The new look! It’s here! If you’re reading this on a feed reader, click through to see it. (Ha, ha. Just a little dry humor there. If you follow me on a feed reader, you’re not seeing this at all and you thought that I quietly shut down my blog weeks ago, since having an RSS feed doesn’t appear to be part of God’s plan for my life.)
John Flynn, the best web designer in the galaxy, has been working all summer on this new look. I told him I wanted something that was simple, light, and fun. I secretly suspected that I might have requested the impossible when I wrote that I hoped for a design that was “minimalist” but also “has a distinctive style,” but he made it happen. It’s that kind of thing that makes him the best designer in the galaxy. (Evidently he inherited some kind of gene for artistic awesomeness. Have you read his dad’s books? They’re great.)
I note for the record that it was originally John’s idea to have a picture of me in the header. When I wrote the design specs I didn’t say, “An integral part of the design should be MY OWN HEAD. I want to see lots of it, right at the top of the page.” However, he pointed out that readers like to know immediately whom they’re hearing from, and I noticed that I like it when other bloggers incorporate pictures of themselves to the design.
What pushed me over the edge, though, is that I keep seeing incoming links to my site in social media and forums that say, “Check out this post – but BE WARNED, it’s a CATHOLIC SITE.” Like, I come across something like that at least once a week. People share my blog posts to their friends the way you might talk to someone about a lovely swimming hole that happens to be infested with crocodiles — you want to let them know about a couple of the nice spots, but can’t recommend that they stay for more than a quick dip because of the man-eating beasts.
So I thought it might help to allow people to “meet” me right away. I found a picture that Joe took with my phone the last time we were at El Monumento, which I thought made me look not entirely like a crazed Catholic fundamentalist — or, at the very least, conveyed a vibe of, I put the FUN in ‘crazed Catholic fundamentalist’! So I told John to go ahead and use it.
Anyway, I’m thrilled to have a fresh new design. What do you think? (John Flynn is going to enter the witness protection program if I request any more changes, so go ahead and tell me you like it.)
Happy three-day weekend!