If you visited the blog over the weekend, you may have been surprised at what you say. That’s because I’ve decided to undertake a long-overdue site redesign. I have three goals in undertaking this redesign:
- To cultivate a space for beauty. Beauty and truth belong together. In the words of Pope Francis, “In every age the Church has called upon the arts to give expression to the beauty of her faith and to proclaim the Gospel message of the grandeur of God’s creation, the dignity of human beings made in his image and likeness, and the power of Christ’s death and resurrection to bring redemption and rebirth to a world touched by the tragedy of sin and death.”
- To enhance readability. It doesn’t matter how good of a theologian you are, or how great a writer, if people don’t read what you’re writing. This applies in a special way, as here, where many of the posts are long and detailed. I want a place where people feel at home, and want to read long posts.
- To increase the impact of the blog. Three new features have been added to promote recent blog posts: (a) the scrolling bar at the very top of the page, (b) the “slider” of recent posts right below the title, and (c) the sidebar with thumbnails and the beginnings of several recent posts. All of these have the same goal: if someone comes to this page to read a particular post, this creates an opportunity to grab their attention and get them to read about something else that they might not have even been looking for.
Additionally, some of the most important topics covered here (right now: arguments for the existence of God, and for the Catholic teachings on the Eucharist, Mary, and the Church) have permanent buttons for anyone who might have questions on those topics.
This redesign has been hampered by two factors: I didn’t have a clear sense of what I wanted, and I totally lacked the technical expertise to get there even if I did. Fortunately, several people came to my aid: Matthew Reed, Doug Beaumont, Cara Hansom, David Bates, and several people on Facebook had helpful design suggestions. Daniel Carr, a seminarian for the Diocese of Greensburg, is a computer whiz and helped to fix all of my glitches. Jess Rezac and Brandon Vogt gave me a clearer vision of where the blog needs to be going long-term, and how to get there (for example, eventually migrating over to WordPress).
There are lots of smaller things that I hope to tweak or improve. In the meantime, I’d love to hear from you. What works? What doesn’t? Do you find it engaging? Is it too cluttered? Any suggestions for what to add, remove, or change?
And don’t worry, regular posting will resume tomorrow. I’ve got a post on the covenantal case for Catholicism lined up for you, so be sure to come back now, ya hear?