I may start re-designing things around here, so don't be alarmed if Patience Crabstick looks a bit funny at times. For about $35, you can buy a code package and paste it into your blogger template. The resulting look is better than the canned templates that come with blogger, but there's still a certain sameness to them.
I also got a web design for dummies book from the library. It would be fun to design my own template from scratch, and it's similar to what I already do for a living. I dabbled in HTML during my old school blogging days so I'm sure I'd figure it out eventually, but there's a lot to learn. Maybe I'll buy a template AND learn to design for myself.
I bought the patiencecrabstick.com domain name, but I keep getting an error message when I try to switch my current address over to the new one. I'm not going to stress--at least I know that now, no one else can be patiencecrabstick.com. Dog in the manger, that's right.
I've considered the blogger vs wordpress thing, and I've decided to stick with blogger. Go with what you know, and blogger is like an old friend at this point. I created an invisible test blog, where I can practice playing with code, and then I copied the code of a blogger whose design I admire, pasted it into the CCS box of my new blog, and voila, my blog had her design. Of course, I immediately deleted it. I have no intention of stealing. Ethical issues aside, it wouldn't be much fun.
I'd also like a better camera. My $89-from-Best-Buy point and shoot camera does not cut it. I don't imagine myself to be a photographer, but when you combine my crap skills with a crap camera, the results are embarrassing.
Talk to me about blog design. How did you decided on the look of your blog? What do you consider to be desirable and not-so desirable features of a blog's design?