Cleaner, Better, Faster, Stronger

It’s that time of year again for me. Website facelift. Usually every 9 months I get bored with my theme and go looking for something that feels a little more today. Then I take about 3 months to actually get it done.

I was interested in my previous theme for its “portfolio” qualities. However I’ve realized that isn’t the kind of website I want or need. I also don’t need a magazine style theme just a good old-fashioned blog theme. I chose this one for its clean and simple focus on the blog. Tumbler style themes were something I gave a good hard look, but in the end I thought that just wasn’t for me.

Over the next few weeks I’ll be updating my web site/portfolio page. I’ve got a lot of good stuff to add.

New theme sort of up and running

Welcome to the new theme. It’s called Brainstorm which I love because in magic a staple card is also named Brainstorm.

Don’t worry this won’t be a post about magic. Brainstorm also makes me think of Brian Strom, and now my blog. So we’ve come full circle.

Era of Brainstorm

This new theme is a turning point for me in the sense that it’s the first time I paid for a theme for normanhuelsman.com. The ultra minimal free theme’s I’ve used over the years just got old to me. I also wanted a new and easy way to showcase the projects I’ve been working on. I found Brainstorm on Theme Forest while looking for  inspiration on the PodCamp Pittsburgh new site.

I like the look and feel of the theme. However the real seller for me was on the customizable back-end, portfolio features, etc. As of this post the portfolio section isn’t finished, therefore unpublished, but I plan on having that together in the near future.

New RSS Feed

With the new theme came and upgrade to the hosting via Tubu. Andy convinced me to make the switch to their new service with unlimited bandwidth and more awesome. This doesn’t automatically mean that the RSS feed changes, but because my blog was previously located in a directory called “blog” the feed reflected that url location. So without getting to technical you may need to update your RSS reader to the new RSS feed http://normanhuelsman.com/feed/. Or just check back here every day. 🙂

 

Another Day Another Theme

Today I’m initiating the switch in themes on this site. I’ve got some plans to simplify what I’m doing, yes trying to make this site more simple! Which include a place for me to have an online portfolio and other relevant information.

So I’m retiring the upstart blogger minimal theme I’ve been using for over a year. Thanks to @CarmanAvenue for helping me get that a slightly customized when I got started. This theme is the base Thematic framework and I hope to use this or something similar moving forward. I do like the minimal approach, can’t say why exactly. Maybe it has something to do with fashion designers always wearing black.

Anyway I hope you find it helpful and easier to read.