It's hard to miss the new wide (1280 pixel or 1024 pixel) format PFRE. Last week I hired Peter Spannagle ( blog customization consultant) of yourcustomblog.com to help me fix the problem I was having with the real estate photographer directory. Along with fixing the directory and some long time widget problems Peter suggested that I make the blog wider since most everyone these days has screens 1024 pixels or wider.
I quickly said yes, to Peter's suggestion since I've been feeling that the blog width (900 pixels) was felt constrained for some time. After checking my google analytics and seeing that everyone uses wide screens these days, Peter quickly built me some new and improved CSS that checks your screen size and if your screen is big enough sets the blog width to 1280 pixels or if that's too wide it uses 1024 pixels.
Peter is great to work with and does a thorough job. I highly recommend Peter to anyone that needs blog design, customization or trouble shooting work.
Update Tue 9/29/2009: Based on many of the reader comments below, I've decided to have Peter work on a refinement to the 1280 px width. The refinement will be that the reader will have some control over how wide the center content column is. As you resize the browser window the center column will fluidly adjust, within some limits. This should handle the problem that some readers don't like the 1280 px width even though they have the screen real estate. Thanks to Rick Lamb's insight that this would improve the initial implementation.