Call it whimsy. Call it branding, since I'm coming up on a year of doing this and all the experts say you’re supposed to refresh your look at about that time. Call it TypePad’s fault, since the platform that I use for the blog has upgraded its design capabilities.
The changes should make the blog more streamlined, simpler to use and and easier to read. The navigation bar on the top has simpler subscription options (no more of that silly-looking box that was always mistaken for a search gadget). Plus, you can send me an email by clicking on the link in the navigation bar in the upper right hand corner. I also added a category on the left sidebar for Texas and regional wine, since that has developed into one of the focuses here.
Still to come: An actual search engine and maybe even some ads.
Take a look and let me know what you think in the comments.