View Full Version : Spontaneous Derivation Needs You

Ava Jarvis
01-14-2008, 03:36 AM
Despite having gone through a redesign of mass proportions (http://www.arachnejericho.com/2008/01/old-site-in-all-its-cluttered-glory.html), I'm curious what people think about the site design.

Also, things can always be improved!

My blog is: Spontaneous Derivation (http://www.arachnejericho.com/)


01-15-2008, 05:10 PM
Just because I'm a royal pain the butt, I don't like how wide the lay-out is. I use a default browser screen in AOL that isn't maximized because I multi-task in multiple windows. I like to open a screen that fits. :) I'm sure people using IE aren't having any viewing issues, so to them this might not be a big deal.

I really like the warm colors you're using and, as always, I enjoy your posts. :)

Ava Jarvis
01-15-2008, 08:06 PM
Thanks for the feedback Jenn!

Yeah, the layout is very wide and not amenable to being shrunk down. It seems to be the new width these days, though; although the widebar aspect is probably more annoying annoying. At least other 3-column sites can be resized so that the closest column is available; with Spontaneous Derivation the right bar content is too wide for that.

The content, though, is on the left and readable at least. It's the right bar that's the problem.

I've got ideas on fixing it a la skelliewag.org (http://www.skelliewag.org/); they involve hacking in article summaries on front pages in Blogger to remove content from the right column (recent posts) and shrinking the right bar. And possibly the left content.

What do you think of Blog Perfume (http://www.blogperfume.com/)'s width?

Ava Jarvis
01-15-2008, 08:07 PM
P.S. - I'm glad you enjoy my posts, Jenn. :)

01-15-2008, 08:36 PM
I notice a lot of other blogs with the same layout, so I'm sure it's just a personal peeve of mine. Silly, I know, but I don't like scrolling side to side in addition to scrolling down. Like I said, I'm a pain the butt. hee hee I like the Perfume blog in that it isn't quite as wide, but it's still a bit too wide. Deb Ng's blog bugs me in this same way (I don't bother scrolling over to see what's there), so I try not to complain too much. LOL

Ava Jarvis
01-15-2008, 09:32 PM
No worries. :)

I can get a bit thinner than Blogging Perfume because my content region's not as wide, nor do I have fancy borders to worry about. I'll see what I can do. The width of the right bar has been worrying me a bit for a while, but as I usually hit the likes of Whatever (http://scalzi.com/whatever/) I don't notice as much.

Most of my readers seem to be on 1024x768 or 1280x1024 resolutions, with a scattering of widescreen monitors.

01-15-2008, 09:40 PM
Whoa. That's a *really* popular blog! Did you see how many comments those posts receive? *baffled* I'm having a good day when I get six. LOL

Ava Jarvis
01-15-2008, 09:46 PM
Whatever has an audience built over more than seven years worth of good content--quality-wise and fun-to-read-wise. That's why :)

ETA: It's also run by John Scalzi, who is a bit famous amongst the SF types these days.

01-15-2008, 09:49 PM
That's really cool! I've never heard of it before . . . which probably means I've been under a rock for the past seven years. *blushes* That's what I love about forums like this one - I've learned about SO MANY cool blogs, authors, and resources I probably wouldn't have found otherwise. :D

Ava Jarvis
01-15-2008, 10:04 PM

Ah, Whatever. If my blog were a person, it would swoon over Whatever. Whatever is its ideal and hero. That's why it doesn't believe in ads, believes in quality, tries for humor from time to time, and knows that it's in for the long run if it wants to get that far. There are quite a few pillar articles in Whatever, especially towards its early years, and one of them is what got Whatever on the map and past the tipping point.

01-15-2008, 11:35 PM
Hmmm, we seem to have gotten off track with our little conversation here. LOL I hope others will soon chime in with reviews of your blog!!!



These blog reviews can be nerve wracking . . . . I know it was for me! I'm surprised more bloggers aren't on here, to be honest.