Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Struggling With Template Neverland

If anybody surfed through here this morning, between 9:00am and 11:00am, they may have seen a very odd looking blog! My top image was there, but it was over-run by the text - quotations - that had graced the blog before. Not to mention the patriot bars that had rested atop and below those quotes. The flag image had squished up, too, and covered a part of the new header image.

I was fighting with the template while attempting to change the look. Again. And while I was very comfortable going into this - how many times have I changed this thing? - I found out that I still have a very weak grasp of what I am looking at when I work with the template. Two hours to finally figure out that I was in the wrong section! Two hours! My neighbor, if he was home, may have heard some very nasty language coming from my apartment!

Trust me, when I get frustrated enough (common enough when I am working on the computer), my language gets quite vile. Not Rap Music vile, but it gets close! I struggled. And why? Because I am addicted to changing the looks of this blog.

When I was young, I used to change the furniture layout in my bedroom all the time. Ask my mother! She'll tell you! She'd hear a ruckus upstairs and she knew benning was moving the furniture around. Heck, I get bored with the look of the place.

So what is that up top? That's a painting by Daniel Ridgway-Knight, "Peasants Lunching In A Field" from 1875. I like the painting, and the layout - wider than it is tall - made it workable for a topper. Then all I needed to do was mess with it using my Paint Shop Pro 6. Whatcha think?

Daniel Ridgway-Knight, an American painter who did most of his work while living in France, is a Naturalist painter, so he meshes nicely with my art tastes. Yes, I intend to post on him in the not-too-distant future. In the meantime, I hope the new look suits you. It suits me. For now! Who knows what I'll do come Halloween, Thanksgiving, or Christmas? I have got graphics galore, and already my head is awhirl with ideas. So beware! You may visit again and not recognize the place!

But, as always, I'm glad you stopped by.

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Always On Watch posted a link to this little gem! It should make you giggle!

11 comments:

a.k.a. Blandly Urbane said...

If there is ever a place you can get lost, it's trying to play around with your template....

benning said...

You ain't whistlin' Dixie! LOL

Anna said...

Blogging is an addiction! I'd play more with my template, but wordpress is a little stingier with template playing which can be a good thing, otherwise I'd never get anything done!

a.k.a. Blandly Urbane said...

Your page loads quicker than it ever has for me. Don't know if it's the work you did, but if it is don't admit it otherwise you'll never be able to do it again...

benning said...

b.u: Probably loads quicker 'cause there are fewer images in the later posts. LOL

Soon as I work up my Daniel Ridgway-Knight post, the load will be back to Slowsville! ;)

anna: Yeah, that's why I gave up on Word Press. I don't like the available templates. And I can't futz with them. *shrug*

Freebies are worth whatcha pay for 'em!

Brooke said...

I cannot figure out how to change the backround... You know how some people get different colors?

Ugh.

Brooke said...

Oh, and I like the pic at the top!

benning said...

Brooke: I emailed you some tips that might help.

WomanHonorThyself said...

lookin nice.tho..Keep playin with it..Its fun!..:-)

camojack said...

I did notice the picture, and like it. Now if you can work it so that scrolling way down to get to the posts isn't necessary...

kateykakes said...

I love the layout, benning. It looks very nice.

I changed mine at least 6 times before I had the Kafe special made for me. I love it and have no desire to change it - YET! ;)