Vindicating this blog

Hey, thanks for all of the kind words defending this blog and its look. I don’t feel so bad now. Some good ideas were generated, and we’ll see what might be possible as far as tweaking things.

About Gene Veith

Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • http://cyberbrethren.com Rev. Paul T. McCain

    There comes a point when blogging, particularly when you reach a pretty consistently high level of daily views and returning visitors, when the critics, whiners, belligerents, etc. who visit your site kind of all fade into the background and you just have to ignore them. Your blog is great, Ed. People read it chiefly for its content, not its “look” … it just works, and that’s all that counts finally.

    Also, keep in mind, those who can, do, those who can’t, prefer to criticize and argue ad infinitum.

    Blessings on your blogging!

  • http://cyberbrethren.com Rev. Paul T. McCain

    There comes a point when blogging, particularly when you reach a pretty consistently high level of daily views and returning visitors, when the critics, whiners, belligerents, etc. who visit your site kind of all fade into the background and you just have to ignore them. Your blog is great, Ed. People read it chiefly for its content, not its “look” … it just works, and that’s all that counts finally.

    Also, keep in mind, those who can, do, those who can’t, prefer to criticize and argue ad infinitum.

    Blessings on your blogging!

  • http://ebaznica.lv Roberto

    totally agree with Rev. Paul T. McCain, the main thing is content not look

  • http://ebaznica.lv Roberto

    totally agree with Rev. Paul T. McCain, the main thing is content not look

  • Jim

    I couldn’t agree more. I don’t look at your sight every morning for the glitz and glamour. It’s the CONTENT!!! You don’t need to change a thing. I actually prefer a more “low-tech” feel. It’s so easy to use. Your sight is such a breath of fresh air.

  • Jim

    I couldn’t agree more. I don’t look at your sight every morning for the glitz and glamour. It’s the CONTENT!!! You don’t need to change a thing. I actually prefer a more “low-tech” feel. It’s so easy to use. Your sight is such a breath of fresh air.

  • Booklover

    I like the content AND the look. I agree with the Rev.’s second paragraph.

  • Booklover

    I like the content AND the look. I agree with the Rev.’s second paragraph.

  • Stephen Larson

    The look of this blog might not be the flashiest, but content-wise, this is one of my favorite blogs on the Internet. It has a little bit of everything-politics, economics, theology, and some fun things as well-all of it presented in a thoughtful, nuanced way. Thank you and please continue the good work, Mr. Veith

  • Stephen Larson

    The look of this blog might not be the flashiest, but content-wise, this is one of my favorite blogs on the Internet. It has a little bit of everything-politics, economics, theology, and some fun things as well-all of it presented in a thoughtful, nuanced way. Thank you and please continue the good work, Mr. Veith

  • Grace

    An old saying, or is it?

    If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

    The source of the quote, interesting!

    http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/if-it-aint-broke-dont-fix-it.html

  • Grace

    An old saying, or is it?

    If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

    The source of the quote, interesting!

    http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/if-it-aint-broke-dont-fix-it.html

  • Tom Hering

    Is it just my monitor, or is the center column really, really narrow now?

    I like the new “share, etc.” icons, and the comments “preview,” and the “Cranach seal” in the header. Nice job! (Todd?) Though the artsy header design (second version) I sent you was prettier, Dr. Veith. In my opinion. :-)

  • Tom Hering

    Is it just my monitor, or is the center column really, really narrow now?

    I like the new “share, etc.” icons, and the comments “preview,” and the “Cranach seal” in the header. Nice job! (Todd?) Though the artsy header design (second version) I sent you was prettier, Dr. Veith. In my opinion. :-)

  • http://www.geneveith.com Gene Veith

    Stewart of Bulldog Technology (click the dog in the sidebar for similar services) is working on some tweaks!

  • http://www.geneveith.com Gene Veith

    Stewart of Bulldog Technology (click the dog in the sidebar for similar services) is working on some tweaks!

  • Grace

    Dr. Veith,

    I hope you return to the previous widith – the center column is very narrow. I too like the “preview” – :)

  • Grace

    Dr. Veith,

    I hope you return to the previous widith – the center column is very narrow. I too like the “preview” – :)

  • Tom Hering

    The text in the narrow column is smaller now, which makes reading harder. Readability was the best thing about the old site.

  • Tom Hering

    The text in the narrow column is smaller now, which makes reading harder. Readability was the best thing about the old site.

  • Grace

    Tom – I agree with your remarks @10 -however, it’s most upsetting,.. twice on one thread. :lol:

  • Grace

    Tom – I agree with your remarks @10 -however, it’s most upsetting,.. twice on one thread. :lol:

  • Tom Hering

    Well, if you’re in agreement with me, then I must be in agreement with you, and now we’re both upset. :-)

  • Tom Hering

    Well, if you’re in agreement with me, then I must be in agreement with you, and now we’re both upset. :-)

  • Tom Hering

    I noticed a problem this morning. It used to be that midway through writing a comment, I could go to Google to double check something, hit the back button to return here, and find that what I’d written so far was still here in the “Leave a Comment” box. Now it’s gone. Which means I’ll have to remember to save what I’ve written before I leave, or open another window to search while writing.

    Not the end of the world, but a little irritating.

  • Tom Hering

    I noticed a problem this morning. It used to be that midway through writing a comment, I could go to Google to double check something, hit the back button to return here, and find that what I’d written so far was still here in the “Leave a Comment” box. Now it’s gone. Which means I’ll have to remember to save what I’ve written before I leave, or open another window to search while writing.

    Not the end of the world, but a little irritating.

