I have decided to re-implement tagging. I was tagging posts in the old blog but was not bothering so much in the new blog. You will see the new 'Tags' section in the sidebar. Also, this time I am using 'cloud tagging' where the more popular the tag is then the large the text it appears in.

I have started tagging by doing June and July. Gradually I will go back and tag all of the posts in the new blog (this blog). My plan is to do this a month at a time so you will gradually see more tags turning up in the Tag Cloud section of the sidebar.

This time I will try to keep the number of tags down. The number of tags sort of got away from me before (with the old blog). Most recommendations I can find on tagging is to try and limit the number of tags to `5 to 20.

The other bit of advice I picked up from the Web is that not all posts MUST have a tag. For example a site maintenance post like this might not be tagged.

Doing tagging well is an art and I will not profess to really know the best approach, but I will see how this works out.

Don't forget that you can always search this site for a post using any words or phrases using the Site Search tool in the sidebar.

Working on a simpler cleaner quicker loading site

After all these years I have decided I don't like the 'old' banner page on my site so I am playing around with it to try and make it crisper and cleaner looking. I am also making the banner image smaller in file size so that it loads faster. The old banner image was 220KB. My target size for the new banner image is 100KB or smaller.

My overall plan is to make the site look fresher and cleaner, but without actually changing the template being used—changing the underlying template is just a bit too scary.

The last time I made significant changes to the site I lost about 160 regular visitors and they never came back. That was when I upgraded from SquareSpace 5 to SquareSpace 7. I never did work out what actually happened back then to cause all those regular visitors to drop off.

Maybe my new look will get some of them back.

I hope so.

Decided to enabled the SquareSpace 'Cover Page' option

SquareSpace, where my site is hosted, have this special page called a ‘Cover Page’ that I have not bothered with—up until now. Because I trying to get back into posting to my site and generally re-invigorate things a bit I have decided to enable the ‘Cover Page’ feature.

The cover page allows me to have a feature picture, and then some headings, plus navigation buttons and text. I can change the feature picture from time to time, or I can have a stack of pictures in a rotation. I plan to feature my own pictures on the cover page.

As I play with setting up a Cover Page over the next couple of weeks the cover page layout and formatting is likely to change around a bit, but somewhere on the page I will ALWAYS have a button labelled “The Main Blog”. This button will take you to the familiar blog page that used to be the landing page.

You might also notice that the 'Abalook Home' page has gone from the menu bar. With the new Cover Page being set up the Abablook Home page sort of became redundant.

At this point in its evolution the new Cover Page should look like the following on a PC screen.

And on a smartphone it should look like this.

I am trying to get "The Main Blog" button at the top of the screen, but at this stage I have not managed to work out how to do this.