07 February 2013

I'd Like Your Feedback

Okay folks. What do you think? I'd like some constructive criticism on the new design. I've still got a little bit of tweaking to do and would like your input. Specifically:

  1. Font size and readability?
  2. Can you easily tell what the images are in the header?

You may comment here or send me an email: stonewallbook_at_yahoo_dot_com



Kevin said...

Definitely like the new look. I am using a 21.5 inch screen iMac and the images in the header are not clear. The only other thing I would point out is the post space. I prefer black type on white. The font is much easier to read and would provide a much nicer contrast with the background image.

Oh, and get rid of the ad in your post, unless you are making a ton of money. It tends to cheapen your content. Congrats on the new design. Would be better in the sidebar. Hope that's not too critical, but as you well know I am always changing things up on my own place.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Good morning Kevin - thank you very much for the constructive criticism - exactly what I was looking for. Yeah, the ad thing was an experiment. I tend to agree with you there. I'll pass this along to the gentleman who has been working the basic elements and design - thanks again!

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

BTW the background image, just in case you hadn't already figured it out, is a digitized copy of a first draft of George Mason's "Virginia's Declaration of Rights."

Jubilo said...

Dear Old Dom.,
I liked the old set-up. It looked more Virginia, more Confederate, and the photograph of the old gentleman was worth a thousand words. This new page looks like most of the other's blogs.
That said, continued good luck!

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Thanks Jub - I hear ya. There were aspects of the old design I liked as well, but there are too many other bloggers using the same template and the design had become too cluttered. But I appreciate the love of the "old." ;-)

I'll find a place for the image of Colonel Withrow.

The History Book Guy said...

Nice! I like the backdrop. Though a few things. I think the narrower post margns worked better. Also I would consider making the "page title text" a bit larger. Other than that it looks good.

Tim said...

Mr. Williams,

I have enjoyed your blog for some time and I like the new look. The only thing I suggest that has not already been mentioned is a bigger font for those of us whose eyesight is not as good as it used to be.

Also, I am a college professor who mainly teaches online classes. I just wanted you to know that I have been reading your blog for a while and I have never been offended by your stance on public schools and I usually agree with you. My wife and I homeschool our children.

Keep up the good work.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Hello Tim. Thank you for the kind words! I'm "there" on the eyesight thing. At 55, the ole peepers ain't what they used to be. I've already informed my design guy to see what can be done about that. I tried increasing the size, but that does other things that I don't want. He's going to fix it.

Some readers would be surprised by the number of professional educators and academics who have let me know, privately, that they agree with much of what I post on this topic. It makes most of the criticism I receive roll off my back like water off a duck. Embracing the truth is quite liberating. Thanks for your encouragement.

Best wishes as you guide and teach your children.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Thansk HBG - this is all helpful. I'll consider all suggestions, though much of this is personal taste. I'm sure the final product won't be perfect, but I'll do my best!

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

HBG - I meant to add, one of the reasons for the wider margins is the additional flexibility it provides in adding images, photos, etc. I think a good image really makes a post more interesting and more likely that someone will read the text. I know that's my own experience. Thanks to everyone for your input.

Michelle Taggart said...

I really like the new updated look. It reflects the feel of Old Virginia. So the great look goes with the great content.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Thanks Michelle - I agree! I've got a genius of a young man working on the design for me.

Robert Moore said...

I can say that it works quite nicely in mobile platforms, Richard. My only problem is with something you can't remedy... Blogger doesn't have "Like" options from mobile devices. Blogger needs to create something similar to what WordPress has, in that respect.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Hello Robert. Thanks for the input. I have to keep in mind that I still do the vast majority of my computer work, reading, and surfing the web on a desktop, but I did notice it loaded nicely on my iPhone.

Thanks for the suggestion, but doesn't Google's +1 button serve a similar purpose? Here's what Google says about it:

"+1 gets conversations going. Click the +1 button to give something your public stamp of approval. Then, if you want to share right away, add a comment and send it to the right circles on Google+. The next time your friends and contacts search on Google, they could see your +1. You’ll help them find the best stuff on the web – and you might just start up another conversation!"

Maybe not - I'm still learning.