Friday, August 24, 2012

Even Green Boots Will Have a New Look

My discussion today is going to be a bit off track from normal.  No gardening, no DIY projects, and no tips to help in the quest to go green.

Told ya... I'm way off track today.

What in the heck am I thinking?!

I'm thinking that you, as an important part of this blog, have the right to know when changes are afoot.

The thing is, my green boots are going to have a sparkling new look in the near future, and I didn't want that to scare you into thinking you've managed to land on someone else's blog.

No, I'm not changing my concept.  Even Green Boots Leave Trails will still follow me on my quest to become more environmentally responsible, and I'll still talk about my successes and failures in that regard.

None of those things will change.

Rather, I wanted to warn you that the look of this blog will probably be vastly different. 

See, I've discovered errors in the template I use.  For those of you that don't know what a template is, think of it as the skeleton of my blog.  The pictures and words you look at are the organs that fill in the skeleton.  If the skeleton isn't built well, you end up with a big pile of mush.



Nobody likes that.

My blog's skeleton has a lot of problems.

I'm not talking about just one or two of them.  I mean a lot.  Like, over a hundred.  To top it off, none of the errors were made by me.  They're all coding errors.

Well, ok... I made a few of the errors, but the ones that I'm most concerned about are beyond my control.

While learning how to fix these errors would be a great achievement for someone like me that knows very little about the coding end of a blog, I have to be honest with myself.  I don't have the time that's needed to truly grasp these technical concepts.  Doing so right now would not be in our best interest.

Fortunately, there are plenty of people out there that do know what they're talking about, and have created their own blog templates.

Until I have the time to delve into learning how to fix these mistakes on my own, I can stand on the shoulders of someone who already knows the concept.

Someone whose intelligence and reliability has earned my trust.

Cue Mohammad Mustafa Ahmedzai, writer of My Blogger Tricks.

Every time I've had a Blogger specific problem, he's had the answer.  More than once, his knowledge and ability to explain how to repair problems has saved me a great deal of heartache.

I also discovered a few days ago that he has some truly amazing free templates that can be downloaded by his blog's subscribers.  I'm considering using one of those very soon.  I just need to figure out how to tweak things like colors and font so that they work for Even Green Boots Leave Trails.

So what does this mean for you?

It means easier navigation of my site.  It means a cleaner look.  It may also mean faster loading times for those of you with slower internet speeds.  My page loading time is pretty decent right now, but cleaning up stuff on the technical side will definitely be of benefit to you.

So don't worry... Even Green Boots Leave Trails will still be the same blog, with the same focus.  It'll just be a bit more enhanced  for a better reading experience.  I just feel you have the right to know about any large changes I make.

This blog may be about my experiences, but it's written for you.


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