Rockin’ It Old School!

Please note: this is an old post. I have been blogging for a really long time: since my childhood, in fact. Bear in mind that any opinions stated may have changed, any code snippets may no longer be considered safe or secure, and my personal circumstances are almost certainly different to what's contained herein. You have been warned...

In an attempt to suppress the incessant need to spawn new layouts, as mentioned in my last post, I have decided to hell with it.. I’ll simply fall on to Phil’s advice and bring back a style-switcher and several older layouts along with it.

This idea was easier said than done, as I discovered the majority of my old website content, images etc are in folders called “old stuff”. Each zipped, and then added to another folder called “old stuff” as the years have gone on. Cue zip files 4-5 deep, filled with zips and more folders, with no labelling and no way of telling what everything is without manually going through each thing. Arse.

Nonetheless, patience prevailed. The layouts I’ve had chance to add so far are listed on the ol’ Style Override page and I’m willing to take suggestions as to other layouts you guys would like to see re-added. However, bear in mind that I’m working with the structure created specifically for the default layout, so anything too “exotic” will need to be hacked or boshed to make it work. Likewise, older layouts may need updated imagery or navigation placement to fit into what my site is today.

I think this is the longest post ever, just to tell you “I added new styles”. :S

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50 comments so far

  1. Stephanie said:
    On February 11, 2008 at 8:43 pm

    pleeeeeaaaase grey and pastel rainbow. i know i’m like the only person who liked it, but PLEEEEAAAAASE. Hahaha.

  2. Amber said:
    On February 11, 2008 at 8:48 pm

    On the ‘hues of blue’ your navigation (specifically the dotted underline) extends out of the sidebar. I’m so glad this one is back though. :)

  3. Rachael said:
    On February 11, 2008 at 8:50 pm

    Yay mint choc chip! *clicks*

  4. Aisling said:
    On February 11, 2008 at 8:50 pm

    Whooooo, this is fun. Ha ha. I like all of them, though, so now I don’t know which one to pick.

  5. Jem said:
    On February 11, 2008 at 8:51 pm

    Ahhhh, cheers for that Amber. I made a change to the “base styles” spreadsheet and it cocked things up further down, oops. ;)

  6. Danny said:
    On February 11, 2008 at 8:59 pm

    when i first found jemjabella a while back, you had this layout – http://tinyurl.com/2s49mq , please bring that back, that rocked ;]

  7. Nellie said:
    On February 11, 2008 at 9:03 pm

    I second Danny’s suggestion. I loved that layout!

  8. Vera said:
    On February 11, 2008 at 9:05 pm

    *has chosen Mint Choc Chip* I love that one. My favorite layout of yours was a 3 column one… or well it had 3 columns on the main page… I think it was version11. It had some circles shape thingies as background.. and it was red and gray… I think… *has a sudden large memory gap*

  9. Jessica said:
    On February 11, 2008 at 9:17 pm

    I think I will be sticking with the default layout for now. Although, I do like the Mint Choc Chip layout very much, I like the default better. Can’t wait to see the other themes you decide to put up.

  10. Hanna said:
    On February 11, 2008 at 9:27 pm

    Mint choc chips :D This was very nice idea.

  11. Vixx said:
    On February 11, 2008 at 9:33 pm

    Yay! Rainbow! Old school! Too many exclamation marks! V xx

  12. Amanda said:
    On February 11, 2008 at 9:39 pm

    Oh yay, you brought back Rainbow!

  13. Mike Haddad said:
    On February 11, 2008 at 9:57 pm

    I really like Hues of Blue.

  14. Han said:
    On February 11, 2008 at 10:08 pm

    its all about the mint choc chip :D I like having lots of different layouts – I get bored easily – I like listing the bestt of the old ones on one page or another :D

  15. Grax said:
    On February 11, 2008 at 10:20 pm

    Ha! I knew you’d give into peer pressure in the end! On a serious note, cheers for the Style Sheet Switeroonie Thingamibob. Now I can read you stuff in style (sheet). :-)

  16. Raina said:
    On February 11, 2008 at 10:21 pm

    I like this one the best out of all of the ones listed, I think :P The rainbow one’s very vibrant, isn’t it? :D

  17. Christine said:
    On February 11, 2008 at 10:29 pm

    i’m a big fan of the hues of blue as well ~_~ but they’re all great. i’ve really enjoyed this current one tho. so i think i’ll stick with it for now XD

  18. Phil said:
    On February 11, 2008 at 10:34 pm

    Good choice, excellent advice too, if I do say so myself. Mint Choc Chip it is for me too.

  19. Mar said:
    On February 11, 2008 at 10:35 pm

    I think Vera and I are think of the same one… Which is nice, because now I don’t have to describe it. But I don’t know, because I remember it being from a LONG time ago. Hm.

  20. Mat said:
    On February 11, 2008 at 10:42 pm

    ahhh Good ole hues of blue. *hugs his browser cookie*

  21. Hannah said:
    On February 11, 2008 at 10:50 pm

    *using Hues of Blue* You should add that last gray and green theme :3

  22. Hev said:
    On February 11, 2008 at 10:52 pm

    Now you have me going crazy. I like them all except for the rainbow, but it isn’t the design that I don’t like it is the colors. But that is my problem, not yours, Jem. Love the choice.

