Siberian Light through the years

I was looking back the archives earlier today, and realized that Siberian Light is now more than five years old. (Yes, I forgot my own blog’s fifth birthday).

If you’ll indulge me, I thought it would be fun to take a quick trip down memory lane. But, rather than just bore you with links to my favourite posts, I thought it would be more interesting (or perhaps more boring, depending on your take) to take a look at how Siberian Light has changed over the years.

So, I’ve dug through my files, and compiled screenshots of each of Siberian Light’s 7 incarnations.

February 2004 – September 2005

Siberian Light version 1

The very first Siberian Light theme.

Even though it’s a really basic typepad theme with a picture at the top, this is still my favourite. Probably because I sweated blood and tears turning this old picture of the embankment at Irkutsk into the header…

September 2005 – February 2007

Siberian Light Screenshot - version 2

This theme only lasted so long because Siberian Light took a year long break between December 2005 and December 2006 🙂

February 2007 – February 2007

Siberian Light Version 3

This one didn’t last long at all. Not sure why, as it’s way better than the next theme.

February 2007 – May (?) 2007

Siberian Light version 4

Possibly the dullest theme ever. Who knows what I was thinking at the time. But it was the theme in use when Siberian Light hit the front page of Digg for the first and, so far, only time. So it’s probably been seen by more people than any other theme.

June 2007 – January 2008

Siberian Light Version 5

My second favourite theme. Straightforward, no nonsense.

January 2008 – October 2008

Siberian Light Version 6

The decision to move to a magazine style theme, which only had excerpts of stories on the front page, and which used big pictures to highlight featured articles, was a big departure for Siberian Light.

I still like the concept, but it’s not an ideal format for a one man blog, as it needs regularly updated content to work properly.

(Sorry about the poor picture quality on this one, by the way).

October 2008 – present

Siberian Light Version 7

The theme you see today, which probably looked a lot swisher before I started mucking about with it.

As you can see, I can’t resist tinkering. For me, the ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” maxim clearly has no meaning.

I wonder what Siberian Light will look like in five more years?

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3 Responses

  1. I like the current style, but prefer the original Irkutsk picture.

    Suggestion: write a script for random headers with different pics of Russia, that’ll probably look great. 🙂

    Da Russophile´s last blog post..Translation: Confessions of a Russian “Liberal” Part 2

  2. Liz says:

    Congratulations! I like the Irkutsk picture as well, but change is inevitable isn’t it? The current design is very contemporary.

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  3. Andy says:

    @ Da Russophile – I think I really need to do something about the header. The current one is a bit dull.

    @ Liz – thanks. By the way, I really enjoyed your article over at Problogger.