Code. Some of the HTML/CSS code from my new template. I have been looking at this kind of thing repeatedly over the past few weeks.
First, I want to say a big HAPPY NEW YEAR to all. I am excited about the the prospects for 2011. There seems to be a real spark to the economy which I hope continues to grow making 2011 a better year.
This is a big day at woodfever.net - the big unveiling of an updated look for my site. I have been working on the new design for about six weeks and am pretty pleased with the look especially since this was accomplished for virtually no money. And all of the changes, except for a little bit of code, was completed in-house.
Why the new look? This year, I plan to start selling things on my blog. I want to retire in fifteen years (or sooner), at least retire to woodworking and I hope this blog will be a key part of my retirement income. At present, about 20 new people visit my blog each day. I feel the need to see if there is something of value I can offer them. With that in mind, I needed a dedicated space for items I sell, so I decided a change to a three column template was in order. I plan to put items for sale in the left side bar.
Also, with this new look, a few things were fixed that I did not like with the old one. I wanted a more modern look, so I went with a minimalist color scheme and a more unstructured look.
My daughter who is pretty good with graphic design worked on the logo for me since I was never really happy with the old one.
And, the old color scheme which featured a khaki color for the background, visible on the left and right side, had a weird yellow cast to it on some computer monitors. The all-white look of my new design fixes that.
Some other changes:
- No Facebook badge on my new template. As I experiment with the whole social media thing, I have been disappointed with the impact from Facebook.
- An emphasis on Twitter. I have been very pleased with Twitter. There is a very active woodworking community there and a lot of information is passed back and forth.
- Removal of Google Adsense. At present, I have taken Google Adsense off my blog. In the past year, I’ll bet it generated less than $20.00 in income. I may add it back in the future, but as I develop items to sell, I feel Adsense not longer fits my business plan.