Inspired by Kevin’s blogroll editing, I’ve taken a look at my blogroll and tweaked it. For me, since there were so few links, it really involves adding and not subtracting. Any of the sites I have gone back to after the first visit are in. If it’s something I’ve linked to, it’s pretty much in (unless I forgot it). Most places I’ve seen inbound links from are in. If anyone else wants in, drop me a comment here and I’ll take a look. If you’ve linked me and I haven’t noticed, let me know as I’m more than happy to return the favor.
I’ve received some positive comments on the design of my blog (the latest one, that is), and I just wanted to give you folks an idea of where it all comes from. The theme is called Limit, and was designed by Jai Nischal Verma of Blog Oh! Blog. I’m always drawn to the Free Themes from Jai whenever I find them (whether at Weblog Tools Collection or elsewhere). The themes are fully featured, kept up to date (just recently mentioned that he’s updating all of them with the Gravatar tweaks most of you WordPress users read about on your dashboards) and attractively designed. I just downloaded a few more to try out just now, and I am happy with the one I have. If you are a pro blogger (that is to say, making actual money at all this blogging business) and want to go higher tech still, there are very nice paid designs available at BoB. You can also ask for a Custom Paid Theme, giving example sites and your basic requirements.
In addition to the theming, BoB covers WordPress itself, coding (HTML, CSS, etc.) and the blogosphere in general. Jai is currently running a contest to win a PS3 so if you like WordPress and want to upgrade your look, check it out. I’m off to check out those other themes…
Drew McLellan has posted a very good run down of how to improve blog (and general website) performance. It covers caching, outsourcing of feeds, and using something like Amazon’s S3 to host large files, just as an example.
Heck, there are (amazingly enough) 24 different articles on the 24ways site that deal with all sorts of web design quirks. Very good stuff there, check it out.