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19 August 2009

Growing

My blog has had the same repeating background pattern for over a year now, and I just thought I'd give it a new look. I wanted to go for dark vintage this time, for contrast.


Previously, it was this:


And this is the original repeating pattern, which I started out with in December 2005:


And because I am now posting more often, sometimes having one more post for the week on top of my regular Friday post, I have made the home page longer. The home page now shows the fifteen most recent posts, instead of the usual ten. The posts from 2009 onwards shall also have footnotes at the end that lead to similar and related posts and outside links. For some reason I prefer doing this over using tags. I also prefer the older template's linear archive format over the newer drop-down archives. I think the latter has way too many moving arrows.

Also, I have made the sidebar a little bit more relevant, and -- this must be my proudest blogging moment -- placed custom headers that I created from zero all by my little old self!

This is the old sidebar:


Here's the new one:


It took me hours how to figure everything out, since I have no formal training in either Photoshop or savings files for the web or working via html, and I had to deal with the sizing via trial and error, plus the choice of font was crucial, but it turned out okay. Hurray for me!

Note that I still pretty much have the 2005 format of this brown template, save for the repeating background and the sidebar layout and typography. The newer templates -- which will allow me to have the "Follow" link and the now-standard "Older Posts" and "Newer Posts" links, among other things -- still look a little to busy for me, so I'm sticking with this. Blogger bloggers who want to follow my blog can do so from their own dashboard. (Thanks to my four followers, so far.)

Just another moment in the life of a blog. Soon I might finally get to redo my entire template, not only to provide an easier way for my readers to browse through my archives but also to reflect the woman I have grown into: older, simpler, quieter, more robust, more refined, and hopefully, a better writer.

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4 Comments:

Blogger deek said...

I dig the new background.

10:49 PM  
Blogger Blogger 10.555.5.17.0 said...

Yep. As I.

...nine projects nang sabay-sabay..? Huwaw. Ang lupeeet.

1:59 AM  
Blogger Maryanne Moll said...

Oo nga, eh. Asan ba yang nine projects na yan, at parang hindi ko na nakikita? Teehee.

11:09 AM  
Blogger Maryanne Moll said...

Thanks, deek. :)

11:13 AM  

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