A quick word on WordPress themes and such… I am pretty fond of the blog layout I had been using here for the last 8 or 9 months or so (called “Silhouette,” by Brian Gardner, designer of the famous “Revolution” WordPress theme). I found it amazingly functional. It does, however, have a couple of drawbacks (not much room for a header graphic, for example, which is something I like; and some technical things having to do with the way posts are displayed). Despite the thousands of brilliant designer minds coming up with “new” designs every week, the fact is that screen “real estate” is terribly limited, which means there are really very few basic approaches to blog layouts. You can have some of the elements you want, but never all of them at the same time. The quest for the perfect WordPress theme goes on forever. That said, “Silhouette” is such a great layout (in my opinion), that it’s likely I’ll return to it once I figure out how to make improvements. Sometimes, using a new design can help you approach an old one in a new way.
Not only screen real estate, but reader time is very limited — one typically has seconds to catch someone’s eyeball before they move on — and especially at this time of year. This current layout is a modification of a WordPress theme called “Nature’s Highlight” and had some of the things I was looking for, and maybe a less busy approach as well. Consider it my small offering to any readers who are feeling a bit overwhelmed by life and busy schedules at the moment (aren’t we all…)
I know a lot of people come here just for the New York State links — so although they had to be moved off the main page to their own turf, there’s a new feature, a link randomizer, on the right. I hope that will help people discover some links they may not have noticed before.