May 19, 2005

My brand-new suit’s really made out of sack

Filed under: Blogs Themselves, Music — tomemos @ 2:39 pm

Hey, I put a song-thingy on my blog! It had been over to the left, but it was blocked by the text of my blog so it either didn’t display at all, or got cut off midway through. Now the last thing I played on iTunes is right there at the top of the page! It’s all thanks to Audioscrobbler. To be honest, though, the actual song device is secondary; the main thing I’m excited about it slowly, tentatively teaching myself HTML. I kept being afraid that I would make a change and check my blog and see that it was now being displayed in Mandarin, but it actually worked. I’m a genius!

Now, let’s cut to the chase: I know it probably looks terrible. There’s all that weird white space, and I’m no graphic design guy but I know that it looks pretty awkward. Any advice on how I should redesign my blog? And hey, I don’t just mean in regards to that iTunes thing. What sweeping changes should I make? Animated gifs? Bright green background? The sky’s the limit now that I’ve finally figured out some rudimentary HTML.



  1. Leslie harpold has some nice templates if you’re looking for inspiration. They slide pretty easily into Movable Type. (

    Comment by kindle — May 19, 2005 @ 8:13 pm

  2. Don’t be limited by the sky, Tom. There’s so much more.

    Comment by Bret! — May 20, 2005 @ 12:27 pm

  3. HTML is awesome. That’s how I learned, too – one tag at a time, as I decided I wanted to do something I’d never done before.

    It might seem like jumping ahead a step to recommend this, but if you want to make big, sweeping changes, look into learning CSS at the same time (again, you can seriously do it one command at a time). For instance, if you wanted to change the background color on every page, you would just change it in one spot on your CSS template.

    Anyway, you certainly don’t have to start off with it, but, if you’re interested, you have access to it in the MT interface. It is usually called styles-site.css by default. It looks similar to HTML, and it works in tandem with it, so if you are learning one, the other kind of makes sense, too. I wrote some documentation on it at my last job –

    Of course, you can find info about CSS anywhere on the web.

    Comment by locks — May 20, 2005 @ 1:01 pm

  4. Fear the intensely bright colors and the marquee tag, for these things lead to the Dark Side of HTML.

    Comment by Fae — May 23, 2005 @ 7:44 am

  5. … i thought fear led to the dark side too. damn tom, you’re screwed.

    Comment by ariela — May 25, 2005 @ 10:05 am

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