Yikes, new design!

Still nailing - thank you mskogly

Yes, you have reached Nail Your Novel. It’s a new year, and my internet access has at last been properly restored – two irresistible excuses for giving the blog a new outfit. And I’ll be able to answer your comments a bit more promptly instead of having to wait until an unreliable mifi dongle deigns to catch a wisp of signal.

In the meantime, thanks to all of you who commented on my holiday posts, and were patient with the apparent unresponsiveness of your host. I look forward to chatting with you at more relaxed length – and hope you find this new design as readable as the old one. Proper new post on Monday!

  1. #1 by DazyDayWriter on January 6, 2011 - 8:41 pm

    I really like it, Roz! The link is on my FB page … good for you, great way to start the new year with this bright and professional look!

  2. #2 by rozmorris on January 6, 2011 - 8:45 pm

    Thank you, Daisy! I feel more productive already… And thank you for giving me the opportunity to try out the new-look comments and replies, as I’m rather thrilled with how snazzy they look.

  3. #3 by DazyDayWriter on January 6, 2011 - 9:13 pm

    QQ: did you have any trouble getting your data to follow the new theme? Just wondering in case I ever decide to follow your lead!

  4. #4 by rozmorris on January 6, 2011 - 9:40 pm

    I’m on WordPress, which might be a little different from Blogspot, but certain principles are probably the same.
    Changing the theme was dead easy – one click and it’s done. The biggest problem was widgets – all those boxes in the sidebar had to be pulled out of a holding page and repositioned. Headings don’t necessarily fit because the type style is different, and the column widths also. And I had to resize some pics as they didn’t work at the new size.
    The pics in the posts don’t always come out where they are supposed to, so depending on how fussy you want to be – and how many readers you think will delve into your archives – you might want to check that posts with a lot of pics look all right.
    Before I settled on a theme I followed a practice we would do in magazines – I created a dummy blog with a few of my essential widgets to see what would work and where I would position them.
    I customised the header quite heavily, which took a bit of fiddling. I didn’t want to be experimenting on the live blog as I have readers on it all the time, so I honed my header customisation on the dummy blog first.
    It sounds like a lot of work, but it was a lot of fun!

    • #5 by DazyDayWriter on January 7, 2011 - 2:06 pm

      Thanks, Roz, very helpful information! I’m on WP, as well, and am basically quite happy w/current theme, but at some point, I’m sure I’ll feel the need for an update. Sounds like you took the wise approach! I’d heard the widgets and plugins were the problem and formatting issues, as you mentioned. Anyway, it looks great — bravo! You are always an inspiration and such a warm kindred spirit. –Best always, Daisy (hope your beloved horse is better)

  5. #6 by Indigo on January 7, 2011 - 12:23 am

    Love the new digs! Wishing you words a plenty in this new year. (Hugs)Indigo

    • #7 by rozmorris on January 7, 2011 - 12:18 pm

      Indigo – thank you! And thanks for giving me another excuse to log into it and admire how pretty it looks…
      Words aplenty to you too, and luck.

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