Website notes: Old format returns, plus what to expect this week

Old website format returns …

Thank you to all who submitted comments about the different website format.  Comments were running significantly more thumbs-down then thumbs-up, so I have returned it back to it’s previous layout.

I have had website envy ever since Legal Planet gave their site a makeover, as I really like how their stories lay out on the page, how the page fills the screen, and in general, the open look of the page.  It’s a new look and a new style that a lot of newspapers and other websites have been adopting.  And I have to admit, the larger type was much easier for my old eyes to read.  However, based on your comments, I’ve set that aside, but will tinker again at some point, looking to mix the best aspects of the new look while keeping in mind the specific comments I received.  I think there is a place somewhere in between the two that might work.  So stay tuned, because, as always, the Notebook remains a work in progress.

I value all of your opinions, because it really is you, the readers, that interact with the website, so please feel free to always send me your suggestions and comments – good and bad.  They are all important to me!

This week …

I’m hopping in the Mavenmobile and headed up north tomorrow (Tuesday), so content might be a little lighter than normal, although regular features will still post.  Look for coverage of the tomorrow’s BDCP oversight hearing to post next week. Meanwhile, I’ll be at the State Water Board workshop Wednesday morning, the IEP/CWEMF conference in Folsom on Wednesday afternoon, and the Delta Stewardship Council meeting on Thursday, so if you’re at any of those meetings, find me and say hi – I’d love to hear from you.

As always …

Thank you for being a reader of the Notebook blog.  You’re the reason why I show up to this computer every day!

With warm regards,
Chris “Maven” Austin


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  • Thumbs up on the return to the old format, Chris! I thought I was being an old fuddy-duddy that I couldn’t make the jump, but I like this style better as well.

  • Maven

    You were not the only one, by far. I kinda liked it, but I mostly work on the back end. It’s really more about what you, the readers think; hence the return to the old format – for now. I’m still looking to make some changes, but I will keep in mind what everyone didn’t like about that format. I do think there is a middle ground here … At least I know y’all don’t mind telling me what you think – which is good!

  • Rogene Reynolds

    Chris, your content is more important than the format, but thanks for returning to the old page layout. I know you are a forward thinker, but be careful when you tweak with an already very good product! Thanks for all you do! Rogene

  • David Brower

    website is fine either way but the email notifications could be a lot more compact! in every way. Thanks for all the hard work!

  • Maven

    I think you must mean for the daily emails, and if so, I would agree. I have been trying to figure out how to improve that, but I seem to be very limited in what I can do. (If the header goes the full width, why can’t the content?) I need to go fight with the mail chimp …. 🙂

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