Saturday, August 06, 2011

New Look for the Blog

I changed the design of the blog
as you see.

Y'know how sometimes you go out and buy a new car because you are just in love with the idea of having a shiny new car with really sleek lines and good gas mileage and, like, tailfins?

This is not what I'm doing here.

Or sometimes you buy a new car because your neighbors keep walking by and saying, "When are you going to get rid of that scrap heap?"

Which is why I'm updating the website
at considerable effort and inconvenience and not a little personal expense.

But that is not why I changed the blog.

Sometimes you get rid of your car because vandals have come by and set it on fire and painted obscene mottoes all over the carcass and let the air out of your tires.

That's why I changed the look of the blog.

For reasons which will remain forever unclear, but are probably related to something abstruse and technical Google did with how it uploads stuff to Blogger,
lots of Blogger folks suddenly started getting black spaces and white triangles and exclamation points all over their blogs.

Doubtless dead-black-and-exclamation-marks have a design purpose.
Not for my blog
so much.

I put up with a long black column slashing down the left side of the blog for a couple days.  I joined discussions and listened to the usual fixes that everybody promised would work, that did not work for me.  I played with the code of the blog, which is always dire and trying and in this case also did not work.

I became distressed.

So I changed templates.
This is something I've been avoiding for years,
because something usually goes wrong when you mess with stuff.

That is why I have a new design.


  1. I like it! Very Much!

    It is clean, simple & doesn't distract from your blog writings.

    and I was worried.

    I like your writing very much!

    I was worried that it would be too fussy for me to look at.

    There are a few blogs that I only read on Google Reader. There I can easily read them. On their blog sites.... too much clutter!!

    Thank you for K.I.S,S.
    (Keeping it Simple, Sweetie!)

  2. I am so glad it works for you.

    I'm trying to avoid all the things I hate about blogs . . .

    Too much visual information. Cluttered design. Things that move. White letters on a black background. Strange fonts. Tiny text. Pictures that do not have a popup window.

  3. Anonymous10:12 PM

    I like it too. I have the same problem of sorts with my blogger. It shows my five blogs I usually get but then copied the previous already posted blogs and showed them beaneath the five...go figure.

    Decided to change the look to no avail. So I'm just going to work around this hiccup.

  4. Good heavens. Why has blogger got all buggy all of a sudden?

  5. Oh, thank you! I think this is lovely, and I'm so glad to be able to see the words again.

  6. Right. I have this kinda minimal requirement that the blog be legible . . .

  7. Christine7:02 PM

    The blog looks wonderful and very legible! As a previous poster said it's clean and simple which is perfect for a blog.

    I also like your new picture very much and noticed that you and the lovely pre- raphaelite lady in the artwork just below are giving the reader the same look. Was that planned? Lol.

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  9. Hi Christine --

    Oh, huge giggle. It's pure chance.

    I'm settling in and feeling comfy in the new 'blog look'. I suppose it's good to get shaken up every once in a while.

  10. It's lovely. But you've made me nervous. I'd better go look at my long-neglected blog and see whether the gremlins have found it...

  11. I hate to admit it, but once I got my site working, I stopped worrying about what was happening to everybody else.

    Maybe the problem's been fixed. I will hope so.