You may notice some trivial changes to the menu on the left of the OddThinking theme.
The list of categories, which appeared suddenly when I upgraded to WordPress 2.1.1 have again been banished. I think they clutter the place up and don’t add much. If you like a post, you can find more like it, by selecting one of the categories. However, I can’t imagine the use-case where you decide the click on the category you haven’t seen before as being at all common, and not worth the clutter.
The blogroll, which disappeared suddenly at the same time, remains banished. I apologise to the owners who have blogs that used to get PageRank from me, but I am beginning to see blogrolls as out-dated clutter.
The list of archive links were growing too long – a list of 24 items is a bit clumsy. I have changed them to use a compact monthly archive format that you can see on the left. The result is a lot less cruft, which is always a design goal.
“How did he do that?”, I hear you ask. Well, first I installed the Sidebar Widgets plug-in that everyone was buzzing about almost a year ago. Then I wrote my first very own widget to display the compact monthly archives, which I have called “Compact Monthly Archive Widget”. It is in beta at the moment, and I will publish it shortly.
If you have any comments about the widget and its usability, please let me know.
I guess I should open this up. If you have any comments on the usability of OddThinking, please slag me openly below. I can take it. Yes, even comments about the colours.
[STOP PRESS: Within twenty minutes of posting this, I noticed that the pages were being displayed in the menu in alphabetical order (which put “Start Here!” near the bottom), investigated, discovered a shortcoming in the standard Pages widget, wrote my second ever widget, tested it, deployed it live, and made this comment. I am a widget-building machine!]