  • http://www.toddstadler.com/ tODD

    Tom (@13), you need to learn to use your browser’s tabs system. Or you can do what I do and pull up a nice text editor for writing your comment in (allows you pull up the comment you’re replying to and the comment you’re writing, side-by-side). On Windows, I just use Notepad.

  • http://www.toddstadler.com/ tODD

    Tom (@13), you need to learn to use your browser’s tabs system. Or you can do what I do and pull up a nice text editor for writing your comment in (allows you pull up the comment you’re replying to and the comment you’re writing, side-by-side). On Windows, I just use Notepad.

  • Tom Hering

    Tabs I know. But what’s with the wide black sides? Are Grace and I the only ones seeing this? Is Cranach hosted by a funeral home now?

  • Tom Hering

    Tabs I know. But what’s with the wide black sides? Are Grace and I the only ones seeing this? Is Cranach hosted by a funeral home now?

  • Grace

    Tom,

    The site looked far more sophisticated the way it was before, the wide margine, (no matter what color) has been tried on other blogs, it wasn’t well received.

  • Grace

    Tom,

    The site looked far more sophisticated the way it was before, the wide margine, (no matter what color) has been tried on other blogs, it wasn’t well received.

  • Tom Hering

    I can always zoom twice when I come here, which makes the pages look like they did before. I just don’t see how the blog has been “improved” when I’m getting less ease-of-use for my money.

    Oh wait …

  • Tom Hering

    I can always zoom twice when I come here, which makes the pages look like they did before. I just don’t see how the blog has been “improved” when I’m getting less ease-of-use for my money.

    Oh wait …

  • http://simdan.com SimDan

    “flashy” is not indicative of good design, most times it is accutally bad design. Nor is simple bad design.

    Nor, however, is great content an excuse for bad design as bad design will tend to obscure the content. It is better to take pride in one’s website and have both good content and good design.

    Cranach has good content and, for the most part, good design.

  • http://simdan.com SimDan

    “flashy” is not indicative of good design, most times it is accutally bad design. Nor is simple bad design.

    Nor, however, is great content an excuse for bad design as bad design will tend to obscure the content. It is better to take pride in one’s website and have both good content and good design.

    Cranach has good content and, for the most part, good design.

  • Tom Hering

    Nice site, SimDan. Though it has wide margins, the text is easy to read. And you’ve struck a nice balance between color and black/white/gray. Very attractive.

  • Tom Hering

    Nice site, SimDan. Though it has wide margins, the text is easy to read. And you’ve struck a nice balance between color and black/white/gray. Very attractive.

  • http://www.toddstadler.com/ tODD

    Tom (@15), I really am confused. This site has had “wide black sides” for years now. I believe they’re slightly less black than they used to be, but the central (white) column is the same width as it was before! I don’t understand how the site used to look to you. What browser are you using? Any special plugins?

  • http://www.toddstadler.com/ tODD

    Tom (@15), I really am confused. This site has had “wide black sides” for years now. I believe they’re slightly less black than they used to be, but the central (white) column is the same width as it was before! I don’t understand how the site used to look to you. What browser are you using? Any special plugins?

  • Tom Hering

    Todd, I’ve always used Firefox, with no special plug-ins. Before Bulldog’s tweaking, the text font was twice the size, the white column was almost full width, and the black margins were barely visible. Which seems to be the way it always appeared to Grace, too. And as I said, zooming twice recreates the way the blog used to look. Is it possible we were always, somehow, getting a double-zoomed view before? Automatically? Firefox updated to the latest version about the same time Bulldog was tweaking, so maybe something in the browser changed. Anyways, try zooming until the black margins are thin. It’s a beautiful and highly readable look. :-)

  • Tom Hering

    Todd, I’ve always used Firefox, with no special plug-ins. Before Bulldog’s tweaking, the text font was twice the size, the white column was almost full width, and the black margins were barely visible. Which seems to be the way it always appeared to Grace, too. And as I said, zooming twice recreates the way the blog used to look. Is it possible we were always, somehow, getting a double-zoomed view before? Automatically? Firefox updated to the latest version about the same time Bulldog was tweaking, so maybe something in the browser changed. Anyways, try zooming until the black margins are thin. It’s a beautiful and highly readable look. :-)

  • http://www.toddstadler.com/ tODD

    Tom (@21), if you don’t mind my asking, do you use large fonts on your computer, or have you otherwise adjusted the settings from the default to make things “easier to read”?

  • http://www.toddstadler.com/ tODD

    Tom (@21), if you don’t mind my asking, do you use large fonts on your computer, or have you otherwise adjusted the settings from the default to make things “easier to read”?

  • Tom Hering

    Nope. I just zoom when I need to, or use the text size option that some sites offer (God bless ‘em).

  • Tom Hering

    Nope. I just zoom when I need to, or use the text size option that some sites offer (God bless ‘em).

  • helen

    I zoom or CTRL + scroll until the comments text fills the screen. Usually this makes the text look a little “blacker” to me, except for Veith’s extended quotes and the date/time line which are grey still.

    [I am grateful that the site has seemed to stop its insistence on "centering" so that my larger comments ran off the left side, to accommodate a [half] view of the side bar.]

    I’m still not getting a “preview”. Ask Norm Fisher how they do it! :)

  • helen

    I zoom or CTRL + scroll until the comments text fills the screen. Usually this makes the text look a little “blacker” to me, except for Veith’s extended quotes and the date/time line which are grey still.

    [I am grateful that the site has seemed to stop its insistence on "centering" so that my larger comments ran off the left side, to accommodate a [half] view of the side bar.]

    I’m still not getting a “preview”. Ask Norm Fisher how they do it! :)

  • helen

    I meant to compliment the tan header!

  • helen

    I meant to compliment the tan header!


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