Weekly Round-Up: New Redesign Edition

by Brett & Kate McKay on July 11, 2009 · 10 comments

in Blog

So this week was AoM’s very first with our new facelift. I think the Art of Manliness is looking pretty dang sharp. We’ve been tweaking little issues this week. If you encounter any problems, please let us know. Some of you have mentioned that you have to complete a “captcha” to leave a comment. This shouldn’t be happening, so if it is, again, let us know. Otherwise, just bask in the newly upped manliness of the design.

Now let’s take a look at other things that have been happening around the blog this week:

Art of Manliness Contests

The Toilet Paper Contest

The Toilet Paper randomly drew an email from those who signed up for their updates, and the winner of a new Amazon Kindle is……

Marshall McClure from North Carolina

Hope you enjoy that Kindle, Marshall!

AoM Community PhotoGroup Photo Contest

The PhotoGroup hosted a father-themed photo contest last month and the excellent entries have been narrowed down to 4 superb finalists. The winner is selected by popular vote, and voting ends today, so stop by and pick your favorite. And take a minute to watch this great video of all the entries that was put together by the huhman:

Around the Community This Week

Within the Book Group, the Book Club has decided to read The Count of Monte Cristo. You have two weeks to read it and then they’ll discuss it. Join in!

Will started a discussion about books about manliness and lists some of his recommendations.

Todd started a discussion about manly names. You can’t go wrong with Optimus Prime.

If you want kids and you spouse decides that they don’t, is that a deal breaker? Weigh in on this weighty topic.

Craig posted a heartwarming story about his Fourth of July with his family.

Tyler posed the question, “What man most personifies the Art of Manliness? A great question in itself, but it also spawned another question: Is it ever manly to kill yourself?

Todd started a discussion about how to decorate a man’s apartment.

Liam started a discussion about having a positive attitude about aging.

James wrote an excellent blog post about the difference between passion and posturing.

In the Motorcycles Group, Claude posed the question, “If money were no object, what bike would you add to your collection and why?

In the Philosopher’s Group, Christatos Aristad grapples with the economy of life and whether it’s moral to kill some people in order to save others.

In that same group, Shaun posed his usual thought-provoking questions like:

Is it wrong to choose not to have children?

When does the Boy become the Man?

Is it right to “promote” the spread of democracy?

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Jeff Geerling July 11, 2009 at 1:16 pm

Just wanted to note: Load times on slower connections (I’m on a verizon 3G broadband card right now) are a bit slower since the redesign… part of the problem is that there are a lot of huge graphics (like the background image) that take a while to load in. Also, the flash video that autostarts causes everything to be put on halt.

You might want to look into at least making everything wait until the end of the page load before starting…

2 Lawrence July 11, 2009 at 2:10 pm

I actually think the site loads a lot faster now. Which is nice, because I was getting frustrated with how slowly the old site loaded.

3 cl July 11, 2009 at 4:45 pm

Hah, what a coincidence, I actually got The Count of Monte Cristo in the mail yesterday.

4 thehuhman July 11, 2009 at 4:47 pm

I really like the new site. And the pages load fast on all of my computers. (There is still a glitch in the header graphics, when viewed with Safari on a MAC. See this screenshot: http://screencast.com/t/pIyA09Zb

5 Brerarnold July 12, 2009 at 11:27 am

As regards the redesign, I have only one gripe: I really, really do not like videos or sound that start to play automatically when the page is opened. If I want to watch or listen, I will click on it. If I don’t, you have made me take an unnecessary step in shutting it down.

6 Brett July 12, 2009 at 2:04 pm

@Brerarnold-

I know the autoplay ads are annoying, but they’re necessary right now to keep the blog going. They should only play for you the first time you visit the site, and then never ever again. If they’re playing for you multiple times, please let me know.

7 Julian July 12, 2009 at 8:53 pm

Site looks sleek but one BIG ISSUE -

You can’t view all the comments on a post. Take the popular post “100 Must-Read Books: The Essential Man’s Library”. I’d like to see the commentary by fellow users but the “previous comments” link does do much except take you to a page devoid of all comments.

8 Brett July 13, 2009 at 4:21 pm

@Julian-

Thanks for the feedback. I’m on it.

9 David July 15, 2009 at 5:59 pm

Fantastic. Just came back from holidaying and was amazed at the new layout. In particular I love the images of Victorian era gentlemen, which gives the website a great vintage feel.

10 doommen July 21, 2009 at 4:44 am

If you want kids and you spouse decides that they don’t, is that a deal breaker?

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