I think I mentioned yesterday that I was busy working on something and I'm sure you all assumed I was just wanking my crank, but I was actually hard at work on this gully new redesign. Just looking at it, having finished it maybe 15 minutes ago, it doesn't seem all that different from the old one, considering all the gotdamn time I put into it. There's still a few things I'd like to tweak here and there, but it will probably be a while before I get around to them, just because I'm tired of dealing with it. If I should ever decide that this thing needs yet another redesign (which is possible but not likely), I'll probably just have somebody else do it.
Obviously the main reason for the redesign, other than to make the site a bit nicer to look at and to fix a few things that have been broken for quite some time, was to clear up some space to run more advertising. Since TypePad's own advertising turned out to be rather teh ghey, I just got rid of it altogether and created some space on the page for a few different kinds of advertisements. I don't have any deals with advertisers set up right now - the ones that are there are just placeholders and, you'll notice, don't work - but, if things work out the way I'm planning, I should have some real ads up and running by the end of next week. If not, I figure I'll get some sooner or later, but at least now I'm one step closer to getting that paper.
So I guess feel free to commence with your bitching about how the site doesn't look any better and how you don't like the advertising and what have you in the comments section. Also, if you find anything that's broken or doesn't look right, feel free to post that here, as well. My bad about not warning everybody that I was getting rid of the old design so that you might have taken a picture of it or some shit, for posterity. I actually just decided to do it on a whim after seeing the Daily Kos' fucked up new design. Not to sound conceited or anything, but my shit's way better.