Holy crap, it’s a brand-new g27!
I’ve been running this site for eight years – started in summer of 2001 – and all this time, I’ve done everything myself. I’ve used 4 different content management systems, made 5 different layouts, and posted 232 times. g27 was created before all this blogging business got out of hand. The kids these days with their blogspots and their tumblrs. In my day, all we had was HTML, and we had to code uphill both ways! I’m a visionary, I tells ya! A straight-up genius!
Let’s take a stroll down memory lane and take at look at the horribly-embarrassing layouts of yesteryear.
I started the site in 2001 using just HTML tables, and had little to no idea what I was doing. This is very apparent in the heavy usage of frames that, if being used now, would get me laughed off of the internet.
In 2003 I moved to News Pro, one of the first content management systems. I always liked the three-column layout and kept it for the next several years, mostly changing the header and styling of the site. What a terrible header image.
In 2005 I wised up a bit and made a semi-pretty header image. Still pretty lame. At least I had moved from News Pro to Greymatter.
2006 brought forth a new header that was very busy but at least had some style. Looks like a movie poster for an action B-movie. Recreated my layout in WordPress and stuck with it.
I got sick of my dated content layout (only 5 years too late) and finally made a whole new theme. Finally, 2008 brings some design continuity! Makes my other layouts look downright amateur.
And finally, the newest version of g27 has been brought to you by the very talented Dan Johnston. I found him through a fellow comic, hired him to design my new standup site, and worked closely with him from conception to launch day. Ladies and gentlemen, g27 has finally stepped into the 21st century. A site-wide art style, social network integration, modern media presentation, and optimization all around. We worked on it for months and I couldn’t be happier with how it came out.
Instead of g27 just being a blog with the occasional mention of a standup show or posting of a new video, those components are now integrated with the design and all of that information is accessible without searching through old archives. The lifestream automagically updates with my Twitter/Flickr/Facebook feeds and the videos page updates with anything that I upload to YouTube. AND you can even subscribe to any component’s RSS feed!
We’re living in the future, man! The future!