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New Look

I redesigned my blog! The old one looked too Blogger-ish, so Sweetie came up with something more modern and we implemented it last night. To refresh your memory, this is what it looked like twelve hours ago (from Google's outdated screenshot, because I forgot to take a picture before I switched and it would be a hassle to reapply the old styles):

Old Site Screenshot

Static width, heavy banner, lots of white and boxy divs...blah. But the new one has everything in vogue:

  1. Rounded corners
  2. Shadows
  3. Gradients
  4. Resizeable content
  5. Transparent images
  6. Sans-serif text

That's pretty much it. Make some stuff float and fade out and suddenly you look hip.

However, in order to apply these fancy features, I utilized a lot of CSS 3. It will only display properly on up-to-date browsers. If you're using IE 8 or less, the corners will look square and you won't see any shadows (except for the row of buttons at the top, which are images), and the post footers may be out of alignment. I can't check old versions of Opera, Firefox or Webkit browsers (Chrome, Safari), but I'm pretty sure they would mess some things up too. The site should look like this:

New Site Screenshot

If it doesn't, you're probably running a browser that hasn't been updated in a couple of years. I would suggest downloading the most recent version (IE 9, Opera 11.62, Firefox 12, Chrome 18, Safari 5.1.5) as soon as possible, not only so you can see my pretty blog, but to make sure you're using the most secure software and the sites you see are rendered the way they were intended.

And now, as always, here's a limerick:

A famed blogger flat-out refused
To give any self-pubbers reviews.
She scoffed at the books
On Kindles and Nooks
Then published her own stuff there too.

Comments

Anonymous (May 5, 2012, 11:48 pm)

but the wallpaper actually dates it (to Victorian), so the "old" version is more modern?

T.K. Marnell (May 7, 2012, 12:04 am)

Trends work in mysterious ways. The most glamorous celebrities today dress like movie stars from '50s. Victorian-themed steampunk and Antebellum fashions are all the rage. So consider the flowers "vintage modern" :D

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