Well I’m all about giving back and this is a special anniversary post. Here is a look back visually of the last two years on Chris vs Chris. It’s not quite our Birthday yet.. so it’s an early present.
All the thumbnails lead to a much larger version.
Version 1: Feb 2005:
Version 2: August 2005
Version 3: Late 2005: Entering the Slow Period
This was the beginning of dark ages.. although at the time it seemed like the beginning of good times. Christine and I were breaking up weekly.. much to the pleasure or dismay of the blog (depending on who was commenting). We were adding features and getting more comments and traffic then was good for us. We started to suffer from “feature” bloat.
Version 4: Mid 2006: We suck
Our blog officially sucks, we have plug in lag, it takes 30 seconds to load and the 300-400 people a day who visit our site religiously.. are PISSED. They are actually to the point of telling us how slow the site is loading and it is starting to affect people commenting. I start a redesign to solve all the problems.. only to cause a much bigger ones.
Version 5: Mid: 2006 : The ULTRA ULTRA Dark Ages…
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This was a bad time for us, so bad the Waybackmachine wouldn’t even archive our site because the design sucked so bad. I burned all copies hence why your left without a picture (sorry). Christine hated the new design.. I loved it. Readers.. well they hated it…. search engines hated it.. pretty much everybody but me… oh a few people told me my coding skills were wicked.. but the blog was just “unreadable” and “confusing”… so I went to work on version 6. Hey Van Gogh didn’t do his best work until he was in his 30′s.
Version 6: Jan 2007 – Rackspaced and Brighter Days
Current, ya this month we ported the site to a shinny and EXPENSIVE Rackspace dedicated server ( which is why there is now a google ad or two around so help us out and click them once in a while) , was it worth it.. every freakin penny… we also updated to wordpress 2.1 and we have been having blazing since. I would love to hear what you guys think of the design, things you would like to have us do, or bring back. In the past people have mentioned that they loved when we had a different “classic post” at the top of the page each time the home page loaded. Anyway your comments are always welcome.