You might be wondering where I scuttled off to after asking for your opinions. I really appreciate those opinions by the way! Despite the fact that the poll isn’t working (guess I should have tested that) I still got a nice amount of helpful feedback. What, in particular, have I learned over the last few days?
Never publicly ask for anyone’s design assistance because you will inevitably change your mind and go a completely different direction before the first vote is even cast.
Yeah, that’s what I did. See, I made the mistake of posting my questions and then hopping in the shower. I really should know better, because the shower is where I do my best thinking. I came up with a few ideas all on my own, which pretty much negated the need for a blog synopsis or a background vote.
I thank you for weighing in. Even though I don’t intend to use any of those backgrounds anymore, your responses are still helpful in terms of seeing how well my own design opinions compare with those of the people who may actually be using the site.
Oh, and Patricia, I totally love your “postcards from the land of artful living” phrase! I don’t think I have anywhere to use it anymore, but I’m going to file it away for the day when I may need a slogan of some kind. If you’ll email me your postal address, I’ll drop a fun little something in the mail for you 🙂
So what, exactly, am I doing to my website? Can’t tell you. Not yet, anyway. Let’s just say that sometime this week (I hope) this blog will be down (or, at least, behaving kind of wonky) so that I can move it to a new address and slap on a new coat of paint. It’s that new coat of paint that I’ve been working so hard on for the last few days.
Techy projects like this have a tendency to consume me until I get them just the way I want them. Neil and I have been collaborating on this one, with me doing most of the mock-up design, and he saying “no, that doesn’t look right; try this” every now and then. I’ve pretty much got the mock-up looking just like I want it at this point, and all that remains is for me to immerse myself in CSS and make it come to life as a blog theme. That’s not exactly a piece of cake for someone like me who is still more comfortable designing websites with tables. I have to train myself to think differently before CSS will come naturally to me.
Wish me luck! Actually, I don’t really need luck for that – I know I can just plug away until I get it. What I really need is “don’t let the house fall apart around you while you work” vibes, “don’t forget you have to ship some orders this week” thoughts, and “hey, you’re teaching a class at the library Thursday night” reminders.
As I type, I’m looking at a basket of laundry that I should take downstairs to the washing machine as soon as I’m done posting. What I am more likely to do, though, is flip over to another window on my laptop and see if I can get my new blog header to display properly. Oh, I have such a sickness when it comes to these things! Pity my family. They’re probably getting Burger King tonight…