Aimed at improving readability and reducing clutter
As you may have noticed I've redesigned my blog format yet again. I've done this in the never-ending quest of making it more reader friendly. It turned out to be an interesting learning experience as I don't know that much about CSS (cascading style sheets).
I've widened the columns to take advantage of the fact the most people now are using larger monitors and screen resolutions. Along with this I've made two changes to hopefully improve the readability.
First, I've switched the main body font to Georgia and used some CSS spacing techniques to make it easier to read.
Second, I've continued the de-cluttering of the sidebars in addition to adding a color background to them to distinguish them from the main body. Like a lot of bloggers I fell trap to the concept of adding a lot of badges and widget to my blog. While all of them are useful to me the reality is they don't mean much to any of my readers. So rather than clutter up the front page with badges and statistics that are of little interest to anyone other than me I thought it would be best to establish a separate page for them. If by some chance you are interested in these you can always find the link in the page footer.
Now for a question. On many of my posts I include a photo, usually from Flickr, related to the topic. I've just started using the thumbnail versions to reduce the size so the main page should start opening faster as the older posts with larger photos flow to the legacy pages. Should I keep using photos? Do they add interest and value or just clutter? Let me know what you think.
I still need to get a better banner and a new photo but it's one step at a time. Let me know what you think and if you have any other suggested improvements. Thank you for reading.
[Update Feb 3, 2009 - I've had to add a couple of widgets back to the front page as they have to be there to collect data - I'll keep it to a minimum.]