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Dan Rubin's SuperfluousBanter

Design, random musings, and the Web. Since 1977


New Beginnings…

It’s been just over two years since my first post to SuperfluousBanter, and during that time I’ve redesigned the site, held a few contests, met tons of talented folks throughout the web standards design community, contributed a design to the CSS Zen Garden (apparently, though the design itself doesn’t appear to have been ripped off even once, quite a few of the subsequent submissions used my CSS as a starting point, ahem :-), written a chapter for a book on web standards, and parterned with a terrific designer (on this site and professionally).

With all of that, I’ve somehow managed to lose focus somewhere along the line, specifically where the continued development of this site and its content is concerned (and, directly tied to that, my own personal development in the fields of graphic design and web development). I let my commitment to this site slip from my priorities somewhere around the beginning of this year, and have felt my connection to the community slip along with it.

Promises can be made, but are worthless without action, so I won’t promise to you that SuperfluousBanter will be made new again, starting fresh now that Didier has established his own space in the ether. Instead, I will just do it, starting with the long-awaited redesign of SB, and an upgrade to MovableType 3.

I could list all the other things I’d love to do with SB, but I think the best way to approach this reentry into the community is one completed step at a time.

This item was posted by Dan Rubin on Tuesday, August 3rd, 2004.


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10 comments on “New Beginnings…”

  1. Posted by Jeremy Flint on Tuesday, August 3rd, 2004.

    Dan speaks!

    Great to have you back Dan. Yes, it is easy to get very busy and quickly lose sight of many things.

    Looking forward to what the new SB will bring us.

    Good to have you back.

  2. Posted by Keith on Tuesday, August 3rd, 2004.

    “think the best way to approach this reentry into the community is one completed step at a time.”

    No doubt. Upgrading to MT 3 isn’t too hard, but if you want to do it right you should do it one step at a time.

    Good luck and I can’t wait to see what you do.

  3. Posted by Ryan Brill on Tuesday, August 3rd, 2004.

    Nice to hear from you again, Dan. I’m definitely looking forward to the new design for SB, and am also eager to begin seeing some new content from you.

    Glad you’re back.

  4. Posted by Jonathan M. Hollin on Tuesday, August 3rd, 2004.

    Welcome back Dan. It would be great to see SB pick up speed again. I can hardly wait for the new stuff.

    All the best for the future.

  5. Posted by Didier Hilhorst on Tuesday, August 3rd, 2004.

    Now of course I have been priviliged to get a peek at what is coming in the future, and I for sure can’t wait to see it in action. During my time at SB I have been busting your balls to write more. Not because I wanted a blog with a lot of content, but simply because what you have to say is valuable, to me, to readers, to the community at large (and besides, it still was and is your blog.) The discussions we often have on IM are all blog worthy (yeah, okay, maybe not everything…) I’ll be looking forward to see your thoughts, ideas, and writings again on this blog. Kick some major ass dude!

  6. Posted by Garrett on Tuesday, August 3rd, 2004.

    I’m looking forward to it.

  7. Posted by Dan on Tuesday, August 3rd, 2004.

    Well hurry up and do it already, sir! We’re ready. I should talk.

  8. Posted by Joshua on Wednesday, August 4th, 2004.

    good to have you back, Dan.

    looking forward to the new stuff.

  9. Posted by David House on Wednesday, August 4th, 2004.


    I’d be interesting in the justification of your upgrade to MT3 choice. Was there a specific reason you’re not swapping to something more open source? Especially considering it’s becoming something of a market leader nowadays.

  10. Posted by Dan Rubin on Wednesday, August 4th, 2004.

    To answer David’s question: I’ve kept my eye on WordPress since it was first released, and it looks very promising as a blogging tool, but I’ll admit my preference for MT comes mostly from the level of polish in the UI. The MT team has had a lot more time to evolve the interface, and that makes it easier for me to use and interact with. And based on some of the features coming very soon in MT3.1, the underpinnings are only getting better.

    “So,” you ask, “are you saying that if WordPress were better looking you might consider using it?” — in short, yes. And I imagine that, as WP progresses to the next major version, improvements to the interface and the user experience overall will be on their to-do list.

    For what it’s worth, the same thing goes for Blogger — I find it much easier to use since Doug and AP‘s redesign.