I had a pop-up the other day on my Blogger dashboard, asking me if I wanted to try one of the new layouts. I was curious about the new offerings, so this morning I created a mock blog to try out some of the new abilities. The 'Soho' layout was kind of cool, but getting a background image and a header image to align and look decent was not working for me. Then I tried a different new layout and got a decent header out of my efforts, but alas, I did not like the way the posts were positioned on the page.
The worst thing about the new layouts is that all of the sidebars are hidden. Did not care for that, and I don't think the non-blogging visitors would know to look for a missing sidebar. So I'm keeping my current layout, and the header art I made for a new layout looks pretty good here.
To be fair, the new layouts are cool. They just don't do what I am comfortable blogging with. The one thing I really liked were the images Blogger offers, especially the textured backs.
I captured a couple screenshots of the last new layout I played with. In the first image, one of the textured backgrounds can be seen, and the header art looks good. The little 3-bar icon on the top left is the button to slide out the sidebar. When the sidebar is open, the rest of the blog darkens.
The second screenshot shows the bottom of the most recent post, then a gap. Notice that the textured background does not even go down to the bottom of the first post. That little image and text on the bottom left is what shows of the second most recent post. Too ugly.
Time to publish. Peace Y'all!