A New Beginning.

The first post on this blog happened on 10th July 2007! Already over six years old. Naturally, as it goes for everyone, a lot happens in six years. For one, I am 30 now, not 24. But less importantly Textdrive, my previous host for the website, has become non-responsive now. Infact, they moved my website to a different server and for some reason, they know best, decided to move only a part of my website. Fortunately, this was caught in time and I was able to make a backup. Unfortunately some of the photos were lost in the process and you might see broken photo links in some posts. I apologize for that, but what has happened, well, has happened. For now, I am moving to DreamHost, and hopefully the relationship will go on for ever.

With the move, I have done some changes to the website.

  • The Theme: Is now minimalistic, flat and responsive. Have been wanting to have such a look for a long time and now am happy with the overall look.
  • The Photoblog: Is gone! Although I will keep a hidden backup, but no longer I have been posting to pixelpost so it is not required anymore. All my photos will be hosted on Flickr from now on.
  • New About Page: http://www.confusionart.com/about 🙂

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Updating Confusionart

So finally, after a long time I have been able to rediscovered the joy of blogging. There are both philosophical reasons and practical, this post will just try to highlight some of the practicalities that helped me to get back. Simply put its ‘WordPress‘ and ‘Diwaker‘ (although he still does not know it).

I was dormant on the blog (infact, did not do anything extra from the day of installation) because I wanted a couple of things. Mainly I was not sure how to handle different kinds of posts that I might have. One one hand there are regular text posts, on the other there are regular photoblog posts, in between there are documentary travel photoblog posts. To complicate the matters, I also wanted a place to showcase a portfolio. I was using wordpress just for text blogs, but now updating it to the latest version, I can use is as a complete content management system. To generate travelogue and portfolio, I now post them as regular posts, but under their respective categories. Then using template I can make separate index pages and design them however I want. So I guess, this will make my job lot easier. I also found this plugin for easily retrieving image thumbnails from pixelpost. Had to modify it to my needs, because I dont need latest or random images. I need images from a particular range. Anyhow, thanks to wordpress, I think I will  be able to live with this system for a while now.

The second help came from the Thematic Theme (Hat tip Diwaker). Using the template framework of Thematic and a modified frontend from EarlyMorning, I was able to generate the kind of look and feel I wanted. The best part is the decoupling of the backend and frontend of the theme, making it a lot easier to modify.

Whats, left is now to modify the pixelpost stylesheet to match it to the look and feel of the complete blog.