lane change

So, after working as a web designer/developer in the newspaper industry for seven years, I’m changing gears. Friday is my last day at the paper, and I’m taking my design & consulting business, kudzu design full-time. Yup. I’ve got business cards and everything! I’ll even have an updated and expanded site up on the business site by next Monday (the “official” full-time relauch of kudzu design. I’ll get to spend more time working on varied design projects and less time doing the sort of administrative grunt work that I’ve come to dislike intensely. Plus, I’ll no longer be working for The Man.

My friends and family (with a few notable exceptions) have been really supportive, especially The Wife. I have some really interesting projects coming up that I’m dying to get to work on, too.

In addition to the new and exciting work to do, working for myself will also allow me to structure my workday to allow for more time with family and time for regular exercise (which I desperately need). It’s going to be a very good thing.

And I hope to blog more, too. Stay tuned…

site update: feeds and tags

I don’t make many posts discussing this site much anymore, but I thought it was worth pointing out a couple of new cool features here.

  • tags: I’ve done away with categories on the front end and the site is now organized by tags (cf. Folksonomy). The “tag archive” linked in the right sidebar will take you to a page with a weighted tag cloud of all the tags used on this site. The relative weight will show you what I tend to write about more (or less) here. I find it a good way to see how things go around here. Also, something cool: you can cross-reference tags here: enter something like “sjarvis.com/tag/rpg+podcast” and get all the posts I’ve written (well, just one, actually) that are tagged with BOTH “rpg” and “podcast” tags.
  • feeds: in addition to the new tag-based organizational system, there are rss feeds for each tag. Look for the newly-annointed “official” feed icon on the individual tag archive pages for rss2 feeds for individual tags. Each can be manually set to other feed formats (well, rss and atom, anyway) as well by altering the fairly obvious URL (changing “sjarvis.com/tag/rpg/feed/rss2/” to “sjarvis.com/tag/rpg/feed/atom” for instance).
  • other site updates: one of my resolutions is to redesign the site so that it’s not (a) mostly based on someone else’s design and (b) not fugly. I am, after all, an actual web designer/developer by trade. I should, you know, show that on my own site, right? Well, it’s in the works.

WordPress action

I started the migration to WordPress tonight. I got it installed supa-quick, and I got all my previous MT-powered posts imported with seemingly few hitches. I’ll be putting together a new design (“theme” in WP parlance) over the next few weeks. “Why not design the new look first then move to WP?” you ask. Well, because I was tired of MT, and I wanted to keep up my renewed interest in blogging. I’ll catch up soon.

del.icio.us links

Yeah, it’s been kinda quiet around here lately. But, there’s at least a daily update of my links posted to del.icio.us which is a totally kickass social boomarks/links app. It’s completely indispensible at this point.

I’ve been exploring more of the social sharing apps lately, and del.icio.us and Flickr are hands down the two best. I’ve got a random selection of my Flickr photos running over there to your right in the sidebar, too, and soon the SWJ Quicklinks will be del.icio.us powered instead of a separate blog in MT as they are now.

New design coming soonish, too. Really. I’m serious. Stop laughing.