Friday, June 11, 2010

Blogger Pandemonium

Did you know that the word pandemonium was invented by poet John Milton? It's true, he invented it as the name of the capital of hell in his poem "Paradise Lost."

I always liked that word until I found out where it derived from. Of course the common meaning these days is simply a chaotic situation. I suppose that's apropos, since I imagine hell would be a rather chaotic place.

Yesterday felt like pandemonium, and I didn't need it on top of all the stress I have had over the past month and a half. As a result, last night I didn't feel like working on the bear.

It's amazing what you can find to distract yourself from doing something you don't want to do. I watched some TV and then I discovered that Blogger has added this new design/template system.

Now I have to level with ya, I am not always real keen on change. I am a button pusher, so ultimately my curiosity won out. At first as I was playing with it, it seemed rather chaotic and not very easy to customize. The longer I played with it, the more I realized you can customize it, and you can even make it look like the old minima layout style and use custom backgrounds just like you always could with a little fiddling. I haven't switched this blog over yet though, because I wanted one I don't really use to test it out on so that I knew what I was up against.

I did make some changes anyway. I know that some of you really liked the fact that I had my blog matching my website, but I decided for my blog I wanted some summery bright colors. I kind of threw the header together at the 11th hour and will probably make something better a little later. Or I might change the whole thing again, I don't know yet.

I have to imagine there will be a whole lot of people who don't care for the new system at first, and will feel as if they have descended into Blogger Pandemonium. The thing I do like about it is that you can very easily switch over to a three column blog. That's something I had been considering doing anyway, although I hadn't entirely committed to that idea yet. This way I can try it and see what I think without a bunch of recoding.

What I don't like is that I have yet to figure out how to center the header. It adjusts it to the left, and unless I missed a centering button somewhere I guess the only way you could do it is to make the header as big as it allows. I will test that later too.

I will say this, if you haven't played with it yet, don't be afraid of it. You can still get your old look even if Minima is gone. If you can't figure out how, just drop me a line and I will explain to you what to do.

I am off to bed, hopefully when I get up later I won't have any nasty surprises in my mail box like I did this morning. It really ruins my coffee!

Hugs, K. <3


Amanda said...

Your Blog looks really lovely. Crickey, were you up late? Or have I got my time zones wrong. That Blogger must be addictive when you get going. I also managed to finish a bear, thanks for the lovely comment....Have a great weekend. x

The Littlest Thistle said...

You're leading me astray, I'm tempted to check out that button now and not get on with the bears I had planned to tack tonight!

Hope you're weekend is nice, peaceful and relaxed :o)

Rose said...

Yes, yes, please tell us how to customize now that Minima is gone. I was going to create my blog today using a free Shabby Blog template, and now can't figure out how to do. Drat Blogger. :}

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