Saturday, September 17, 2005

New Blog Template

I've had the same template since I started blogging, so maybe it's time for a change. How is this one? Do you like the colors? I've made the "Fjordman" heading larger, as it was probably too small in the old version.

21 Comments:

At September 17, 2005 6:18 PM, Blogger Pastorius said...

Fjordman,
I have wanted to change my blog template for a long time, and this one particularly appeals to me. However, I have never gone to this one because it seems to pretty for the subject matter.

 
At September 17, 2005 6:27 PM, Blogger Empire1 said...

Looks very nice to me, Fjordman!

(I'm Empire1 at LGF, btw.)

 
At September 17, 2005 6:49 PM, Blogger Cuz said...

If it suits you, it doesn't matter what anyone else thinks. These things are extremely personal. It took me quite a while to get mine just right.

If you want my opinion, here it is. Your writing and your profile is of such a significance that you ought to have a site which reflects the uniqueness of your insight. One that is also thematically in tune with your subject matter.

I'd be more than happy to help you redesign if you like. I've done dozens of sites in the past.

 
At September 17, 2005 7:49 PM, Blogger Ethnocentrist said...

Don't like it. Your links, which are in dark blue are illegible against the dark green background and hard on the eyes. You can change the link color to a nice contrast against the green, say yellow or very light green, or do what 'cuz says and create something unique to suit your site. My 2 cents.

 
At September 17, 2005 7:50 PM, Blogger Teratism said...

Horah! Great look. Really imprsesive.

 
At September 17, 2005 9:54 PM, Blogger Kledo said...

Your previous template was much better IMHO.

 
At September 17, 2005 10:18 PM, Blogger nikolai said...

I think this new template is much better. But it's your blog, I'll read anyway.;)

BTW, I think this article could be of interest for you:
http://www.vl.no/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050916/ARTIKLER/50916001/1122

 
At September 17, 2005 10:21 PM, Blogger nikolai said...

Hmmm... It seems the link was somehow shortened down when I posted. If you go into the site(vl.no) and looks a bit down, you'll find an article of a muslim leader that wants to introduce death penalty for certain crimes in Norway.

 
At September 17, 2005 10:38 PM, Blogger John Sobieski said...

Looks nice but I have to agree that the links in that blue are more difficult to read. You could add a color code in the anchor html, but that would be a hassle everytime. I don't think Blogger gives you an option on the link text color. It's no big deal to me if they stay blue.

 
At September 17, 2005 10:43 PM, Blogger Fjordman said...

Cuz: Do you do web design? I just pick one from the selection at Blogger.com.

I like the colors on this one, but it is true that the links look a bit strange. I could change the colors used for links, but then all my old posts will be "wrong". Maybe I should try another template.

 
At September 17, 2005 11:24 PM, Blogger Baron Bodissey said...

Fjordman, I have no problem with the template, but the sidebar still drops to the bottom on my screen.

If there are no glitches like there were in the "sweden" post, then you might want to look at the template for the "width" settings of the different sections. Normally they give about 430 pixels for the post, 250 or so for the sidebar, and some filler in between, all adding up to the blog width, which is generally somewhat less than 800 to allow for background decoration showing at the side.

However: In your case, it may be the google search insert on the sidebar, which seems to be wider than the designated width setting on the sidebar. That forces the sidebar to expand, but the whole blog is still constrained within its width limit, pushing the sidebar to the bottom.

Possible solutions:

1. Abandon the google insert.
2. Move it to the header or footer sections of the template.
3. Widen the sidebar enough to allow it to fit in (including the google), while narrowing the post section by the same amount.

I hope I'm not interfering too much. :)

 
At September 18, 2005 3:02 AM, Blogger bosaxi said...

needs more fjords
/comments

 
At September 18, 2005 4:03 AM, Blogger Cuz said...

Yes, I've designed quite a few blogs for people in the past.

Your main problems (as your readers have helpfully pointed out) are the sidebar links' color and positioning (they slip down the screen on my setup too).

Also, you may want to consider the main blog section (where your posts are). A really huge majority of people will only read blogs with a black font on white background. They'll tend to overlook this IF the posts are really short, and they don't have to go to the trouble of much eyestrain. Your posts don't gfall into this category because your analysis is good and meaty. Might be an idea to swap it around.

Lastly, I'm going to nag you again about style. No, I'm not gay. This is about distinctiveness. As I'm sure your readers will agree, in terms of blog-prestige, you are up there with LGF, Roger Simon... etc. That being the case, you need to have a blog that is very distinctively FJORDMAN.

When I think "Fjordman", I don't think greeny-gooey-mushy-greenness. I think more frosty blue, light, easy on the eye (and easy to blend into white for the main body). Images of glaciers, or the sea, or fjords or something.

If you like what I'm saying, email me at dailycuz@gmail.com and I'll zap up a sample template for you to look over. It's no hassle. I do this kind of thing for fun.

 
At September 18, 2005 4:07 AM, Blogger Cuz said...

Also, I'll get rid of that annoying google taskbar at the top for you. That way annoyed Muslims can't flag your site every five minutes.

 
At September 18, 2005 5:29 AM, Blogger Mike H. said...

I'll go along with 'cuz. I have a bit of a problem with the link color.

 
At September 18, 2005 6:32 AM, Blogger Dan Kauffman said...

It looks attractive, but more important it is easy on the eyes.

This type of thinking

"If it suits you, it doesn't matter what anyone else thinks. These things are extremely personal"

Is only valid IF you are not interested in whether anyone actually reads what you write.

Myself I usually shunn sites were the text is all but Illegible.
You know he ones I mean almost black backgrounds dark text, thought it is true if I am interested in what they write I will outline the text like I was going to copy and paste it.,

Most folks won't go to that much trouble they will just click on.

Now if a blogg is just a ego thing it does not matter what it looks like, if however you wish to present your IDEAS?

It is best to try to look at the page through the eyes of your readers. Not what please US as writers, but what is going to make it easier for our readers to read what we write.

Example a friend once showed me some business cards with a really elaborate scrript I mean they were beautiful, you could not read it unless you already new what it said but they sure were pretty.

 
At September 18, 2005 7:05 AM, Blogger Cuz said...

It can also be argued that if you're only doing something for someone else, then you're doing it for all the wrong reasons. Anybody who is ever any good at anything does it for themselves. Not for the approval of others.

I pointed out those facets which most needed to be addressed in order to ALSO improve reader accessability. It isn't a matter of either/or, one or the other. It is a matter of incorporating the two in a pleasing synthesis. A unique look which packages the author and his/her style of writing AND is as accessable/utilitarian as possible for the reading public.

 
At September 18, 2005 7:08 AM, Blogger Cuz said...

This is the sort of thing I was talking about. If you like it, lemme know.

http://fjordmantestsite.blogspot.com/

 
At September 18, 2005 1:00 PM, Blogger Stijn said...

Fjordman: you can find some more (and in my opinion more beautiful) templates on http://blogger-templates.blogspot.com/

They tell you also how to remove the anoying blogger bar above.

 
At September 18, 2005 4:05 PM, Blogger CH said...

I have to agree with the ethnocentrist the dark blue links on dark green are illegible..

 
At September 19, 2005 1:36 AM, Blogger Col. B. Bunny said...

I agree with Cuz. Your template is attractive but has nothing suggestive of your persona. Blue links illegible. Sidebar no longer at top right.

 

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