Tuesday, March 20, 2007

An Experiment?

I've loaded everything into this. How does it look? Should I scrap this blogspot account and go with this layout? What do you think? Your input is greatly appreciated.

One immediately obvious drawback, today at least, is that it often gives me a "server unavailable" warning that can be superceded with a couple of refreshes. I don't know if it does this every day.

9 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't mind clicking the magnifying glass on Flickr, and it's nice to be able to see the strip in multiple sizes. Some of the best cartoonists use blogspot + Flickr.

March 20, 2007 at 7:37:00 PM CST  
Anonymous SamB said...

I can't decide which I like better. I do like not having to click through to Flickr. I don't like that if I miss a day or two I have to click on that archive (and can't see the thumbnails).

March 20, 2007 at 9:20:00 PM CST  
Blogger Jon Wilcox said...

I don't really like the layout of that thing, it just isn't very pleasing. I don't really mind Flickr, either, but if you're not feeling that anymore, couldn't you also just do it right on Blogger? I guess it isn't quite as safe for archiving purposes, but I doubt any of your files are over the 8MB max imposed by the Blogger image uploader. I've been using it for all my images on my normal blog and all of my GhostCaps thus far with no problems. And you can just click the thumbnail in the blog for a full-scale image. I also feel like just having it as a plain old "blog" gets across the feeling of it being a daily activity, something scheduled and diary-like, which is what your comics are, more than that other comic posting thing, which feels more like it's geared toward web comics ('web comic' < a year in comics, even though it is also posted on the web). Those are my two cents... and then some?

March 20, 2007 at 9:24:00 PM CST  
Blogger interrobang said...

Thanks, everyone.

I mainly just want two things: I want it to feel "real", and I want it to be easy to read. I want you to be able to sit down and have a nice, friendly arrow that you can click to get to the next one, or the previous one.

The way I see it, unless you subscribe to my Flickr rss feed (and that's already two clicks), you have to come here, click the thumbnail to go to Flickr, and click the magnifying glass--which some people can't find if they don't already know about it--to get to a readable size. That's three clicks, and I don't want people to feel like this is hard to access.

Thanks for your kindly equation, jon; I don't think my comic is better or worse than most, but I don't really see it as *not* a webcomic. The layout could be changed, but I think part of the problem is that I haven't been consistent about the size of the comics, which means that in almost any template, they're going to look funny. They're also (if they're going to be readable) too large for the average browser, as far as I can tell.

If the consensus is that things are fine as they are, I'm perfectly okay with keeping it going like it is. I just want it not to be a pain in the ass to look at my comic.

March 20, 2007 at 9:37:00 PM CST  
Blogger interrobang said...

SamB, by girlfriend has just discovered that on that archive page, if you hover over a date, you do get a thumbnail.

March 20, 2007 at 9:43:00 PM CST  
Blogger interrobang said...

(Unless you meant that it didn't work for you, that is.)

March 20, 2007 at 9:45:00 PM CST  
Blogger IRFH said...

The current blog seems friendlier to me. Also, the new layout isn't working right for me - the text column is cut off to the right so that I can't read the end of any of the lines.

March 21, 2007 at 6:22:00 AM CST  
Blogger interrobang said...

You mean the layout here?

March 21, 2007 at 3:50:00 PM CST  
Blogger IRFH said...

I meant the layout at http://ayearincomics.smackjeeves.com/. The text column extends into the comic column for me, clipping at least three characters at the right margin. The http://ayearincomics.blogspot.com/ seems fine to me.

March 21, 2007 at 4:59:00 PM CST  

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