Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Blog Style

I consider my blog is ok. It ain't a masterpiece but it is not a dog either. I am happy enough with it.

Your opinions on my blog style as against my blog posts are welcome. I will carefully consider what you say before dumping your opinion in the trash folder.

But there is a question I would welcome some thoughts upon. I label any photo I publish at the top. Most people label at the bottom. For some reason, I think top is better. Maybe because you read down a webpage and you need the information about what you are about to see first, before you see the picture.

But as I said, convention seems to be label photos at the bottom and I had pretty well decided to change. Reinforced by an email from someone requesting some info about someone in one of the photos from last weekend's party. He/she got the name wrong in the email because he/she read caption at the bottom of the photo.

However, then I came across another blog person who labelled the photos the same as I did. I did seem a weird to me, because I am not used that method, even though I do it myself. I am in a quandary.

So, should I top or bottom?

18 comments:

  1. Six of one, half dozen of the other ;)

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  2. I agree with Jayne :)

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  3. As long as you are consistent within your blog or even each post, I don't think it matters how others do it. After the first label and photo in each post the pattern is set anyway.

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  4. Anonymous11:45 pm

    As you would label a photo in an album - always at the bottom Andrew. Etiquette dear boy. Hahaha

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  5. I have no idea.

    I've never had any issue with how you label your photos.

    I don't pay much attention to blog style. I say as long as your font is not too tiny, and you don't use a font that blends into the background...I'm fine with it.

    Your blog is fine to me.

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  6. Thanks all. Only Anon thinks firmly that labels should be at the bottom. I would argue that reading on a screen is relatively new to humans, and so the eyes travel differently than when flipping through a book.

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  7. I label at the top top too! I thought that people would read blogs differently because of the vertical format, but now I'm not so sure. I always label at the top and usually use a colon to ensure that the reader knows that the picture will follow the caption. I imagine myself giving a slideshow where I announce each pic before it's displayed. For example "Virginia Woolf's House:----". Maybe I'll try the other way next time and see if I like it.

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  8. "I label at the top top"? Ha.

    I also find I have trouble reading blogs with black backgrounds and white font - really hurts my eyes - is that just me?

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  9. Personally I always caption beneath a photo. Consider it a remenant of my sexlife where the compliments come after the act, never before.

    Of course if you stick to a particular convention you should be fine.

    As for the rest of your formatting, I take no umbrage with your particular style. Personally I've picked something a little more dark and moody, because I'm a Melbournian and we all like black, apparently (haw haw haw), but yours works plenty fine enough.

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  10. Scott, you liked the word top so much you writ it twice. It must have been your blog with your last London pics where I noticed it. Don't know that I read any white on black blogs but I have seen some good black on white vids.

    Mutant, to alter your analogy, don't you want to know about what you are going to get before you get it?

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  11. Andrew, i think if you like it best on top, then that is how you should do it

    ;)

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  12. Andrew - I still like to know what I'm about to launch into, however a suggestive hint always works bettter than a tell-all before the act... If you get what I mean. Are we even discussing captions anymore. Lord, it's hot in here... Mind if I loosen my collar?

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  13. Whatever could you mean Raelene?

    Mutant, suggestive flirting will get you a long way.

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  14. I'm well and truly a bottom; caption-wise.

    I have no problems with your blog layout. I wouldn't mind a livelier colour scheme but then I am partly colour blind so what would I know?

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  15. Top,...yep, top :)

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  16. Victor, the colours match my personality, dull but restful.

    C'mon Cazzie, I just checked and you never are on top.

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  17. How doi you actually label??? haven't figured it out...I just write somewhere and hope it lines up...now there's an Aquarian for you

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  18. MC, the photos always load at the top of the post. I then cut and paste them where I want them, space them and write a line about what they are. I load all photos to the 'centre'. Works best with this particular blog where the writing area is not wide.

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