Reader Lily complained that this blog was hard to read. While I never really considered it an aesthetic tour de force, I always figured that it was readable. Perhaps it isn’t.
The theme was the default one at the time I signed up. The original blog description was something like “Default theme, default settings, Default User” (ho ho!). I have considered selecting a new theme before but ended up leaving things alone. My reasons for stasis were:
- Laziness (the “its fine” excuse)
- I have inline styles that I would have to check worked with the new theme (I do mention this problem in my post).
- I might have to lose (or remake) the logged-on-as-default-user graphic. While the graphic is ugly, I like the humor. Indeed such geekiness is part of my brand (groan!)
- Special little snowflakery: Some of the nice/interesting themes are in use by other bloggers in the sphere. The site has a look of its own (perhaps there is a reason for this). I would prefer not to be just like another blogger.
However, Lily’s slight against my style (“such narrow columns”) prodded me to re-think my stubborn resistance to change. I love a well styled site but hate one that prioritizes style over substance or useability. If readers found this blog hard to read (for reasons of layout not content) I would gladly make a change.
[I can change the theme with a few clicks. Changing my writing style is more difficult]
So over to you dear readers: Love or loath the style? Readable or unreadable? Hope and change or stick to the knitting?
I find that many sites have columns that move towards been too wide. There are many theories on the ideal line length and most agree that too wide is as bad as too narrow. A too wide column (long line length) is harder to track from side to side, taxing the eye muscle. A too narrow column (short line length) forces to many breaks as your eye has to find the next line.
A quick search found these articles: http://www.maxdesign.com.au/articles/em/
Again, if you do find the text hard to read please let me know. I may end up changing the theme anyway . . . just because, but would still be interested in your responses (I am interested in readability, useability and other design issues).