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2016-04-20 A Funner Site

posted Apr 20, 2016, 2:36 PM by Boyce Crownover   [ updated Apr 28, 2017, 10:38 AM ]
I read a lot.

Pretty much all day, every day, I'm reading with short breaks for a few TV shows (on Netflix, or Amazon Prime or the like) and sleep. Most of my reading is on websites. Probably half of what I read is technical or related to work in some way, but the other half is for entertainment alone.

Man with a book on his head.
I don't think he cares that he is doing it wrong.

I love to read codinghorror and cracked because they are fun. The words and phrasing they use make me choose to read them for recreation.

So when I started writing up my thoughts on encryption and the whole bundle of issues that sprang up in the Apple vs FBI and access to the iPhone case, I wanted to make my writing as fun to read as theirs. I know I haven't succeeded (yet) but in the process I started trying to make the page easier to follow.

I started adding breaks for pictures like I see other sites do. I started adding sidebar blocks like other sites do. I changed themes and layout and font size. Overall, I'm pretty happy with the results so far. I checked my favorite sites and, while I didn't try to copy them, I did try to learn from their styles.

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Just remember that.

In the process, I started looking for interesting and compelling pictures I could break my writing with. I found a couple that I wanted to hang onto in this blog post:

I'm also establishing a few rules for what I think makes a website fun to read:

  1. There titles should draw me in (so I've been trying to make more interesting titles)
  2. Pictures of people are more interesting than anything else. (Something in the human brain connects with other people in ways that nothing else comes close to.)
  3. Lighten up a little. (My "crazy face" is now the logo for this site and the pictures have what I hope are amusing captions.)