There's only one problem.
The layout then behaves like frames do, and the reason I stopped using frames was that thanks to Google, I had people coming to the site through the icons page, for example, and they would miss the menu altogether and the rest of my site would remain in obscurity, while the teenies stole my icons and my bandwidth to their heart's content.
Now it'll be even worse, because if someone walks in through one of the HTML files (thanks, Google), not only will they miss the menu, they'll miss all the formatting.
I figured out that I can have each HTML file redirect to the index, but you know how much of a pain in the ass that is?
So I've scrapped this idea. I'm used to editing all pages one by one when I need to change a layout anyway. It's no biggie. But, I do like the site design I created, so once I figure out what to do about Blogger, I'll be using a reverse include like I have now.
Thing with Blogger, I'm kind of becoming less private on here, so the blog is kind of superfluous at this point, so I'm not using it as often as I did. It was kind of an experiment anyway, which turned out how I wanted on some respects, and in others didn't quite. It's time for a change, but I still want a way to update the site without having to reupload all kinds of shit, yanno? More of a 'new updates' sort of thing like I had on pitas. I liked the XML thing too, but again, that's mostly superfluous, unless Yahoo's deleted my group already. I stopped using it. *lol*
That said, WordPress scares me with all its uploadedness and codedness and file stuff. And then I don't know if I can use that as an include on the main page instead of having it dominate all. Like I wouldn't want all those links on the side and the archives stuff.
On the other hand, I'm thinking of merging the J site with the ElvenWolf site (at least until I can afford a domain for it), just to be difficult. It all started with the wallpapers debacle. I don't know where to put them and I'd have to redo the Fandom menu to put them on that site. Well, I seem to be in a reductionist phase as I also deleted the rpg characters site, and the Elysium site. I'd delete Toronto if I didn't think I could still use it. My muses have for the most part gone on vacation but they could come back.
Anyway, for the time being I'll work on that layout (reversing it, for starters), then see about the blog stuff. I might be able to use an include with Blogger anyhow, and I know enough about the layouts there to be able to simplify it, I think.