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Updated: 2009-08-23T19:21:42.264-04:00

 



I think the new look is great. Clean, easier to r...

2009-08-22T09:04:48.349-04:00

I think the new look is great. Clean, easier to read, all that.

I like the idea of the header image, but the images on the monitors themselves leave me puzzled. Who am I looking at? Maybe you should do a little photoshopping to put some images of yourself from Greater Boston in the monitors. Or, some photos of your blog's favorite subjects (politicians, sox players, mountains...) -- there are probably some copyright issues involved with that, though.



Respectfully disagree on Bob Novak as a minor figu...

2009-08-22T01:26:32.333-04:00

Respectfully disagree on Bob Novak as a minor figure in the world of journalism. His "inside dope" reporting in his column with Rowland Evans in the 1960s-1970s was a major influence in political reporting at the time.



I really like it, looks fresh and clean. I really ...

2009-08-22T00:21:44.145-04:00

I really like it, looks fresh and clean. I really like the header image too. I like the idea of making it rotate different media images, something that shouldn't be too hard to accomplish. I have a different header on my blog (http://www.gcpvd.org) on each page load, it is a theme based feature, so I'm not sure how to make it work in your theme.



At first look, I do like the photo banner. I like ...

2009-08-21T23:21:07.003-04:00

At first look, I do like the photo banner. I like the distinction between your posts. It seems to be better defined than the Blogger format. I'll be looking for more refinements as development continues. How about putting up some variations in background and color for more feedback?



Very nice. I'd punch up the color and size of...

2009-08-21T23:00:38.826-04:00

Very nice. I'd punch up the color and size of the 'Media Nation' title.



ps - "Change we can believe in!"

2009-08-21T22:00:02.532-04:00

ps - "Change we can believe in!"



Dan a.k.a. Wounded Knee, I'm no expert, but I ...

2009-08-21T21:59:12.132-04:00

Dan a.k.a. Wounded Knee, I'm no expert, but I think the new banner is so intense that it makes the white look whiter, an optical illusion of sorts, perhaps.

Count me as approving of the new version but I agree that the banner could be better. Less vivid and more varied in the types of media shown. I agree with Tony's comment, "maybe the TV set, a printing press, a radio studio, a computer screen, etc.?"

The change is due though. The old (current) format is almost indistinguisbale from so many other Blogger based sites.



I like the current format; uncomplicated and easy ...

2009-08-21T20:58:44.845-04:00

I like the current format; uncomplicated and easy on the eyes.



The new design, like the old one, is template-driv...

2009-08-21T20:55:44.836-04:00

The new design, like the old one, is template-driven, so I'm limited by how much I can do in the way of changes. A former student is helping me do some customization. In Firefox on a Mac, the background is exactly the same; maybe it looks different, say, in IE using Windows.

Tony, you win the free subscription to Media Nation. I took that in the control booth at Channel 4 when Jon Keller was interviewing Steve Lynch. Keller was leading a scout group I'd brought in. But it's not a very good photo, and I will replace it as soon as I come up with something better.



it's fine... I don't really like the banne...

2009-08-21T20:48:47.759-04:00

it's fine... I don't really like the banner either but probably won't notice it after awhile. I just look for the entries, anyway. If WordPress is easier for you to use, go for it



Maybe we just need to clean our glasses. :-)

2009-08-21T20:35:56.989-04:00

Maybe we just need to clean our glasses. :-)



On my screen the current theme displays as a very ...

2009-08-21T20:27:12.240-04:00

On my screen the current theme displays as a very light gray while your new theme is a moderate intensity white.

The light gray offers a more readable contrast.



Neil: I am puzzled by you and Adam. The current bl...

2009-08-21T20:16:08.974-04:00

Neil: I am puzzled by you and Adam. The current blog is black type on a white background.



In spite of hating anything new like most people, ...

2009-08-21T20:00:38.833-04:00

In spite of hating anything new like most people, it seems alright. As long as the format doesn't call attention to itself and therefore distract. You can change the banner pic anytime of course. I agree with Adam about a less-bright white.



I don't think it makes a big difference, so if...

2009-08-21T18:06:52.364-04:00

I don't think it makes a big difference, so if working with WordPress is better for you, then go for it.

Any chance you could keep the same color scheme you have now? I like the off-white background of your current site, saves some wear on the eyes.



Dan - nice design, clean, old left column stuff no...

2009-08-21T17:43:56.390-04:00

Dan - nice design, clean, old left column stuff now does not distract. White background makes it easy to read. Banner awful, agree with previous, you're not a sports bar, FOX 25, or channel 7.



It looks just fine, a cleaner and more modern look...

2009-08-21T17:37:10.914-04:00

It looks just fine, a cleaner and more modern look, but I basically agree with Arthur.



It's slicker, I suppose, but I prefer Blogger ...

2009-08-21T17:19:00.607-04:00

It's slicker, I suppose, but I prefer Blogger format, even though they irritated me this week when its automated spam detector temporarily and incorrectly froze me as a spam generating blog. Turnabout fair play, I've done some redesigning on my blog and added a logo and would appreciate your input. http://theunrulyoflaw.blogspot.com.
Thanks.



I like it. The set is from Keller's show on S...

2009-08-21T17:12:29.172-04:00

I like it.
The set is from Keller's show on Sundays, right? Can you get it so that the pictures circulate? Maybe the TV set, a printing press, a radio studio, a computer screen, etc.?
I agree that the banner ad down the side doesn't look quite right. Maybe it could go all the way to the far right, with quotes where the ad is now, or far left, to balance the text in the middle ... just a thought.



I like the banner picture, as well as the new layo...

2009-08-21T17:10:22.046-04:00

I like the banner picture, as well as the new layout.



I can change the picture, and at some point I prob...

2009-08-21T16:54:54.610-04:00

I can change the picture, and at some point I probably will. Best I've got at the moment.



It's probably my imagination but absolute firs...

2009-08-21T16:52:41.473-04:00

It's probably my imagination but absolute first impression: I thought the column with the text seemed really wide. Although now that I flip back to the current Media Nation, maybe it's the same width. I dunno.

I like the banner but you are doing more than writing about tv. And maybe it is a little distracting.



Yes, I agree. The banner is too distracting. It ac...

2009-08-21T16:37:05.117-04:00

Yes, I agree. The banner is too distracting. It actually makes me uncomfortable. Those sports bars with dozens of TV sets always freak me out a little bit. Anyway, you WRITE first and foremost.



Banner comes across as a hodgepodge. Think of it ...

2009-08-21T16:17:16.012-04:00

Banner comes across as a hodgepodge.

Think of it more as your logo.

Simpler is better.



Dan -- Difference is so trivial as to be irrelevan...

2009-08-21T16:15:00.702-04:00

Dan -- Difference is so trivial as to be irrelevant Who cares? Stop tinkering. You shouldn't be wasting yr time with this geek stuff. Content is king.