Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Coming Soon: Culture Kills: The Layouts Edition

I think I am one of the last people using Blogger to not switch over to Layouts. I like being able to edit the HTML and I've liked having the level of control over aspects of this blog that I will potentially lose during a transistion to the new system.

But I think I am going to have to make the leap, because frankly, there are a lot of features I am missing out on, and the fact that I lost 6 months worth of comments already makes the fear about losing something during the transition a little less scary.

And frankly, I'd rather change over before I am forced to so I can plan out the transition in a way that I am most comfortable with. Because I fear change.

Long time readers know that I value consistency, and I have largely had the same design on this blog with some tweaks here and there for almost the entire lifespan of Culture Kills, so the prospect of a radical redesign is daunting and a little offputting, but going to Layouts may indeed be the perfect time to do a redesign. If I am going to embrace the present, I might as well update things while I am at it. I've been the plaid menace for a long time, but much like a starlet getting a nose job while they are having a deviated septum worked on or someone having to repair flood damage taking that opportunity to finish their basement, I think this would give me a kick in the ass to actually start going beyond what I've been doing as of late designwise.

I don't know what this is going to look like when I am done (I have a test blog to work on things before I make the transition). But I think unlike the other times I said I was working on this site, I actually mean it this time.

Just keeping everyone in the loop.


Megan said...

Good luck!

Budd said...

I don't know if you have converted or not, but don't ever change if the plaid has to go away.

Lee Sargent said...

I didn't even know that Blogger had changed something - I should really pay more attention to it but I'm a WordPress man through and through ;)

Jeremy Barker said...

I get your concerns - just go for it, it made a world of difference for me. Of course if I didn't want to lose all my legacy links I'd just flip to tumblr.

MC said...

Megan: I need it I think.

Budd: I was thinking about changing it... just for a fresh look.

Lee: They changed it back in 2008. So I've been really resistant to change... I should have done this years ago.

Jeremy: I am all about the comments, but the fact that I can't flip through the pages of my blog, labels or searches is increasingly becoming a problem.