Thursday, July 24, 2008

Change is good.

Change can be exciting! Getting a new design was both fun and scary. What if I lost control over changes? What if I didn't like it? What if it ended up looking good, but wasn't user-friendly?

All is well. It's an exciting step up after two years of blogging on an average template that anyone on Blogger could have.

The hardest part of the process was choosing a background. The background takes up a small amount of space, but it's crucial to the mood and spirit of the blog. It has to reflect the writer, but not detract from the writing. Colors, style, and the rest enter into a decision.

In the process I realized that I really need to learn HTML. If I knew even a little HTML, I'd be more helpful in making layout and set-up decisions. Husband uses Microsoft Frontpage for his web site; a little knowledge of that software would be handy, too. Perhaps that would lead to more success with Technorati tags, too. There's so much I don't know; so many fascinating and useful tools!

I took off to visit my injured brother for a few days just when the new template was about to launch. This would have been fine if (and that's a big IF) I'd been able to get online. As it was, his home internet wireless is weak, and his dial-up is quite slow. I could receive email but not answer it, and that made it tough to communicate with Margalit while she was putting together the finishing touches. My solution was (you guessed it) a trip to Starbucks. Their new orange mango banana smoothie is delicious.

Now that it's up and running, I'm thrilled. Yippee! Compost Happens gets a makeover! And I don't even have to weed or water it!

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Blogger Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

Lovely new look! Of course, anything green is a winner in my book:)

7/24/2008 10:57 AM  
Blogger Lynn - the piggy bank painter said...

I love it! I think it suits you to a "T".

7/24/2008 2:21 PM  
Blogger Good N Crazy said...

Oh my heck! I thought I was in the wrong place? I love the green print, like a little garden on your blog...

Is it supposed to be offset? Cuz I kind of like it, but it could just be my computer screen??

7/24/2008 2:37 PM  
Blogger Jennifer Kyrnin said...

How are you planning to learn HTML? Or have you thought about it much more than this blog post? I agree that learning HTML can be a huge benefit to your site. Even knowing how to add simple tags like italics or headlines can improve your pages.

7/24/2008 3:36 PM  
Blogger Daisy said...

I will most likely approach HTML through reading - get myself an HTML for dummies type guide. Or...if my school district offers a staff development class in HTML, Frontpage, or web design, I'll take it. It'll help me develop a class web page and improve my blog.

7/24/2008 9:01 PM  
Blogger Sheila said...

I love the new design and I think it fits your blog very well!

I get a kick out of learning new html tricks and tips to apply to my blog designs!

7/27/2008 8:43 AM  

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