March 3rd, 2008

Silicon Florist gets some sprucing

While it may not be obvious to those of you reading the feed, the Silicon Florist site has undergone some long-overdue “sprucing up” over the weekend.

Call me crazy, but it seemed like it was time to step away from the slightly tweaked default template. Because quite frankly, gentle reader, you’re worth it.

Obviously, as with all new digs, we’re still working out some of the kinks (like resurrecting the OpenID comment log-in). So your patience is appreciated. As is your feedback. We tried to implement this quickly, over the weekend. And we’ll continue to iron out the rough spots over time.

Before you start lobbing critiques (and I do appreciate the critiques), I’d encourage you to first lob congrats at Justin Kistner of Metafluence, whose Conversation theme for WordPress and design recommendations served as the foundation for the Silicon Florist redesign.

Word around the campfire is that a few other folks are already using the Conversation theme—or are preparing to implement it soon. And, I can see why. I’m still learning my way around it, but I’m really liking it so far.

A heartfelt, “Thank you,” Justin, for offering this theme up for use, sweating through the tweaking over the weekend, adding some incredibly nice features to the blog, and—last but not least—putting up with my nitpicking. I cannot thank you enough.

Hopefully, all of you will like this new direction as much as I do. I mean, I can only read my own stuff so much. So keeping you readers around—and happy—is of utmost importance.

And please, rest assured, that despite the snazzy new look, the writing around here remains fair to middling, as always. ;)

I’m looking forward to your feedback.

So, that’s that. Enough navel gazing. Without further ado, we now return you to your regularly scheduled Silicon Forest startup news, already in progress.

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7 Responses to “Silicon Florist gets some sprucing”

  1. Gary says:

    Looks great!

  2. Sam Lawrence says:

    Wow. Big improvement, Rick. :)

    I love the content design a lot. I will go out on a limb, however, and tell you that I miss the illustrative header you used to have. That “pail guy” rocked. So unique, so t-shirt worthy.

    Anyway, keep rockin it.


  3. metafluence says:

    You’re more than welcome, Rick. Your blog is important to the Portland tech scene, and I’m more than happy to give it some new shiny.

  4. Rick Turoczy says:

    Thank you, everyone! I really appreciate the kind words.


    I miss the watering can, too. But, unfortunately, that little guy was unintentionally becoming directly associated with the Silicon Florist identity. And that association was beginning to tread too close to impacting the artist’s rights and my licensing agreement. And that was making me uncomfortable.

    So, rather than continue down that path, we sent the watering-can guy out to pasture.

    But it may not be the end of him. We’ll see. Who knows? I might have to commission a new mascot. ;)

  5. a mascot is a must!

  6. gorgeous graphic at the top of the page!

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