If you've been here before, you might notice a slight change to the appearance of this little blog. The colors are different, things have been arranged a little different, and some behind-the-scenes code has been changed.
The hope is that this little blog looks and peforms better. We'll see if that's the case.
Now, I heard someone ask "Why did you make those changes?"
Color Me Blue
I never was completely happy with the green colors. My Big Sister
(who's 5'4") called the color of the sidebars "lime sherbet." She's not
a fan of lime sherbet. And I wasn't happy with the colors either. I
thought I'd give a blue scheme a try.
TypePad Template Changes
A couple of months ago, TypePad (the company that hosts this little
blog) updated their blog templates. My unfamiliarity with them means
that I can't do a very good job when it came to writing Blog Tips about
TypePad when I post those columns over at the Alliance.
Using the new Templates will help me understand better how to offer tips for newer TypePad users.
I've already encountered an peculiarity with the new templates that
caused some display/functionality issues earlier. But I think they are
all better now.
I've been really unhappy with the performance from BlogRolling.com.
Now, I understand what it's like to have server ssues, and I'm not
prepared to blame the folks there for anything. But, the fact remains
that BlogRolling.com goes down from time to time and that will delay
the display of BlogRolls ... and everything on the page that comes
after the BlogRolls.
So, I decided to use TypePad's feature of importing BlogRolls into a
TypeList. My two main BlogRolls (those that link here and those that
don't link here) have been imported. This is good and bad.
It's good, because the BlogRolls will load a lot faster. The data is
stored here on the TypePad server, and it doesn't matter if
BlogRolling.com is up or not.
It's bad because it'll be more difficult to make changes to the
BlogRoll. I plan to continue to use BlogRolling.com, but I'll export
the OPML file for importing into my TypeList. What all that means is
it'll take longer for blogs to be added or removed or changed on my
The Couch Goes Under The Window...
Some of the stuff you see in the sidebars has been rearranged. I
tried to balance them out. I didn't succeed. But I'll try little tweaks
here and there to make them even. Or closer to even.
I've removed a couple of items and have added a couple of items. Okay, I added one item: a tip jar.
The items that were removed will probably reappear soon. There were
a couple of issues with display that I need to study a little more
before I put them back. It shouldn't take long. But I shouldn't have
had the issues to start with. So, who knows?
There is something I'd like from you, Gentle Reader, if I could impose upon you. Feedback.
Tell me what works. Tell me what doesn't work. I'll listen. I might not do what you like, but I'll listen.
I listened when some of you whined about the links opening in a new
window. Remember? I added the ability to choose how most links open.
That option box has moved to the bottom right, but it's still there.
The point is, I'll listen.
So, let me know what works and what doesn't work. And if you find a flaw in the way something works, do let me know.