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. 



  1. I'm on Blogger and a while back switched to a customized template you can find pretty easily out there. It was a bit of work getting it set up the way I wanted, and you'll need a bit of HTML knowledge (not much though) but it has worked great.

  2. Old school is good. It looked great before but I admit to a bit of frustration sometimes when I would pop in. My problem was that the page would freeze up. Also, now I can see your other stories. Before, I couldn't. That could have just been lack of patience on my part. Or an age thing. Or a blonde thing. :)

  3. Thank you, Cindi and Daniel for this input. :)

  4. No problem - content matters most! :-)

  5. I agree with Cindi. I found the template a bit jumpy and not too reader-friendly. I come here to read you not play with the template. :) I like old school much better.

  6. Thank you so much, Charlotte :) And you too, acceleratedstall!

  7. Chris, blogger must hate me! Every time my post actually sounds coherent, etc,. I lose what I type and have to restart. You'd think I'd know by now to copy the text so I can paste it when I invariably lose it again. The last time I tried to post, the site reverted to German and I couldn't go any further. I thought it was my Android as it's not the most stable phone around - lol - and then I got busy (another health scare but I'm okay) and never got around to telling you. Anyhoo, can't wait to see you at AWP. Send me an email if you can. I tried to send you a DM on Twitter but it wouldn't go through. Today I'm on my pc as I need to do some writing and thought I'd see what you were up to.

    I also posted on your FB page. Talk soon.

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  9. Yeah it's funny how much layout can change things. I do find that using custom templates can by useful but also very frustrating. Particularly if you are learning as you go. There's a whole lot of, "What does that bit of code do, and what bit of code do I change to make this happen." The end result is satisfying though, knowing how much work you've put into it.

    As people say above content is king though, and maybe the readers you've lost will come back, could just be a normal fluctuation.

    Pykie -


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