Friday, May 09, 2008

Your Critique on the Layout, Please

I've been changing things around again. For those of you reading from the RSS feed, you'll have to actually come to our blog to see what I've been up to.

I have moved the subscription page and links to other blogs to the "tab" bar right above the main post body section. I moved the blog links because 1) I wanted to make room for the new Skribit widget, and 2) hardly anyone ever clicks on those links anyways. All the links in the "tab" bar except the "Home" link will automatically open in new browser windows. I say "tab" in quotes because they're not really tabs; they just look like them.

Now, about the Skribit. This is a way for you, the reader, to hound me to write about something you've always wanted to know about us. I doubt many of you sit there wondering "What was JunkMale's childhood like?" or "What grade did JunkMale get in Quantum Mechanics I?" but in case you do, you can now suggest it. Other readers can then vote on your suggestion as well. I have enabled the Skribit box to take anonymous suggestions, so don't be shy! I will (of course) delete anything inappropriate or unconstructive. To write something in the box, click "What should I write about?"

(of course, if no one ever uses it, then I'll remove it)

Thinking aloud:

  • Although I liked the Recent Comments box where it was (right sidebar, top), I figured I should put the Skribit box in a highly visible location, since it's new.

  • Was thinking about switching the "Best of.." and Recent Posts...maybe.

  • I'd also like to find a way to increase the Recent Posts to more than 5. I've tried some different methods, but of the ones that worked, none preserved the formatting of sidebar links.

  • Perhaps I should move the "Top Commenters" below Recent Comments, and move the Skribit box where the Top Commenters are now. That way everything comment-related is over there. But I still want the Skribit box to be highly visible.

What do you think? I would like to hear from any of you if you have suggestions on how to optimize my layout for you, the reader. If you have questions on any changes that I've made (i.e. "Wow I want to do that too!"), feel free to ask, and I'll do my best to help.

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3 have poured out their souls in electronic text:

  • Ginny

    Basically, I like it to stay the same, no matter what it looks like, because I get used to something and then people go and change it and I have to get used to it all over again and it makes me cranky and then dissatisfied with what I have and so then I have to go and change my own stuff and then I get cranky all over again, so ... never mind.

    but, when I want to change something I always want everyone to like it...

    never mind

  • Smockity Frocks

    I like what you have done, especially the tabs at the top of the post section. How about a li'l tutorial on that? Oh, and do you mind terribly if, say, a certain blogger comes over here, notices what's new, and then rushes right back to her blog to implement what she steals, er, I mean sees?

  • JunkMale


    Thank you, and no, in the purely hypothetical case that a hypothetical blogger notices what is put here and hypothetically rushes back to her (or his...hypothetically speaking) hypothetical blog to steal stuff, I don't mind one bit. A lot of times, I copy other people's stuff, so this hypothetical copycat blogger need not acknowledge me.

    It took a bit for me to get the "tabs" on the post section. There was no tutorial out there that would get me exactly what I wanted, so I looked around on blogs until I found what I was looking for, then viewed the HTML and copied it. I will see what I can do about posting how I did it.