2.12.2007

new look

Ta-da! It's finally up!

We're still tweaking the sidebar and a few other things. But the basics are here. Fun with banner photos is coming, too.

Enjoy.

42 comments:

Miche said...

Oh my gosh! This is simply beautiful! So, very, stunningly beautiful!

West End Bound said...

Woo-Hoo, l-girl!!

It looks GREAT!!

Looking forward to the tweaking . . .

Good job!

L-girl said...

Thank you, thank you. :)

All credit goes to the talented designer who did the wmtc book. His design credit will be up soon (that's one of the many tweaks).

This is his website.

And here's the book, of course.

Idealistic Pragmatist said...

Very pretty! I'm envious.

Nigel Patel said...

Very snazzy.
Whenever I came to the border crossing it made me feel like I had been in a different world. 'It's a different place. They don't do things here like we do.'
Or at least that's the hope when you go to the other side in the first place.

Woti-woti said...

Talk about shedding some light! Very nice.

My posting problem solved. I registered in 'new blogger'. My bad all along, I guess. Congrats again.

L-girl said...

I registered in 'new blogger'.

Ah-ha! I'm glad to hear that's been solved. So far getting rid of the word verification hasn't produced any negative results. Maybe Blogger has conquered their spam issue. Or maybe I've just been lucky so far. Either way, it's nice not to bother with that anymore.

Thanks for the feedback, everyone! Any comments - including suggestions - are welcome.

gito said...

Wow, VERY nice feel!!!!!!

M@ said...

The new look and feel is great. I really like it!

A couple of things I was wondering:

- I always like the page header to be a link to the blog's main page. Then I have an easy way to get to the main page after I open a particular post to read the comments. Just a suggestion that this be restored -- when you get to it, obviously.

- Was it a conscious choice to decapitalize all the text in the blog pages? Is this a CSS setting? Why, out of curiosity and not criticism, did you choose to do this? I notice that the posts on the RSS feed do have the capitals, but they don't have any capitals on the page.

I love blogs that have nice, clean layouts and yours is very attractive.

L-girl said...

- I always like the page header to be a link to the blog's main page. Then I have an easy way to get to the main page after I open a particular post to read the comments. Just a suggestion that this be restored -- when you get to it, obviously.

I agree completely.

I can't do it with the page header, because of the way my domain is set up (long story), but I could have a link that says "back to main page".

Or I hope I can, anyway. I haven't figured out how yet, but I'll work on it.

- Was it a conscious choice to decapitalize all the text in the blog pages? Is this a CSS setting? Why, out of curiosity and not criticism, did you choose to do this?

Good question.

The answer is kind of half and half. I like using lower case titles and headings. But the template the designer chose used upper case.

He changed the CSS to be lower case. That was great. Previously, I was constrained in what templates I could choose, because only a few used lower case, and I didn't know how to change it.

Then, this morning when he loaded the template into wmtc, I saw that content (in posts and comments) is now all lower case too.

So on my list of tweaks for him to look at is, can we get the template to be all lower case, but the content to be regular sentence case?

If not, then it's staying this way. Too much lower case is better than no lower case. :) The only thing I really dislike is how "L-girl" looks without the upper-case L.

But if he can change it, that would be best.

I love blogs that have nice, clean layouts and yours is very attractive.

Thank you very much!

lindsey starr said...

like the new look!! It's wonderful!

now I will have to work on my banner, which is just too plain and has needed an upgrade along with the blogger upgrade. one thing at a time.... but you have inspired me to just do it.

thanks for the inspiration :)

redsock said...

i like the all lower case style.

L-girl said...

i like the all lower case style.

You know, it's appealing to me more and more.

L-girl said...

thanks for the inspiration :)

Thanks Lindsey! It was a long process for me, with many twists and turns, but I think at last I'm done...

James said...

So on my list of tweaks for him to look at is, can we get the template to be all lower case, but the content to be regular sentence case?

It's definitely possible to do in principle, though it's also possible the Blogger does something weird that forces the two to be linked.

It's even possible (in principle) to set things up so that you can mark certain bits of text to be mixed-case and everything else lower, though that's more work as you're composing, since you have to remember to mark the bits. So you could have everything lower case except L-girl, but you'd have to put an HTML span tag around the L-girl bit, like <span class='mixed'>L-girl</span>.

L-girl said...

It's definitely possible to do in principle, though it's also possible the Blogger does something weird that forces the two to be linked.

My guess is they don't. I think each element is coded separately.

So you could have everything lower case except L-girl, but you'd have to put an HTML span tag around the L-girl bit

Hm, that sounds good. But I don't type the word "L-girl" - Blogger takes that from my login data (or whatever that's called). Ideas?

orc said...

I don't know about the gutters on each side of the page, but that header image is *stunning*

redsock said...

how wide are the gutters on your screen?

on laura's computer, they are small (1/4 inch) (they look more like little margins), but on mine, they are more than an inch on each side. very large.

L-girl said...

that header image is *stunning*

Thank you! The artist will appreciate reading that, I'm sure. The coolest part (for me) is I'll be using variations with different photos.

The gutters/margins are different in different broswers and on different computers. It's one way to guard against the dreaded horizontal scroll.

David Cho said...

Looks excellent. Wow.

Kyahgirl said...

hey L-girl! nice new place you got here :-)

L-girl said...

Thank you, Ms Kyahgirl. Your beautiful site was my inspiration!

(And did you know we got a new pup??)

Pseudonym said...

I'm envious. It looks great.

Critical Darling said...

Well Hi. I'm new to your blog, and I must say I'm loving the concept so far. But, you have got to clear something up for me--I noticed on your sidebar you say you've been "shoeless indoors since 30 Aug 05". It's always bothered me how people on sitcoms don't take their shoes off indoors. Are you trying to tell me that Americans actually partake in this ungodly act offscreen? In the name of all that is sacred....no.

