Thursday, February 28, 2013

The New Old Look of I Must Be Off!

Hi, pretty IMBO reader. If you're reading this, you'll have noticed that I Must Be Off! is old school again. The reason for this is that the Blogger Dynamic template was causing problems. Many readers were finding it difficult to comment, and I myself noticed that the posts were cut off at the bottom by the homepage pictures--on any computer around the world that I viewed the blog on. Since Blogger hasn't offered any explanation for this, I've gone back to the Standard view. This means that I Must Be Off! will not be very snazzy for a while.

Going back to the Old School Standard View, though, has its benefits. Now, some features are visible that are invisible or difficult to find with the Dynamic View (the one where the blog looks like a mosaic of pictures): 
  • The link to Conversations with S. Teri O'Type at Goodreads up there on the right î
  • The pages containing my published stories, etc.
  • The Networkblogs 'Join this site' feature (You're invited!)
  • The Google Friends Connect 'Join this site' feature (Yes, you're invited too!)
  • Links to my favorite Writers' sites
  • Links to my favorite Litzines
There are also a couple of new features at the ends of posts. The 'You might also like' links show you other posts that are similar to the one you've just read. This feature doesn't show up in the Dynamic View.

So we lose some things and we gain a lot of things. That's how life is. One thing I've lost since going back to the Standard View is around 300 readers a day. I'm wondering how much the look of the site affects traffic. What is your experience? I'm very interested in knowing what works for you.

I must be off,


Christopher Allen is the author of Conversations with S. Teri O'Type (a Satire), available from Amazon in paperback and Kindle.