Sunday, December 31, 2006

I guess I'll try again next year.

Faithful SHAMbloggers will note that I've changed the blog template and also made some minor tweaks to layout and such. To be honest, I was getting pretty sick of having the same layout staring back at me day after day. I wanted to do some nominal update, while retaining the "trade dress," as it were. I also think the changes should be a boon to both the readability and navigability of the blog, going forward. Unfortunately—going backward—this seems to have had an adverse effect on the look and layout of many of my previous posts. And try as I might, I don't seem to be able to defeat the gremlin, whatever it is. So, my apologies to those who may peruse older posts and find certain elements of the look off-putting. I'll keep trying.

Again, have a safe and happy New Year. Did I say safe...?


Trish Ryan said...

It's great to start 2007 with a makeover :)

Happy New Year!

Steve Salerno said...

Thanks, Trish. "Merry New Year" to you too--especially since you plan to "make over" your eating habits.

I saw a good portion of "Supersize Me" last night as well. One of those rare movies that's funny and chilling at the same time--like "Bowling for Columbine" (to which it has been compared, in a certain sense). Be well, Ms. Ryan, and best to you and yours in 2007.

Anonymous said...

Happy New Year, Mr Salerno!

From A in England!

Cosmic Connie said...

Well, Steve, when it comes to tweaking your blog, as with tweaking your life -- take the advice of that life coach you quoted in your post the other day. "Look back at what worked for you last year, and do that." :-)

I like the new look -- just different enough to be refreshing. But when you mess with the archiving setup, you can get yourself in trouble. I tried it too on my blog and didn't like it, so I just went back to the old way. But all I did was change my default settings (and then change them back); I haven't dared mess with that "customize your template" option the new Blogger is offering, and is touting as being cooler than a box of crayons. No telling what I'd end up with.

I saw "Supersize Me" too -- it's another movie I bought. I had the same reaction as you and Trish. To this day I can't eat a McDonald's hamburger (but for some odd reason I love an occasional sausage, egg, and cheese McGriddle). I did think the movie was done well, and I actually think the outcry it caused influenced McDonald's to offer marginally more healthy fare.

Anyway, Happy New Year from The Rev and me to you, Trish, and all the SHAMbloggers!

Steve Salerno said...

Sigh. Yep, Connie, unlike you, I stupidly took the leap--went ahead and pressed the magic "upgrade now!" button--and though I'm having all sorts of problems getting the blog to look the way I want it to, I find that, well, it's like Eddie Murphy's in-famously-poor-taste gibe at the beginning of Trading Places: "Once you had a man with no legs, you never go back...." Which is to say, even though I'm pretty sure Blogger promised me I'd be able to revert to the old Shamblog, I don't seem to have that option available to me anymore. And oh have I looked for it! So I guess I'll just have to make the best of things. To be honest, the more I stare at this "freshened-up" layout, the more I miss the old one. In particular, I'm having tons of trouble manipulating the fonts. Every time I change one thing, it seems to affect just about everything else on the blog.

Rodger said...

I've been hoping you'd spruce up the blog -- drab white gets old after awhile.

I don't know how much latitude the new blogger is giving you, but check out another template site:

There's some snazzy templates for blogger users.

Steve Salerno said...

I gave some of those templates a test-drive, Rodg, and despite my profound affection for you and our shared history at IU, I seriously considered hunting you down and killing you, because--as is the case with so many of these little template changes you make, especially now that Blogger has been assimilated into Google--you don't find out till after you THINK you've got everything done right, and you go "live," that the page isn't going to display the way you thought it would, in preview. Not only that, but various design elements don't seem able to make the migration to alternate browsers like Firefox. It took me much of the morning, today, to get the site back to where it was the first of the week, and I still have a few minor clean-ups to do. I dunno. Maybe it's me. But I don't think so.

All that said, I do appreciate the help--truly, I do--and call me crazy, but I'm even gonna keep trying.