Extreme Makeover: Blog Edition

July 21, 2011

So, remember how I got new glasses, and then freaked out a little bit, because, hell, they totally changed the look of my face? I’m over that now. I love my glasses. So much, I love them. I can barely remember what I looked like with my other glasses. These glasses are me.

The transition was, however, disconcerting. It’s a weird thing, to change your look, and especially to change that part of your look that is the first thing that people see when they, you know, look at you. And now I’ve gone and done with it with my virtual face, by which I mean this here blog, and, yes, I’m a little disconcerted. The change here isn’t radical, but it’s definitely changed, and every time I click over I’m surprised in the same way that I was that first got my new glasses and had to do a double-take every time that I looked in the mirror. Wait, what? Who is that, AND WHY DOES SHE HAVE MY HAIR? Which I was totally doing for days until our bathroom got gutted for renovation – I believe that if you’re going to make changes in your life, you should make a lot of them, all at once – and the mirror was removed, in addition to everything else, including the bathtub and the toilet, whereupon everything became confusing in a whole different way.

Because, where does one bathe one’s cats?


We’re still doing some buffing and polishing in this made-over space – as you can see, there’s been some reorganization, some shuffling of furniture between rooms, a few walls knocked down and a few others put up – and so the whole new look won’t be entirely settled for a few days, but still: the basic transformation has taken place. And I think I kind of love it.

What do you think? Don’t be honest. Unless your honest opinion is that it’s awesome, in which case, please! Do share!

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    Amy B July 21, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    I love it so very very very much.

    Saisquoi July 21, 2011 at 1:29 pm

    Clean. Easy to navigate. Nicely done. You deserve a glass of wine.

    Brian D. Shelton July 21, 2011 at 1:32 pm

    I like what you’ve done with the place… :-)

    Sara Hamil July 21, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    I noticed it this morning and I literally gasped. I love, love , love it. It’s fresh, it’s forward, it’s awesome :)

    laura July 21, 2011 at 1:43 pm

    DEFINITELY better than the glasses! Pretty, even. Very easy to navigate.

    Lisse July 21, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    Nice! Very polished looking. “Magazen-like.” Which I just totally made up.

    Anthony from CharismaticKid July 21, 2011 at 1:58 pm

    That’s how I’m gonna feel when I finally eventually CUT MY LONG HAIR.

    Hey, i’d like to take a bath in that tub!

    Bec July 21, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    I like it. It’s very fresh and clean-looking.

    Melissa July 21, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    I like it. Much easier for me to read.

    Christina D. July 21, 2011 at 5:01 pm

    Yes! Much easier to read. Cleaner, simpler, more elegant. Love the stripes.

    Heli July 21, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    I love the website, much easier to enjoy all aspects of the website.

    whoorl July 21, 2011 at 8:22 pm

    1. Love the glasses. LOVE THE GLASSES. (Have I told you that already?)

    2. Ahhhh, this design is a breath of fresh air. Clean, fresh, awesome.

    Angella July 21, 2011 at 8:52 pm

    It looks fabulous, Catherine. As do your new glasses. :)

    Alli July 21, 2011 at 9:10 pm

    Dude, your cat is glowing. :P

    Kristen July 22, 2011 at 2:23 am

    Me likey!

    zchamu July 22, 2011 at 8:36 am

    Love it. I especially love the shortened top banner… while I loved the look of the old one, it pushed stuff pretty far down my screen on my little teeny laptop.

    zchamu July 22, 2011 at 8:37 am

    Also: Will be very interested to find out how you get your instagram feed in to the site. I wish to do the same.

    Kristen July 22, 2011 at 10:55 am

    I also love the new look very, very much. (And I also know what you mean about feeling disconcerted by your own new blog design. It IS very much like one’s virtual face!)

    (Oh, and the cat is super-cute too. If s/he thinks anything like I imagine my cats do, s/he saying “THEY’VE DESTROYED THAT $%*^# BATHTUB AT LAST! AT LAST, SWEET VICTORY IS MINE!”)

    Alexicographer July 22, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    I love the look.

    (I’m a bit perplexed concerning the ordering of the posts; is it just me? I come back to find “the latest” or “the next to latest” and am seeking things in date order (by your authorship, not, e.g. comments) and find they’re not?)

    Her Bad Mother July 22, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    It’s different now, the organization – the latest in my regular posting schedule is always at the top. Below that are boxes that feature most recent posts across various categories. Below THAT are all the posts, in sequential order, just like in an ordinary blog template. The different sections in the nav bar, however, might have things that don’t turn up on the front page, just because they’re busier (Digital Life, for example, kind of lives as its own page.) It’s more like a magazine layout now, for better or for worse ;)

    Alexicographer July 22, 2011 at 10:53 pm

    Hmmm. Clearly I’ve got some larnin’ to do … thanks for the primer!

    Excessive weight reducing exactly where to begin for an fat lovely women? August 8, 2011 at 9:00 am

    I’m curious to find out what blog system you’re utilizing? I’m having some minor security issues with my latest site and I’d like to find something more risk-free. Do you have any recommendations?

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