s one thing I’ve learned about that space is that it’s prone to clutter.
I’m looking to add a Last.fm coverflow widget to share the albums I’m checking out on Lala.com. If you can recommend one with a layout similar to the Flickr widget, let me know!
On a parting note, I need to say that WordPress has really made it easy to update and change themes and widgets. I’m a total noob, yet I felt very comfortable trying things out in the new dashboard environment. It’s amazing!
Sorry I’ve been away so long, but I’ve been kept very busy lately with my new son, Charles. I’m pleased to report that he’s a healthy, happy little boy.
I’m going to be tidying up around here to reflect some of my new ideas about how this blog ought to look and what I’d like to share here. Hopefully I’ll be able to tweak the site a bit this weekend, adding my Twitter, Flickr, and Delicious profiles to the right rail.
This place could stand to be a little more social, couldn’t it? Well, look for me to add some features that let you decide how you want to stay abreast of updates on Kensington Blues.
(I’m scribbling this post on my iPhone. It’s been my go-to device ever since Charlie was born. I can’t think of something that’s easier to pick up and use during those early morning feedings!)
Last year I attended my first South by Southwest Music Festival. It was a big deal! It was on the company dime! I lead a team of four people on a musical journey that took us from Rachael Ray to 2 Live Crew. We met a ton of interesting artists and talked to as many as we could on camera for comcast.net. I was really proud of what we accomplished in our first time out. Before we left for Austin, I fully expected that SXSW would be an annual event on my editorial calendar.
What a difference a year makes.Continue reading “Saying Goodbye to SXSW”
I edited my blogroll again this morning. I’m treating it as a more fluid space until I can categorize these links on the links page proper. I’m trying to keep it lively so it’s just not a collection of totemic links that you see on pretty much every blog in the known universe. That practice to me is a relic of the days when one might try to ingratiate oneself to an editor by reading their stuff religiously. We’ve all done it, but it’s just silly.
There’s another reason I’m so adamant about this now. It’s the way of the Internet. People used to treat their blogrolls like a newstand to show off how varied their opinions were, or worse, to showcase well-connected friends on the Internet. That too is silly. If the blog is one of the basic units of social media, then it should be a social experience where everything is fluid. Don’t just link to a blog out of obligation! Tell us why you did it and why your readers should too.
This just isn’t about nudging your online friends with memes; it shouldn’t be cutting and pasting a press release; it should be about having a conversation with someone and sharing it with everyone. It makes for a much richer experience and will likely fill in those writerly gaps we all struggle with when we sit down to blog. It doesn’t have to be so hard!
So here’s what I want from you: I’m looking for people who are writing frequently and engagingly on almost anything. Drop your suggestions in the comments box if you feel so moved to rep for yourself or someone you’re reading. Keep in mind that I actually subscribe to the blogs I list. It takes a village, right?