Thursday, August 22, 2013

the only constant is change

I had to change the theme of my blog because the prior Blogger theme, named Dynamic Views, heavily dependent upon HTLM5, Javascript, and CSS, was failing to properly load all the time, especially with ... the latest version of Chrome.

That's right, the latest version of Chrome wouldn't properly render Blogger's most sophisticated blog theme at all, or at least, not on any of my versions of Chrome. And I'm talking about Chrome running on Windows 8 and several Linux distributions. I don't know what was up with that, but when one part of Google (the part in charge of Blogger) isn't paying attention what another part of Google is doing (the part in charge of Chrome), such that one (Blogger) can't work properly with the other (Chrome), then it's time to make some changes on my end.

Such as picking a less web-technology-challenging (read: buggy) blog theme.

I remember when I picked Dynamic Views. It was cool and had all sorts of cool effects. It was too smooth, a way to project a "quality experience." Maybe. It's too much like everything else in today's internet world, too much about style over substance or solid unbroken execution. The more complicated it gets, the easier to foul it up, and when it's fouled up, it really annoys my readers. And when it annoys my readers, it really annoys me. Which Google seems to be on a strong trend lately; annoying its users over gratuitous and somewhat pointless over-the-top changes. I'm looking at you, gmail.

This new Blogger theme will also allow folks to leave comments again if they like. I'd gotten enough messages through other channels about how there's no way to leave a comment on the blog under Dynamic Views. That happens when the Dynamic Views fails to render properly; the fancy comment section doesn't appear.

Never again.

1 comment:

  1. Good decision Bill. And now on my FF 17 on Debian testing it also looks and feels much lighter and better.

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