You might notice a few changes around here.

We’ve got a brand new logo, a sharp new theme, and a few fancy new features.  The most important of them is that the threading system on our comments is vastly improved.  We care a lot about what goes on down there, and the previous versions of our site simply haven’t cut it for us.

Along those lines, I’m testing out the new Facebook commenting platform.  While there are some promotional advantages for us, I mostly like the fact that it eliminates anonymity.  While that hasn’t been a problem, if my interview with James was any indication, it might become one quickly.

But the most significant change is clearly to our logo.  When we were putting together the design for this site, I had to make a decision about whether I wanted to reflect the conversational elements of the site’s history or our dedication to advocating traditional creedal orthodoxy in compelling ways in the 21st century.

I made the decidedly unhistorical decision to emphasize the former, partly because I liked the logo, but also as a nod to those who have participated in our many discussions over the years.  I am no less committed to seeking the permanent things than I ever have been–but I also want to acknowledge that the most permanent of permanent things are the people who we interact with.  And that’s always what has made Mere-O a little haven of sanity.

Not to mention that I didn’t have to buy this theme because so many of you voted for us to win it from Pagelines, the designers who built it.  While putting this together has taken more work and time than I would have liked, I am enormously grateful for everyone’s support and patience.

We’ll be kicking the tires for the next little bit, but I’m not expecting too many hiccups.  Let us know what you like and don’t like, and what you want that we don’t currently have.  And if you haven’t subscribed by RSS or followed us on Facebook yet, I’d be really grateful if you did that too.

Thanks, as always, for your continued support.  If it’s half as good as the half that’s been, we’ll be truly blessed indeed.

 

 

 

 

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Posted by Matthew Lee Anderson

Matthew Lee Anderson is the Founder and Lead Writer of Mere Orthodoxy. He is the author of Earthen Vessels: Why Our Bodies Matter to our Faith and The End of Our Exploring: A Book about Questioning and the Confidence of Faith. Follow him on Twitter or on Facebook.

5 Comments

  1. Matt: I think the new design looks great. It’s clean and attractive. The black and orange are a nice contrast without being too Halloweenish. An ancient-future voice is communicated by the logo. Good choice on making the blog name stretch across the header.

    What’s the font for the body of the blog posts? If I’m not mistaken, I visited the website earlier this morning and the font was different from what appears now. Are you experimenting with the readability of the fonts? I like the current font, but I’m not thrilled by it. (Does one need to be thrilled by font? I think so.) I wonder if there are some other fonts that would work better.

    You asked for feedback. I personally don’t like the enormous image of your forthcoming book with the indicative command “Buy the Book.” It’s off-putting. I understand every writer feel compelled to promote themselves, but conspicuous consumption doesn’t fit the ethos of Mere-O. I suggest something more discreet. Also, I don’t much like the Facebook window on the righthand column. It clutters the appearance.

    All in all, a welcome new look. Bravo!

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    1. Matthew Lee Anderson March 14, 2011 at 3:11 pm

      Thanks, Christopher.

      We had a few hiccups this morning, so some posts went out that weren’t supposed to. This font is (if I remember right) Georgia. I’m open to a different serifed font, though, if you have one you like more. Or if there’s some change that you think would make it more readable, I can try that out as well.

      As for the book, the only reason it’s so massive is to maintain design continuity with the sidebar (so that it’s a clean line going down both sides). My goal is actually to change that in the next week or two, but it depends on what my publisher is able to wrangle up for me. : )

      And I agree about the FB window. That’s just shameless self-promotion, really. I’d like to figure out how to delete the blue box around it, as I think that will help considerably. But so far, my efforts have been stymied.

      matt

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  2. Great stuff Matt! Time for me to dig around and see what’s new that I never saw before. 8^D I’m glad you finally got to use that new template you got a while back.

    One slight push back, have you thought about Disqus as a discussion platform at all for the site? It’s kind of weird having two boxes in order to comment in (maybe I just need to stop being so old and embrace Facebook everywhere 8^D) and I think Disqus has the ability to cross post your discussions across various social mediums. In addition, I really like the ability to promote good comments to the top of the discussion, which Disqus provides.

    Regardless! The new digs are spiffy! Kudos!

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    1. Matthew Lee Anderson March 14, 2011 at 4:24 pm

      Thanks, Sean.

      I’m worried about load times with Disqus, honestly. I know it’s weird having two boxes, but I figured we’d try it out for a while to see how it goes. If I don’t like it, we can always turn it off.

      matt

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      1. That’s fair. I’ve seen a few complaints on other places about load times with Disqus. As always, if you need a geek on the side, yo know where to find me. 8^D

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