Appalachia Blog

Settling In

New design

I’m beginning to settle in to the new Blind Pig and The Acorn design and I hope you are too. As I’ve already mentioned, the reason behind the re-design was to ensure the website was responsive to all computer platforms. So far only 2 readers have encountered issues-at least I hope its only 2!

Earlier this year, Google made some changes that made being responsive a little bit trickier especially for sites as old as this one. In internet years the Blind Pig is considered old. I believe it was time for an update anyway and the responsive issue gave me the incentive to get it done.

I like the more expansive writing area and the more expansive photo area. Ken mentioned he liked the larger comment section-hopefully some of you do too. I tried to simplify things with the new design. I’m not really sure I did, but simplifying was in my mind as I made the changes.


For a long time folks have asked for a cast of characters so they could figure out exactly who everyone I talked about is and how we’re all connected to each other. I finally accomplished that by updating the About the Blind Pig and The Acorn page.


I also updated the Picking and Grinnin Music from the Blind Pig Gang page. Back when I first started blogging it was mostly just Pap and Paul making the music, now The Pressley Girls are leading the way and taking the rest of us along with them.


I was worried about changing my Grannyism page because I didn’t want to lose all those amazing wonderful comments folks have left about their Grandmothers. I was able to move them over without a hitch. If you’ve never visited the Grannyism page-its a must read! And while you’re there, please leave a comment about your grandmother.


During the overhaul I was able to add the Blind Pig Etsy Shop and Chitter’s Stamey Creek Creations Etsy Shop to the end of each post. That will make it easier for the folks who are interested in seeing what’s going on in our Etsy Shops. If you haven’t browsed the shops in a while, there’s a lot of new items in both of them…and you know Christmas is just around the corner!




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    l bryant
    November 5, 2015 at 8:33 am

    New design is nice. I have enjoyed your articles, My parents were transplants from the north via California and I was raised in GA. I am fascinated with the history and strength of the people of the deep south.

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    Rev. Rose Marie "RB" Redmond
    November 4, 2015 at 9:25 pm

    Both of our grandmothers were good, wise, hard-working, salt-of-the-earth women, and both of them struggled with difficult husbands – one who was verbally abusive and spoiled, and and the other who was a verbally and physically abusive alcoholic, yet they both bore it with dignity and grace.
    I’ve often said my greatest regret in life was, and still is, that I didn’t cherish them as deeply as I should have while they lived. I sincerely wish I had.
    God bless.

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    Kerry in Ga
    November 4, 2015 at 9:56 am

    I like it. I was afraid I wasn’t going to be able to view it, but after a couple minutes it pulls up (I kinda got scared). It probably has a lot to do with my computer being older. I think I’ve said before I’m not a very tech savvy chic. 🙂

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    Harry Fristoe
    November 4, 2015 at 5:32 am

    Love the new look, too

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    Karen Larsen
    November 4, 2015 at 3:08 am

    Love the new look. It’s a lot of work to do this and I think it’s worth it!

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    Ed Ammons
    November 3, 2015 at 11:10 pm

    In Exodus 20:17 The Ten Commandments explicitly expresses what we cannot covet. Framed right in the center of your collage are two things I am allowed to covet the way I read it. A Gibson Dove and a Yellow Tractor with a tiller attachment are not on the list! Tell those two gentlemen to keep a close eye on their prize possessions as the 8th commandment might be more than I can handle.

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    Paulette Tonielli
    November 3, 2015 at 9:18 pm

    I like it! The larger pictures are especially nice.

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    Patti Tappel
    November 3, 2015 at 8:25 pm

    Job well done on the blog change. Looks fantastic!

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    November 3, 2015 at 6:57 pm

    Heck,, I thought it was my dinosaur computer that was messing up when I’d open the Pig, I quess I need to apologize to it for all the name calling, I hurt it’s feelings I’m sure.. But it’s bad to lock up and has ever since I bought the thing several years ago, 1- hard drive 1- optical drive and vista to xp professional and now Windows 7 , I’ve kept it alive this long… But yea I’m liking the new Pig Look…

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    Belva W
    November 3, 2015 at 5:24 pm

    I like your new design. It is working better for me. For some reason it wasn’t letting me comment on the old page. Thanks for all the hard work you do!

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    November 3, 2015 at 4:27 pm

    I never thought The Blind Pig page could be more fun, but now it is! It is much more streamlined and user-friendly- can’t wait to explore 🙂

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    George Pettie
    November 3, 2015 at 3:31 pm

    Good before–better now.

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    November 3, 2015 at 2:53 pm

    Well done!

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    C. Ron Perry, Sr.
    November 3, 2015 at 2:31 pm

    Love the new site layout. You are a real pro at the whole blog thing. If anyone was to give prizes for sites, yours would surely be at the top of the list…not just for design, but for content. Give some thought to taking all of your postings and writing a book.

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    Ed Ammons
    November 3, 2015 at 1:29 pm

    I kinda miss the big splash of Tipper Pressley Mauve or Burgundy or whatever it is (I’m not good with colors.) Anyway it’s one of Swain High’s school colors, “Go Swain!” They call it Maroon. It’s also the color of my crepe myrtles when the bark peels off. It’s still scattered about on this new page.
    All in all though, in my eyes, this is a giant step forward for your blog!

