Yes. I admit it! Bastardette has suffered silently from Ugly Blog Syndrome. For a long time I have really really really hated the look and upkeep of The Daily Bastardette. The baby-puke ochre. The cumbersome technical task of keeping “the classic” look updated.
The thought of updating to a spiffy look via the magic of the “new and improved” Blogger was depressing and scary. I’d have to re-do all those links. And what if I lost everything through my unability to comprehend the “simple” instructions? I felt like a big-haired mama on Maury who’s dragged kicking and screaming by her embarrassed kids to an upscale Upper West Side salon and spa for a makeover. Worst of all, I felt alone. Ashamed. I believed I was the only blogger in the entire blogosphere who hated the look of their own blog.
Then, a few weeks ago, Claud made a startling and courageous public confession. She, too, was unhappy with her blog. And she, too, found the task of self-improvement onerous. Within a matter of days, though, with the support and help of caring friends, she was able to overcome her fear of change and presented the world with a new-look Musings of the Lame. I questioned Claud about this when I saw her in New York two weeks ago and she assured me the operation was painless. So with Claud as my inspiration…
…the new Daily Bastardette! I feel like I’ve moved from an Ohio cornfield to Times Square!
I’ve gone back to black (black is Bastardette’s favorite color, though technically it’s not a color). I’ve added new graphics and links. One new feature is an adoptee rights news feed. (Check out Erik Smith’s response to the Dec. 3 Adoption Advocates of Iowa’s claim in the DesMoines Register that Bastard Nation is “anti-adoption.”) I’ll be adding more features over the next few weeks. Now, if I could only put the “Daily” into “Bastardette”!
I’m still having a problem with my banner. Without doing an html edit I don’t think I can align the title and text to the right of Rhoda. Last time I tried to make html corrections on my other blog, I deleted who-knows-what, and I had to do the whole thing over. Once bitten…Maybe Blogger will continue to new and improve and I can fix it.
Let me know how you like the new Bastardette!