Your Two Cents…

Author: randomandodd  |  Category: Random

The windows of Coit tower have pennies and other denominations of money on the ledges from visitors from other countries. It’s cool.

It’s been a couple of months and I keep saying I wanted to redesign Random and Odd. Last night I decided it was going to be the night.
NINETY ONE pages of 9 screen shots each to wade through. 91. I must have FTPed about 70 different designs to my editor and checked to see how everything lined up.
They have everything from truly ugly to damn ugly. There are spatterings of ‘oh hell no’ themes.

I realized half way through the search that I was looking for something that fits the person I am ‘right now’. I paused for awhile and thought about it.
“Shaun, I need you to make me a header that has band-aides all over it.”
“Because that’s what I feel like.”
“I’m not seeing your vision.”

I figured around midnight that I wanted something very plain. I couldn’t wake up Shaun and have him make me a ‘simple, but classy’ header so I had to make it myself. The sleeping pill had kicked in and THAT up there is what you got.

It’s going to take some getting use to. I still have to link up some stuff and get rid of the missing people on my links list. I also need to get rid of the people that are fair weather peoples…so if you’re over there, raise your hand. If you’re here all the time and you’re not on that list, raise your hand.

Oh and did the redesign fix the problem with people not being able to update their information?


UPDATED:  Thanks for the honesty on how it looks. I am guessing the people that are seeing that huge clump of white to the right are the people using MICROSOFT IE and not FIREFOX (the superior browser).  When I opened it in IE, I could see what you were talking about. That was a look I wasn’t going for.  In fact, I went through a bunch that looked like that in Firefox and deleted them.  Darn it.

Yes, it’s stark huh? Like, almost hospital type of clean.
*sigh*  I found a layout I liked, but it was all Christmasy.  Since Shaun was asleep I couldn’t get him to change the design of it to get rid of the presents and ornaments.

37 Responses to “Your Two Cents…”

  1. ToadyJoe Says:

    I’m here all the time! I rarely comment, but I read every post. Have for years, now! :)~

  2. Kat Says:

    I’m here multiple times a day but like ToadyJoe I rarely comment.

  3. Amy Says:

    Present, sugar pie.

    I think header looks lovely!

  4. LIB Says:

    Same as TJ.

    I think the new look is good. You suceeded with ‘simple, but classy’.

  5. barnmouse Says:

    I too am here every day, and try to play SPF every week, but rarely comment otherwise if I don’t have something helpful or funny enough to say. ;)

    I love the font of “Random and Odd” on the header!

  6. Linda Says:

    Have been around for a couple of years…nothing much to say most days but I like the new look. It’s catchy because it’s plain.
    Glad to see things are going relatively better!

  7. celebrate woo-woo Says:

    I read all the posts but am also a rare commenter. I like the green colors!

  8. Maria Says:

    I like the simple header.

    You know how many times I’m here … but don’t be scared. I only arm myself with cookies ;-)

  9. southernfriedgirl Says:


  10. sheryl Says:

    I’m here every day, honey.

  11. sometrouble Says:

    *raises hand and waves it wildly*

    ooh ooh ooh…pick me…pick me!

    I’m here several times a week. I love the simplicity of the new look! I think I need to re-do mine. It started out as a good idea…and then I think I started taking it too far…and it doesn’t line up exactly the way I want it to either.

    Do you know of somewhere where I can find lots and lots of layouts that I can start with and customize? Blogger is a bit limited.

  12. Torie Says:

    I really like the new look – clean and simple – very nice.

  13. sheryl Says:

    P.S. It remembered my credentials.

    I really like this new look – very light and clean.

    It’s kind of close on the left side, but nothing is cut off. The right nav has a wrap going on which makes it longer… and there’s lots of white space to the right of it, but again that might be a design decision on your part.

    Overall, I’m liking it. Springy!

    P.P.S. I’m sorry about the band-aids, ladycakes. Those damned things always come off when you’re doing the dishes and cleaning the toilet and make all your boo boos sting like hell.

    Anyway, I know what you mean. Why have things been so tough lately!?

    Does anyone have some good news to share? Or a good joke?

  14. Michelle Says:

    I am here allll the time. Too much, but I don’t leave many comments, I suck at that. So, I am not sure if I count.

    Hey! I was in your neck of the woods this weekend. Auburn, actually. So pretty there…

  15. Sharkey Says:

    You probably consider me a fair weather person as I very rarely comment. But I read you in Bloglines every time you post.

    It remembered my info, even though I apparently haven’t commented here since my Blogspot days. Yikes–sorry!

