Welcome to the Time Goes By redesign. What do you think? It's certainly brighter and shinier around here.
There are bound to be glitches to fix and design decisions I'll rework over the next days and weeks, but this general look-and-feel will remain.
Time Goes By hasn't changed since it shyly dipped its toes in the blog waters in 2004. Because I'm lazy and it's a lot of work to redesign a site, this day might never have arrived. But then the Google blackmail showed up.
The company that still has more than 80 percent of search engine traffic announced that (their definition of) non-mobile friendly websites would henceforth be penalized in search results; that is, as of 21 April 2015, non-mobile-friendly websites would be ranked lower in search results than those that have been redesigned to Google's standards.
The bottom line from Google - make your website look the way WE want it to look, or else. Which is why most websites look alike these days.
Well, I'm too old to fight back on this one so here we are.
Various items have been moved around or, in some cases, discarded. Let me give you a tour.
The main site navigation is at the top of every page above the banner. The Archive is now by category only; nearly 12 years of date archives are not very useful to anyone.
Contact now opens your email program rather than a form if you want to send me a message.
About leads to a page with links to various information about this website. It's messy-looking right now; I'll improve it in time.
As you can see, there is only one sidebar now, on the right. The same Subscribe buttons are at the top and, as before, the Search form is at the bottom. In between, there are changes to several features. What remain are links to:
- Best Books on Ageing
- Elderblog List
- Geezer Flicks
- A Mother's Last Best Lesson
We all know that the Elderblog List and Geezer Flicks are painfully out of date. I'll get to both of those one of these days soon. I hope. The Photo Biography is now linked from the About section.
May they rest in peace, four features have been permanently removed. Elder Video was not one of my better ideas so it has been ditched. The Where Elders Blog feature has been discontinued. And Reverse Mortgages is no longer available because the federal government has made several rule changes resulting in some information in the series being incorrect. Maybe I'll fix it in time.
Finally, for a variety of reasons, it has been impossible to keep up In Memoriam so instead of that section, we will hold memorial services here as they become necessary. Not often, I hope.
Of course, The Elder Storytelling Place must also be “upgraded” to Google's specifications. I'm going to take a breather and then go to work on that.