Upon reading the comments that were left, I became concerned because part of my design was not appearing as planned. After a nice blog buddy sent me a photo of what he was seeing when he clicked on my site, I was even more concerned. I went into my old site meter to see what most people were viewing my site with, and it looks like over 80% of you guys are using large screen shots which would show the site properly. For Douglas, this wasn’t the case.
Here’s what he sees:
Yuck! … and that’s a strong word for a design junkie. I may not know how to write HTML good enough to do a lot of my own designing, but I certainly am a good judge of aesthetic merit.
So why does he see it this way? Screen size, and maybe a little on the part of the browser. I viewed it in Explorer today on my husband’s PC and it was flaking out just a tad (words spilling out of the container box with my profile photo). I deleted a sentence to see if it would help. I suppose I should go see what Firefox, Mozilla, and a few others are doing with my site as well. I am just a browser snob… and I don’t like using anything but CrazyBrowser. I know, many of you probably haven’t heard of it. So I thought I would tell you what it’s like. It is as good as Explorer, but it blocks ALL pop-ups, has very easy tabs so that you can open multiple web pages and they are tabbed up top, and you can customize your links and favorites just the same way Explorer allows you to. I’ve been using it for about three years now, and I loooooooove it. I tried Firefox, but it is too slow. I tried using the new Microsoft Explorer, but it allows pop-ups and somehow I tend to get more viruses with ME. I tried Opera (I think that’s what it’s called), and really didn’t like it. So when I view my site, I usually do it in CrazyBrowser. I will, however, open up Firefox and ME tonight to “see what they see”. Hopefully I won’t be disappointed.
As for the screen size, I use is 1024 x 768. You can change your screen size by right-clicking anywhere on your desktop, selecting “properties” and then “settings”, and moving the resolution bar to your desired view. This site is best viewed with 1024 x 768, but I’m not picky. If you like it the way you view it, and aren’t anal about the design being a bit odd… and you’ll come back and visit, keep your screen size the way you want it! I’m just surprised that anyone at all wants to visit on a regular basis. Being a quirky homeschool mom who doesn’t have her act together most of the time, I’m honored that you would continue to put up with me.
I thought some of you might enjoy seeing the results of my old site-meter’s screen size tabulations from all the visitors it has tracked over the past year (my first year blogging):
If only I could see my site in each of these views to know what they are all looking at! Too much trouble! Looks like most people are probably seeing my site the way I see it (good thing, since I’m a perfectionist). Hopefully I’ll not scare those of you off who use a larger font.