Shannon Stacey

Where are the Queer Eye for the Blog guys?

If you haven’t read Larissa’s Home Sweet Blog entry at Romancing The Blog yet and you blog, you should head on over there.

So, as I mentioned in her comments, if my blog was my house, I’ve just moved into base housing and my walls are white and my carpets blue. And I have no idea what to hang on the walls.

For those of you who saw the red restaurant theme (which I loved), it was pointed out to me that once I added the black & gold Ellora’s Cave covers to the red/black/white, my site was going to look like an Italian-run Chinese brothel. (I’m not sure where he came by that, but after thinking about it–he was somewhat right.)

So what do I want? I don’t like heavy graphics. I’m a simplistic kind of girl. Maybe it comes from growing up in a heavily-cluttered home. Or currently running a heavily-cluttered home. :wink: I want my on-line home to be neat and clean.

There’s also the problem of what kind of theme–funny/cartoony or sensual or whatever. I kind of like the funny/cartoony thing, and it would work with my first book, but not for the one I’m writing now. And I have no intention of redoing my site everytime I have a different kind of book come out.

So I’m probably going to go for a simple, uncluttered, lightly-sensual look. Maybe some will find it blah, maybe some people will like it. But as Larissa said (or maybe kind of said–I’m not directly quoting her here), sometimes you go into somebody’s house and don’t feel really comfortable with their decor, or lack thereof. But maybe you enjoy your friend’s company enough to ignore her barren walls or really ugly red couch.

So, anyway, right now I’m in the experimenting with the paint and carpet stage, and you might see changes with each visit. Or you might see bizarre boxes with mooshed text. Who knows? :wink:

9 comments to “Where are the Queer Eye for the Blog guys?”

  1. Kate Allan
      · February 13th, 2005 at 1:21 pm · Link

    Looks good to me. :)

  2. Jill
      · February 13th, 2005 at 1:58 pm · Link

    I second that, and it’s easy to navigate.

  3. kate
      · February 13th, 2005 at 3:50 pm · Link

    as long as you WRITE in the damn thing, I don’t care what it looks like. .

  4. Sylvia Day
      · February 13th, 2005 at 6:42 pm · Link

    My goal was a silk robe pj party in a red velvet lined boudoir with half naked hunks in breeches serving spirits and chocolate (and occassionally dancing naked). Not sure if that makes visitors uncomfortable or not. *hmmm…* But at least you know what you’re getting when you read my books. ;)

  5. Alison
      · February 13th, 2005 at 7:07 pm · Link

    I was all about hot and bright colors and naked men and shopping for shoes and makeup. You know. Since I write inspirationals.

  6. Shannon
      · February 13th, 2005 at 7:58 pm · Link


    Well, they sure as hell inspire ME! :p

    And I’ll have to get back to you on whether or not half-naked hunks with chocolate-covered fingers are out of my comfort zone. I’m too busy fanning myself to type.

    I’ve got one other layout I want to try–a fixed one that I might be able to jam my own html into. If I can’t make this one behave. I like the looks of this one, but in order for it to be 3-column, the layout’s very, very rigid and isn’t letting me tamper with it.

  7. Emma
      · February 13th, 2005 at 8:08 pm · Link

    Hey, Shannon, this looks good! So cool that you’ve jumped on the WordPress bandwagon (or were you using it already??). It’s a fun ride, isn’t it?

  8. Shannon
      · February 14th, 2005 at 7:17 am · Link

    It’s insaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaane! I just started using it when I got my own domain name. There are so many nice features.

    There are also so many headaches. :p

  9. Larissa
      · February 14th, 2005 at 9:54 am · Link

    LOL on the Queer Guys! *g* Like the new look, and I’m jealous that you’re working with WP! One of these days, I WILL get it! :)

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