Good morning, and welcome to the spruced-up One Mile at a Time!
We’ve talked about this before, but as the site continues to grow, we need different functionality in order to keep it useable and interesting.
To give a small example, back in the day the home page of OMAAT listed the full text of the most recent five posts. That was great when Ben was publishing short posts every other day, but became clunky with daily posts, which led to the format you’re used to, with long excerpts of the most recent ten posts.
But even that is impractical with ~60 posts a week, so we’re adapting again. The homepage will now show shorter snippets, but more posts, so you can more easily find the content that interests you. And you can load as many posts as you’d like on the home page.
There are dozens of examples like this, so while we’ve done a bit of Spring Cleaning, and updated the look of the blog (ZOMG, go load the site on your phone, mobile looks awesome!!), most of the work has gone into the core structure of the site. These changes are more subtle in appearance, but should have a positive impact on the overall experience.
Now that we have a more robust framework, we’ll be adding additional features over the coming weeks. I’m pretty enthused about them (that might be an understatement, I think Ben could be more excited for me to stop talking about the redesign than he is about the redesign itself). Hopefully the stuff we’ve been working on will make it easier for you to find information on OMAAT, and make it more enjoyable as well!
We’ve also making lots of tweaks to the back-end — those are less exciting to talk about, but make a difference for us when it comes to producing and managing content on the blog. So it’s fun stuff all around.
But we’re not changing the core of the site that we all love. Posts will still display chronologically, as will comments, and this doesn’t have an impact on content (other than those back-end things that help us out).
We’ll get into all that more later on, but I did want to confirm that you’re not imagining things, and the site really does look different this morning!
Thanks for your patience with comments being down on and off while we’ve transitioned to the new site. I hope you love it! Take a look around — the updated Trip Report Index is live and pretty cool — and keep an eye out for more to come.