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    Susie Swanson
    November 3, 2015 at 1:10 pm

    Love the new design. I know I haven’t been a frequent visitor in a while but maybe things will settle down so I can check on you more and read your posts. I absolutley love them.

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    Ken Roper
    November 3, 2015 at 12:05 pm

    I’m happy with the new format, especially all the big pictures. Everyone looks
    so good and the ETSY store gives us a look at all those Creations.
    I wonder if I’m doing something wrong, or just commenting too close to the
    edge of the commenting box. When I do my thing, it looks good to me, but
    after I hit Post, something separates my comment. Sometimes there’s just
    one word on a line and it jumps to the next line to continue…Ken

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    Vann Helms
    November 3, 2015 at 11:15 am

    I was fixin’ ready to eat some breakfast, and saw your new design. I use an ancient desktop PC, and everything looks wonderful on this end. Maybe one day I’ll have a Smartphone or a Tablet, then I’ll let you know how it works. Just keep ’em a comin…

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    Ron Banks
    November 3, 2015 at 11:09 am

    Tipper, I really like the new design. Thank you for all the work you do. Your blog is like an old friend to me now and I look forward each day to checking in and reading your wonderful stories and comments.

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    Darlene Debty Kimsey
    November 3, 2015 at 10:32 am

    I like the “New”.

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    Cheryl Soehl
    November 3, 2015 at 10:08 am

    I like the redesign, and really appreciate the Grannyism section!
    I was just reading online yesterday that, in the elephant society, it is the grandmother who leads the herd, and I think we humans would all do a lot better if we listened more to our grandmothers!

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    November 3, 2015 at 10:00 am

    Congratulations on making so many changes so successfully! I’m sure many readers will appreciate your hard work! One of the blogs I follow did a similar redesign, and now has a button at the top where readers can click to toggle between two views – the original, and a skinny view which I assume is for phones. This stuff is so advanced compared to my “what happens if I do THIS?” method of bloggery.
    Come to think of it, I don’t even know if my own little blog can be read on phones, but I don’t think I’d have the willpower to tackle a Comptonia redesign either way. Many years ago I built a simple website for my freelance writing and photography, which worked well enough but when the host folded after several years, I just let it go rather than trying to move the original or build a new website. I am a tech wimp. A tech wimp with barns to clean 😉
    p.s. I really like your Cast of Characters…great idea 🙂

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    Pamela Danner
    November 3, 2015 at 9:55 am

    It looks great! Looking forward to more stories, music, and recipes!

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    November 3, 2015 at 9:50 am

    I am enjoying the new format; I find it easier to read. Keep up the great work. You are my favorite read each day as I look forward to viewing your variety of writings.

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    Sheila Bergeron
    November 3, 2015 at 9:36 am

    Everything is looking good, I especially liked the one of Pap and the flag and the one of your Mama and Granny Your Mama is so pretty!

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    Ann Applegarth
    November 3, 2015 at 9:04 am

    Well, my first impression was that the new format was a bit la-de-da and citified, but of course content is what counts, and that is still wonderful. I especially love the new family photos and bios! So nice to have faces to go with the familiar names. I’ll get used to the new look. It’s just that I hate change. I beat my cakes by hand, counting the strokes, for 15 years after everyone else was using an electric mixer! And it was longer than that before I got a microwave. Now I wonder how I could have been so silly.

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    b. Ruth
    November 3, 2015 at 8:49 am

    I am getting used to the new design…Yep, it is a lot lighter and more expansive on the screen. I like it! At 74 (and 11 months) I tend to be a creature of habit. However, with my big mouth, I probably didn’t need more room to comment…Ha
    Thanks Tipper,
    PS…I love those little sweater ornaments…cute! Also love the jewelry made with the keys and as always the Brasstown angels….Can’t believe Christmas is just around the corner!

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    Ethelene Dyer Jones
    November 3, 2015 at 8:32 am

    Thank you, Tipper, for all your work to make Blind Pig what it has been, what it is, and what it will be. We who are “daily drop-ins” love what we read and the opportunity to comment. The new design is clean and keen!
    I look forward to many more years of dropping by to learn and to enjoy!

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    November 3, 2015 at 8:22 am

    Looking good—I always look forward to your emails and recipes you post.
    Prayers that God will continue to bless you.
    North Carolina

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    Eva Nell Mull Wike, PhD
    November 3, 2015 at 7:57 am

    Oh FIDDLE again! We will not be coming through Hiawassee Dam this Friday!. Would love to make it for the girls’s performance. Keep us posted. Eva Nell

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    Betty Richards
    November 3, 2015 at 7:42 am

    Love your new webpage. Very nice! Betty

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    November 3, 2015 at 7:30 am

    Looks good on Firefox mobile. Thanks!

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    Sheryl Paul
    November 3, 2015 at 7:21 am

    I actually like this better, a bigger platform, easier to read.

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    November 3, 2015 at 6:41 am

    I think it looks great!

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