A funny thing happens to me when I start unpacking. I don’t want to put things away unless the places they’re going to are tidied, so I end up doing a lot of organizing and cleaning in the process. It took me an entire day to unpack my bags…and then I opened my blog.
That needed cleaning, too. The one thing that the old blog design lacked was column width, which severely limited the size of photos and videos that I could post. I’ve been feeling the pinch quite a bit these last few days, while posting photos from my recent trip to Steens Mountain.
After exploring my options, I settled on an older template which suits my needs nicely. It’s cleaner and a bit easier to read, with a serif font and more leading. (That’s the editor in me speaking.) I also pruned the sidebar, so that the blogroll and archives are now at the bottom of the page and not cluttering up the right side. In their place, I added Recent Comments, so you can quickly access a new comment.
Best of all, the column width takes me from my old 450 pixels all the way to 640. As an example of the options this opens up, here is a photo that would fit my old template:
…and here’s what I can do now:
Oh yes. Much better.
As to where this photo is from…it’s a historic (and fabulously photogenic) round barn near Steens Mountain. I’ll take you on a more detailed tour of it tomorrow. And if you’re wondering about the new header image, that’s also from our eastern Oregon trip: Fort Rock, a stupendous bit of geology out in the middle of nowhere. I’ll cover that later, too.
But for now, I’ve got more reorganizing to do. In the house, not the blog.
(Click either image to biggify.)