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  • Richard Fair
  • 22 Nov 06, 11:29 AM

I don’t know about you, but sticking my head under the bonnet of the Blog always fills me with dread. I’m no technophobe, but I can’t help but worry that any little tweak I make will somehow launch some kind of butterfly effect that ends up plunging half of America and Canada into darkness. (I should make it clear that the recent blackout in Europe wasn’t my fault. I was on holiday at the time and didn’t touch the Blog.)

A couple of weeks ago we had a problem with the right hand navigation (it insisted on dropping down to the bottom of the page). It left Robin screaming and panicking and breathing into an empty cookie bag. It turned out that the Blog didn’t like large quotation marks and let’s face it, who does?

But there’s always the fear that making some minor change to the coding would render the whole thing useless and would result in me having to wake our Blog guru from his winter sleep (think bear/sore head).

The other problem I have is boredom. When I find myself with a bit of spare time on my hands I start to tinker aimlessly with layouts and extra features.

My own websites and Blogs suffer from this constantly with new flashy links being added showing the last pictures I took and the music I’m listening to, that kind of thing. When I’m bored I really do believe that people need to know this kind of information. This is rather odd as when I’m not bored and use my downtime surfing around other Blogs I find all this clutter distracting and it leaves me wondering what these people are thinking, bolting all those extras on their sites.

Anyway, I’ve promised the guys in BBC Blog Central that I won’t play with the Blog coding (much) and if I do get a little bored I’ll only lift the bonnet on one of my own.

Having said that I notice that we’re not using the Category feature and I’m not sure about the calendar and we could do with some more Manchester blog links and wouldn’t it be great if we showed the current record being played on Radio Manchester and the temperature in the city centre and…

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Hi Richard,

Enjoy reading your posts. I like the idea about the current radio record. I also think the link to the Radio Manchester's player needs to be installed here, to double the pleasure. And my blog, Notebooks, seems to be gradually developing into an online panoptic narrative, including even poems and translations (under the 'Works' label). Will be nice to see you there!

Julia

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Correction. I wanted to wish my family in BBC Manchester [including BBC Radio Manchester] a Happy Christmas and a Happy New Year. I hope that the dance session by Dianne Oxberry turned out great. Say Hello to Rajiv Singh and Michelle Daniels from Miami Florida. Roberto

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Well if you're looking for blogs to link to then please do consider mine, which tells the story of Manchester's student scene!

http://markmuldoon.blogspot.com

Thanks!
Mark

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