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I had an odd experience recently. I saw someone's weblog outside my aggregator. I don't think I'd ever looked at this person's website in a browser before. And it wasn't at all what I expected it to look like.

Which made me realize that I don't look at my weblog or anyone else's through anything other than an aggregator these days. Apart from search engines and work related sites, where I use a browser, an aggregator is now my primary web UI - I had barely noticed the move away from a browser until the above site made me realize the shift in habit.

I fired up a browser and went to my own weblog. It did not look good. Overlapping div boxes (I have a lot of mail going back months asking me to fix that - sorry), sickly pale blue and white, maroon quotes. Blech.

So I've changed it to a monotone (I've been watching film noir lately). I still need to tweak the font size. But I think it looks ok - simple and clean. I think a few drops of color here and there in an entry could be used with interesting effect when everything else is monotone.

February 19, 2005 01:21 AM


(February 19, 2005 08:53 AM #)

Looking good. I like HAL a lot ;-)
Minor points - the HAL image overlaps the title box a little (in Firefox/Win2k), comments have no left border/pad, seems a bit uncomfortable. I don't know, the Google Ads black seems a bit hard on the eye - it works in that your eye is drawn there, but maybe too much, a dark grey might be better for the overall balance.

Keith Gaughan
(February 20, 2005 11:20 PM #)

A huge improvement, Bill!

My question is, how did the site end up the way it did in the first place?

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