  23. Shaun said:
    On February 11, 2008 at 11:13 pm

    Nice idea. Will you be adding new layouts to the style switcher as well? I’d like to let you know that there are some issues in “Mint Choc Chip” and “Rainbow”. The sidebar and content in MCC start just below the flower pattern, covering the website name and stuff. In Rainbow, the main content is fine but the sidebar starts about 25 pixels too high. I’m using Internet Explorer 7.

  24. Julie said:
    On February 11, 2008 at 11:21 pm

    Oh, nifty. I did like the layout you had (the default one), but choco mint or whatever its name is just screamed of “Hey! I KNOW you MISSED me! CLICK ME! CLICK ME!”

  25. Noellium said:
    On February 11, 2008 at 11:51 pm

    Nice. :D Hues of blue, when’s the last time I’ve seen youuu? ::click::

  26. yelanates said:
    On February 12, 2008 at 12:31 am

    I loved the cloudy skys Pixel version :)

  27. Bobbi-lee said:
    On February 12, 2008 at 12:38 am

    Yay Mint Choc Chip FTW. This was (and is) my favourite layout of yours to date.

  28. Ashley said:
    On February 12, 2008 at 2:19 am

    Betcha can’t guess whicn theme I chose. ;) Although it (Rainbow) is kind of wonky in IE 7. One day I should really install Firefox on my latop.:P

  29. Aaron said:
    On February 12, 2008 at 3:49 am

    This is great! Now I get to use one of my favourite layouts of yours: Mint Chocolate Chip (or whatever you’ve called it).

  30. Rosemarie said:
    On February 12, 2008 at 6:18 am

    RAINBOW!! My life has just improved a little bit :D

  31. Annie said:
    On February 12, 2008 at 7:01 am

    Nice idea :). Although, you’ve had so many layouts I can’t remember any specific ones :D. I chose the “Mint Choc Chip” :).

  32. Jem said:
    On February 12, 2008 at 9:23 am

    I’d like to let you know that there are some issues in “Mint Choc Chip” and “Rainbow”. @Shaun: thanks for that. Will take a look at them at some point today :)

  33. Regina said:
    On February 12, 2008 at 10:22 am

    I vote for the lime green /gray you had a couple of months ago. That one was nice :) Using mint choc :)

  34. Jabed said:
    On February 12, 2008 at 10:33 am

    I absolutley adore your Mint Choc Chip layout!

  35. Vasili said:
    On February 12, 2008 at 12:22 pm

    I love the Mint Chocolate Chip one :D However, the rainbow one scares me..

  36. Lil said:
    On February 12, 2008 at 12:31 pm

    Using ‘Hues of Blue’ for it’s unstated use of hot pink ;)

  37. Kim said:
    On February 12, 2008 at 12:52 pm

    I love the rainbow one! As well as Mint Choc Chip…

  38. Anna said:
    On February 12, 2008 at 3:11 pm

    I like the default version XD The mint chocolate one is really cute too!

  39. Matt said:
    On February 12, 2008 at 6:13 pm

    Wow, I love the rainbow skin the colors are really… refreshing! Just so you know you’re having issues with the comments again though (I’m using IE 7).

  40. Jem said:
    On February 12, 2008 at 6:17 pm

    Aaaahh shit. Thanks for the heads up Matt. I don’t have IE7 on me so I’m having to make it up as I’m going along here.. :(

  41. Matt said:
    On February 12, 2008 at 6:45 pm

    No problem… the comments seem to be working fine again now but now your sidebar/content is overlapping your navigation :S

  42. Jem said:
    On February 12, 2008 at 6:46 pm

    oh FUCK! I fucking fixed that earlier, and have only gone and bloody overwritten it with the updates to the comments. A pox on IE, a pox on it I tell ya!

  43. Melissa said:
    On February 12, 2008 at 7:25 pm

    Yeah for real IE is the effing devil. I hate getting certain elements to look perfect in Firefox and then having them jump all over the screen in *ANY* version of IE. Yay for “hues of blue”. :D

  44. Jordan said:
    On February 12, 2008 at 10:49 pm

    The one I really want you to add back is an older one from ’06 I believe. It was a dark scheme, and it had rainbow circles on the sidebar (left hand side.) If you know which one I’m talking about, then damnit, I want it added so I can use it! /demands

  45. Kaylee said:
    On February 13, 2008 at 3:36 am

    I think the first layout I saw for Jemjabella was Hues of Blue. But I feel like sticking with the default one; I can’t explain why :P

  46. Carly said:
    On February 13, 2008 at 8:11 pm

    Is this gray / blue / red one the one I loved so much and wanted you to bring back? Not sure if it was this one, or this is a new ‘un. Either way, me loves it! I’dv suggest you changed the visited links from black to something easier to spot…after I’d changed the style, the links I’d visited previously were almost hidden in the text.

  47. Matt said:
    On February 15, 2008 at 7:48 pm

    OH MY GOD the pastel theme! So many memories

  48. Matt said:
    On February 15, 2008 at 7:50 pm

    Ew my comment got cut off :( I was just asking, do you still have the green theme with the rainbow colored navigation links, the one inspired by that book thing, the beginners guide to the galaxy (or some such.. thing. My memory fails me!) The nav was so fun to play with :D

  49. Jem said:
    On February 15, 2008 at 7:53 pm

    @Matt: That’s Rainbow on the list, but I couldn’t implement the navigation because the structure of my site is so different now :(

  50. Matt said:
    On February 15, 2008 at 7:55 pm

    *DIES* … *STILL DEAD* I knew I’d seen the color scheme before, I thought maybe you’d revamped it a little but I was hoping… *sniff*