Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Primp My Blog

I came close to switching to Wordpress.  Then I came close to upgrading to MT 3.latest.  Finally, I decided just to work with what I had.  So I tuned the style sheets, lifted a bit of java from cgbvb (indebted!), and roughly finished the annual blog do-over.  A few rough spots remain, but I'm generally satisfied. I wanted something just a bit tidier. The most significant change for me is the three-column style--a switch I'd been considering for quite some time.  After too many failures managing the re-design exclusively through CSS (which I've only ever learned by tinkering; you'll see pure hack-job if you have a look at it), I went ahead and dropped the MT tags into a simple table.  I know it's an acknowledgment of limited skills, but instead I'll attribute it to ambivalence in case there are any HTML purists lurking.

I paused from flipping channels this weekend to look at MTV's "Pimp My Ride."  If you don't know the program, well, each episode basically features a full-scale vehicle overhaul.  A high-end body shop in California takes a well-worn jalopy and juices it into a set of wheels with more kick, more bass, more glimmer.  So I was thinking it'd be nifty is somebody would come along and offer to spruce up my blog (re-design it for 800x600 viewing, if nothing else).  But no such thing happened.

Next up, more attention to colors (why reddish?), considering deleting out some of the crap still lingering in the side columns, and weeding out the idle blogs from the blogroll. 

Bookmark and Share Posted by at May 24, 2005 9:52 PM to On Weblogs

The web log looks great, and I maintain that you need to do a mini seminar on how to be so electronically cool!

Posted by: denise at May 25, 2005 11:26 AM

I don't know about cool. If you say so! But yeah, a seminar is a good idea, although, you're the *only* one sharing a kind word, whatever that might mean. Plus, you've already got a sharp design going at A.T.

Posted by: Derek at May 25, 2005 7:01 PM

I love the new look.

Posted by: Jenny Edbauer at May 26, 2005 9:26 PM

Glad to know it, Jenny. The other design had become such a spill. Figures, though, I just learned today that the new style sheet goes to pieces when viewed in Internet Explorer for Mac. It's good in Firefox and IE for PC and good in Safari for Mac, but pull it up in IE and the whole thing unravels. Of course, under those conditions (reading my blog, on a mac, in IE) one deserves to see all the glitches. Right?

Posted by: Derek at May 26, 2005 10:01 PM

The same damn thing happens to me. Stupid IE. I actually wrote it off the same way.

Posted by: Jenny Edbauer at May 27, 2005 10:30 AM

I just heard that it's okay in Netscape, too. So yeah, I'm going to let folks in IE for Mac just see it differently. Heck, people preferring that interface probably see a lot of stuff differently.

Posted by: Derek at May 27, 2005 3:01 PM