Dear Reader,

Welcome to the new and improved version of BigEndians.

March marks the one year anniversary month of my blog. It seemed like a good time to officially attempt a 2015-reboot of my electronic journal-ing journey.

I decided to start this site at the beginning of 2014 after becoming inspired by many of my closest college friends who own Tumblr blogs, which have been an awesome way for all of us to keep in touch at our own pace.

Blogging has always been one of my hobbies. I began keeping a blog in 2002 after my sister started writing on a website called Diaryland. I was always kind of a tag-a-long-wannabe brother, so of course I HAD to have a Diaryland as well. And I was going to do all that was in my power to make my Diaryland look cooler than hers. That set me down a path of dabbling in graphic design and web development.

Now here I am 13 years later. I haven't taken on a frontend type project like this since early 2008-2009, so it has been refreshing working on a design and then coding it to life.

Here are some things that I want to point out about this layout...

Things that I am happy about

  1. The text appears within the lines of the notebook paper. This was probably one of the most tedious CSS things I've done in awhile, but the results are worth it. Images are also post-processed so that they are centered between two lines.

  2. Everything is being servied via SSL/HTTPS. That means that you should see a little lock icon in your browser's address bar next to "https://www.bigendians.com". Here's an article about what SSL is and why you should care.

  3. The layout was designed by me - woohoo! Some graphics were taken from random sources around the internet through various Google searches, and the sources are cited in the Credits page.

  4. This layout is designed to be an open-source Ghost theme. Ghost is the platform that my blog is running on, and they have a collection of themes that you can apply, kinda like for Wordpress or Tumblr. I haven't yet published to them yet, however, because I still have some changes that I want to add before I would consider this production-ready.

One bad thing is that this design is not optimized for mobile at all. Which you would think is a huge problem nowadays, but I feel like responsive design has really killed a lot of creativity in web design. One of my biggest TODOs is to make this mobile-friendly.

I also need to make links more visible. There are a whole bunch of other things that you can find on my github issues page...

Before I go, here are some super old layouts that I made sometime between 2002-2006:

"Blind Layout" - 11/20/2002

Blind Layout

"Blue Haze" - 7/10/2003

Blue Haze

"Pair of Bananas" - 2/17/2006

Pair of Bananas

If you're reading this, you probably know me or have wound up here through some sophisticated cyber-stalking. Regardless of where you're from or who you are, thanks for dropping by.

Michael