CSS Is Eating My Brain...
If you'd like a little preview, click this link, take a gander, and let me know what you think.
Lew...fair enough, but do you think it would be less distracting if I repositioned the image to get the darker areas out from under the main body of text?
PT, indeed it is. Copied a great photo from Tom Hilton (If I Ran the Zoo), and washed it through a few Photoshop filters.
Background does make my eyes cross a bit, but the pic itself is nice. Maybe if you make it a little lighter?
Well one thing I'd do is stay away from Blogger's standard templates. Many of them are really complex--so many directives in the style sheet that you don't get predictable results when you change things. The template that I'm using as a basis for what you saw cam from here: http://blogtemplates.noipo.org
Another thing that I recommend for any template work is a decent XML editor. I have a commerical one, but even a simple text editor helps because you simply need to see more of the template than Blogger allows in that little window. Also keep a backup of your template somewhere so you can replace it if something goes wrong.
I may ditch the picture altogether in favor of a regular pattern. the biggest thing I'm trying to achieve is the scaling right hand column, and I think that I've finally got that worked out.
Sumo, sorry no lilly pads. I wanted something having to do with Babylon by the Bay. Hence the picture of the Bay Bridge.
But here's a question. Do you think the center section of the photo, superimposed under the post text, is distracting? I wonder if I should fade it on that side.
When I redid mine I had to run back and forth between my Powerbook and the Vaio, what a pain.
I have a Greasemonkey script that expands the blogger window. Blogger large post editor and a template editor. Very handy. I think I got it from A Consuming Experience.
(not sure who ate the post)
Frankly, having recently set up a full CMS, complete with arcane php on top of css etc, template manipulation became a case of 'near enough is good enough'.
Having had my whine, I quite like your background image.
So many of my favorite blogs are changing templates. Didn't Rove say nobody rolls out new product in the summer?
I'm ignorant about this stuff, but how is CSS different from a standard blogger template?
Debra, I'm punching up the contrast on many of the items to make it easier to see against the background.
Kathy, it should load faster as the layout is much simpler than a typical Blogger Template, and on the subject of CSS: CSS (or cascading style sheets) are just all those directives at the top of the template that control spacing, coloring, margins...essentialy anything that has to do with "style" rather than "content"). Blogger's standard templates are sometimes so heavy with overlapping CSS directive that they are very hard to change. This new template I'm using is much simpler.
A day or two more and everyone will get to see the final result.