If you haven’t noticed, or maybe this is your first time visiting, we’ve made some major changes to the site recently. We’ve deployed an entirely new theme for the main site designed to responsively adapt to different screen sizes. That means the website should look just as great on your tablets and phones as it does your desktop.
We’ve still got a few more bell and whistles to unveil, but first we’re working hard to fix some of our old content so that it looks better under the new format. It’s not an easy task considering we have over 8 years worth of content, but in some ways it’s enjoyable to go back to those early moments in our history. I hope you won’t mind reliving some of those moments with me in some upcoming throwback style posts.
If you’re interested you can find some screenshots of what the site looked like years ago in our archives. For historical purposes I’ve also taken a quick screenshot of the previous theme.
As always if you find something that’s broken, missing, or just feel like getting in touch with us you can leave a comment below or email us at email@example.com.
In keeping with my promise to get on a schedule of updating the gallery I’ve added some 70+ photos to the Mystery Lake 2004 album, which should complete one of the greatest bass fishing galleries you’ll ever see. I’ve included three enticing photos below. Don’t forget you can comment on individual images!
View all 86 images of “Mystery Lake 2004″…
PS- I will be posting a 2010 contributor contest entry tomorrow morning!
With the arrival of a new year comes the time to examine where you are and where you want to be by this time next year. Every year since we started this site we’ve been overwhelmed by growth and feedback from our community of friends and this year should be no different. As our viewership grows, so must we, so must our content- and unfortunately sometimes so must the cost of running and maintaining this site, both in time and in money.
2010 Contributor Contest Results
We’ve collected all of your entries together and will be making the final decision on prizes this week. We’d like to publish one or more of these a week, while we get our prizes together to surprise the winners, leaving the very best for last. There is some good news for those of you that do not win one of the top three prizes though, everyone that submitted an entry will receive a prize- your very own copy of Fins & Skins Magazine 2010 where Clive and I wrote several editorial pieces. It’s like a piece of Fishing Fury history!
In the next few days, though probably not until this weekend, I will be making several updates to the blog including some minor cosmetic changes. Other changes you might want to be aware of are:
- Removal of the WYSIWYG comment text box, this has prevented most mobile phone users from commenting and very few users actually use this feature.
- Adding an MGID widget under posts, we’re going to try some content sharing and see if it works out for us. The widget will only be displayed when viewing the single post page, not indexes- and only for non-logged in users.
- Trying some social networking widgets, again. (Twitter, Facebook, etc)
- Removal of OpenSky store links. We had a wonderful time working with OpenSky and their team, and would definitely recommend it to other bloggers- but we simply don’t have the time to dedicate to really pushing the store as much as we’d like.
- More videos! This year I’m going to not only try to take and upload more short video clips, but I’m also going to start going back and pulling out never before seen clips from our video library dating back to 2004!
- More reviews! We have a ton of reviews that we want to complete this year, including several reviews of fishing rods, reels, and even a ton of great camping equipment.
- More galleries! Now that we’ve got a great and integrated gallery system we’re going to have to start buckling down and getting these uploaded- I want to shoot for at least one gallery per week if possible.
Pretty soon I will be biting the bullet and buying a copy of VBulletin 4, and once we’re ready we will be migrating our current forum system over. VBulletin is a far more mature forum system than our current software (SMF) and will include several great features that are going to take the community aspect of our site to the next level!
Looking for Sponsors and Contributors
With the new year upon us and the increasing pace of growth we’re looking for new sponsors and contributors. If you’re interested in writing about fishing and other topics frequently discussed here please read our contributor guidelines and contact us, if you’re already familiar with wordpress and looking to blog regularly we’d love to get you signed on.
Well that was rather unpleasant. I was all set to have a great weekend and then our server decided to die! This pretty much ruined most of my saturday, sunday, and now monday night and set me back several hundred dollars (good thing I got paid early this weekend). The good news is that we’re back of course, and the bad news is that we seem to have lost several posts and comments. Not to mention the fact that I’m going to have to give away free stuff just to make myself feel better.
Post in the comments below for your chance to win a 2010 copy of Fins & Skins Magazine with several contributions from Clive and myself.
So fishing fury was down all weekend, what did you do? Did you even notice? Tell me what you did on the weekend and monday night instead of spending your time on fishingfury.com and how you managed to cope knowing how hard I was working and how many more grey hairs I’ll probably get from this.
The comment I like the best wins, comment as many times as you like.