01 March 2008

Version 3.0

This is the other reason there have been so few reviews lately! I’d been planning the switch to three columns on February 29 for a while; but after seeing the recent renovations at Book-a-Rama and Reading Adventures I got inspired to make the overhaul complete. Hence, all my writing time got turned into designing-and-coding time.

Anyone who’s made a return visit in the last 23 hours would have noticed this already; I’m a day late with this post. I grossly underestimated both the amount of last-minute tweaking that would need to be done, and how much of a perfectionist I’d be about it all. So the new look didn’t hit cyberspace until after 1 a.m. today, after which I was much more interested in sleeping than writing. Worth the late night, though.

Now for the grand tour! The painting is Fragonard’s A Young Girl Reading (keeping up the eighteenth century theme) which allowed me to pick out a new, warmer colour scheme. I don’t usually like pale pinks, but I’m making an exception here.

And, there’s a new column. FreeRice is something I heard about from Stuck in a Book. As the name implies, it donates rice to the hungry; it’s paid for by advertising and works on the basis of a multiple-choice vocabulary game. It’s quite enlightening; not only learning new words, but seeing how good I am at guessing their meaning. Distributed Proofreaders is associated with Project Gutenberg, which makes public-domain works available for free online. At DP, you can sign up as a volunteer proofreader and help the process along. Not only is it fun, it’s the best good cause of all - free literature! I’ve at last got the majority of my books logged into LibraryThing - enough to put a random selection on display - and I’ve come up with my own 101 Things in 1001 Days list. It covers everything from the easy to the wildly optimistic, and hopefully all will be completed by midnight, 26 November 2010. (I think I calculated that correctly....)


Chris said...

The blog looks great! I love that painting.

Carrie K. said...

I really like your new template! I just recently unveiled a new look on mine, too, though it still has a quirk or two that need ironing out.

Free Rice has been one of my favorite mindless pasttimes when my husband is watching something on TV that I'm not interested in.

Marg said...

Great job!! It looks great! There must be something in the air - there are blog renos going on all over the place!!

I see you are reading Sunne in Splendour. Sharon Penman is one of my favouritest authors ever! I hope you are enjoying it!

Dancin' Fool said...

Your blog looks great. It is amazing how much time passes when you are blogging and especially template editing! Good job!

CoversGirl said...

Chris: Thank you!

Carrie: It was the quirks that kept me up til 1 a.m.!

Marg: Thanks! And I'm loving The Sunne in Splendour.

Dancin' Fool: Judging by these comments, it was time well spent.

Lisa said...

I like the new scheme. I absolutely love the 101 things in 1001 days! You've inspired me to make a list of my own.

Heather said...

I love the new look!! Very inviting!!

StuckInABook said...

I looks wonderful, really like it!

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Header image shows detail of A Young Girl Reading by Jean-Honoré Fragonard, c. 1776