A Blog You Can Actually Read

Why I waited so long, I don’t know.

With the blog redesign launched today, I don’t know why I resisted changing it for so many years, particularly in switching over from silver text on a dark brown background, to black text on a white background.  Even I find it easier to read, and I write these posts.  Last evening a friend who works for a prominent blog took a look at the changes and liked them, saying that previously he resisted reading the posts half the time, just because of how dark the site was.  [N.B. I realize that for those of you who subscribe to this blog, you have no idea what I’m talking about, but trust me, it’s probably for the best that you don’t.]

Let’s take a look at what’s new, and at what’s going to be rolled out soon:

 

WHAT’S DIFFERENT?

As you can see not only is the overall design cleaner, in terms of text, brighter, larger images, better separation between the posts, more visually-oriented suggested posts and tags at the end of each post, and a pretty nifty, partial animation in the header as you scroll down.

There’s now a permanent page called The Patron, about this blog’s inspiration, Renaissance man among men Count Baldassare Castiglione.

There’s also a page listing the Top Posts on the blog, in terms of number of online reads.  This ranking doesn’t include the figures for those who read my scribblings via email or e-readers, or the figures from back when it was hosted on Blogger, but it’s still reasonably accurate. I’ll update this Top Ten list periodically, when the numbers change in the analytics reports.

 

WHAT’S STILL TO COME?

There’s now a mock-up of a possible Photos page, which a number of you said you wanted.  However, since I’m not exactly sure what you want me to put *in* the Photos section, I’ll ask you a favor if I may.  Please head over to the Photos page, and take the quick survey posted there on what you’d like to see in this section – I’d greatly appreciate it. I’ll leave the survey open until the morning of Friday, May 30th.

Quite a number of you liked the idea of having a Masterpiece of the Month section, and I’m still trying to figure out how to make that work, so expect to see that section roll out soon.

 

In the meantime, there are always kinks to be worked out when you do a major re-design like this.  Please feel free to leave any observations, suggestions for changes or further additions, or questions you may have in the Comments section of this blog post.  Alternatively, you can always send me a private message with your thoughts by using the online form in the Contact section.

Thanks very much!

"Saint Ivo" by Rogier van der Weyden (c. 1450) National Gallery, London

“Saint Ivo” by Rogier van der Weyden (c. 1450)
National Gallery, London

 

 

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