Population Statistic: Read. React. Repeat.
Tuesday, January 08, 2021

I’ve been mulling a redesign of this blog’s template layout for, oh, forever now. It’s been virtually the same since I rolled out the domain three and a half years ago, and while I’m not unhappy with it, a periodic refresh is generally a good idea (which idea was instilled in me thanks to my print background).

But maybe I shouldn’t discard this old green-dream look just yet. According to CommandShift3’s tale of the tape, Population Statistic is winning head-to-head comparisons with other website templates at a 41 percent clip. Yes, it’s a losing record, but competitive!

And even though it’s not linkable, the tally of the most recent battles includes a victory over Pogue’s Posts! I don’t care if the typical New York Times blog isn’t optimized for prettiness — I’ll take my triumphs over the Grey Lady anytime I can lay a claim, flimsy as it is.

I wonder how many MySpace pages are in the mix on CommandShift3. If your site loses to one of those, it’s pretty much a sign that you need to vaporize your template code post-haste.

by Costa Tsiokos, Tue 01/08/2021 10:54:10 PM
Category: Bloggin'
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  1. 1. CommandShift3 is an amazing and awesome domain given its content.

    2. My own blog will be undergoing a complete visual revolution, mainly owing to the fact it is moving to MT 4 Open Source. It actually is already moved there, I just need to decide on what the visual layout’s going to be, and MT4 has a completely new design language (the old language works too, but I might as well learn from the bottom up). As soon as I’m happy, I’ll change the router’s assignments from one server to the other, and it’ll be a whole new world. Except for my users who read via RSS, who won’t notice any differences (and neither will yours!)

    3. Always fun to see yourself matched up against another blog you read, eh? I have to admit some of the sites you lost to are uglier than this, though, so I question the voters’ judgment.

    Comment by tim — 01/09/2021 @ 01:39:10 PM

  2. Once you’ve rebooted the site, submit it to CS3 and watch the bloodshed! If you’re looking for design concepts, I say leave that photo of that American Gladiator chickee on the page forever ;)

    Believe me, I’m not putting much stock in the win-loss-tie results, it’s purely subjective. Just one more distraction…

    Comment by CT — 01/09/2021 @ 02:50:22 PM

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