A Facelift

Saturday, February 14, 2009 | | 2 comments »

I saw this post the other day from Steve Dembo about the redesign of his blog. Steve's a very knowledgeable guy in the world of educational technology and one I've learned quite a bit through with my involvement with Discovery Education. I like it. I like the tech influence all over. It's cool. It also started me down the road to picking a new template for my blog. I didn't want to use one of the existing templates offered by Blogger, so I did a little search for free blogger templates and found BTemplates. There were plenty to choose from and simple directions for uploading so I figured what the heck - time for a change.

I followed the directions, uploaded the new site, and now have a new look. I think it's an improvement over the old one, but I did notice one thing - the widgets I had on my old blog were gone! Oops. I didn't realize I was going to have to set all of those up again. Oh well. I did add back most of the stuff I had taking up space on my blog, but still have a few more widgets to go.

Like I said, to me, it's a better look. Is it perfect? Not a chance, for several reasons. Due to the way this template displays the blog title and header, I had to make a few changes to get it to look half way decent. Because of these changes, I think the official title of my blog is no longer IMC Guy. The posts themselves seem to be okay, but the layout of the time, labels, and comments isn't great. Maybe it's the template I've chosen, but even if I go into the layout section of Blogger and edit how the posts should look, they are still locked into a certain format. It's kind of annoying, but I'll deal. Also, I'd like to get rid of the "Edit" link near the top, but I have no idea how. It came with the template and when I'm in the edit mode on Blogger, it doesn't let me get rid of the link. The sidebar items are a work in progress and I'll be updating those soon, but I wish I could center some of the information.

So, what do you think? Good, bad, indifferent?

UPDATE: I changed the title/header. I like it better now.

UPDATE #2: I figured out how to edit the code and remove the "Edit" tab.

2 comments

  1. Cathy Nelson // February 15, 2009 at 9:11 AM  

    I like nice, clean looks, so it is working for me. COngrats.

  2. Ann Oro // February 15, 2009 at 9:21 AM  

    I like it too. Thanks for the link to the templates. I'll have to take a look. Maybe I'll go for a summer update. Now I'll know to take a close look at my widgets before I update.

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