Your humble Devil is, by the way, very grateful for all of the feedback that he received regarding the new blog design. As it happens, I am bored of it now (I've been using something similar for a while over at my portfolio site—harmonising the two was, for no good reason, part of the motivation for the redesign). I will however, continue trying to optimise the code to ensure that The Kitchen loads as swiftly as possible.
I am working on a design which will be a compromise of the various opinions that I've received. It will be far darker and more... er... atmospheric than this one, but also less "garish" (other people's word, not mine) than the old one.
I am still toying with the idea of switching to Blogger's new widget-style templates, but I'm just not sure that they will give me the flexibility that I want. I haven't ruled out a switch to a self-hosted WordPress installation either but, for now, I am familiar with Blogger—and it's free.
The Kitchen has been an instructive project since, without ever really trying to, I seem to have created a brand. But, once I had realised that was what had happened, I had always considered the brand to be the writing style and the logo itself: I'd never considered the look of the entire blog to be a part of the "corporate image" (CI) [shudder].
One of the most interesting things about the comments is that many people did, definitely, view the whole blog style as part of said CI: as such, it is important that the page layout is as strong as The Devil logo.
I will also, I am afraid, not be making any concessions—beyond basic readability—for IE6 users. That browser should have died years ago and yet, partly because of public sector recommendations, it refuses to finally keel over and snuff it.
As with the current design, there will also be bells and whistles for those on really modern browsers, i.e. Mozilla-based browsers and the even more advanced Webkit-based engines. I shall also be keeping a firm eye on Web Accessibility (since that is the basis of a good deal of my professional work these days).
I don't quite know how long it will take to wheel out the next iteration—although I do know that the design will take far longer than the actual coding—as I have only the barest idea of the overall look and feel in my head at present (and that is subject to change).
Still, while you are waiting, why not toddle over to Brian Mickelthwait's place and peruse his Libertarian Blog List v2.0...?
I shan't be doing any statpr0n this month (partly because I forgot to reinstall the Google Analytics code after the design switchover) but, as usual, thanks to all of you for reading, contributing to and commenting at The Devil's Kitchen...
UPDATE: Ill and Ancient has taken Brian's list and ranked the blogs in order according to the number of Technorati reactions. Your humble Devil comes in at #3.
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