Saturday, September 22, 2012

Blogging Woes: A Bad Thing Can Lead To A Good Thing

Did you notice?  THE SAVVY SHOPPER has a new look.  On Friday when I sat down to write, I noticed that Blogger had updated itself.  How you publish a post works differently now.

Hmm.  The appearance of THE SAVVY SHOPPER looked different too … and not in a good way.  Soon I discovered I could not pull up my old template and fix it.  Blogger now regards that old design as a “classic,” read “limited, impossible to tweak” template, which really means: Hey Jack (or Jill), you are out of luck!

And people, I was nearly in tears.  Over 3 years of content that now looked oh, so terrible!  What was I going to do?  Well instead of crying, I got busy on a new template, customizing layouts, fonts and colors.  I hadn't planned on sitting in front of a computer screen on Friday afternoon, first writing a series of urgent emails to Google, which essentially said the same thing: “OH, FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, PLEASE HELP ME get my blog back to the way it should look!” before accepting the inevitable and working on a new design.

And you know ... even when we are dragged into it kicking and screaming, sometimes change is good.  I hope you like the new look.

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  1. The blog looks fine. Keep experimenting with the look and feel...your followers will understand that you are experimenting with changes.

  2. Thanks for the encouragement. I need it! I'm tweaking a few elements such as colors, shading and sizes, which are not going live, ie applying to the blog. I seem to be stuck with my first choices. At least I got mainly what I wanted ... cheerful and easy-to-read.

  3. If it's possible, you may want to see how the blog looks with different browsers. On this computer now, I have ancient Windows XP- with Internet Explorer 6 (no longer supported by various websites). But I have other computers with other operating systems and browsers see you'll need to consider such differences. It's a good chance to get feedback from the readers and see what operating systems / browsers that they are using.