Blog Spring Cleaning for the Fall
While I’ve been quietly monitoring my results I haven’t completely laid off blogging. In fact I’ve been taking advantage of the time off to complete the blog theme, tweaking things here and there, adding this and taking away that.
Just when I think it’s all done another bug rears its ugly head. For example, I recently switched my preferred browser from Maxthon to Opera 9 (as all you Firefox users shake your head).
Well after making some tweaks, when I took a look at it in IE my middle column had disappeared way down to the bottom. Crap! It was back to the drawing board again and a simple adjustment to the CSS padding properties remedied that.
I’ve added a Google “Friend Connect” widget to the right-hand sidebar which I hope you will join. It looks promising and I hope to see your shining face there.
I modified the colors of the blog, making it a little more vibrant looking without the glare. I’m very happy with the way the menus turned out. I’ve tried so many different color combinations and I think the silver gradient looks best.
I also like the roll-over effect (like the piano keyboard effect in the right-hand sidebar menus). What’s amazing about it is I was able to create this with just CSS properties and no messy java scripts were needed.
Speaking of Opera, the main reason for me using it is because of the speed performance it offers. I’m fed up with sluggish IE and Firefox bloatware. It may not have as many plugins but I like instant gratification when I’m browsing and Opera really performs.
But what is really surprising is I discovered there a lot of powerful features under the hood that I never knew were there. You just have to poke around a little to find them.
What I enjoy the most (besides it’s amazing speed) is it’s built-in RSS feed reader. It really is a joy to use. I also like the customizable Toolbars and the small footprint. There’s lots of stuff available at your fingertips without the real estate.
At first blush Opera didn’t appeal to me because it’s initial install felt awkward. But once I set it up to my liking the browsing speed is phenomenal and a joy to use. Kinda like Crome on steroids.
All in all I’m feeling very positive about the changes. I’m really looking forward to getting back into the swing of things again. It must the Christmas spirit taking hold of me.
I have a dozen or so draft posts that I’m finishing and it won’t be long before I hit you with some kick-ass blog tips that I know you will enjoy.
Cheers and thanks for reading (and don’t forget to join my “Friend Connect”).