Reader Input Request

woman with hammer and blueprint“Tis the season of wrapping up loose ends. One of my loose ends is blog maintenance.

While I was making my list of upgrades and such to tackle, it occurred to me that it’s been a few years since I’ve done anything different with the look of this blog. I’m not unhappy with it now, but I’d like to explore a few possibilities. What better time than when I’m pet-sitting for two weeks and y’all are out celebrating?

So consider yourself warned: Starting next week, I’ll be “tinkering” and given my skill level with WordPress, there may be a few glass shards and perhaps a muffled boom or two. (This is why “Make Multiple Back-ups” is #1 on my to-do list!)

One of the goals in this project is to ensure that the content here is readable across all platforms and devices. This is where YOU come in, and I’m hoping you’ll help by answering a few questions:

1) On what device do you read this blog? Desktop, laptop, tablet, smartphone…?
2) What browser or operating system do you use? Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Opera, Safari, Internet Explorer and so on

If you’ll kindly let me know in the comments, I’d be forever grateful! Or, if you don’t really care to share that info publicly, feel free to drop me a note via my contact form.

I’m not sure what the results of all this “tinkering” might be, but I doubt you’ll see profound changes. (See: earlier reference to skill set.) A few things I can guarantee you won’t see are
1) auto-play music or video
2) captcha
3) partial RSS feeds (or worse, a partial RSS feed coupled with a “Read More” post)

Unless, of course, I somehow manage to partial feed a “ReadMore” post that requires captcha to kick off a video. If I do, rest assured that when I finish crying, I’ll get busy on a restore. :)

I blog partially for myself, but I also have an audience with whom I want to connect and interact. It would be nice if you could read my side of the conversation. To that end, I really appreciate your input!

23 thoughts on “Reader Input Request

  1. Usually desktop but sometimes laptop and rarely from the google reader app on my tablet or phone. Firefox. Good luck!

  2. You are more brave than me! I can’t seem to do much in the way of blog updates and such! Thank goodness my son and son in law can help with that.

    I usually read blogs on my lap top or iPad – more and more, and use Safart or Internet Explorer but my son wants me to use Google Chrome.

    Have fun with it Cammy and happy holidays to you.

  3. Hiya, I read your blog via google reader, on my smartphone or a pc. If perchance I used a browser like now it would probably be opera.

  4. I am SO GLAD to hear you don’t plan on auto music, or partial RSS feeds and Read More! Pet peeves of mine! I read most of the blogs I follow via Google Reader, but resent having to click on to a webpage to read the whole thing, and/or the pages that have multiple posts from several days, and their blog shows “You Might Like” instead of following in sequence the posts I haven’t read yet (hope that makes sense…).

    I read blogs via many devices… A desktop PC running Mozilla at work, a laptop at home running Chrome, or my iPod Touch running the Reader app, probably thru Safari…..

    I enjoy your posts! Thanks

  5. I read on my e-book, so everything is smooshed no matter what site I am on 😀 I do read blogs in google reader, but the come directly to comment.

    Thank you on the no partial feed. That is the quickest way for me to remove a blog from my reader. Sometimes I just have to skim on those busy days and I don’t want to have to click out of the reader when I am doing that.

  6. I read it on my mac on Safari.

    I would love it if you could fix it so I didn’t have to fill out my name, email, and website every time I comment. I tried logging out of wordpress tonight to see if that made a difference, but no luck. Very weird. Yours is the only blog where I have to do this every time.

    • I’m sorry you have to enter your info, Debby! I have to do the same thing on several blogs I read. I’ve researched and asked questions at my WP group, but I haven’t found any solutions.
      That you still comment anyway is doubly special!

  7. 1. laptop
    2. Firefox

    Can’t wait to see what kind of tweaks you come up with, Cammy!!! Enjoy the holidays. I’ll be taking some time away to chill, so I’ll be seeing you in 2013. xxoo

  8. Google Chrome and laptop.

    I enlarge the print to make it easily readable.

    It sounds as though you plan to have some fun.

    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.


  9. Your blog comes up in Google Reader, but I click on through so I can comment. I use Firefox and mostly my laptop, although I use our desktop from time to time. Like the others, I appreciate your attention to the things that make the blog easy and convenient to read. In addition to those three, please never go to a black background with white letters – can’t imagine that being very Cammy-like!!

  10. Good luck with the tinkering!

    I read either from my desktop at work or my Macbook at home – both using Firefox.

    Merry Christmas, Cammy!

  11. I love a clean, fresh look on my blog – it’s been a while for me too, come to think of it. It’s kind of like rearranging your living room furniture!
    I read via my laptop generally when I’m in my jammies (I know you didn’t ask that part but felt it was important to add) I also read through Firefox – and thank you sweet Cammy for opting out of playing auto-music. xo

  12. Cammy .. I love your site as it is, but certainly understand wanting to tinker. I use a laptop when reading blogs, Chrome browser. I’d love to hear your opinion on why you don’t like captcha and headline style listing of blog posts. I’m new to blogging and thought captcha was a must to cut down on spam.

    • Thank you for the kind words, Stephanie! Captcha is just a personal squick of mine, no reason you shouldn’t use it if you’re bothered with spam. :) I use a combination of Akismet and the setting requiring approval of a commenter’s first comment to trap the spam. So far, it doesn’t seem to be a problem. {fingers crossed!}

      As for the headline style listing, do you mean the partial feeds or “read more” links? That’s just me being lazy. :) Also when I’m reading on my iphone while traveling, pages sometimes take a while to load, so having to wait *again* is annoying. I don’t mind the ‘read more’ so much, but when I have to click ‘read more’ in an RSS feed and click again when I get to the webpage, it’s kind of irritating.

      All of this is, of course, blogger’s choice. As with weight loss, we should do what works for us!

  13. I subscribe in Google Reader and usually read on my iPad in the Feedler app. I enjoy your blog and have no difficulty reading on the I
    Pad or on a PC in Firefox.

  14. I really enjoy your blog, I use a desktop and internet explorer! Good luck with your changes and Happy New Year!!

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