31 March 2012

#Bloggiesta March 2012: New template?

So, in the very-early Saturday morning I have made progess on both the "definite TO-DO list":
  1. WRITE. REVIEWS. Lots of them. I have a huge backlog thanks to writing and sick mom (Mom is doing much better - the parents called me from Savannah, GEORGIA, the other week because they took a surprise trip to celebrate the end of radiation treatments - a little warning, parental units, please otherwise I worry unnecessarily). [ETA: wrote two so far]
  2. Back-up the blog (haven't done this in donkey's years).  Done and done.
  3. Write post for April Literature by Women book (the moderator skillz are in the toilet, too).
  4. Suey has a nice Goodreads widget that counts up her reading challenge there. I like it - must investigate Goodreads site to find the code.
  5. Find widget/linkage for my Posterous account so I don't have to cross-post all my pictures, only the ones I really, really want to.
  6. Redesign header picture. I like it but the books seem a bit too one-note (no offense, Prydain and Lloyd Alexander). I have the fancy D-SLR now and a Photoshop Express account so I ought to use it.
  7. Buy a mouse for my laptop. The touchpad is fine for basic navigation but sometimes my tap-taps just aren't fast enough or the drop and drag gets a bit wacky (PS Express editing is crazy-awful with the touchpad). Mouse will help with that.  There were only about, oh, thirty mice to choose from at Best Buy.  I wound up going with a Logitech that uses darkfield laser tracking (and is wireless).
And then there are the "would like to-dos":
  1. Investigate new Blogger theme. I've had my current template layout since the beginning of The Blog and it is non-customizable. Interpretation: both columns are too narrow and can't accomodate even the Blogger-designed widgets in places. Drawback: I can use basic HTML but I don't know doodle-squat about CSS, etc. I am willing to learn - is there a good book anyone recommends?  Not only did I find a really great, thorough, well-designed, easy-to-use book of HTML and CSS...I started dinking around with the Blogger Design Template and re-arranged my blog template to make it more user friendly.  And then I started updating the widgets (had two dead widgets, how does that happen?).  Not done yet.  Haha.
  2. This post on Mashable discusses how to use Pinterest to promote your blog and track your content. I lurve Pinterest. Must investigate.
  3. Go through the Google Reader and remove the blogs with dead URLs/updated URLs.
  4. Check prices on Photoshop (I queried the Oracle of Twitter about Photoshop vs. Elements - only Hannah answered; she was in the affirmative on PS so I will check it out).  One of us (me) remembered that I am a staff member at a University and can, therefore, get the academic pricing from the campus bookstore.  Considering that I could use any skillz honed in private in photo editing at work (possibly, you never know when designing gown/glove studies) I could definitely use the price break.
So, if you like, feel free to give feedback on my new template (outside of the header picture - I plan on working on a new picture when I have a bit of daylight to hand). I'd love to hear what to you think of the work in progress.


  1. Replies
    1. Thanks! :) I am feeling productive!

  2. On the PS vs. PS Elements, it depends on what you want to do. I love my Photoshop and wouldn't trade it for anything, but PS Elements is also a great program and considerably cheaper. If the academic price is affordable I would definitely go for the full monty, though. Nothing beats PS!

    1. Thanks, Rikki :) I thInk my current needs lie somewhere between the two programs. I'm trying to find one of those handy "comparison charts". But I think I'm leaning toward the full Photoshop (well, technically I think the U allows us to get CS5 extended only so no basic)

    2. Oh, I don't know whether this would pay. Those Creative suites are awfully expensive, so I suppose even the reduced price would be quite high. If you mainly edit photos etc. I would then go for Elements.

    3. The academic discount brought the price down to about $50 more than what Elements was retailing for at Best Buy - I figured why not :)

    4. In that case, oh, yes, you were right to go for it.