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The Elephant in the Room

May 24, 2009

So, I’ve changed.

Thought I would come right out and tell you all about the struggles and what’s been gained and what’s been lost.

There was a lot I loved about the old Fussy layout.  I loved how it looked on my Mac.  I loved having my latest three posts front and center.  I loved keeping the blog junk on the bottom of the page, in arms reach, but out of the way.  I loved having the RSS feed button between the masthead and the first posts.  I loved the prominence of the Fussy name, and my by-line at the top of the page.

Sadly, there was a lot to hate.

I hated how the blog looked like crap if you viewed it on a PC.  I hated how the comments of an article were two clicks away, and not directly viewable from the article itself.  I hated how I was limited to three tags for each article, unless I wanted the headlines to be all jagged on the front page.

So I changed.

Now all the PC users will no longer think this is the FUSSYlittleBLO.  That appeals to me.  Not only are comments readable directly from the posts, but you can subscribe to an RSS feed for the comments of a specific post.  I do love this new function, and I hope you use it.  There is more room for tags, and I plan to go back and re-tag posts so the tag cloud will be a better tool.  The ten most recent comments are now on the front page, up from five.  And ultimately I was able to keep the same treatment for the masthead, which was very important to me.

The downsides?  The font is smaller.  But for those with bad eyesight, did you know your browser has a zoom function?  The name Daniel B. has come off the top of the page, but you know who I am.  The latest three posts aren’t front and center, so you may need to do some scrolling.  And, creating an RSS feed for the site as a whole requires a bit more effort (if you are using Firefox, go to the bookmarks tab, and click subscribe.)

Ultimately I am happy.  I hope you are too.  And if you do not like the new layout, hopefully you will get used to it.

Change is never easy.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. May 26, 2009 8:46 am

    I like this format much better! Consider me happy!

  2. Raf permalink
    May 26, 2009 4:07 pm

    Make the giant “FUSSYlittleBLOG” banner on the top of the page link to home. It’s annoying me that it isn’t a link.

    • brownie permalink
      May 27, 2009 7:39 pm

      +2. And is the soft edge on the font intentional? What are you using for image compression?

    • Afsal permalink
      May 28, 2009 6:56 pm

      I agree with Raf – link that header, dude. Congrats on the mention in that other blog.

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