>> Friday, November 30, 2007
I have Finally updated from the old style Blogger to the new style.
Yeah, I know...about time, huh?!
So, along with updating, I thought I would use a whole new template as well, but I didn't like any of the 'classic' templates that Blogger has and I wanted something a bit different.
Well, different is what I got! ;)
What I do like about this template??
~I love the idea of having three sidebars, as compared to the 'one' that I had! I think that feature is very neat! I saw a lot of templates that had 2 side-bars, but I knew I was going to run into a problem with how I wanted to set up my site.
Because I wanted to have a black background, including sidebars, it would have posed some challenges for me regarding a few of the things I wanted to keep the same from my original template. One includes my animated email gif, which I absolutely wanted to keep, and the other being a spot for images I like to keep on my site, and change from time to time...also animated gifs. (I like a little bit of animation, it makes the site come alive.)
Both of these Anchors for this page would either appear really poorly or not at all because of the black background. This template allows me to set each individual sidebar color the way I want it, so making one with a white background, and making the other two black, works well for me.
~I like that it give me more space to work with, the 'Son of Moto' template had two very wide strips of green on either side of the blog, making it a lot of wasted space.
~The other thing that I really like about this, is the header. By clicking on it, it automatically refreshes or brings you back to my original page.
I absolutely fell in love with the image that you see as my header. It was part of a desktop theme that I found, downloaded, and then edited it to make it into a header, a footer, and even a header for ZZ's Playroom, my forum.
I owe one HUGE thank you, to my friend Fosterdad, who was able to put the Greeneyezz Reflections and ZZ's Playroom text on both headers. (I couldn't have done it with out you!) Btw - Fosterdad is the same wonderful man who brought all those Erotic Chocolates to my party last week! :)
What I don't like about this template?
Actually, I don't think I've come across anything yet that I don't like about this template. It has to do more with the 'new style' blogger than anything, with its many different widgets and drop and drag formula.
I can gather it is supposed to be for anyone to be able to use it. Because it is made with all these widgets, which you just add the code in it, and Presto!...it's done....it makes the site look cookie-cutter style...just what I was trying to avoid!
Also, because the data is dropped into a widget and not just straight html code onto the sidebar template, it seems to leave a border of blue around certain pics I have. Grrrrrrr! I don't think it's not this specific template as I've tried several other templates with the same thing happening. If you'll look at the email gif and my profile pic, you'll see it. Both of those were on my 'old style' blogger template with no border. Grrrrr again!! :(
I'm thinking the widget has something to do with it.
I did find in the Blogger Help Section, how to alter the Widget Tag in the template to be able to allow for a more personalized and customized look, I just haven't read it over yet.
While I am absolutely sure of the style, color and look of my header, (I loveLoveLOVE it!!) I will most likely tweak the color scheme to the whole blog; keeping it coordinated to that header, but maybe toning it down a bit, so that it is not as shocking.
I am looking for your comments, ideas, and suggestions here.
Do you like the color scheme? Too much??, Not enough? (I doubt *that*!). ;)
Any thoughts will be welcomed.
Anyway, I just found out that my brother is coming in from California for a quick, impromptu visit, so I'm out of here!