New Design!

May 29, 2007 | 6 comments

My little project for this weekend was to finally re-design my Blogger template. Because I stubbornly insisted on doing it by hand there are still a few little formatting glitches, but it seems to mostly be working OK. Those of you who read the site through feeds, come check it out!

BLOGROLL: I added a bunch of great new sites, so be sure to glace through the updated blogroll.

CATEGORIES: My main motivation behind the new design was to make room for all the categories I wanted to list. Many people have emailed me over the past year to say that they were interested in my story and read the entire archives, so I thought that categorizing everything might make it easier to find information without having to read every post. (And, OK, for selfish reasons I’m just too obsessive to have so much information that has been so critical to my faith floating out there unorganized.)

I had a lot of fun going back and organizing all the posts. Some of my favorite categories are:

  • Turning Points: Posts about the major ideas or moments that had a big impact on my spiritual journey.
  • Tough Questions: It was fun to read through all these perplexing issues and see what everyone had to say about it.
  • Big Discussions: All the posts where the comments are not to be missed. Many of them contained amazing, life-changing advice; some were topics that touched a nerve and attracted a lot of commentors; and others were controversial and heated.
  • Inspiration: Stories and ideas that inspired me that I wanted to share with others.

You’ll also notice that I broke the categories into two sections: “My Story”, which is a more chronological account of how I got from there to here; and “Topics”, which is, obviously, a list of all the topics I write about.

My brain is officially fried from spending too much time in front of the computer this weekend (note to self: never do your first check to see how your design looks in IE right before you’re supposed to go to bed). Anyway, hope you like the new look and the categories, and I hope everyone had a great weekend!


  1. mrsdarwin

    Ooh, snazzy new look. Maybe one of these days we’ll actually get around to redesigning our template instead of just talking about it.

  2. Julie D.

    LOVE the new look! 🙂

  3. Amber

    Wow, beautiful! You’ve done a great job, both with the design and categories. The way you’ve organized your posts should make your blog a great resource as well as a great read.

    I will definitely have to spend some time dipping into these categories, even though I have read through some of your archives.

  4. Melanie

    Oh I love the new look. Very sharp.

  5. Margaret in Minnesota

    Totally cool template.

    When I’m ready for an update, you’re hired. 😉

  6. Dennis

    Nice job! Beautiful! Now, if you could do something about the comments page…

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