L-girl said...

Ideal/Prag and Pseudonym, if you feel envious, just think of the long, circuitous path I took to get this up, all the headaches and frustrations I've encountered (many!), and think of all the time you saved by not doing all this shit! (But thank you!)

L-girl said...

Critical Darling, thank you! It's true: most Americans - if it's not muddy or wet outside - wear their shoes indoors. And although I am now trained in The Canadian Way, I do find it a bit fussbudgety.

More on this burning issue here.

James said...

I've looked over the page source code a little, and I don't see any easy way to make (just) L-girl mixed-case when it's pulled from your account info. You could set the style for the <dt> tag (which marks the comment headings) to mixed-case, but that would probably also change the posting headings on the other pages.

The gutters are unavoidable if you maximize your browser window -- they'll be half the difference between your screen width and ~800 pixels (the width of the body of the page). Your best bet is to keep your browser about 850 pixels wide.

L-girl said...

Thanks James. The site designer will tweak things as he has time.

Honestly, I can't imagine why the gutters would bother anyone, except perhaps aesthetically - and that's just down to personal taste.

teflonjedi said...

Looking good!!!

Fun with banner photos is coming, too.

Sounds like fun!

orc said...

[Me]
«I don't know about the gutters on each side of the page...»

[Redsock]
«how wide are the gutters on your screen?»

It's not so much the width of the gutters (I've grown used to page formats that lock you down to a specific screenwidth, so my screams of annoyance have died down to a low mutter) but the ornamentation. You can probably tell from looking at TSFR that I'm not a fan of excessive ornamentation on a website.

I'm not a CSS wizard, but you might be able to float the gutters to a fixed percentage of the page and keep the decorations by splitting the page up into three columns with two of them stuck to the left and right sides of the frame? (I float the gutters by wedging a margin into my body css; that doesn't let me float the masthead across the entire window, but I find that to be a small tradeoff for my reliably small gutters. [I may not be any good at web design, but that doesn't stop me from having my own ironclad prejudices.])

L-girl said...

I have no problem with the gutters. I won't be spending any time trying to change them. Thanks anyway!

MSS said...

I like the look.

I also wanted to ask about something else. Your blog used to ping Blogrolling, such that F&V would indicate that wmtc was "ripe" whenever you posted. It no longer does so. And that means that I have to remember to come over here. :-)

L-girl said...

Your blog used to ping Blogrolling, such that F&V would indicate that wmtc was "ripe" whenever you posted. It no longer does so. And that means that I have to remember to come over here. :-)

Hmm, that's no good. Thanks for letting me know. It might be because of how the domain is now set up, through URL forwarding. I'll tell you a secret, but don't spread it around. Try using wmtc.blogspot.com (my ghost address) and see if it works. And please let me know? Thanks.

Wrye said...

Hmm, blogger still does odd things with cookies and Safari, but I can live with that...

But LG, good heavens, I like the new look. Was this what you've had in mind all along? No wonder you weren't happy with the old one. Mad props, y'all.

Crabbi said...

Gorgeous! I love, love, love it!

L-girl said...

Thank you, Wrye - thank you, Crabbi!!

Was this what you've had in mind all along? No wonder you weren't happy with the old one.

Well, not all along since I started blogging. But since I got my own domain name and decided to do a re-design, the end of last summer, I guess.

I asked the guy who designed the wmtc book cover for an idea - he came up with this - I loved it - and it's been a battle ever since. (A battle with long pauses.)

MSS said...

I find the switch to no capitalization hard to read.

As for the blogrolling, I changed my link to your "ghost." We'll see if it makes a difference. (I doubt it, but I'm no expert on these things; we can try.)

I should note that very few blogs nowadays are notifying the sites that link to them of their being updated. Of all the sites in my blogroll, I think only five currently show when updated. It used to be many more. I have no idea what's up with that. It was a useful tool. Not so much now, and I may just dump it.

L-girl said...

I find the switch to no capitalization hard to read.

Thanks for letting me know.

Enough people have said this that I'm going to see if I can change just the content (posts and comments) to upper and lower. Hopefully I can.

As for the blogrolling, I changed my link to your "ghost." We'll see if it makes a difference. (I doubt it, but I'm no expert on these things; we can try.)

According to my DNS host, it should work. Please let me know?

I should note that very few blogs nowadays are notifying the sites that link to them of their being updated. Of all the sites in my blogroll, I think only five currently show when updated.

Well, I'm relieved to hear this. I don't know why it changed, but I'm glad my blog is not a weird exception. That means the non-pinging shouldn't cost me too many readers. (I hope.)

impudent strumpet said...

Reading all-lowercase is like mousing left-handed. It's doable, but it takes a bit more of my brain than it really should.

I haven't done web design since university so I might be way off here, but if [span class='mixed'] will make one word mixed case, can't you use it around the whole blog to make everything mixed case?

L-girl said...

But I don't want the whole blog mixed case. I want most of it lower case, as I said in the comment I linked to above.

Fear not, I'm on it. It's not a very high priority, but I'll sort it out eventually.

I can't mouse lefthanded, but I write and read the same in lower case as I do in mixed case.

MSS said...

Updating here: No, the change of URL in my blorgroll file did not matter. This blog is still not showing at Fruits and Votes as "ripe" when updated.

I think five of the blogs on my blogroll are working that way. The rest never re-sort.

I may dump it soon, but rest assured wmtc will always have a link somewhere in my sidebar!

L-girl said...

Thanks, MSS! It's an honour, I assure you. (I mean that.)

I'm also relieved to know it wasn't just wmtc having these issues.