Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Administrative Stuff & A Plea for Help

Some of you may have noticed that this blog has gone remarkably pale recently. There was some sort of code weirdness that goofed everything up in the old template, and I had the choice to try to figure that out or change the template. So, I decided that now's as good a time as any to change the appearance of the blog. A clean slate, if you will. Turns out that I needed to make the sitemeter a clean slate in the transition, too. Grrr. It's almost enough to make one's inner Luddite emerge.

Anyway, it turns out plain white makes my soul hurt, and I've been trying to import a left-sided margin, without luck.

So, if anybody knows how I can get this lovely shades-of-gray interlace to run up and down the left margin of this blog, and wouldn't mind leaving detailed instructions in the comments, my soul and I would thank you for it. (By detailed instructions I mean of the kind you would give that one goofy cousin who gets lost going to the grocery store. "Place key in ignition, turn. Put car in reverse, turn wheel to the right, press gas pedal lightly...)


Natalie Bennettt said...

I'm not really the right person to be offering technical advice, since I'm so often asking for it myself, but I think the simple answer would be to start with a three-column template. (I know there are some on blogger.) Then you could just take out all of the content in the lefthand column, and paste in the image.

There are probably all sorts of tricky ways of doing that, but you could just repeat the image a few times to get the effect you are looking for. Or else use a photo editor to multiple it x number of times and then make that one image.

wil said...


Currently, your body specifies background:#fff (i.e., white). You can add a background image by adding the following to the body style definition:

background-position: left;
background-repeat: repeat-y;
background-image: url(http://photos1.blogger.com/blogger/7988/1398/1600/dgrey003.jpg);

This would have your shades-of-gray interlace running down the far left side of the page.

Hope this helps...