12.16.2010

wmtc redesign

I've wanted to do this for a very long time! It was the one thing on my summer to-do list that didn't get crossed out. So now at last... the new look. I think it's clean, readable, simple but with a bit of a personal look, and kind of classy.

As you can see, I've retired the artwork in the masthead. I've also officially changed the blog's name to wmtc, since that's what I call it, and I've kept "we move to canada" as the subtitle.

I'll be populating the tabs over the next few days and weeks. Most of what was in the sidebar will now be in tabs.

I'm also considering retiring the name "L-girl," which has been my name since I first got online in 1996. The alternative would be "laura k," which I also post under. I have mixed feelings about letting L-girl go. But it might be time.

Two CSS questions for you experts out there. How do I change the titles on the sidebar to all lower case? (Got it!) And how can I reduce the space between the blog name (wmtc) and the "blog description" (we move to canada) in the header?

Update. Done and done. Figured one out myself and got the other from a helpful reader.

19 comments:

Northern Girl said...

Looking good L-girl, I mean Laura-K. Simple yet classy.

Amy said...

It looks very classy. Nice work.

So just as I am thinking about changing my login name to something more anonymous, you are thinking of going public with your real name? Interesting. But then you have always identified your full real name on your blog so L-girl was hardly hiding your real identity anyway.

(I saw that "Redsock" may also be retired. Is this another trend that I just am behind the curve on, like wearing bell bottoms and having an answering machine?)

Good luck with the new design!

L-girl said...

But then you have always identified your full real name on your blog so L-girl was hardly hiding your real identity anyway.

Right. It's more of an alter-name than a pseudonym. I still would'nt use my full name to blog, but "laura k" is closer.

(I saw that "Redsock" may also be retired. Is this another trend that I just am behind the curve on, like wearing bell bottoms and having an answering machine?)

Heh. :)

It does seem to be a trend, that's why I've been thinking about it for a while. When I first got into blogging, everyone used pseudonyms, whether or not they made their real names available.

But for a few years now, the trend has been towards using real names. I think it has something to do with Facebook and other social networking media that is premised on everyone being who they are, rather than anonymous. So I've been wondering if using L-girl is an anchronism.

I didn't know Allan had announced his possible redsock change, but I've decided if redsock goes, L-girl goes, too.

Amy said...

Allan mentioned it in comments to the discussion you and I were having about the NYTimes article "outing" all of us and my rethinking the use of my real first name.

Well, it wouldn't be the first(or last) time that I do the opposite of what the latest trend may be.

(I never referred to you as L-girl or Allan as Redsock so that change will be easy for me!)

L-girl said...

There are plenty of reasons to be more anonymous. I can totally understand that. Allan and I were talking about this last night, and he mentioned another potential identifier - your husband's name and the fact that he is an NYY fan.

For me it's a professional thing. If it starts looking weird for a writer (or librarian) to blog under a screen name, while her real name is available, I have to think about that.

If I were *only* L-girl, that would be different. Eg, a lot of librarians blog only under a pseudonym, because they blog about their workplace. But being identifiable as me, but also having this screen name... maybe it's starting to look silly.

teddymac said...

how can I reduce the space between the blog name (wmtc) and the "blog description" (we move to canada) in the header?

...........................

You can reduce the space between the 2 names by changing the padding in the code here....

.header-inner .Header .titlewrapper
padding: 22px 30px;

.header-inner .Header .descriptionwrapper
padding: 0 30px;


You can learn more about the CSS Padding rules at this link...

http://www.w3schools.com/css/css_padding.asp

L-girl said...

Thank you! I'll try it. That's the site I usually use for CSS help, but it wasn't enough info for me.

L-girl said...

Got it - thank you, teddymac!

redsock said...

I am going to change JoS a little bit, but since L has been talking about changing wmtc for awhile, she got to "go first"!

...the NYTimes article "outing" all of us...

Bit of an exaggeration! ("I've been "outed"! I wasn't even "in"!) Just a mention of the blog (not even a link, the bastards). No mention of anyone by name.

Phil said...

Your blog's new look shows me that you understand the principles of good design as well as you understand the principles of good writing. Go to the head of the class, L-girl/laura k.

Amy said...

Yeah, "outing" was inaccurate, but I was just trying to convey how my (delusional) sense of a private community was destroyed! :)

L-girl said...

Maybe it's a private community hanging out in a transparent house.

Also, thanks Northern Girl, Amy and Phil for the thumbs-up on the new look. I'm really liking it.

Just Some Idiot said...

Lighten the gray background a bit. Puts a little strain on the eye reading the black type.

L-girl said...

Lighten the gray background a bit. Puts a little strain on the eye reading the black type.

I'm guessing you didn't mean that to sound like an order. You probably just forgot to say "You might want to..." or "If I may make a suggestion..." .

I actually find bright backgrounds a great strain on the eyes. I change all my applications to a gray background for ease of reading.

johngoldfine said...

Very spiffy looking, a nice visual analog or objective correlative to the spiffy wmtc content.

johngoldfine said...

But I don't understand the arguments for changing your nom de plume here. For some reason, although I know your full name, I think of you as 'l-girl' and would only address you online as 'Laura' when I was very serious indeed and wanted to underscore that.

And maybe it's a residual sexist thing, but I always think of 'Redsock' as 'Allan.' Go figure.)

L-girl said...

Thanks, John. :)

Re name change, I guess I've just been feeling a little weird about continuing to use L-girl - like it has started to seem strange to use a screen name.

An similar situation would be email addresses. Early on, many people used email "handles" that were nicknames or how they described themselves. You know the kind - SoxLover215@aol.

But after some years, email etiquette migrated to using full names. Many people still keep a non-name address for privacy purposes - like this blog's "movetocanada" address - but for every day purposes, most folks now have an email address that shows their real name.

It's that kind of thing.

It's good to hear it doesn't seem odd to you, tho.

L-girl said...

But I don't think that distinction is sexist, btw. Lots of wmtc readers always call me L-girl. I like it. :)

L-girl said...

Two things I really like about this design: links in a different colour, rather than underlined, and the look of comments when you're in the thread view, the thin separating line between comments.

The best thing is cleaning up the sidebar by using "pages" (tabs). I'm very happy with that.