I gave my friend Carolyn a call on Tuesday to see how she was doing. It's the sort of thing friends do.
"I was looking at your website the other night," she blurted. "It's not as good as it used to be."
With friends like that, who needs enemas?
I pointed out that, if Carolyn had anything constructive to say about a particular Gruts item, she could always add a comment on the website itself. "How do I do that?" she asked. Good grief! You click the comments link underneath the item in question, I explained. Sorry to make it so complicated.
For the record, Gruts has never been any good. Indeed, that's pretty much the whole point. But I got where Carolyn was coming from: too many YouTube videos and Flickr photos recently, not enough original, insightful, inciteful comment. What can I say? I've been busy.
I've been toying with the idea of making a few tweaks to the design of Gruts. Don't worry: nothing as utterly disastrous as the new-look BBC News website; just a bit of tidying up and stuff. This will no doubt encourage me to get back into the general swing of things. Longer term, I'm considering migrating the site to a proper database-based platform—but that sounds a bit too much like hard work to me (I did it for part of my Darwin site, and swore never again). A project for the long, winter nights, perhaps. Assuming I don't have some drying paint which needs watching.
Needless to say, if you have any comments (constructive or otherwise) to make on this subject, there is a rather prominent link for doing so immediately below.