Redesign

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:

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…and here’s what I can do now:

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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.)

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About Fletcher DeLancey

Socialist heathen and Mac-using author of the Chronicles of Alsea, who enjoys pondering science, politics, well-honed satire (though sarcastic humor can work, too) and all things geeky.
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7 Responses to Redesign

  1. kepler20f says:

    That does it, I’m outta here.

    Just kidding, I like it very much.
    The banner photo is great, though it oddly reminds me of “Breaking Bad” 🙂
    (maybe because I’m undergoing a 36 episode marathon of it)
    Right, off topic again…

    Nice new barn, I mean blog!

  2. Ana_ñ says:

    I absolutely love the new design. It’s so professional, elegant and clean. Congratulations!
    Did you take the photo of the header?

    How nice to use the comment section for the first time. 🙂

    This certainly photogenic barn has me intrigued; I’m looking forward to the explanation.

    • oregon expat says:

      Did you take the photo of the header?

      Indeed I did. It’s taken from inside the rock formation, looking northeast. That’s the park host’s RV off to the right, along with a small bathroom building, which gives a little perspective to the vastness of the scene.

  3. João Pereira da Silva says:

    Welcome back. Keep going!

  4. Lilaine says:

    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…

    Kind of an alternate nesting instinct? 😉

    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.

    Now that you can, why not enlarge the previous ones, too? 🙂

    But for now, I’ve got more reorganizing to do. In the house, not the blog.

    Yep, nesting instinct. 🙂
    Take care not to disturb the other’s nests (you know, bugs, geckos, cat, kid, ..wife…) 😛

    About the header image, I believe you can set a different header on each page, if you’re so inclined.

    Welcome back to your other home (heck, other is the word if you’re going to reorganize it entirely… 😉 )

  5. The new format looks great! 🙂 I’m sure it will do your photographs full justice.

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