I think I have my "New Blogger" template almost completed.
I was up until almost 3am this morning working on it.
Then I got up again at 9am and continued on.
At around 9:30am I gave up and briefly reverted back to my original template as I couldn't get the three-columns to behave nicely (either in Firefox or IE7).
So I started from scratch and just started playing with the CSS margin settings, body sizes, and alignments.
Somehow I stumbled upon the trick!
Next was getting the embedded images in the thinner side-columns to not whack those column elements out. That took more work, but now I think I have it down.
I have a bit of fine-tuning still to do, but am amazed that it actually looks better (to me) in IE7 than in Firefox! That was a surprise.
Windows Live Writer is posting fine to it again.
I also will probably get around soon to changing/activating the links to the right in the header body. Just haven't made any final decisions yet.
I can't decide if I should set the text alignment in the main post body to "justify" or "align-left."
Also, I've got to figure out how to get the images (like in the Fan Service Bonus section) to hot-link again. The XHTML code for the images is a bit different in those widgets that HTML. I upload a cropped/downsized image to Blogger, then code it with a direct HTML href link to the page. That way I don't steal bandwidth, but visitors can still click directly to the artist's source page. But that's not working right now the way I have the image reference coded. (sighs). I have to manually set the image size values of them so they don't blow out the side-columns again...and all my hard work!
Hope you enjoy the new look. I am really excited now and think it looks much more polished and easily read.
Please leave me your feedback! I'm really interested in knowing what you think!
P.S. I promise to post those "how-to" links I've found. Right now, Alvis is begging for a round of PS2: Lego Star Wars II. It's a really fun game! Even Lavie is itching to get into the action!