Well, I finally went and addressed some of the usability issues with the blog. What you see now is the starting point of the new look.
I found over this past year that while I like the warmth of the old design, it had three major problems.
- Dreadfully slow load time – I thought that most of this was my web host, but it turns out that the pages had some poorly written CSS that caused a significant amount of the load issues.
- Hard on the eyes – The color choices made it hard to read at times. I love the warmth of the brown palette but it is a difficult contrast to read.
- It felt too complicated – Something felt very busy about the old site. This new site has much simpler lines and a cleaner feel.
A special thank you to one of my favorite bloggers, Michael Hyatt, for the recommendation he gave on the template he uses. If you haven’t read his blog yet please go check it out.