July 20, 2004

External Links

Posted by shonk at 01:00 AM in Blogging | TrackBack

Spurred by the example of Scribbling.net, I’m introducing a new feature here at selling waves: a small linklog. Since recently I seem not to be able to write much of anything in the way of interesting posts, it seems only reasonable that I should at least point our two remaining readers to people who do have interesting things to say.

The biggest problem with this sort of thing is, of course, the formatting. Ideally I’d like to integrate links into the front page as seemlessly as Jason Kottke does, but, unfortunately, I don’t have the technical expertise to do so. There’s always the possibility of presenting the links in a sidebar, like Scribbling or No Treason, but, just having done a significant reformat to get rid of all my sidebars, that seems counterproductive. Hence, I’ve compromised and placed the external links on the front page directly below the topmost post. That makes them prominent without being too prominent and without disrupting the layout or the flow too badly. So, at least for the moment, look for the links-of-the-moment to reside just below the top post on the main page.

Also, it would be nice to implement this sort of thing using a Python script like Scribbling does, but since I know nothing about Python, that doesn’t seem too likely. So I’ve just created a new weblog and used a PHP include (much as is done on the books page). It ain’t pretty, but it works (hopefully). To see a complete list of all external links posted under the new system, check the archives page.

Please, let me know what you think and pass on any suggestions you may have.


Woohoo! Now that I'm 50% of your readership, I'm sure to be catered to.

Posted by: Andy Stedman at July 21, 2004 10:52 AM

But unfortunately for us, since our market share is currently 0.0000001%, advertising just don't pay the bills anymore, so we can't lavish very many rewards on anyone.

Posted by: Curt at July 21, 2004 01:51 PM