The time has come, the Walrus said, to speak of a site redesign. I don't fiddle with this Tohu Bohu very often, but my Gracious Host is redoing his whole site, and it seems that perhaps it has been ten years since the layout has changed at all? Is that right? No, I must have done something in the meantime, at least something minor. No? Maybe not. It does have something of the look of an abandoned blog, doesn’t it?
Anyway, there are changes afoot. And it occurs to me to ask y’all what you think. One of the advantages of having a readership that could fit into a beach house is that y’all can reasonably expect to influence what this place is like. So, if there’s something that has been bugging you about the layout of the blog, now’s your opportunity to shout. Or if there’s something that you think works as it is and should be kept, staving off those new-fangled whatsits, now is also an opportunity to shout it out.
My inclination is (of course) to keep things much the same in many ways. The home page would have the ridiculous and affected In Which Your Humble Blogger bits with links to the actual entries; I write far too many words to put ’em all on the home page together. I’m planning to keep the stuff on the right column (the ‘widgets’ with the search bar and recent posts and comments and the archive and category links) on the home page—Do y’all ever use any of those? Is there something else that would be useful there? I’ll probably leave off the librarything widget, which doesn’t serve any useful purpose.
When I say right column, I mean that it shows up in the right column on a monitor with a wide screen. It will show up at the bottom of the page on a phone, I think. Do y’all read entries on your phone? Do you read them in feedly or some aggregator that takes the text out anyway? Is the first thing you do to click the reader view in your browser? I use the reader view a lot, myself, with sites that have longer pieces, so I would scarcely blame you. It would be good to know, though.
Connected with the Reader View issue—I like serif fonts and will always use them unless there’s a reason not to (as there sometimes is). Do y’all hate them? What do you look for in a font for an on-line site that has long stretches of text? I’ve been looking at Droid Serif, which looks really readable to me in big paragraphs and has nice distinct italics, but I’m totally not an expert on typefaces.
I’m also planning to switch to threaded comments. There was some deprecation of threaded comments here at one point, but that was long ago and I think norms have shifted. Maybe I’m wrong about that! Let me know!
I’m also thinking about putting together some small visuals. I know, I know, it’s not really me, but what would y’all think about icons for the categories, such that there would be a visual indication on the main page for book reports, political rants, theater talk, Scripture study and so forth? It would certainly be a change. Not necessarily a good change, but a change.
Anyway, this is a heads-up to all y’all that there are changes coming, and a chance to convince me to do one thing over another, particularly in areas that I don’t have strong feelings about myself. I mean, nobody is going to convince me to go with a background image.
Tolerabimus quod tolerare debemus,