Old (Lost?) Dogs Learning New Tricks

by John Reynolds on March 6, 2009

Greetings! We’re happy to display our new look and features as we near the start of our seventh year! New jobs and life’s challenges may try to stop us, but as long as our favorite Seattle residents keep making music, we’ll continue to accompany them with history and perspective.

Websites now aren’t what they were in 2003. Our initial goal was to create an issue-based PJ rock mag in the style of our favorite print mags (and employer at the time!) and in the spirit of our past ‘zine efforts – Kathy’s Footsteps and Jess’s Tickle My Nausea. We casually moved into publishing articles when the spirit moved, and inheriting the Concert Chronology from Five Horizons was a huge undertaking.

When time becomes a premium, any time spent maintaining the site and not writing for the site hinders our growth. As good as a programmer I think I am (*cough* – haven’t lost my modesty), the MySpaces and Blogspots of the world up’d the ante and made creating and maintaining a website as easy and natural as sitting behind your keyboard, clicking a few options here and there, and expressing your thoughts in real time.

This new site – built on the blogging platform WordPress - is a dream realized for us. It will allow us to put our thoughts into words with as little coding roadblocks as possible.  There is a lot still tucked away in our respective PJ vaults, and the vitality of the band will continue to inspire us.

Our core is still here:

  • Articles - we’ve moved some articles over from the old site and will continue to do so in the coming weeks (ok, months, guilty as charged)
  • Concert Chronology – still some gaps from recent years, so help us out if you can. But nearly 20 years of PJ shows with some EV thrown in makes for some great reading

New features include:

  • A blog we’re calling News for now which will allow us to pass around some of PJ news that always seems to fall under the radar or get buried in message boards
  • A Twitter feed and a Facebook page. Old farts like us can still run with the cubs – and we’re not novices with these sites! – so ride along with us if tweets and pokes are your thang. We linked to our YouTube channel as well, which is a central place for the videos we’ve used in previous articles and the ones we hope to add in the future.

Finally, we are forever indebted to a talented Graphic Artist and faithful(l) Pearl Jam fan, Mick Muise, for redefining our logo and redesigning the layout of the site. After showing us a few of her logo ideas – and another habitual multi-month layoff on our part – she showed us some layouts that she had done as part of a web design class she recently attended.  With those fates on our side, her contributions allowed us to build this site in just about a month’s time. Mick, we love you, and thank you so much for what you’ve done for us. For you readers and potential clients out there, go check out her work at PopGraphics.net and industry satire at ThisLooksShopped.com.

So enough sentimental crap and let’s get on with the new year. There’s a new old album out this month and a new new album in the blender.  Rock!

- Kathy, Jess and JR

John Reynolds ( Twitter: @jjjrrr )
A New Jersey based programmer, John handles TFT’s programming and technical aspects. He also conceives and writes his share of TFT’s articles and sections. John’s first Pearl Jam show was at Lollapalooza on August 12, 1992.

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