Build Internet Redesign and Network Updates
Build Internet gets a fresh redesign, upcoming network updates get announced, and we explain what the heck we’ve been up to. Welcome back Internet, it’s been a long time coming.
Hello Again, It’s Been a While
Hello, we’ve missed you. We’ve got a lot of great stuff coming up for you guys, and this post just marks the kickoff. I’ve got notebooks full of potential posts, a laundry list of ideas, and the enthusiasm (and manpower) to get this blog cranking again.
Where the @&!* Have You Guys Been?
Settle down, I’m getting to that part. Blogging is interesting because it lets you meet a bunch of people, which fascinatingly enough leads to some pretty sweet networking opportunities.
As luck would have it, the popularity of Build Internet was something we were able to translate over to some meaningful relationships with all sorts of kickass companies and people. It was an interesting conundrum, the more readers we got, the more client work came in, which began to eat up more and more of our time.
When Zach and I started Build Internet in 2008, we were two guys in our sophomore year of college, that occasionally did websites for local businesses and spent our time blogging and perusing the Internet. Today our company, One Mighty Roar, consists of eight incredibly talented individuals, has folks all over the northeast, and has been fortunate enough to have worked with a growing number of national brands. All this client work has been wonderful, but we realized we really missed the community here.
Build Internet Redesign
This redesign has existed as a Photoshop file on my computer for a really long time. That being said, I’m thrilled to finally see it all grown up into a WordPress theme.
Want the breakdown about what’s new? Go exploring! Here’s a helpful list to get you started.
- A wider layout lets us fit in more wonderful content and bigger post banners.
- Smarter comments mean you can reply using threaded comments, complete with relative timestamps (eg. 1 day ago, 5 minutes ago ), and tidy labels for author and editor roles.
- A social sidebar means no more sifting through posts for key points, author info or download links, the sidebar now holds all that good information. This includes author bio and links, post highlights, download & demo buttons, social media links, and an automatically generated short URL to top it all off.
- We are very curious to see how the random post button goes.
- Once you finish reading a post, you can tweet your reaction with our sweet Tweet dropdown form.
- There are integrated links to network sites in the navigation (noted by the arrow to the right)
We aren’t done yet either, aside from ongoing tweaks and fixes, as we redesign the rest of the network we’ll be swooping back and adding in new features.
Network Expansion and Updates
The One Mighty Roar Network consists of blogs that center around creativity. We currently have Build Internet, Officeal, and Nonsense Society as part of the family – but today I’d like to announce the newest member, Desktopped.
Desktopped (@desktopped) is a blog that features noteworthy computer setups and case mods that was started by our Director of Product Development, Brian Muse, before he joined One Mighty Roar. He already has a strong following, but I’m sure our readers will only add to the community over there, so feel free to show him some love or submit your desktop if you’re so inclined.
Over the coming months we will be treating each of the sites in our network to a redesign, the first in line is Nonsense Society. Here’s a sneak peak of their new logo to hold you over.
We have another network blog in the pipeline, which we will be announcing in the near future, to be spearheaded by another member of the One Mighty Roar team. More on that soon.
We’re Back (Also, Guest Posts)
We’ve been gone for a while, but we’re back with a bigger crew, more experience(es), and a renewed enthusiasm for all things Internet. Let’s do this thing.
We will be reaching out for guest post authors in the coming weeks, they would be paid gigs and undoubtedly lead to fame and moderate fortune. If you are interested or have a great idea, shoot us an email with the synopsis and some sample posts you’ve done. There’s a lot of great talent out there, it’s time we bring some of it here.
Give us a holler with your thoughts down below, we’d love to hear them.