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I credit favorite writers and public opinion makers.

A lifelong Democrat, my comments on Congress, the judiciary and the presidency are regular features.

My observations and commentary are on people and events in politics that affect the USA or the rest of the world, and stand for the interests of peace, security and justice.

Monday, July 26, 2010

S/SW Redesigned

Blogger recently notified us about a few improvements to their blogging platform.  I tried out the new design tools and found them to be useful in upgrading my "old blog."  I started S/SW in 2005, so it was surely time to do something.  I started by getting reacquainted with my old friend, Zemanta, who provides illustrations and additional resources based on my content..

The contents remain essentially the same; the form is relatively different:  a new template, 3 columns instead of 2, rearranged elements, and altered heading colors.  I only "crashed it" a few times, by moving too fast, and I did not lose anything that was irreplacable.  I can report that the design platform is generally easy to use and stable.

[Post date: 7/26/10 ]

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Welsey said...

You asked for input on your redesign. I am unqualified to provide technical guidance but I have a couple of first impressions for you.
Your header pic is beautiful but in my opinion may be a little large. I would recomend making the pic/graphic a little smaller if you can (if it's not locked in the template) and minimizing the text in the heading so it doesn't bleed over on the right. I changed my resolution a couple of times and opened in IE and Firefox but it still was hard to read. Simplify.
Finally, those are quite a lot of blogs you follow, do you need to list them all? Do you need a link to YouTube home page etc.? Do your regular followers even know what pinging is? If they do, would they need a link to all those sites? Maybe if you change your settings to show 4 or 5 blog posts on the home page the right column won't seem to hang.

Carol Gee said...

Welsey, thanks for the very useful feedback. I have been working with this blog for so long, that it has become like an old house that needs cleaning and clearing. Thanks very much.
It will take me a few days to make the changes with which I agree, so stop back by again.