I’ve been updating the blog again with a few changes including a new background header, a featured images widget (in addition to the main galleries), improved mobile responsiveness for phones and tablets and a PayPal donation button (if you like what I’m doing and feel so inclined to help support my efforts). I’m still tweaking things a bit, but this is the idea for the current format. This site has been a labour of love for several years now and complements my other freelance writing. It is now a self-hosted blog on WordPress, so that I can continue to make additional custom refinements or changes as needed. Also, a lot of my other (planetary-related) articles get reposted on the blog, but I’m trying to add more blog-only content as well to help keep it more unique, even though the other writing does take up a lot of my time. Thanks!
PLEASE NOTE: This blog formerly known as The Meridiani Journal is now Planetaria (http://planetaria.ca)! TMJ was first started in 2005 when the primary planetary exploration missions at the time were the Mars rovers Opportunity (landing in Meridiani Planum) and Spirit. Now there are many different missions happening as well as thousands of exoplanets being discovered, so the new name is a better and simpler reflection of that. The old domain for TMJ still works and now redirects to Planetaria, as well as all previous links.
After some technical problems with WordPress the past few days, the blog is now back online and basically restored, although unfortunately blog posts from about the past year have been lost. But at least it’s functioning again!
I’ve been revamping the blog a bit again, with a new WordPress theme, Retina, and a few other additions. The theme is nicely responsive for smartphone and tablet screens. I’ve updated the header image for a new look. I’ve tidied up the image galleries and will add more as I can. I’ve added a “Pin it” button to images, which shows up on the images themselves when you hover over them, for faster posting to Pinterest. Also, in the social sharing footer on posts, I’ve now added Pocket for easy saving of posts. The “about” pages have been updated too. I’m still tweaking things a bit, but this is the basic idea. There is also now a LinkedIn group page as well as an Instagram for the blog!
I am pleased to announce another new partner for TMJ, The Spaceflight Group. TSG, just launched, will be a collection of websites dedicated to various aspects of space exploration. The first, SpaceFlight Insider, is already online, and I will be doing some writing for that blog as well. You can also follow them on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Tumblr, Blogger and YouTube!
Please note that the RSS feed for the blog has been updated. The default feed, http://planetaria.ca/feed, is now being used instead of the previous Feedburner one. Please subscribe or re-subscribe to the new feed to receive RSS updates from the blog. Thanks!
The blog is now on Pinterest and Instagram! You can now follow the blog on these new (and very popular) social media services. Like Twitter, Facebook and Google+, you can follow Pinterest on either the web or mobile devices, while Instagram is for mobile devices …