Regular Geek Gets A Redesign Mostly

This post is just a quick note to let people know that the blog has visually changed. There is a new layout, not completely different than before, but definitely different.

One thing you will notice on the right side are the new social images. There are convenient buttons you can use to follow me on Twitter, Facebook or Google Buzz. You can still find me on other sites that I am not as active on the About page. There are also big buttons for following the RegularGeek blog on Twitter, via RSS or Email. The RegularGeek Twitter account currently has only posts from the blog, but I am looking for interesting ways to use it if you have any ideas.

Another change I wanted to point out was the social sharing options on each post. Beneath the post title you can see four icons that you can use to share RegularGeek posts with Twitter, Google Buzz, Facebook and Digg. These icons also appear at the bottom of each post as well. Feel free to share the posts on other social sites as well.

Over the rest of the summer, other things will be changing as well. I will eventually have a logo, but that is still being worked on. Some of the navigation will change, and the static pages will be changing as well.

So, if you are reading this post in an RSS reader, please take a look at the site to see the new changes. As always, let me know in the comments if you like it or hate it.

3 thoughts on “Regular Geek Gets A Redesign Mostly

  1. Some feedback:
    I like the more subtle font for “Regular Geek” in the masthead, but now I think its a little too subtle. It blends in with the rest of the text up there. I’d suggest it be 1-2 points bigger.

    I think the shade of red in the Google Friend Connect header is not the same shade of red used in the rest of the site.

    The “Subscribe to RSS” and “Subscribe by Email” links in the upper right really pop, great call to action.

    Do you have any thoughts on the Facebook Share versus Like buttons, and why you chose Share? Frankly I don’t understand the difference between the two.

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  2. DGentry

    Admittedly, I have not done much with the header text. I will definitely look at styling that better. Thanks for noticing the color on the Google Friend Connect widget. The differences in shades are really hard for me to see. Thanks for the compliments on the links in the header. This was done because of a few different pieces of feedback from multiple sites. A real bright red is much easier to see on black and having those links in the header make them more obvious than how they blended into the sidebar before.

    The Facebook share vs like is more of a technical issue right now. A Facebook share is really easy to code, and I can style the link/image however I want. The Facebook Like plugin does not allow styling at all, as is typical with most plugins like it. If I can figure out how to have a simple url for Likes, I will probably move to that. The actions are much different as well. Share will post something on your wall, while a like only references the blog post page on Facebook.

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