The RADIATIONS email newsletter is back. In olden times (circa 1999) Nuketown had a lovingly hand-edited newsletter called RADIATIONS. It had a pithy intro, thoughtful commentary, and a summary of whatever was posted to Nuketown that week. A few years -- ok, a lot of years -- later, RADIATIONS is back ... and it's made by monkeys.
I have a goal for April: update Nuketown 30 times in 30 days, with at least three updates a week that are blog posts and four that are microcontent.
What I'd really like is to do a blog post, review, or column every day of the month, but there's no way that's happening. My wife is coaching softball, I'm coaching baseball, and I'm ramping up for a major redesign at work. Oh, and I'm the executor for my grandfather's estate.
Nuketown's redesign launched in November 2012. It improved a lot, but there have been quite af few bugs that have cropped up since then. The redesign also caused some long-standing standing content (like the "Links" section) to disappear while I fought with how to handle it in the new design. In March I decided to sit down and knock out some of the most annoying issues ... starting with the erratic header bar.
One of my goals with the Nuketown redesign was to aggressively pursue a social media strategy, rather then letting it simply flop around like a dying fish.
It's alive! Nuketown 7 is now in production. It's not quite finished yet -- there are a couple of bugs here and there that need to be squashed -- but the site has been upgraded to Drupal 7 and it's running its spiffy new theme. The social media buttons are active and -- amazingly -- working and we can now post microcontent updates directly from the site to Twitter.
The Nuketown7 redesign is finally done. Or rather, it's finally done enough to launch. Over the next two weeks Nuketown will be on hiatus as I upgrade the site to Drupal 7 and implement the new theme. During the upgrade you can check out The Atomic Age for status updates. That's my ancient Blogger site, and I'm dusting it off to support the downtime.
It's the little things that kill you. Most of the broad strokes of the Nuketown Redesign are done: I have template for pages, nodes, microcontent, and blocks, and the site renders under the new theme without any major errors. Since last month my work has focused on building out the nooks and cranies of the theme. It's stuff like block headers, the "read more" links, and sidebar bulleted lists.
In short, the little stuff ... and it's time consuming. Each component takes about two hours to knock out (though in the case of captions for images that's more like 8 hours ... and I'm still not done) as I tweak css and tweak template files. It is satisfying, in that each small piece that I complete brings its own sense of accomplishment but man, there are a lot of pieces.
I was distracted from my theming adventures by needing to re-jigger how Nuketown 7 handles Twitter updates but that landed in a good place.
Nuketown's redesign project has slowly crept forward for the last year, but it saw a nice surge in progress this summer. First off, I have a solid Drupal 7 foundation for the site, with all of my social media, audio and visual, and content tools chosen and functional. I've also learned a heck of a lot about drush -- Drupal's command line tool -- and that's helped considerably with quickly iterating through build outs.