I updated my layout to be even more cow-like. My girlfriend made me a cow-themed top banner which I think looks good enough to eat. I often wish I had any kind of graphic design skill, but I don't. Not nearly as good as her, anyways.
It's always so hard to find a good balance between leaving something readable, and making it look good and catch the eye and stand out in some way. As much of a geek as I am, even I will probably pass by a plain-looking site unless I know beforehand that there's something on it that's worth reading. Putting some effort into making your site look nice shows that you actually give a crap about the site, I think. And the more you give a crap about the site, the more likely there is going to be something worth reading on it.
Wordpress impressed me today. I remember a long time ago making a calendar (to list your post archives) was extremely painful. Now you can do it with a single
get_calendar call, and it looks fine and works fine. I like relying on Wordpress for this kind of crap because chances are they already worked out what works in IE and what doesn't.
Which brings me to my next point.... dear God, IE sucks. If you're looking at this site in IE right now, and you're using a screen resolution 1024x768 or lower, you'll notice that my site is so wide that it forces a horizontal scrollbar. This isn't so in Firefox. In IE though, the existence of
pre tags apparently causes everything to stretch, even when I indicate
And IE interprets
border: 1px transparent solid to mean
border: 1px BLINDING_WHITE solid. It makes you cry, after a certain point. Also my top header image is a transparent png which looks like garbage in IE, but I'm not fixing it.
Whenever IE drives me into a murderous rage, I just pull up my site stats and suddenly everything seems right with the world: