Oh boy! I've been waiting for this day forEVER. I know I've probably mentioned it to y'all about a dozen times in the past month or so, but try bein' somebody I know in real life who's heard about it every day, EVERY DAY, people, "I'M GETTIN' A NEW BLOG DESIGN IN --- WEEKS, ---- DAYS, ---- HOURS AND ---- MINUTES AND IT'S SO PRETTY! IT'S THE PRETTIEST THING EVER IN THE WHOLE WORLD, EVER!"
I imagine those people may even be happier than I am to see this day finally arrive, if that's possible, because it means I'll perhaps be able to focus on something, ANYTHING else now besides HOW PRETTY! SO PRETTY! Is my new blog design! I hope everybody loves it as much as I do!
And you know who else I'll bet's doin' a happy dance this morning? My bloggy designer, Karen, at Simply Amusing Designs. Because along with all of my excited gushing over how GORGEOUS it all is, she's also had to deal with my neurotic scrutinization of every minor detail, my hourly HERRO? We need to talk. Again. messages on Yahoo! Messenger, my constant requests to "try it THIS WAY?" and subsequent "Oh, NOS, that didn't work. You were rights. Put it back how it was!"
And when I say Neurotic, what I mean is, in retrospect it's possible I may have slightly um -- over thought -- a few things as we moved through the design process. At one point, I asked Karen, in all seriousness, "Karen? What do you think might be the psychological impact to readers of a total font change in the text of the posts themselves?"
To her credit, as far as I could tell by her hasty and reassuring reply on Messenger, she didn't laugh until she fell down on the floor weeping. It's important to select a designer who can work around your specific set of personality quirks, people.
(But if y'all start to feel your psyches ARE bein' negatively impacted by the bold change in fonts, please do let me know immediately.)
(Your psychological adjustment to the new look is of the utmost importance to me.)
(I just wanted you to know that.)
(Maybe we need a focus group?)
Anyway, I've held off on making any other major changes to FriedOkra at this point, besides just the header, background and fonts, so y'all have time to adjust to the new look. In a few days I'll be moving some sidebar items around, seein' as I have TWO SIDEBARS NOW! TWO! And therefore TONS OF EXTRA STORAGE SPACE, which means that I will now start aggregatin' junk to store in that extra space at two or three times my previous junk accrual rate, if what's happened in the basement of my home is any indication of how extra storage space works around here. Where does it all come from, people?
Later in the week I'm going to tell y'all a little bit about the design process for the new FriedOkra, share some more design-related anecdotes and interview Karen about her work here, her blog design business and who knows what else. She's a talented, funny, and very sweet lady, and I want those of you who haven't met her yourselves to get a little dose of her all-around goodness.
As I've mentioned before, this new look is my way of marking and celebrating the first anniversary of FriedOkra! I've blathered away about nothin' here for a full year now, and what a full year it's been, too!
I'm hoping to get to write a post reflecting on that first year later today, but before all that, I just want to tell all of y'all THANK YOU for making this year of blogging so amazing and wonderful and fun. Thank you for every funny, clever, sweet, reassuring, supportive and helpful comment you've left. Thank you for sharing your own stories, your own recipes, your own memories and your own spirit. Thank you for every email, link, bloggy award, question or correction you've gently bestowed on my humble little personage.
I can tell you without a shadow of a doubt that writing for y'all this year has changed and blessed me in ways I never imagined possible. Knowing I can come here and tell ya'll about about the funny, humiliating, sweet or surprising thing that happened today, or yesterday, or 30 years ago, and that you'll read and understand and laugh or cry along with me? And keep comin' back for more? And sometimes bring your friends or family along to meet me, too? Well, it's nothing short of a miracle to me, and I am grateful to you, and to God, for the gift of each of you.