Restyling The Blog Continues

2010-blog-screencap.jpgIt was 5:30 AM by the time I got to bed this morning. Helaine’s extra unencumbered sleep was courtesy of my blog redesign. I hit a problem around 3:45 AM. If left alone my worry was I’d never be able to unravel it.

I have no training in this. It’s all self taught… incompletely self taught! Every time I code I find more I don’t know.

My goal is cleaner and bolder. Over time websites deteriorate and lose their tightness¹. This one has.

There are many similarities between the new and old look. I suppose that’s unavoidable. At the same time there are lots of differences. Some are visible, but many lie in the invisible way the blog functions… how it’s feed if you will.

The new look runs on WordPress using a theme based on “Byty,” itself a child theme which runs under the Thematic framework. That last sentence was just to show how meticulously detailed and arcane the whole process is.

Nothing is straightforward. Nothing is where I expect it to be. Here’s a link to the home page with some bells and whistles revealed.

I threw up my hands and spent some quality time on the phone with Gary Choronzy. Gary often serves as my website guru since those things I lost sleep over Gary can do in his sleep!

Most (not all) of the styling is done. Even Gary was surprised how far I’d come already. Now I enter the phase where the loose ends get tidied up. Of course there will be loose ends that slip by regardless of my diligence.

When the switch gets thrown everything changes at once. The website moves from Chicago to the suburbs of Philadelphia. Some pieces will untestable until that moment. There is little chance to go back.

It’s all exciting and simultaneously daunting.

If you’d like to take a sneak peek it’s temporarily visible here. Comments welcome.

¹ – Around a year ago I went to Karl Rove’s website while following a news story. Rove is not my cup of tea, but his website was really well done. No more. It is a perfect example of how tightness goes away with time. Pieces have been added that don’t fit.

It’s tough to look at the site and think I once used it as a model of what I wanted.

5 Responses to “Restyling The Blog Continues”

  1. Lou says:

    I like the new style as well, Geoff. Good luck with all you are doing.

  2. Adam says:

    Geoff,

    If you need WordPress help at all, let me know. I’ve done enough sites in wordpress that I might be able to be considered an expert in it.

    …but I just like to think I’m damn good at hacking it to make it do what I want.

    (My blog’s theme was all done by me, btw.)

    -Adam

  3. John says:

    Looks good Geoff. My only comment is that you appear to have changed the font size. I like the old “Size” better, it’s easier to read.

  4. You know who says:

    So you don’t answer my Emails because you’re spending all your time re-designing your blog? Sheesh! Self centered lately?

    I am only leaving this because I checked and I’ve never received an email from this address before. The odds of anyone still having a four letter Yahoo! address are astronomical so it’s probably made up.

    However, it’s always nice to hear from people who work for Hearst, which is where the email originated

    Geoff

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