So, as you may or may not have noticed, ScienceBlogs has gotten a makeover. If you read via RSS, you might not notice anything, but if you come to the blog itself, you’ll see a new look. The previous three-column layout is gone, and posts on the front page now show only short excerpts and “featured” images. This makes us look more like the blogs at National Geographic, the new Corporate Masters (for a good while now, actually, but they only just did the redesign). On the back end, we’ve changed from Movable Type to WordPress, which will take a little getting used to, but which lots of people think is an improvement.
All in all, I’m reasonably happy with it, but for one thing: The new front-page layout defaults to putting a user picture next to every post, over on the left. This is a little silly for a single-author blog like this one, where there really isn’t any question about who wrote the posts. As a result, when I look at the front page, I see a big collection of mini-me’s staring back at me, and I find it a little creepy.
I’m not sure what the best option would be, though. But I know there are people reading this with better aesthetic sense than I have, so, I throw this to you: What should I replace that little picture of me with? Or, on the technical side, does anybody know enough about WordPRess to know if I can rotate those images somehow, so it’s not always the same picture? That’d be kind of LiveJournal, I know, but if there’s a way to change the picture to something appropriate for the subject of the post that doesn’t require an inordinate amount of work on my part (that is, something I can do without needing to log out of WordPress and back in as a different fake user, which is the only thing that occurs to me), that might be cool.
Anyway, as I said, suggestions are welcome in the comments. Which will also let me figure out if the comments are working properly…