Just a few site-related items as we head into the holidays.
I’m always looking for ways to improve the site. With time off from my regular job, and lower visitor numbers, and quietness that is the baseball landscape, next week is one of my best opportunities to do this.
One of my big frustrations is that the sidebar just has way too much stuff in it, and is a disaster. I figure there are 2 ways to approach this. One is to try and prioritize what is most useful. Any feedback you, the reader, have will be helpful in this regard. I know the advertisements are really valuable to you (well maybe some are), but they are too me so we’ll have to compromise on that one.
The other approach is to try and rearrange what stays in the sidebar and what goes someplace else. I’ve done some mock-ups and toyed with the idea of dropping the big banner graphic and moving more stuff to that area. My hesitancy is that I really kind of like the banner, and it’s kind of become a “branding” thing for the site. What are your thoughts?
Any feedback on what should or shouldn’t be changed is welcomed.
If you’re an RSS subscriber you probably noticed that I switched from summary feed posts to full feed. I know that as a reader, I really like having the full feed because it’s just really convenient. The one drawback is that as a reader, I also know that I’m less likely to ultimately visit that site. That prevents me from often seeing the interesting discussions taking place on a post. I know that I appreciate everyone’s contributions in the comment section so I’m going to be watching the comment volume to see what happens.
The ads and stuff
I’m trying a new ad network from Performancing. For now it is just showing “house ads.” The nice thing is that when advertisers are interested, I get to approve the ads so hopefully I can keep them relevant.
I know the ads can be a pain, but they also help to pay for my costs. Most importantly, they help me to justify to myself (and my wife) that the time I spend working on the site is worthwhile. So thanks for putting up with them
Also, thanks to all those who bought books and merchandise through the Bookshelf or the DTW Store. At least in these types of arrangements, you guys are getting something as well.
More stuff next week
And I’ll be around next week, so expect a handful more posts. Have a great holiday everyone!