Lines, Whines & Small Victories

For better or worse, I've worked diligently to keep this blog as clean and streamlined as possible.

This is a much bigger challenge than you might think. (I'd recount the details, but that could become one long, boring post. Let's skip ahead.)

The power of Blogger and many other blog hosting sites is simplicity and ease. Pick a template, modify it to suit your preferences and start posting.

Every hill has an upside and a downside, however. The downside to Blogger et al is you have to either live with certain undesired features or accept you might go crazy trying to fix them.

Take, for example, the lines and shadows Blogger automatically places around images. I solved that problem quite some time ago. Then Blogger central, in its infinite wisdom, made some universal coding changes, and suddenly any image with a caption acquired a partial drop shadow that looked something like this.

No, it's not a big deal. But on a site that works hard to be crisp and relatively uncluttered, fussy bits like drop shadows were superfluous. No matter what fix I tried, however, I couldn't get it to go away.

Today's small victory? I found a way to eliminate the shadow. Now let's see if that fix holds for awhile.

As with so many things in work, life and the webosphere, the right solution is often rather easy to implement – once you find it. And that's the real challenge.

(I won't bore you with the coding specifics. If you're interested in learning what worked, leave a note to that effect in the comments and I'll do a brief follow up.)


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Anonymous said...

Glad you found the solution. You bring up an interesting point- I wonder how much time is too much time fiddling with the constant changes. Sounds as though you are like me - as much as it takes.

Congratulations! Now, I have this alignment problem....

Barbara Spencer Hawk said...

You raise a good point. Is there a difference between fiddling and fixing? Sometimes that line can be blurry.

Anonymous said...

I really love your blog. Excellent colors & theme. Did you do this yourself? Please reply. Where did you get this from and what is the theme name? Appreciate it!

Barbara Spencer Hawk said...

The basic template is Simple by Blogger, heavily modified to complement the Crossbridge logo, brand and commitment to simple, clear solutions.

Glad you like it and good luck with your efforts.

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