Blog Redesign

Alert reader Bob Z. sent me a link to this article this morning. The article focuses on the uproar over Facebook’s recent redesign; it points out that most people hated Facebook’s other two redesigns as well…at first. Two weeks after each redesign, people had adjusted from the change and used the site more than ever.

Based on the poll I posted after this blog’s redesign last Friday, 77% of respondents said they didn’t like the blog’s redesign. The same Bob Z. that sent me the article today posted a valid comment, and I heard direct feedback from several friends.

The main reasons I’ve stuck with it follow the break. For now, 5 days into the new design, I want to post a poll to see if people are coming around to the new format.

(1) The 3-column format helps you notice when I post more than once a day. Like this post. I just posted 9 hours ago, and in a single-column format, the previous entry would get pushed down the page, and you may not have noticed. Plus, if you want to scroll through the blog in single-column format, all you have to do is click on “Archive” near the top of the page and scroll to your heart’s delight.

(2) All the stuff that you don’t need to look at on a daily basis is pushed to the bottom of the main page (but not so far that you have to scroll and scroll to get to it). Perhaps you’ll disagree with this, but go back to the main page and look at what’s at the bottom. How often do you click on the calendar? How often do you scan the top posts list? How often do you check the recent comments (you can get e-mail updates for any conversation you’ve entered).

So that’s it. The blog design was to make this website easier and more effective for you to use. Will you adjust to it, as the article suggests? I don’t know. We’ll see. If not, it’s very easy to change again…it’s just tough to change back to this format after I’ve reformatted to another theme.