Thanks Drey, Jessica, Sunny, and Mary, for taking the time to share you likes and dislikes. It's apparent that blogging is a passionate and diverse activity that we all enjoy. Personally, I love the differences.
I agree with so much of what I've read here, but just wanted to add that it's frustrating when you have to scroll through pages of memes to get to a review. A few are fine, but I prefer blogs where the majority of the posts are reviews.
Also, the teacher in me wishes everyone would write their own summary instead of copying from somewhere else. I can find the Amazon blurb if that's what I want; I'm looking for a true summary that isn't the publisher spinning the book for the market.
PS: I switched to sidebars on the right (instead of on each side) based on the posts above. I'm not sure what I think. It makes the main column easier to read, but sidebars next to each other is a little cluttered. Opinions would be appreciated!
Hi, Lea! Your main posts do seem easier to read, but your sidebar does seem cluttered to me and I, for one, didn't feel encouraged to read it. (Maybe if you worked with the colours so that the sidebar in the middle had a different colour from the others?)
A Web designer I know says that the three-column format (i.e. sidebars on each side) are the most popular blog format, anyway, so even if readers don't like them, bloggers seem to find them more organised. Anyway, I say go with what makes more sense to you and appeals to how you think your page should look. =)
Thanks! I do like it better the old way, but I'll leave it like this for another day and see how I feel so I'm going to change it back. Couldn't stand it anymore. What I really want is a wider main column, but I haven't made it happen yet. Whenever I mess with the themes I get scared by some of the more outlandish ones and go back to boring.
Hi Lea, I don't think that's a problem at all. Simpler is better, in my opinion, because it lets your writing stand out more. (I checked out your blog and think the sidebars on each side is just fine. It frames your work, rather than having a huge clump of widgets. I've found that if the sidebars are next to each other, my mind blocks them both out entirely.)
Of course, this is coming from someone who has a very simple (what I like to call "clean" haha) look, so take it with a grain of salt. :)
I really like your site Lea, and like you, I like to read blogs that have more content (reviews, thoughts, articles, etc) than anything else. I do think Enbrethiliel has a point -- about the colors. Maybe it would be best if the sidebars' colors are different from the main content space? Just so it'd stand out more :)
I like it when the blogger has a particular niche (in this case, books) to blog about, but from a personal POV. In other words, it should be book reviews, but why not say how you got it, why you hated it and what kind of coffee you drank while reading it? :)
I am way to new to blogging and reading blogs to know what I really like at all. I set mine up with a lot of sublte colors though. I was thinking about what I wanted to see on another web page. Now that I really look at it, I might be a bit bland.