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Sunday, 4 October 2009

New ideas

Do you like the new look of this blog? It's an experiment - part of a scheme to combine my blog and two websites in one location. I would love to get feedback from you on these factors:

Whether you like the new look of the blog or not. Tell me what you like and what you don't like!
Would you read the blog if it was incorporated into a private website rather than being hosted on Blogger?
Do you think it's a good idea to combine all my interests, both paid and unpaid, in one place? I've blogged about most of my favourite things: reading, writing, editing, music, dance, astrology, yoga, family history, history generally...so it wouldn't make a big difference to content. I might be a bit more organised about it, thats all!

In other words, what do you think makes a good blog? Do tell - I'm open to new ideas!

BTW, if you're reading this on Facebook, please take a minute to visit the original site - http://satimaflavell.blogspot.com/ - and give me your opinion!

14 comments:

Jo said...

My main problem is that the font is too small so I have to increase the page size to read it at all. I prefer your original and maybe the page is a bit too busy now.

Satima Flavell said...

Thanks, Jo. I think I should be able to change to a bigger type and I'm fiddling with a two-column version. Watch this space:-)

Annalou said...

I rather like the layout, and a good idea to advertise what you do across the top of the page - after all, so do the agent blogs, usually!

Btw I keep meaning to say how LIKE B-J is the photo of Jane in the following post.

Graham Clements said...

It looks more professional. I might change the font of your blog posts, to arial and make it bigger. Rather than centre the about me section, perhaps use justification.

I prefer blogs that limit themselves in theme, ie, writing, but it's okay to chuck some stuff in about other things, just to get to know where the person is coming from, like I know from literary agent Nathan Bransford's blog that he is no high minded snob as he watches American's Next Top Model.

Satima Flavell said...

Thanks, guys; all comments noted. If I go ahead with the new site it will be hosted elsewhere but will probably use a template similar to this one, but most likely two columns rather than three. I'll keep you posted.

Marilyn Z. Tomlins said...

Satima;

I like it very much. It looks professional and very neat. And I like the colours. I will say that it's great!

Satima Flavell said...

Wow, Marilyn, you can crit my work any time you like!:-)

Laura E. Goodin said...

Alas, this doesn't work for me as well as your previous layout. The mixture of fonts at the top looks too busy, and I need to scroll down waaaaaaaaaaay far to get to the most frequently updated content (the blog). Two columns would solve that, though.

Satima Flavell said...

Thanks, Laura. The problem with asking for feedback on anything quickly reveals you can't please all of the people even some of the time:-)Will keep fiddling.

CaroleMcDonnell said...

I like it a lot but I'd like to see your day's post further up on the page. Linked in, blog archive, stat counter...could be placed below.

Maybe it's my browser but the page is very wide. Have to do a lot of scrolling to see everything horizontally. If someone prints it out, would sections be cut off or not print?

-C

Satima Flavell said...

Carole and Laura have both suggested that the blog needs to be farther up the page. As with the old layout, however, it's right underneath my profile. Are people having to scroll down because the banner is too deep? I'd have to ask my son how to fix that as he designed it and it's on his computer, not mine.

I hate scrolling sideways, too, Carole, but these templates seem to be set up for big screens. I think it's possible to adjust them and if it is I'll see what I can do next time around:-)

Scott Maney said...

I'd be interested in knowing if Laura uses Google Chrome as her internet browser?

If you need to scroll down a long way, it seems to me that there are no columns and all the links are placed above the actual "Blog"

In Google Chrome, it plays silly buggers with Blogspot and the design software I use. It works on Internet Explorer, Apple Safari and Firefox OK. (for me!)

In the new 2 column layout, it will be a lesser width. Probably set ofr 1000 pixels. That way it will suit most current computer video card settings (1024X768 is now the normal minimum) This will fix any left to right scrolling.

Laura E. Goodin said...

I'm using Safari, and no, I'm not getting columns at all. (Or rather, I'm getting just one column, with the blog waaaaaay after the other stuff.)

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