Wednesday, September 28, 2011


Sometimes I think Blogger knows what's going on in my mind, because once again, just as I was getting sick of my blog layout, they rolled out a new option: Dynamic Views. I'm trying it out today to see how I like it. I definitely like the potential - some of the new formats are better suited to certain kinds of blogs, and I like how the default view I've chosen - Magazine - allows for more content to be displayed in a cleaner, less clicky format.

However, I'm experiencing some qualms about the new Dynamic View. For example, despite Blogger's assertion that we can add a custom header image, I have yet to figure out how the heck to do so. Also, I'm not sure I like the fact that no sidebar content, AT ALL, is allowed. Perhaps this is something they'll work in to a future release? I did think my sidebar was cluttered in the old format but I don't think it was necessary to reduce it to absolute zero, as Dynamic View forces you to do.

A minor grievance is that private blogs are not allowed to switch to Dynamic View, which means that the (private) photo-centric blogs I run for my kids can't take advantage of the lovely lovely lovely Flipcard template. Again, perhaps that will come soon.

I miss the LinkWithin widget, that suggested You Might Also Like posts after each entry.

Is anyone else trying this? What do you love and hate? If Blogger doesn't roll out some key customizations soon (mostly in the form of some kind of sidebar allowance) then I think I'll switch back. Still, it's been fun to take Dynamic View out for a ride.


Bridget said...


Jennifer said...

Wow, I haven't been blogging and therefore hadn't noticed Dynamic View. So when I fist linked to your page from Google Reader, it was in Classic View. I think it's interesting that I, as a reader, can change what your blog looks like to me. Cool. I do like the Magazine view, now that I switched to it.

Sarah Familia said...

Interesting . . . I think this is another attempt by blogger to try to catch up to wordpress. I really like the clean look. Very professional.

Jill said...

This is annoying

Katie said...

Whoa. I'm not gonna lie, this is totally weirding me out. And it took me like 3 tries to figure out how to leave a comment (because as soon as you hover over the scroll bar it disappears). Weird.

But it's way cool of you to try new things. What a hero.

Kathy Haynie said...

Mixed feelings...I miss the sidebars and the hints at the bottom of other posts.

Liz Johnson said...

Holy crap. I don't like it, much like I don't like anything when it first comes out. I might change my mind, but it's not terribly intuitive to me. I had to click like 12 places to figure out how to leave a comment.


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