Last Update: 2021-06-24
Maintenance / Development Timeline
- 2011-07-07: Blog started on blogspot.com (i.e., Google / Blogger)
- 2013-07-25: Blog post #101 (and 30,000 blog views total)
- 2014-10-24: Started WordPress-based blog site.
- 2014-10-24 – 2014-11-13: Transfer of existing blog posts from Blogger to WordPress
- 2014-10-26: Production at the Blogger site stopped after 154 posts.
- 2014-11-13: Completed content transfer from Blogger to WordPress (@ original posting date). Re-routing traffic to new site.
- 2014-11-23: Genuine blog publishing on WordPress started.
- 2016-03: Initial blog site at Blogger closed @ 74,000 page views.
- 2016-06-16 – 2016-10-14: All blog posts thoroughly checked & revised for better readability (syntax/language, structuring/subtitles, paragraphs, etc.).
- 2018-12-23: Revised typography (Font type and sizes, etc.)
- 2019-01-16: Revised title / header layout for blog posts
- 2019-04-04: Started adding short summaries in German (and occasionally other languages) near the top of new blog posts (in particular: concert reviews). Retrofitting older posts is work in progress.
- 2019-06-06: Blog post #500 (>193,000 pageviews since 2011, >1.4 million words)
- 2019-06 – 2019-09: Extensive blog maintenance. All blog posts now reworked for block editor. No general changes in layout / functionality. Retrofitting short summaries in German (particularly in concert reviews) continues as low-priority task.
- 2019-06 – 2020-02: Added post outlines at the top, throughout all blog posts.
- 2019-11-05 – 2019-11-25: The header pics have been resized and redesigned. The goal was to keep the focus on content rather than on colorful decoration. In parallel to that:
- 2019-11-05 – 2019-11-25: Reworked front pages (more focus on content), simplified main menu, fine-tuning in typography (with adjustments for mobile platforms, etc.).
- 2020-12-02: Added “Testimonials” (under “About” in the main menu)
- 2020-12-04: Switched from “like” buttons (registered users only) to star rating option for all posts & pages
- 2020-12-17: Expanded, more specific and detailed legal terms, see Impressum, Legal
- 2020-12 – 2021-02-07: Internal search utilities (top/secondary menu) reworked / enhanced / consolidated
- 2021-03-11: Revised color scheme for title bar, menus, sidebar
- 2021-05-04: Switched to a CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 International License, see Impressum / Legal
- 2021-06-01: Further enhancements in search utilities
Ongoing Work for Mobile Platforms:
- 2020-08 – 2020-09+: work towards fixing problems with viewing the blog on mobile platforms. At the same time, I’m trying to make the blog more AMP-compatible (Accelerated Mobile Pages). This is meant to help with the Google search engine. At this point, mobile platforms encounter significant limitations. One can only bypass these by switching to the full (desktop) view. Issues with main page / posting display:
- Can’t close drop-down (“accordion”) texts (e.g.: German summaries remain in plain view).
- Some types of picture galleries may not display properly, or may not show up at all.
- Tables are not interactive (no sorting by column, all records shown at all times).
- Inconsistencies in the post / page user rating widget (bottom) between desktop and mobile views (hearts vs. stars)
- Social sharing buttons (at the bottom of every page) are absent.
- Sidebar: The translation menu (Google Translate widget) does not work and is therefore hidden
- Sidebar: Some links in the Twitter feed (widget) are not showing as such and are inactive: need to use copy and paste into a browser’s URL field. Despite this, I decided to keep the Twitter feed widget on mobile platforms, as it highlights recent posting activities.