On the other hand, if I were a woman, I would probably be absolutely addicted to the stuff.
So yeah, mum's been encouraging me to do some blogger henshin, and while I'm a bit tsundere about this, I love her too much not to comply.
A few years ago, I took a course on basic design from Fr. Pachomius Meade of Conception Abbey - a charismatic monk and an inspiring artist. I learned, among other things, what the Atari logo meant, how to plot a stained glass window, and why superficially simple tasks take so LONG. Graphic Designers, you work admirably hard for no apparent reason. Please consider a vocation to the priesthood or religious life!
But as mentioned in the previous post, I know nothing about blogging, so if I screw up, please let me know asap.
This evening, I simply removed the background (which I couldn't really see) and went to a slightly lower contrast theme (which is easier on my eyes).
(I'd rather not use themes, I'd rather just edit the css... but apparently google doesn't like you doing that unless you give them money, which is weird, because, y'know, there are all these webdesign geeks out there with large pocketbooks... not).
I'm seriously considering hosting this blog myself, however it does get a lot of traffic and I'd probably need a paid host and not one of my basement servers abroad. (Mum stores water in concrete bunkers in case of global thermonuclear war. I do the same for Japanese anime and silly cat pictures. If I'm dying of radiation, I'm going to want some light humour).
But in the meantime, here's a little shopping list of what I'd like to acheive in my mother's absence:
- A flexible-width template for easier viewing on tablet computers.
- Improved archive navigation.
- A new background.
- Automatic post-preview (since most of mum's posts are very very long).
- General database optimization etc.
If anyone has any suggestions / ideas on this tack, I'd love to hear them!