    I had to stop by today to see the new look. I’m lovin’ the green.

  16. Jamie Says:

    I’m still here!! I like the new design. Good job!!!!

  17. Dawn Says:

    i actually love it, Kristine. it’s a clean slate. a work in progress. endless possibilities.

    and happiness of happiness. my computer just arrived back home about 30 minutes ago so i can finally play along with SPF this week after an unfortunate 3-week hiatus.

  18. Susan Says:

    I really want to say that I love it like everyone else is…but I don’t. Sorry!

    It feels a bit…stark to me. I’m not crazy about all the white space to the right. And, I already miss seeing you at the top doing what you love doing most.

    But, this is your blog, so do what makes you happy, I’ll visit you no matter what!

    (Besides, I haven’t updated my look since dh designed it for me a year ago…I guess I’m in a rut!)


    I dig it sister.

  20. dashababy Says:

    I spose I need firefox or somethin’, otherwise it’s a little off center.
    I hope youre havin’ a good day. I’m sick but don’t worry bout me, I’ll get better.
    Love ya xoxoxox

  21. Sonya Says:

    I miss seeing you. :)

  22. Lisa Says:

    I like the clean new look. You did it up right, girl! I tend to lean towards the over-busy side. That keeps me distracted, which may or may not be a good thing. I’m glad you didn’t go with the band-aids for now…too sticky and I’m allergic. ;-)

  23. Jenni Says:

    Hi! I check in almost everyday. I’m also working a re-design of my site. Taking that first step into *serious* blogging. Or whatever…

  24. Aimee Says:

    I’m here all the time too, a lot by Bloglines but I always read. Now that I’m unemployed (as of yesterday), you might be seeing a lot more of me until I find a job.

    And yes, I can update my information now too! Thanks!

  25. Aimee Says:

    I love the new look, I want to work on mine during this down time also. Simple and Classy is exactly what you ended up with, although I feel that you wont stop until you think it’s perfect.

  26. Phoebe Says:

    I have been a daily lurker for almost 2 years now I think…time sure goes by fast!

    I do like the new is simple and clean.

  27. Pissy Says:

    I like the new look
    I like the band aid idea too though.
    Very cool.

  28. Sarah Says:

    I can post! Thank the heavens, I can post a comment without it linking to a dead site.

    I love the new look. Very hopeful.

    And I’m always here, always.

  29. Charlotte Says:

    How ’bout a new slogan? “Random & Odd: Held Together with Duct Tape” I like the design, you know I come by – and (in a revolutionary move) I even comment. Unlike you when you come to MY blog. Assuming you come to my blog. But then.. who wouldn’t want to? Especially since I’ve been blogging once a day every day for the WHOLE FREAKING MONTH. No one ever comments. (SIGH!) But uh… oh yeah – back to you. It IS a little “stark,” but to me that says that you’re starting over. You can always add things, you know….

  30. The Kept Woman Says:

    I like the font but I miss you on the beach…

    As always I am just in awe of those of you who are smart enough to do these sorts of things. I think there should be armadillos involved somewhere though…

  31. Arlene Says:

    I love it! It looks very clean, and is easy to read! I also love the pennies from Coit Tower :-)

    My hand is raised, as I’m not on your list :-)

  32. No Dramas Says:

    Its clean, uncluttered and easy to read.
    I love it :)

  33. Kelly Says:

    I think you are on your way back to your old self again, now that you’re playing with the template!

    Honestly, I don’t see much, but it could be that “firewall” problem from work. I’ll check it out tonight from home and let you know more. I can see the photos if you upload them to Random and If there are photos… maybe I’m seeing everything!

  34. Kelly Says:

    There are links? Where? And what do you mean by updating our information? I’m completely lost here.

    Oh yes, I’m always here, usually commenting and I’m Missing (and not Missing JT Snow) on the links! :)

  35. Missy Says:

    /raising hand
    I am here all the time. And I like the white. I think it is appropriate for you right now.

  36. Dave Vogt Says:

    I like it, but I’m a fan of white. In any case, you do better than I do.

    As far as the squishyness you describe, it seems that I remember killing that at one point, though I can’t for the life of me remember how. Maybe when it’s not 1:30a it’ll come to me.

    It (is/will be) good to have you back.

    I feel like words of encouragement are in order, but I’m not sure which ones. I tell you what. You tell me what you need and by golly I’ll encourage your ear off.

    I’m always here (for as briefly as I’ve been) I just don’t always have something to say.

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