Monday, March 15, 2010

But We Hate And Fear Change!

As you have very possibly noticed by now, this blog looks kind of... different. I've been playing around with the layout. I don't know that I'm entirely happy with it... Blogger kind of lies about how easy it is to customize things with their layout editor; the options are really quite limited unless you're somewhat more adept with HTML than I can claim to be. Still, I think there are some improvements, and it's definitely easier to tweak now than it used to be, at least in certain respects.

Let me know what you think.

22 comments:

  1. Helps to bikeshed...

    The Recently added to your library needs to be on the right column. The blue grey should be a tone lighter, and you need to use the blink tag more.

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  2. I could just make the whole thing blink. :)

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  3. "Anything different is good." - Groundhog Day

    I dunno, looks okay to me.

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  4. It looks to I don't know.... mechanical? sterile. I'm not sure the word I'm looking for but it lacks warmth. But it's your blog :)

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  5. Hmm. Well, it is very cool-colored, but I'm not sure how to make it "warmer." :)

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  6. All right, I've fiddled with the color a little. See if that strikes you as less "mechanical."

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  7. Needs different backround rather than white.

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  8. What do you suggest? Most combinations of text and colored backgrounds I find kind of annoying.

    *pauses to go and play around with the shades of white*

    I just changed the contrast a little or something. I think I like it better now.

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  9. Though I'm normally uncomfortable with change, I think this is an improvement. Everything looks "clearer" somehow.

    I'm a fan of white backgrounds. The more contrast there is between text and background the better IMO. I've seen too many websites where I'n expected to read coloured text on a coloured background that isn't that different. Worst of all is when you're expected to read text overlaid on some sort of non-uniform background.

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  10. The only thing that screamed, "I'm different!" at me is the font, and I can get used to that. (Note that I read this after you implemented the suggested color changes.)

    I knew a couple of people in college, one legally blind and one dyslexic, who had to read things in black and white (and actually read better with white text on a black screen). I agree with JH that color would diminish the contrast and reduce readability.

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  11. One more thing: I like that you condensed the history of your previous posts, but please bring back your links to other blogs. I can't get to Geosomin's nor Fred's any more!

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  12. Whatever you did to tweak it, I like it. I think it might be the font. And my first post above to=too. ;) Sorry I didn't mean to sound critical! Anyway, I actually really like the way you have it now. Sorry Dad-I guess the white background is staying.

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  13. Well, the general feedback seems to be positive, which is good to hear. And I think I've gotten it to the point where I like it now!

    JH: Yeah, colored text on colored backgrounds is just unkind. (Especially to people with poor eyesight, as Captain C mentions below.) Black text on a very pale background might be OK, but I personally don't know that I'd go any further than off-white.

    Captain C: I did play around with the font a bit when I was designing it... It was originally in Verdana, I think, and in a slightly smaller font. I find this one a bit easier to read, personally.

    As for the links, I hardly use them anymore, myself, as I read other people's blogs via RSS, and tend to rely on Firefox's ability to remember URLs if I want to go to them directly. But I can put the blog links list back in. Possibly I'll edit it a bit, though. Stay tuned; I'll get to it when I get to it.

    Kathy: I don't think I changed the font since the last time you were here. Just the color scheme, slightly. But I do think it made a real difference.

    And, yeah, the white is staying. :)

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  14. All right, I added links to friends' blogs back in.

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  15. I like -It seems more "relaxing" to read. Does that make any sense?
    Maybe it's the condensed lists and that I like the font...

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  16. I always lose. You two always ganged up on me. Speaking of you two, would you email me the pic of you and the Tardis?

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  17. You could just save it from the blog. But if you want the full-sized version, I can e-mail it to you, sure. I've already made it public, though, so it doesn't have any blackmail value. :)

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  18. But now clever, computer people (obviously not I) can crop your heads and put them on all sorts of bodies. Or at least you can make a wallpaper of you and Cap'n Jack outside the TARDIS, instead of your sister (no offense, Kathy).

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  19. Hey I won't stand in the way of her fantasies!

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