Somewhere around my second Tropical Sunrise Margarita at the airport Chili’s Too last Sunday morning (um, I was in the Central Time Zone – it was well past several minutes past noon back home) a milestone passed.
I entered my
third fourth year of blogging.
You weren’t the only one who forgot. I did, too.
To celebrate, since some of us obviously forgot the cake and presents (a-HEM!), I did a little renovation. If you’re reading this via a reader or Facebook, come on over to the blog and check it out.
All right, it’s not going to win any design awards but – as with most things needing fixing in our house – I did it all on my own. Didn’t crash the entire Internet in the process, but if your lights flickered at some point over the weekend, chances are I caused it. Sorry.
I’ve been wanting to spruce up the blog for quite some time. Two years to be exact. I’ve even spent some serious coin in preparation.
Bought URLs. Site hosting. Thesis for WordPress. At least two new sets of Target’s blogging lounge wear.
Then every inquiry I made into getting the new place designed and the old one migrated over from Blogger was either mega expense (yes, Mr. Thesis Programmer, I’d love to shell out $10K for your multitude of talents to ‘purdy’ up my personal blog – would you prefer payment in Enron stock or Pets.com gift certificates?) or far too complicated and time-consuming for my limited code-hacking skills.
(Note to self: Make friends with more geeks and graphic artists. Preferably ones who are really good. And helpful. And gullible.)
I also keep fearing that moving the site might wipe out some comment or comma from my past. It might drop some silent, but faithful follower who started reading my prattle in October 2008.
These are the things that freeze me in front of my computer for hours at a shot. They send me looking for the label maker so I can yet again reorganize the 47 folders I have in the cabinet next to my desk because orderly files. Will. Solve. All. Our Problems. PEOPLE!
I am pathetic. But you read this far, so what’s your excuse?
So I waited.
Both hemmed and hawed.
Sat on my hands until it came time to click open the blog in hope it would miraculously transform itself into a thing of blogosphere beauty.
Well, THAT never happened.
So in a manic state of St. Patrick’s Day spirit (Guinness mostly with a little Jameson on the side), I spent several hours of diddling around with Blogger and Googling for free gadgets and easy to make code tweaks
And here we are.
Actually, it ain’t too shabby. For a freebie.
Wanna buy a Thesis license? Cheap.
Cruise around, kick the tires and let me know what you think. I have a few things still to tinker with, but it’s all in a good way.
Meanwhile, I’m having a third margarita. Then definitely a nap.
Video: Steven Page, “Indecision” (Link takes you to really nifty “official video” that they don’t allow you to embed on your blog. C’mon, Steven!)