Blog Changes

After many years with the same layout, I’ve taken the plunge and changed my blog layout. It’s probably well beyond time for this.

Change is good, and in the digital world that changes every day, it was probably silly to keep the same layout for almost a decade.

The layout was tied to my website, which really also needs serious updating.

In fact, I manage three websites, and all three of them need serious upgrading pretty soon. Look for that. Very soon.

In the meantime, now might be a fun time to journey back through some of the entries here. This new layout is a part of Blogger’s “Dynamic Design Templates,” and they’re pretty cool.

Just click on some entries to see the fun interface.

Even more fun than this, close out this entry, and find the menu up in the top left….it probably says “Magazine” as the default.

Scroll through some of other cool ways you can look at organize all the content here. My favorite is “Flipcard.” You can arrange things by date…and by “label” Both, very very cool.

The only annoyance right now is that Disqus does not seem to work with this interface. That’s a serious annoyance for me. I hope they figure that out soon.

So, change is good.

Check it out.


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Eric Folkerth is a minister, musician, author and blogger. He is Senior Pastor of The Woods United Methodist Church in Grand Prairie, Texas. For seventeen years, he was pastor at Northaven UMC in Dallas, Texas. Eric is an avid blogger and published author. Eric is also an award-winning singer-songwriter, who performs throughout Texas and the Southwest. He's won honorable mention in both the Billboard and Great American song contests; and he's been a finalist in the 5th Street Festival and South Florida Folk Festival songwriter competitions. Eric is also a leader of Connections, a unique band comprised of United Methodist clergy and layfolk from throughout North Texas. Connections performs "cover shows" of artists like Dan Fogelberg, Chicago, Eagles, Doobie Brothers, Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder, James Taylor and others. Their shows draw crowds of between 300 and 1,000 fans, and they have raised more than $240,000 dollars for worthy charities. Eric has led or co-led hundreds of persons on mission trips around the globe, to places such as Mexico, Haiti, Russia, and Nepal. He has worked with lay persons to build ten homes, and one Community Center, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Dallas. He's a popular preacher, and often tackles challenging issues of social justice in his writings and sermons. His wife, Judge Dennise Garcia, is a State District Judge for Dallas, County. As judge of the 303rd Family District Court, she consistently gets high ratings from area lawyers, and was named "best judge" by The Dallas Observer. First elected in 2004, she was the first Latina ever elected to a county-wide bench in Dallas County. She was re-elected for a third term in 2010. They have the world's best daughter, Maria, and an incredible dog, Daisy.

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