Tag: The Roadside Resort

So, for the last few months I've been working to upgrade the Roadside Resort, and today it's finally live!

I've completely rebuilt the back end from the ground up, eliminating a lot of the clutter and hacks that prevented me from updating the site as often as I'd like.

I've also updated the photo gallery to something that I hope is a little cleaner and more user-friendly. I'm also working on uploading a backlog of roadside photography that I've accumulated over the years.

Plus, there are plenty of other little changes and features that have been added in that should make the whole site a bit nicer to navigate. For example, registered users can now subscribe to comment threads to keep up with any discussions they'd like to follow.

I'm sure there are a few cracks still to be filled in, but have a look around while I smooth things over. If you find any errors of quirks, please let me know.

So, you may notice quite a gap in my blog. Well, that's because any spare time I've had the past few months I've spent trying to get this Web site up and running. It's my biggest online endeavor to date, far more complex than any site I've created before.

I've actually had to learn some programming to get things working the way I want. And being an incurable perfectionist, I've spent weeks tweaking things. You might be surprised what it takes just to get an alphabetized list of stories to ignore the's and a's or to get a row of thumbnails to line up in a way that doesn't make my eyelids spasm.

I've got a huge backup of stories and photos waiting to go, and even some blog entries hiding away elsewhere, but I realized a few weeks ago that if I were ever to get any of it up, I'd have to let some things slip for a while and concentrate on the backend. Thus, the gap. ... Continued