You may or may not have noticed, but I took this site down over the last couple of days to spruce up the design.
It’s not finished — I don’t think I’ll ever consider it finished — but I’ve made some changes behind the scenes that’ll let me tweak it over time without having to keep locking it down. (RSS and email readers, come check it out!)
Anyway, who cares about that? Let me tell you what’s in it for you.
First, there’s the new newsletter sign-up box over in the top-left corner. I was using FeedBurner to auto-generate emails for subscribers before, but to be honest, they were never brilliant; I had very little customisation ability over them.
So now I’ve switched to aWeber, which is about a million times better. So now, rather than just auto-sending you an email copy of my RSS feed every time I post, I’ll actually write an email newsletter about once a week. This will still contain a link to whatever I’ve written recently, but I’ll also be able to point you to other interesting stuff that can’t quite make it into a post — like cool links I saw on Twitter, or interesting Flash-related news.
If you’re already subscribed to my existing emails, you’ll receive a request to confirm that you actually want to switch over to the new system within the next few days. Sorry about that; I know it’s lame, but it proves to aWeber that I’m not a spammer.
The second thing to point out is the new Suggestions widget on the side bar. If you’ve got a topic you’d like to see me write a tutorial about, you can type it into that box and I’ll see it. (You can also vote on other people’s suggestions.) I’m not going to stick exclusively to that list, but I’m definitely going to pay attention to it if you use it.
Finally, I’ve tried to make it easier than it was before to find what you’re looking for here. The avoider game tutorials are prominently linked to from the front page, as are the avoider game extras (which I don’t think most readers actually even knew about before!)
I’ve got some more ideas for improvements I want to make over the next few weeks, but in the mean time, what do you think?