I launched The Citizen Insane blogging project roughly six years ago this month. Back then, I was an emotional college sophomore who had no idea what he was doing (I still don’t, really). Since then, the site’s undergone about half a dozen facelifts, traveled across multiple web platforms and has changed drastically.
As this is an anniversary of sorts, I decided to totally redesign things from the bottom up. Whereas previous iterations saw me playing dress up in the clothes of legitimate music dot-coms, I decided to strip away the mimicry and tailor the site to my tastes, schedule and sensibilities now. This minimalist theme has a dual function: To provide readers with an un-cluttered means of reading, listening and downloading, as well as lessening my responsibilities as a blogger, allowing more room for ease, brevity and simplicity. Or maybe I just thought it looks really, really cool.
While things may seem very different, they’ve also stayed (mostly) the same. Let’s take a tour, shall we…
Navigating the site is meant to be as superflous as possible. All posts will take up the right two-thirds of the page, with Twitter, Facebook and direct links accessible through the “Share” button in the bottom corner of each entry. Commenting is also done through Facebook, so no more pesky registering if you wanna add your two cents.
The left-third then provides an array of hyperlinks. The tiny head directs you to a small introduction and a variety of social media accounts, while the column icon is the site’s tab bar. There you’ll find everything from a search button to the Heavy Rotation page or my personal website. The bird should be self-explanatory.
You’ll also notice I transferred the site onto Tumblr—a move made because its seems easier for both readers and myself—so don’t forget to “Follow” if you’ve got an account of your own.
This process was a long time in the making, so poke around; feedback is very welcome. Though there’s not a dearth of content up today, I’ll be posting as daily as possible this week and beyond, so please stay tuned.
To anyone visiting for the first time, welcome. To those who have supported me for the past weeks, months or years, thank you. No filler, no clutter, no bullshit; just music.