What’s That Smell?

Why, it’s that new site smell, of course! Welcome to Back to the Fridge 3.0, everybody! Based on my own experience working with the site (as well as much feedback from others), I thought it was time to make a few changes around here.

What’s New

Here’s a quick list of changes, some interesting and some not so much:

  • Finally upgraded WordPress.
  • With that comes: comment threading and Gravitar support!
  • Back to the Fridge is now more like a regular blog.
    • The cute (but confusing) fridge on the home page is gone.
    • The last five posts now show on the index page.
    • Regular blog roll now on every page.
    • And normal “blog-like” navigation all around
  • “Return to Onederland” category retired!
  • New left-hand menu for off-site links.
  • Improved right-hand menu for on-site links.
  • And updated graphics to amaze your friends.

In short, everything is different, but it should still feel like home. Comments are most welcome! Caveat: The URL for the RSS feed has changed. If you always read BTTF via RSS, you will need to change your bookmark.

Virtual Book Tour

I implemented this makeover in conjunction with my first Virtual Book Tour. Take a look at the links on the left for all the stops over the next two weeks. Please follow me. It should be … interesting!

Magical Mystery Tour

This is my new category, replacing Return to Onederland. The first leg of this journey is behind me. It’s now time for the next part. I couldn’t think of anything that describes it better than the words magical and mystery. I should write a song.

Week 37
Starting Weight 224.0
Current Weight 196.6
Change from Last Week -1.1
Lost So Far 27.4

I’ve changed this little box too. First, I’m now counting weeks, since that’s a little easier to read than “Day 259.” Next, I removed the “Pounds to Go” because I don’t actually have an end goal. This is an open-ended journey with a destination independent of the number my scale spits out.

And speaking of that number, you know how I would always bemoan having a great week, then in one stupid day I would gain three pounds and throw off the reading for the entire week? Some people suggested I weigh myself before the weekend, so that wouldn’t happen. Of course, it doesn’t matter what day I pick: an anomalous reading can happen at any time.

To fix this, I discovered a highly complex mathematical concept called averaging. I weigh myself seven days, add those values together, and divide by seven. Wow.

And just in the nick of time. Because I had a great week this week. Until weigh in morning Sunday when I mysteriously went up 2.5 pounds. See? This “average” thing is brilliant!

Anyway, that’s about it for now. Hope you like the new site and hope you follow me on the tour. It should be fun.

15 Responses to “What’s That Smell?”

Tonibaby said
April 13, 2009 at 1:41 am

I left something for you on my blog. I hope you are having a wonderful day!

Tuscanystone said
April 13, 2009 at 5:20 am

Oooo, got a bit of a fright with the new layout. thought my pc was playin up 🙂 I like it. Wish you’d have facility to follow comments tho?

Well done on your 1.1 lb!! lol 1.1?? Is it really worth averageing out to 1 tenth of a lb? lol Personally, I just take the lowest reading that week as being the right one. You’re too hard on yourself Charlie 😉

Tusc 🙂

JohnGL said
April 13, 2009 at 5:48 am

Awww, shucks, the Whirlpool logo is gone.

The new is still pretty clean compared to a lot of other blogs out there.

Nice goin’ Charlie!

Charlie said
April 13, 2009 at 6:02 am

Yeah, Whirlpool never sent me a dime for all that free advertising.

And on another note, writing WordPress themes from scratch is hard. I don’t want to do this again for a long time… 🙂

Helen said
April 13, 2009 at 6:47 am

Congrats on your redesign — both the blog and your body LOL!

I know I’ve said this to you before but the exact reason my weigh in day is Wednesday is that it’s mid week — depending on how you look at it or when you do it, before or after any possible 1 day of bad eating gain. Saves me from averaging 😉

Jennifer said
April 13, 2009 at 7:00 am

I liked the fridge!! But I love the new layout!

Check out my review today of your book!

Charlie said
April 13, 2009 at 7:46 am

And not just a review, but a giveaway too! All you purchasing procrastinators are in luck again!

MaryBe said
April 13, 2009 at 8:54 am

I never like change, but this looks good!

Biz said
April 13, 2009 at 9:54 am

I LOVE the new layout – much easier to navigate!!

Hope you had a nice Easter!

Sagan said
April 13, 2009 at 3:19 pm

Nice change! And your book tour sounds like fun 🙂

Quix said
April 13, 2009 at 4:03 pm

I like the new blog changes, and can tell you work with release notes often. 🙂 I used to have to write those up all the time…

And magical mystery tour is an awesome name! Smells good to me!

Meg said
April 13, 2009 at 7:14 pm

Congrats on the new look! I love it!

Tom said
April 13, 2009 at 10:07 pm

Looks good.

Anne (Happy Fun Pants) said
April 17, 2009 at 9:43 am

I was wondering why I wasn’t getting your feeds via Google Reader anymore.

I have now re-added you.


The things I do for you – and I’m not even in your blogroll!


Charlie said
April 17, 2009 at 5:07 pm

Fixed that for you.