July 24, 2009, - 1:10 pm


By Debbie Schlussel

Readers and friends,  welcome to the new DebbieSchlussel.com site design.  As you’ve probably noticed, it started going up in parts of the universe, last night.


There are still kinks to iron out, like fixing old links/links to past articles.  We will fix it.  I’m working with some great people, and we have a lot of new things in store for this site.  Stay tuned.

In the meantime, some new features.  And some necessary ones that I and you have wanted for some time, and we finally put them in:  a search engine, a more friendly/easier archives section, e-mail a friend, etc.   (Printer friendly will be back soon.  It’s a glitch we’re fixing.)

And as you might note, we have books I’m reading, books I recommend, music I’m listening to, and products I like and recommend.  Some of those need to be fixed and changed, too (like Tim Green’s newest book, which I haven’t read, so I’m not really sure I recommend it).

Please let us know what you think of the new site.  Most of the feedback, thus far, has been extremely positive.  But if there’s something you don’t like, we’d like to know about that, too.  And what you’d like to see that you think is missing.

Bear with us.  Progress always involves glitches and mistakes.


41 Responses

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guqkknshv on July 24, 2009 at 6:42 pm

I like the look, now the content is more centered where i look on a Web page. Navigation and features are now more located where users expect to see.

I have a feeling some of your pages will get longish, I would suggest putting your navigation also at the bottom, or anchors “back to top”.

You might want to add a link to follow you on Twitter, not just tweet an entry.

Keep up the great work.

Brian Brown on July 24, 2009 at 6:43 pm

Debbie, I can’t tell if it’s good or not yet, as I am uncomfortable with change. But i would like it if you put a Debbie picture gallery, or maybe resumed posting your cute little commentator videos.

A1 on July 24, 2009 at 6:44 pm

Wow!! Looks great. About time Debbie!!

BWR on July 24, 2009 at 6:44 pm

I LOVE the new look. So much more user-friendly and modern. I also like the SEARCH function at the top.

BONNI on July 24, 2009 at 6:47 pm


So far I love, love, love the new site design.

Aye Chihuahua on July 24, 2009 at 7:16 pm

I love this new format, Debbie! So glad to see this–very, very nice. I like ALL the new features, but most of all….the “search” program will be invaluable to me for getting things from your rich archives. Thank You!

BB on July 24, 2009 at 7:24 pm

Hi Debbie,
the new site looks nice and clean! Congratulations.

Rodrigue Planck on July 24, 2009 at 7:46 pm

Site looks really great, keep up the good work.

Tsumura on July 24, 2009 at 7:47 pm

Looks good, Debbie! I had no problems with the format of your previous site, but I think the new look and new features you are trying to incorporate will be very user friendly.

JibberJabber on July 24, 2009 at 8:12 pm

The website is nice and easy to access. One thing though, is the time left on comments are way off. I am on west coast and I know you use EST but it is off like 3 or 4 hours.

CaliforniaScreaming on July 24, 2009 at 8:21 pm

Love the new website design! Modern, clean and easy to use.
And I love the “favorite stuff” widget.
I might spend a few bucks at Amazon this weekend….LOL

Michelle on July 24, 2009 at 8:55 pm

Love the look of the new site! Had to update my bookmark. Look forward to seeing lots more in the weeks and months to come.

NormanF on July 24, 2009 at 9:39 pm

I love this new look!

Naarah on July 24, 2009 at 10:10 pm

Hey, the new site looks great, good job. One thing I think is a little broken is the RSS feed, which is showing me yesterday’s post on my yahoo!.

I hope you can fix that soon.

Keep up the good work

Luis from Guadalajara, Mexico

Luis on July 24, 2009 at 10:13 pm

Ironically, there’s hardly anythang on the RIGHT of my screen…and how do WE get icons?

EminemsRevenge on July 25, 2009 at 1:58 am

I think it looks great.

Like the add of books you recommend & are reading.

One thing I would love, as a local reader, is an easy reference to restaurants, gas stations, etc. that you have recommended that you trust aren’t sending money to terrorist charity organizations, etc. I remember you writing about that several times in the past.

Nancy on July 25, 2009 at 3:42 am

The site looks great. Best wishes.

Mark on July 25, 2009 at 6:01 am

Much better format. Keep up the good work.

Terry, Eilat - Israel on July 25, 2009 at 8:28 am

The site looks great! Good Luck!

NJBeachbum on July 25, 2009 at 2:15 pm

I like the new blog theme and new site, Debbie. It’s so much better than your old blog theme (which had all of your blogs shifted to the left side instead of the middle). It would be great if you have an updated picture of you at the top header, that’s up to you. How long ago is your current picture? Everything else is great.

Bobby'sBrain on July 25, 2009 at 2:47 pm


Congratulations on your new site!!! It sure looks a lot better, and I hope it’s no longer TypePad bound.

One question – do you now support HTML tags – like bold, italics, underline, strike, strong, emphasis and a few other things like

blockquote, as well as listings, both Bulleted
FirstSecondThirdFourthFifth and numberedFirstSecondThirdFourthFifth

Also, the ability to edit our comments, once posted, would be welcome.

