Hot or not?
Views from readers on recent format changes to On An Overgrown Path would be appreciated. For the past six weeks a new experimental “active view” format was used giving easier access to archive articles and capitalising on the graphic element of the posts. Slightly questionable readership data from Google indicated that a significant uplift in site traffic resulted from switching formats. However my own crude testing highlighted possible compatibility problems when viewing the new format with browsers other than the native Chrome, although no complaints have been received from readers. So I have reverted today to the old-style format. Feedback on preferred format would be appreciated either via comments or email to overgrownpath (at) hotmail (dot) co (dot) uk. Changes were prompted, incidentally, by a new version of the Google Blogger editor used to create the blog. This “upgraded” version is one of the most flawed pieces of software I have ever had the misfortune to use, but backward compatibility of archive material and my ageing brain make a change to another editor impractical. And, it goes without saying, Google has no interest at all in feedback on their buggy product from a fairly heavyweight user. But it is function not form that matters - so some thoughts on what is hot and not.
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As for the blogger interface - I have endless problems trying to get fonts to match and pictures sit where they should. Surely Google can do better.
Thanks for the comments everyone, and keep them coming. It looks as though the old-style format will stay, at least until someone comes up with an analogue interface.
However I do wish this format centred the headline - short headlines have a gap between them and the centred header image. There probably is a way to centre the headline if I delve into the template HTML, but that will have to wait.
Re Invesp, do not assume their listings are either current or accurate. Two blogs in their supposed top 25 haven't been updated in the last couple of years, and Opera Chic is almost certainly in top three most-read music blogs. You may be much more or much less read than your ranking there indicates.
To work around formatting issues in Blogger I generally use tables to keep text and images better anchored.