Notice anything different?
That’s right, we’ve undergone … if not a proper facelift, at least a little cosmetic surgery.
This has been imminent for a while and I must say I’ve been reluctant to take this step because I’ve been so fond of the rotating photos. However — unfortunately they’ve been positioned in the optimal advertising space for any blog or website and, well, truth is my sponsors have been giving me a bit of flak.
When I signed up to run BlogHer ads just over a year ago, they made a special allowance for my photos, even though their rules stipulate that their ads must be placed “above the fold” — a phrase used to denote the space that is visible when the user logs on to the web page [“above the fold” was originally used to talk about newspapers – the best space of the paper is thought to be the front page above the place where the paper is folded in half].
Anyway, a couple of weeks ago they decided to firm up their rules, so – no more exceptions for those pretty little Iceland photos.
I didn’t want to abandon the pictures altogether, though, so I soaked my head* and came up with the idea of having the photos flashing inside the content column.
So — TA DA!!
I must say that, given the circumstances, I’m rather pleased with the result. One advantage of the flash images is that they can be displayed a little larger than in the rotating image box, which I think is kinda nice.
There may still be little tweaks to the site here and there over the next few weeks as I try different things out until I’m happy with the look of the site. Just a little heads-up.
Finally I have to give an extra-special shout-out to Grif, our forum-guru extraordinaire, who is the mastermind behind the flash feature and been such an excellent sport about it. So THANK YOU Grif!!
*Icelandic idiom – að leggja höfuðið í bleyti