Friday, November 2, 2007

New Template

Well, here it is: the much-vaunted new template I have been discussing for, like... ever.

Like I said, I get to what I can get to as I can get to it and one of those things I have got to get to in the next month or so is a new computer. These are all so old that I am constantly having to replace something, move something, etc., etc.

Don’t get me wrong - if I actually sat down one day and spent the whole day putting together a single computer from all the many computers I have here, I would have a fairly good one - not top-of-the-line, by any means, but better than what I’m dealing with right now.

But, like everything else, I never seem to get around to doing it. I know I use this as an excuse all the time (which is one of the main reasons I forced myself to get this out tonight), but living alone, running so many blogs, and a website - well, you just can’t get to everything you want to as soon as you’d like, if at all!

I mean, even if you skip breakfast, just have a sandwich for lunch, and order pizza for supper, by the time you do just enough straightening-up so that you can walk without falling down, mind your bills and mail, and just general everyday shit, you have very little time to get into big projects like designing web pages. And for those of you who are not familiar with the process, it is exactly as big an undertaking as you would expect; it isn’t something you can easily start and pick back up later; you really have to get in there, get it all done at once, and then come back and tweak it later to fit exactly the way you want. And, of course, this is assuming that everything works right the first time (it never does).

There are a lot of different approaches to it, just like writing and drawing comics (or really anything, I guess), but if you sit around notating every, little thing you do or plan, you spend twice as much time doing that as anything else. My approach - like writing and drawing comics - is somewhat more slipshod, I suppose: I go in with a few design notes and make a few along the way, but I get right into it and set it all out, then come back later to fill-in the details.

Looking it over, I can see where it might be kind of hard to read with the background, so I may lighten it up a bit or try some other color combinations - something. But overall, I am pleased with the design and glad I got all the elements in place as I’d hoped (though it took a bit of finagling).

Let me know what you think!

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