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A Quick Poll

So I have been reading a LOT lately about how dark backgrounds with light text are difficult to read for many blog readers.  So I changed my blog.  I am not sure that I LOVE it but if you would leave a comment and let me know if this is a little friendlier to your eyes I would appreciate the feedback.  Thanks!

Don't worry about offending me I can take corrective criticism I am asking for it here. 

Post edit:
So I took your advice and lightened up the grey.  I tried white background and it just wasn't as calming to me.  So hope you all like my new look.  Thanks for the input I appreciate it!

Comments

Unknown said…
I like it... I liked your old one too! Do you not like premade backgrounds like from http://www.thecutestblogontheblock.com/???
Brandie said…
I like simplicity. I am a "less is more" kind of person busy blogs make me nervous so I don't want mine to be too busy.
Gina said…
I have to agree about the simple is best look.

I have been on blogs that use dark backgrounds and vibrant text. I think some combinatons are very hard to read while paler backgrounds seem more peaceful.

We followed the pale advice this week when we changed our blog and so far everyone has been very complimentary.

I like your new look!
Can you lighten your background a bit more...
Just a suggestion.
Toni
Brandi said…
Your old one was black/white, right? I don't think it was particularly hard to read. I've come across others that have hot pink writing or something and I just have to close it out because it hurts my eyes.

Anyhow, I like this. It's easy on the eyes. I agree with Tony, maybe lighten the background just a tad. ;)
Unknown said…
I would say if you are going to go black on grey, try a slightly lighter shade of gray.
KatBouska said…
I seriously get dizzy with light font on a dark background. I never read long posts on those pages....so I definitely like this alternative better. :)
Lucy and Ethel said…
Your new combo (black on gray) is easier for ME to read; the red is still a little fuzzy, but my eyeballs are older, too. There is room to lighten up the gray, which may make the red easier. Or not!

Ethel and I fooled with our own blog background/font colors until we were completely confused and ended up changing the template 3 times over the first few weeks until we were satisfied enough. I don't know that either of us LOVES it, but we just prefer to expend our limited minutes and brain cells on something else!

While I've seen a lot of CUTE templates, all of ours are plain because we have so much going on in the sidebars. When we have a chance, we'll be figuring out some scrolling features for awards, badges, etc. to declutter ourselves. I need to do that at home, too! Sheesh. Anyway, your layout is easy, and it's calming to be here :)

I had one of your posts and the picture post in the dock to comment on the other day when Safari froze (again), and I never got back to what was waiting there for attention. I loved the pictures of your kids - they're so photogenic, and the photographer obviously knows what he's doing!

Okay, back to work....

Lucy
Unknown said…
I like the dark and light...but...I guess it depends on the dark and light combo...I don't know...I guess it depends on the layout and such...I'm into scrapbooky type blogs, to soo, I don't think I'm much help...and I'm rambling...much love!
Anonymous said…
I just found your blog on MckMama's community and wanted to stop by. It looks good to me!
Lisa said…
I agree that you might want to make the grey a tad bit lighter, but i love the new look!
Brandie said…
Thanks everyone for your input!
Brandie
Tiffanie said…
i like the black on the grey, but i want to put colored swirlies on the sides! lol! :)
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the new background color! It is perfect...
For my next idea, how about making your header picture color? It would really "pop" if you had color contrasting your background and dark font...
:)
Toni
Anonymous said…
Just want to say what a great blog you got here!
I've been around for quite a lot of time, but finally decided to show my appreciation of your work!

Thumbs up, and keep it going!

Cheers
Christian, iwspo.net

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