jonandnic dot com's newest new look

If the last design for the site was a monument to everything we worked to pull off this year, then this design should have equal weight. Sometimes its difficult to understand why God does or allows certain things in our lives. Even when the clarity of hindsight is available, I doubt we fully understand the intricacies of God’s plan. So sometimes its best just to shut-up and obey the best you can, and trust that He knows what He’s doing.

We’re still not totally sure what He’s doing — or what He wants from us right now. But the picture is starting to come together. Plus, I finally found a 3-column layout that didn’t look like poo!

This design can be found here, with a few modifications. And it allows a couple features I’ve been itching to try:

  • The banner image in the top right corner is a rotater. Meaning, every visit to the site it will pick a different picture to show you. Right now there’s only 4 possibilities, but we’ll pop in some more of our favorite shots of the kids as we collect them.
  • The double-column sidebar allows me to put a lot more in there. I’ve pretty much got it back up to where it was before, and I’m not sure what else I’ll be doing with it, but it sure is nice to have the room!
  • The “sideblog” which is a bit of a hack by the designer, nonetheless is a nice feature, where I can keep a more thematic and semi-permanent ramble. I’ll change this on a weekly, monthly, or whenever-I-see-fit basis, and hopefully help set an over-all mood for what I’m blogging about at the time. When I change it, I’ll try to post it into a normal entry to allow it a historical presence.

Let me know if you like it/hate it/have any suggestions to improve!

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6 thoughts on “jonandnic dot com's newest new look

  1. “spend less time debating gay rights and more time teaching human rights.”

    hm that sounds like you’re saying gay people aren’t human. aren’t gay rights considered human rights?

    human rights: The basic rights and freedoms to which all humans are entitled, often held to include the right to life and liberty, freedom of thought and expression, and equality before the law.

  2. Let’s spend some time debating it!
    What a bizarre conclusion you’ve reached… How about you read about human rights laws, and get back to me on what the priority of focus should be.
    And thanks for the reminder that the far-left is a foaming-at-the-mouth irrational, and eager to be partisan as the far-right.

  3. Hey, I really like this. I have been so frustrated by the typical two column options but didn’y know how to find anything different. This is great.

  4. thanks for that bit of education.
    my point was that you make a distinction between gay rights and human rights, saying we should pay more attention to one over the other, when in fact… they are the same thing.
    thank you for your time.

  5. I couldn’t disagree more. Human rights are about making sure people are free from oppressive or murderous governments, have food to eat, and a safe place to live. Gay rights are about whether or not homosexuals can marry and are entitled to all the benefits of a heterosexual couple.
    One of those sets of rights might be nice for some people to have. The other set of rights is a matter of life and death.

    I suspect if the people debating Gay rights were to spend a week in some parts of Africa, they might be better able to prioritize their efforts in getting things to change in this world.

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