*** Request For Participation ***
As we are pushing the next version of Geekswithblogs.net closer to the door, I was wondering what features you would like to see on the main page of a community blog site? I have some ideas (including the removal of the green monster) but I would like to get your opinions on the topic.
What I would like to see is a "portal"-style homepage that would allow readers to register with the site and customize what they would like to see. Also, since ASP.NET 2.0 has a great Parts framework, create a group of parts that you could add to the page and reconfigure how you see GWB compared to everyone else.
Some of these parts would include:
- Posts (of course) but with selectable Categories
- Top Viewed Posts in the last 30 Days
- Most Commented Posts in the last 5 Days
- Blogger List (customizable by the reader on who is in their list)
- Skinning (maybe...)
What else am I missing?
Dru Sellers, one of our faithful bloggers, is working for AJI Software on the conversion to SubText again. We had to pull him away for a few months as he was working on a client project, but he is now dedicated to adding the features we need to SubText for a smooth migration with current functionality. Everyone wish Dru luck during the long days and nights he is pulling to get this site updated as soon as we can.
One of the items I would like to change near the launch of the site is a new look and feel for the homepage. The green monster must go. If you have some graphics skills and want to help us out with this task, please contact me. I am no stranger to the digital paintbrush, but I have designed the look of GWB a few times now and I want to extend the offer to someone else if they would like to help.
This past week in Kansas and Missouri, we had some terrible storms with hail and tornados come through the area. In Olathe, we just had pea-sized hail and strong winds. About 40 miles south of us, a few tornados landed crossing the border into Missouri. My uncle, David Matthes, lost his entire house in a tornado as illustrated in Photos 1, 8, and 9. He told his wife, who works in Kansas City, to stay at the office as it was getting bad. Shortly after the call, he went downstairs and hid behind a refrigerator in the corner. A few minutes later the tornado ripped his house completely off the foundation and scattered it a few hundred feet away. He also lost a barn, Morton Building, and some cattle. To understand how powerful these storms are, look at his house photos. Also, he had a dump truck placed 50 yards away from where he parked in, where the storm lifted it across a road and placed it upright with no damage. He wasn't hurt in this and he has insurance that will cover the damage.