Sunday, September 12, 2010

The Blog? Change It? Leave It? Help Me Out!

So, a few months ago, I did a redesign of the blog... I added an espresso bean background, made some color and layout changes, moved a few things around, added some stuff, deleted some stuff and so on.  Since then, I've gotten some feedback from a few people telling me they like the way it looked, and a few more people have told me "Eh."

Since then, I've been waffling like a John Kerry speech.  I like it.  I don't like it.  I like it.  I don't like it.  For me, the posts are getting better, I feel like my writing has gotten better (especially compared to my early stuff... wow...) and my content has been varied, but at the same time more focused (if you don't agree, that's fine, but my readership has grown consistantly over the last year or two since I've been writing, so I'm doing something right).

But the layout has kind of thrown me.  I'm not sure I like the background.  If you know me well enough, you'll know I don't even drink coffee, so the name itself, "Clouds In My Coffee" is a name I'd probably change if I could go back to the beginning (I really like "Welcome to Delaware" and "Love, Pride and Deep Fried Chicken") but five plus years later, its too late for that--heck, type in "Clouds In My Coffee" in Google or Bing and I'm on the first page!

So, you tell me.  I've inserted my first ever poll on the website, which you'll find to the right.  Please take a second and give me some feedback... should I leave as-is?  Should I change it up?  Should I kind of downgrade, so its not distracting, or should I do something else?  You are the people who finds it, checks it, loads it and reads it, so YOU tell ME. 

The ultimate plan is to go to a plain www site through Blogger, though finding a good, memorable domain name has been tough--most of the ones I'd take are all either in use, or at least purchased.  Amarylis by Morning (up from san antone) had a long talk via Facebook about this one night, where should concurred that anything involving "clouds", unless its "Clouds in My Coffee", sounded... well, gay.

Anyway, help a brotha' out and tell me what you think. 


  1. I like it. My only beef is the white font on the black background. It hurts the eyes. Otherwise I think it's a fun blog. I like the title and I really like what you write.

  2. Interesting... someone else has been after me for about a year to change the white font on the black background--again, because it hurts her eyes, so she'll be happy to have someone else in her corner!

    Thanks Wendi Deckermiller!

  3. Amen and amen. I know there are others out there. C'mom folks, back me up!

  4. I like the fancy newness! Keep it!

    I agree with the girls, the white on black has always hurt my eyes as well. Is there a way to keep the "coffee mood" and make it easier on the eyes?

  5. Ditto what all these good ppl said about the black backgroun + white font. You need to get a usability person on staff over there at blog HQ. :)
    I really like the coffee theme/background, but that's because I actually like coffee.
    Most of the time I read via Google Reader, so it's only when I stroll over to leave a comment that I get to enjoy the delicious coffee richness.


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