During certain times of the year I change the cover image of The Master’s Table Facebook page. I switch to the wise men following the star to Bethlehem during Advent and this image of three crosses for Holy Week. I don’t tinker with the banner here for a couple of reasons. One is I’m afraid of messing it up. I know, I know, but I still worry about never getting it to look exactly right again.
There is another reason. Di Vinci’s portrait of The Last Supper is where the idea for The Master’s Table as a title came from. There’s a whole explanation in the About section. That supper took place during Holy Week. It would be totally wrong to take it down this week of all weeks and replace it with something else. That picture is the goal for the Christian life. To eat and drink with the Master, sitting with other followers and listening to his teaching.
I got some good advice early on when it comes to blog design: find something that works and leave it alone. Some people spend more time switching themes and changing colors than they do writing. Messing with the major design elements, such as theme, isn’t something I do often.
You will not see any changes at The Master’s Table, but the three column theme was just no longer necessary on My Other Blog. I did a major overhaul Thursday morning and spent the day tweaking things to get the look just so. I think you will find the text easier to read if nothing else. Then last night I noticed something that had been overlooked; page view number one million slipped by sometime in recent weeks. If you’re heading over to the Other Blog anyway, check out this post on a difficult to calculate milestone.
It’s been a long time since I tweaked the design. A good piece of advice I was given early on, and continue to give others, is to find a good theme that works and leave it alone. Without going in to a whole bunch of details, this format should be wider on your screen and more visible. The other was a little narrow.
One of the things we had to loose was the code in the sidebar for a link button. The source code below creates a button that links back to The Master’s Table. Simply copy the html and paste in a post or sidebar text to add the button to your blog.
<a href="https://themasterstable.wordpress.com"><img src="https://themasterstable.files.wordpress.com/2009/03/last-supper4.jpg?w=128" alt="Go to The Master's Table" title="Go to The Master's Table" width="128" height="53" /></a>
Take a look around, let me know what you think. Except for a few minor adjustments this should be about it.
One of the most read bloggers on the internet gave me a good piece of advice back when I first started blogging. He said “Find a theme and a design that works for you and leave it alone.”
I have tried to do that. The Master’s Table has not had a face lift since the doors opened in May of 2008. I’ve been wanting to switch to a 3 column theme for some time for a couple of reasons. One is that the sidebar ran so far down the page on my 2 column theme, and the design was just so narrow. My Other Blog is done in Andreas 9 which I love except for one thing; the headers above each widget are too close to what’s above them, and not close enough to what they are meant to label. It’s a small thing, and I don’t want both blogs to look alike anyway. BTW, find some other blogs in Digg 3 and then ask me how I got the title to look like that.
So, to make a short story long, this is the new look of The Master’s Table. What do you think?
p.s. If you’re in a reader, jump over to the actual site for a minute. Thanks a bunch.