A little about me
I started this site in Early 2008, mostly to write about hobbies and days out. It’s seen a lot, including my 4 years living in Osaka.
As of 2023 I’m working on reviving the site and shifting the focus away from the purely Japan focused content.
Since launching in 2008, the site has undergone a number of design revisions:
V1 – 2008 – Nov 2009
As I had no prior experience with WordPress, I opted to use a pre-made theme – namely Daleri Dark by Andreas Viklund. I happily continued adding to this for some time, and elements including colour scheme and font continue to influence later designs.
V2 – Nov 2009 – 2011
The moment I finally stopped being lazy and made my own theme, first time the top-bar element was introduced. During this time the site went through a name change from “James’ Blog” to “Tubbygaijin.co.uk”
V3 – 2011 – 2012
A further improvement to V2, adding a slider to the homepage and excerpts to make sectional browsing easier.
V4 – 2012 – 2023
An evolution of V3. Much of the underlying code of the site hadn’t changed since 2008 meaning the site was heavily reliant on hacks and plugins. No more! A nice new slider system and native thumbnails and threaded comments should speed things up a bit. The colour scheme has gone a lot brighter compared to the muted, slightly mucky V3 and pages for the first time are presented on a white background for ease of reading.