Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Who moved my template?

If the new look on my blog compels you to infer new beginnings and fresh starts at my end, you couldn't be more wrong. I am simply pissed off.
So, I was using a free template designed by pyzam.com - which I absolutely was in love with. But you know what, if things go smoothly for a while, I begin to wonder if God has forgotten about me. Apparently the HTML code in the template references to certain URLs that are categorized as spam and hence blocked by most web sites, which basically means for the last week or so, I could not share my blog URL on any social networking site. 

Oh, the pressure of searching for the "right" template that conveys the "right" intent yet subtly. Haa! I didn't want to go to any third party template creations so as to avoid the risk of running into a similar situation  - so I decided to make peace with the template designer available for Blogger. Now, I am no great photographer to have a personally clicked pictured that is just "right" - so after a series of mixes and matches, I gave up. 

My dad often harps about the minimum satisfying criteria theory to make any decision (he uses that to consult youngsters on marriage too, btw - but that's another story). I wanted a simple design, that does not take focus away from the content, that does not distract from the writing, that has the right background and foreground contrast, easy on the eyes, and if it does not convey my basic intent, atleast it should not give the opposite impression. 
Did I ever proclaim in its entirety my love for the daisy - the everyday flower that brings beauty and eloquence? 

Well, my options were limited and I finally zeroed down on this one. Not sure if I like it as much as the previous one - would have wanted a slightly brighter image with a dash of green thrown in, in good measure - but then what is life without compromise :(.

15 comments:

  1. I hear that more changes are likely to happen once Google's policy changes from the 1st of March. Hope you have read about that. Now the url of blogs in India reads: blogspot.in instead of blogspot.com. I am planning to get my own domain name via Google, then it should be okay when it comes to my blog, I suppose.

    Joy always,
    Susan

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  2. That reminds me i shud change mine too, but I am not good with this all the changing of templates etc..

    Last time also a friend helped me do it .. I ma so dumb..

    This one looks lovely too :)

    Bikram's

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  3. @Susan: To be honest, I haven't paid too much attention - but looks like I have to do some reading now :(.

    @Bikram: Thanks - I also hate this template changing business :)

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  4. i like this one compared to the previous :)
    I tend to go for simplicity so it suits my taste.

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  5. Try www.btemplates.com. It has some very good templates for all tastes..

    Ram

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    1. Oh, will check the site out! thanks!

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  6. @yuvika : Being new to the blogging world,and having fiddled with templates recently myself i can totally understand your plight.I got so irritated that I settled with some default blogger templates. I loved your earlier template much better to be honest. But this may be just a nice move for you to hunt for a even more kickass template.Personally my favourite template is the one on zenhabits.net. And hey ..if you do stumble upon some nice white background based templates,do ping me. My blogs http://vandyuncensored.blogspot.com/ and http://vandytravels.blogspot.com/ both have very basic blogger templates right now,since I haven't really figured out widgets,HTML,CSS and other stuff.

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    1. I have decided I am out of the borrowed templates league now - mostly because Blogger keeps updating its features and most of the third party templates can't keep up with the pace - also new widgets in blogger dont always work with independent templates - so....

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    2. You are always a gal known to choose the smart way.I seem to like your template now.Changed since my last visit?

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    3. I love your labels widget btw! What is it called?

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    4. Nope it's the same one! The Labels widget is called "Labels" and is under the Basics category.

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    5. Ah! Thanks da! I realised i was using the same one.The cloud option produces the cool effect you have on your blog.Me doing copycat!

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    6. Oh yes, the cloud effect looks better :)

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  7. Adding you to my blogroll at http://vandyuncensored.blogspot.in/.I haven't posted any rants yet there,but I'm sure Gurgaon will inspire me to come up with a few :)

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