On January 22, 2008, Overthinking it went live with five posts. The first of these began,
About 60% of the content of any given blog consists of links to other, more interesting blogs.
Today we celebrate our fourth anniversary. We’ve changed our focus, added podcasts, had a laugh or two at our own expense. Most importantly, we’ve built a community of writers, readers, listeners, commenters—overthinkers all—and made one of the most interesting bands of misfits on the internet, and together we’ve proved that original statement wrong.
The new design we’re launching today is a work in progress, but its aim is clear: To streamline, de-clutter, and focus our attention on the articles, comments, podcasts, and whatever surprises might be on their way. There are a few neat HTML5/CSS3 and responsive tricks, but they should fade into the background and simply make it easier to get to the new stuff.
We also want to make it easier to find the old stuff. With four years of daily posting (nearly 1500 articles live, as I write this), we’ve got quite a backlog. Click “Articles” in the menu bar, and you’ll get category navigation (customized based on what page you’re on). Start typing in the search field, and you’ll be able to pick from our most popular tags as you search.
There’s at least one more big surprise in store, and in preparation, we’ve opened up registration for your own individual user account on OTI. You should see the link at the top of the screen.
We’ll need to spend a little time working out any bugs we may have introduced. I hope you’ll contact us or leave a comment below.
Here’s to four more years. Thanks, everybody.