Infidel Pride on July 25, 2009 at 3:03 pm

Okay, so you don’t support BLOCKQUOTE, UL, OL and LI. Blockquote would have been nice to have, so that we could segratate cited comments from our own posts, but aside from that, the support for the above specialties is certainly welcome.

Infidel Pride on July 25, 2009 at 3:06 pm

GREAT, GREAT rebranding you did here Debbie!

The new site looks and works fantastic!!

Clean lines, and great colour mixing.

The new, personal and separate side-bars, or widgets (I will try that mustard!) and the new DS logo, cap it all off within the large banner or header tie-in, that boldly and successfully, integrate the site.

The new Debbie Schlussel site, really, really, makes a strong and positive visual statement. Leaps and bounds above your former influential, but utilitarian, and obviously piecemeal rendition.

Now fresh, contemporary, and sophisticated.

You hinted something about this last year, and as it turns out… the wait, was worth it!

The Canadien on July 25, 2009 at 3:31 pm

Looks great Debbie, nice work by your team!

ProudinNC on July 25, 2009 at 4:45 pm

Love the new look, very clean, easy on the eyes. The pic of you looks better too.

Dan on July 25, 2009 at 6:02 pm

How about a “Craft Services” section to list all of your other delicious sites, like Oprahsucks.com (I think that’s the number, Sheriff Biden)?

Also, I really like the changes but you might consider widening the text column some.

FeFe on July 25, 2009 at 7:37 pm

Debbie, Shavua tov from Jerusalem.

I think the new design is overall a great improvement. This is my first post since the change.

Some things I’m hoping for:

– Support for HTML code in comments.

– Display of avatar/Gravatar. I see that’s in the making.

– Very important: many times you comment in bold within someone else’s post. May I suggest that you comments be in bold and in red, so that we can distinguish them right away. If so, I would suggest disabling colored text for the rest of us.

– Don’t introduce complicated options. I’ve been on a number of blogs where the comment systems have so many options that they bog down response time and cause script errors. Keep it simple.

And now, a little HTML test for myself:



Shy Guy on July 26, 2009 at 4:54 am

Debbie, from my HTML test above, I see that underline and blockquote HTML code are the only ones in the above which do not work. Actually, blockquote at least causes a line break but does not indent nor does it shade the blockquote box, always a nice thing to have.

Is there any way to enable those codes? Blockquote will especially make for useful reference to others’ comments in replies. Thanks.

Shy Guy on July 26, 2009 at 4:59 am


I like the new site but when I load it, the bar at the bottom of my screen keeps stating there are two more items remaining and it freezes there. Is this due to my computer or the website?

Keep rockin’!

ICEnomore on July 26, 2009 at 1:54 pm

Debbie, congrats on the new site. Yours is one of my favorite websites. I try to check in at least once each week. I come for your immigration coverage, linger for the local Detroit coverage, and stay for your movie reviews. You are my #1 source for movie advice. In fact, I really trust your overall advice and appreciate your sober, intelligent insight.

Good luck on the new rev, and best wishes for success going forward.

Shawn on July 26, 2009 at 7:04 pm


I like it a lot. I like the old set up, but this one is bolder, but not too bold, very clear, and more upbeat looking.

Ben-Yehudah on July 27, 2009 at 6:43 pm

Perhaps under “fan club” add a link to the Debbie Schlussel Fan Page on Facebook.

Ben-Yehudah on July 27, 2009 at 6:45 pm

I’m glad you moved out of Movable/Typepad and into WordPress. It looks way cleaner now. Possibly easier for you to administer too.

anonymous twit on July 27, 2009 at 11:45 pm

I don’t think all gravatars work here. My gravatar doesn’t show.

anonymous twit on July 27, 2009 at 11:53 pm

One more suggestion: a PREVIEW button so we can see if our comments are correctly formatted before finally posting.

Shy Guy on July 28, 2009 at 12:32 am

Gravatar test

Shy Guy on July 28, 2009 at 1:34 am

Another suggestion: individual comments should each have their own link for direct reference. Here I notice that the signature and timestamp line at the end of each post is not hyperlinked to itself.

Shy Guy on July 28, 2009 at 3:06 am

“There are still kinks to iron out, like fixing old links/links to past articles. We will fix it.”

I hope so, because when Joe at GatewayPundit switched, they didn’t get fixed, and I lost a ton of material. I hope you have better success, though your new format looks like it will be easier to read.

Nice new look, too, btw.

HasItBeen4YearsYet? on July 28, 2009 at 8:51 am

Looooking gooood Debbie!

I have to agree with Ben-Yehudah, you should have a link to your Facebook fan page.

Quietman on July 28, 2009 at 12:53 pm

The new site is fantastic!! Really love it. My laptops rather old and it took forever to load your last site, but now, with the truncated, expandable blog posts, I can come every day again! Huzzah

I also quite like seeing your favorite things on your amazon widget (I often salivate waiting for your reviews.) And I noticed Harper’s Island was on it! Is that a mistake, or did you truly enjoy the show? And if so were you satisfied with the finale?

All the best, and congrats again.

Captain Elias on July 30, 2009 at 6:07 pm

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