Introducing the New Thinking Christian!

Welcome to the new Thinking Christian! I hope you like the new look. Actually, it wasn’t primarily for looks that I made this transition, but because the software I was using up until now had become obsolete, and three-year-old promises of an upgrade have lost credibility. WordPress is a great way to go, anyway.

Older posts are still where they always were. You can track them down through this entry page, or through the Google search in the sidebar, which indexes both the old and new group of blog entries.

If you read this blog through an RSS reader, you’ll need to change those addresses to:

Recent comments appear at the very bottom of the screen on each page.

There is a live comment preview installed so you can see what you’re typing as you type it, though some browsers put the preview far down at the bottom of the page. Anyway, you can also edit your own comment for up to 20 minutes after you post it. I’ve found that even in previews I miss obvious errors sometimes. After you edit your comment you may need to refresh your page to see it. Otherwise you might think it has disappeared.

I still need to insert a couple of static pages at the top, and a few goodies in the sidebar. And my son is becoming a css scholar (translation: he knows how to do nifty things with sites like this), and I will probably have him mess with a few things, too.

But this is a start!

P.S. I’ll be manipulating the posting time and date on this entry to keep it at the top of the page for a few days. This was first published Wednesday morning, December 5.

Tom Gilson

Vice President for Strategic Services, Ratio Christi Lead Blogger at Thinking Christian Editor, True Reason BreakPoint Columnist

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22 Responses

  1. Steve says:

    Since you were using FeedBurner for the old site, why don’t you just update the feed URL that it points to. That way no one needs to change anything if they are using FB.

    That’s the whole point of FB. You can move your blog wherever you want, but you feed remains the same.

  2. Tom Gilson says:

    Steve, I don’t think I even realize I was using FeedBurner. I wonder if someone else set that up for some users somehow, or if I did it and completely forgot about it… I’ll have to take a look at it sometime later.

  3. Steve says:

    It’s a link on the old site.

  4. Tom Gilson says:

    If I knew how to combine the old and the new into one new feed with FeedBurner that would be great, but I don’t. But I’ve updated the feed you just referred to, so it will point here now. Thanks.

  5. Tom Gilson says:

    Whoa–it did it for me! Feedburner users can use the address Steve gave and stick with it.

  6. Steve says:

    I use Google Reader, and what is great about it is that it keeps everything. That means that I have all of your old posts, as well as the new ones.

  7. Tom Gilson says:

    The comment preview function is working in some browsers, including Internet Explorer and Opera. Not the Mozilla browsers, or Safari, though, at least not on my systems.

  8. Tom Gilson says:

    I have just installed a comment editing function. You can now edit your own posts here on Thinking Christian (with a limit, see below).

    Instructions are quite visible on some web browsers, but on others you can’t see them, you need to know where to look. It’s simple, though: If you want to edit a comment you just posted, all you have to do is click on the body of the comment. There’s a 20 minute time limit, so that we don’t go back and try to change history too much!

    You can also click on your name to edit your name or website identification.

    You may need to refresh your browser to see the comment after you’ve saved the edited version.

  9. stevebishop says:

    Looks great!

  10. Sarah Scott says:

    To echo the above comment, the site looks great!

  11. Aaron Snell says:

    Ditto, but these talk-bubbles might take a little getting used to 🙂

  12. Charlie says:

    The next great innovation will be thought balloons.

    By the way, the live preview is working here on Firefox.
    Looking forward to test-driving the “edit” feature (a lot).

    This works as well.

  13. Charlie says:

    It seems “edit” is a little tricky, as my edited version just disappeared.

    Never mind. There it is.

    Oh that’s right. You mentioned that you might have to refresh to see it. Sorry.

  14. Tom Gilson says:

    Editing and live preview were not working as expected for me because of different administrator options. But I’ve tested it while logged out now, and it does seem to be there for all users now. Cool!

  15. Tom Gilson says:

    Thanks for all the encouraging words, friends.

  16. SteveK says:

    One feature I liked was the “Recent Comments” on the right sidebar. Can we get that back? I use Firefox, BTW.

    How about an easier way to apply the HTML tags instead of typing them out manually? Highlight and click would be nice.

    Looks good, Tom.

    Edit: Just LOVE the edit feature!!

  17. Tom Gilson says:

    I don’t know how to do the highlight and click… but have you seen the recent comments at the bottom of the screen? Is that close enough?

    I think I could get them on the sidebar, but not for a few days. Is it worth the effort?

    And there’s always the RSS feed if you’re into that technology–that address is in the sidebar and at the top of this post.

  18. SteveK says:

    I didn’t see the recent comments at the bottom so that will work just fine. The RSS feed is another nice touch. Never used it for comments so I will try it.

    This just goes to show that I didn’t read your post very well. If I did, we wouldn’t be having this discussion.

  19. SteveK says:

    Do smilies work? Let me try….


    Edit: Yep, they work.

  20. SteveK says:

    Don’t get me wrong…I like your picture at the top of the page, but how about another one now that you have a new blog? Maybe a picture in front of your house, or next to your wife, or at the beach…..

    You get the idea.

  21. Tom Gilson says:

    I agree, Steve. This one’s getting old. Thanks for being gentle about it. It’s on the list of things still to be done on this site…

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