Just in time for October, it’s a new look for The Inadvertent Gardener!

I’ve been worried about readability with the old site’s look, particularly in the sidebar, and wanted something that was a little cleaner and easier to read. I’ve experimented with a number of the options WordPress makes available, but this one seemed to work the best.

Comments? Thoughts? Protests?


19 Responses to “Housekeeping”

  1. 1 jen jen October 1, 2006 at 12:40 pm

    This is great! I usually object when a website changes, but this is very good. I had trouble reading the old one and it just wasnt”pretty” this is much better!

  2. 2 albertkline October 1, 2006 at 2:57 pm

    I used the ‘classic’ mode, which I found easier to read, the print seemed bigger. Nice look on your blog.

  3. 3 Trey October 1, 2006 at 3:22 pm

    It has a crisp look. The tomatoes seem to jump out and scream “eat me”.
    This fits perfectly with your dual role as “Inadvertent gardener” and “hostess of many recipes.” Garden/Kitchen. Fantastico!

  4. 4 cole October 1, 2006 at 4:33 pm

    Nice. I was shocked but it is not as busy. Easy to read.


  5. 5 Carol October 1, 2006 at 6:03 pm

    I like the changes… suddenly I’m yearning for a tomato…

  6. 6 Nancy October 1, 2006 at 8:40 pm

    It took a minute but i think I liked the old one. Guess I am an older reader and change is hard to take.

  7. 7 inadvertentgardener October 1, 2006 at 9:17 pm

    Thanks for the feedback, y’all. Carol, I’ve got plenty of tomatoes on my windowsill, ripening away — you’re welcome to come over for some Caprese Salad! It won’t be long until we eat the last of the season…

    There were things I really liked about the old design, but the coding behind the template didn’t allow me to really put in bold formatting or bullet point lists, and I really felt like the sidebar, particularly the Inadvertent Chatter part, was almost becoming unreadable. I think I’ll stick with this for awhile, and then see how it goes.

    :-) Genie

  8. 8 susan harris October 1, 2006 at 9:18 pm

    HUGE improvement in readability. I and my whole age cohort thank you.

  9. 9 inadvertentgardener October 1, 2006 at 9:22 pm

    Susan, thanks for the feedback! And believe me, after all day staring at a computer screen, the last thing I want to do is visit an unreadable blog. I’m glad this is a helpful update.

    :-) Genie

  10. 10 Don October 1, 2006 at 11:59 pm

    Very nice; it looks quite professional, and unique… I vote yes. Now, in your spare time, you can redo everybody else’s dowdy blog.

  11. 11 inadvertentgardener October 2, 2006 at 6:12 am

    Don…LOL…right! Spare time. Yes. I remember that…

    :-) Genie

  12. 12 albertkline October 2, 2006 at 6:40 am

    Thanks for coming by! I try and make it a point to continue visiting sites that stop by mine. Thx again and have a great week!


  13. 14 Lydia October 2, 2006 at 5:56 pm

    I love the new look. Clean, easy to read and find information. Good going!

  14. 15 Janet October 2, 2006 at 6:45 pm

    The font for the comments is very tiny. Other than that, it’s great.

  15. 16 inadvertentgardener October 2, 2006 at 7:55 pm

    Janet, you’re completely right, and unfortunately, WordPress doesn’t give me any control over that fact. However, I discovered tonight that by increasing my text size, I could increase the comment size…it’s a temporary fix (and one that has to be done by each reader), but it does work.

    Lydia, thank you for the feedback — I appreciate it!

    Al, have a great week yourself — glad you were able to stop back by!

    Jenn, thanks for the feedback.

  16. 17 wes October 2, 2006 at 11:49 pm


    I like the new design.

    On a related note, did you know that the tomato is technically a fruit?

  17. 18 jugnoo October 3, 2006 at 4:49 am

    Hi Genie,
    Its a new fresh look. I like it

  18. 19 inadvertentgardener October 3, 2006 at 6:31 am

    Wes, yes, I did know that, actually. I tag it liberally here, though…sometimes vegetable, sometimes fruit. I’m inconsistent like that… Thanks for stopping by and for the design feedback!

    Imran, thanks for the feedback!

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