Wednesday, April 18, 2012

updates

I intend to make certain parts of the blog open by invitation only, possibly on its 10th anniversary. I will still post public updates about Iraq and general Arab topics the same as usual, but more in-depth and personal articles would be available for selected readers only. Also experimenting with layout and design. You can share your suggestions and thoughts in the comments.

19 comments:

Lynnette In Minnesota said...

Well, I guess that's one way to finally get rid of us, Zeyad.

Nice picture, btw.

Lynnette In Minnesota said...

Oh, forgot...red? It can mean so many things.

Iraqi Blogger said...

but y? open by invitation only

Bruno said...

That's a pity, I've enjoyed reading your blog and commenting here. But I suppose that there's only so many inane opinions one can digest in one's lifetime, right? ;)

Thanks for having me here, it has been good.

:)

   Lee C.  ―  U.S.A.    said...

 
      "Also experimenting with layout and design."

The contrast is better with this reddish-gray than the darker gray you had downpage at one point yesterday.  This is quite readable compared to some possible color combinations.  And I like the ‘tabs-across-the-top’ substitution for the sidebar.
All in all it has a ‘no-nonsense’ look.  Works for me.

   Lee C.  ―  U.S.A.    said...

 
Okay, just hit refresh, and the sidebar came back.
I'd just assumed that stuff was in one of the tabs on top.  (Figured it'd be behind the ‘Iraqi Blogosphere’ tab; guess not.)  Colors are still quite readable though.

Marcus said...

Lynnette, Bruno, the way I read it the blog will remain much the same in its public part. So there's no reason to say good bye just yet.

Zeyad will just add another part that will be "more in-depth and personal articles". I understand this completely and I'm sure Zeyad has held back on discussing stuff before because it would have been hazardous, maybe dangerous even, to air it out in public. Remember he's posting here using his real identity.

Plus, who knows, some old regulars may end up invited to the non-public section, and then we can look forward to more interesting stuff and all the commantary that goes with it. Not presuming, just saying. So this might be a good thing really.

Lynnette In Minnesota said...

Marcus,

I think it was that first sentence that ruffled my feathers. I didn't see clearly the rest through the red haze that covered my vision.

I guess we'll just have to see what Zeyad comes up with. I would like to hear about what Zeyad's been up to, that's true. But it sounds like I would have to be invited, so we'll see.

Lynnette In Minnesota said...

Zeyad,

Okay, now that I've had a chance to process your news, I looked closer at the page.

One thing that is a little odd is how you have your name showing next to your profile picture. I know, I know, it is kind of nitpicky, but couldn't you move it up top of the picture? Or maybe just say "Zeyad's Profile" on two lines underneath, instead of "View my complete profile"?

I miss the thingy on the bottom of the page that shows activity on the blog. But I can see where you may want to keep that more private if you are feeling insecure.

The red is kind of bright, but it's not unattractive. I don't suppose you can do some kind of subtle design within it?

   Lee C.  ―  U.S.A.    said...

 
      "The red is kind of bright…"

I think the red you're seeing is the default Blogger color, underlying an intended overlay selected by Zeyad that's a rather different color.  (I'm getting a reddish-gray.)  Apparently you're not loading the overlay.  Maybe clean your browser cache and try to re-load?  Or loosen up your privacy and security settings and see if something there was blocking the overlay?  (I was having the sidebar not loading at oe point and thought he'd maybe moved thaat to the tabs across the top.)

Zeyad said...

Marcus has it right. The blog and comments and everything else will basically remain the same but a few layers of privacy will be added. Looking back, I realize I was too eager to tell my story and in the process inadvertently revealed a lot of unnecessary personal tidbits of information that, in 2012, doesn't seem right to remain 'out there.' Over the years I have considered editing some posts or removing them, but the blog is being used as a historical document by the Library of Congress and for research about the Iraq war in school classrooms, so I feel I can't really tamper with them. So this is the solution I have come up with for now. I also post daily links of interest on Twitter and Facebook.

Still haven't decided whether to keep this layout, tweak it a bit more or revert to the original. I don't have permissions to edit the html much like the old format, so I'm limited with what Blogger offers with templates. The sitemeter should still work if you have a direct link to it but I'll add it back anyway once I figure it.

Petes said...

Congrats on having your writings used as a historical document. I always reckoned you were the most incisive of the Iraqi bloggers by a long chalk, and I was sorry when you scaled back. I still have a complete record of the blog and comments stored locally -- it has made the transition across several new PCs over the years. I hope that's ok.

Zeyad said...

Hey Pete, that's ok but I'm wondering if there's a way to import the old haloscan comments. I have the comments in plain text up to a certain point in 2004, I think, but there's also the xml archive.

Petes said...

I used to have the comments scraped in text format, but I may have dumped them when the xml export became available. Anyway, the big question is whether blogger can be persuaded to import them. From a quick Google I see that blogger claims to support article and comment export/import. So it's hopefully just a case of massaging the haloscan export into the right format. If it can be done, I can do it. I might need to experiment a bit: I have a test blog lying around somewhere. However, I'm stuck for time these days, so won't be immediate. Let me get back to you on it.

Lynnette In Minnesota said...

Lee,

I'm getting the same color on 2 different computers, but maybe I'll try fooling around when I have a minute. But it's not bad, really. It's the text that is the critical part anyway, and that is very legible.

Lynnette In Minnesota said...

Zeyad,

The Library of Congress? I'm so happy for you! I've always thought your writing was excellent, hence my constant nagging to write a book. :)

Looking back, I realize I was too eager to tell my story and in the process inadvertently revealed a lot of unnecessary personal tidbits of information that, in 2012, doesn't seem right to remain 'out there.'

Thinking back I can understand perfectly what you mean. :)

Petes said...

I had a very quick look at the Blogger export format. Ugly but not entirely impenetrable. If it's possible to match the old haloscan comments up to the original posts by thread id, I may be able to convert the format, merge the comments back into an export of the blog, and you could reimport them. Can't promise anything (yet). I'd need to start with a trial export of the blog as it is at present. Any chance you could mail me one? (I did it on my test blog by choosing the option to use the old blogger interface, and from the dashboard choosing Settings and Export).

Bruno said...

Cool, I'm glad to hear that, Zeyad.

Anonymous said...

Bruno:

You have posted off-topic spam here for years and contributed to the site's downfall.