Blog Updates and Poll Question – What’s Your Monitor’s Resolution?

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Firstly, I’m considering tweaking the layout to this site. I like the layout a lot as is but I think the area where the posts are is too narrow – currently the width is about 450 pixels. I’d like to bump that up to around maybe 600 pixels in width and also I’d like to widen my sidebars a bit but that would make people that use 1024 x 768 monitors have to scroll to see the whole site. I don’t want to alienate anyone with the layout but maybe I don’t need to worry – hence, the poll question.

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I’ve updated my anime blog roll a bit. All the sites listed are personal favorites that I visit frequently and not just sites that I’ve traded links with. If you read anime blogs and are unfamiliar with any of those sites, I recommend checking them out.

You’ll also notice at the bottom of the left sidebar the picture below.

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For every correct answer, 20 grains of rices are donated to help end world hunger.

After seeing this on Kitsune’s blog and also in a signature in the animesuki forums; I decided to check this site out. I didn’t quite believe that by answering an easy multi-choice question in categories like English vocabulary, world geography, or pre-Algebra math that I could really get 20 grains of rice donated to help end world hunger. I saw that it was listed as one of Time’s top charitable websites last year and was also cited by Yahoo’s website but I still thought it was too good to be believed. However, after coming across a blog that was against this website – I was convinced because nothing good in this world is without it’s detractors. The questions aren’t hard and it doesn’t take too long for those 20 grains to add up. If I work at it, after 15 minutes I can get to around 4000 grains of rice donated.

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6 thoughts on “Blog Updates and Poll Question – What’s Your Monitor’s Resolution?”

  1. Agreed on the Google Analytics count, although polling never hurts because generally only more involved readers take the time to respond to a poll.

    At any rate, I think the width of the content area is fine, and that’s coming from somebody with a really really big set of monitors. If anything, though, I’d say lose one of the sidebars before widening the overall width. The majority of it is stuff I don’t care about, or information I could find situationally useful that would probably be better off as, say, a top menu selection.

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  2. Because this is a wordpress.com blog, I can’t do Google Analytics. 😦

    I have an invisible counter on the right sidebar that could give me the information I need but because javascript isn’t allowed – it can’t gather this information.

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  3. Hm, well, for my desktop, I use 2560×1024 (dual monitors), but I voted 1280×1024 because I keep my browser on one page (and often don’t use it maximized). On my laptop, I use 1280×800.

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