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Monday, October 14, 2013
A ROCK AND A HARD PLACE
Via the wonders of tracking software, I'm aware that 42% of my readers log on through a handheld device. This would be a "here nor there"/"six of one and half dozen of the other" reality were it not for the lamentable fact that what you see on a hand held device is not necessarily what you see on a desktop computer!
I understand that blogger provides two modes for handheld viewing...and I'm also aware that each has its benefits and disadvantages (commenters have brought this to my attention).
So yesterday while ascending to one of my favorite Asian places, I found myself sharing the elevator with another guy headed for the same door. Having discovered this fact, I did my usual "Not to worry! I'm going to see the phone girl...and not one of the escorts"...to explain that we wouldn't be in competition, whereupon the man reached out his hand to shake mine and responded "Bill?"
So that was the good part (I'm always gratified to be recognized) but there was a downside, too...when he continued "I read your blog but I can't see sidebar pictures on my phone."
I went on to explain about the two blogger modes for mobile devices and how I've vacillated between the two not sure which was better. After we went our separate ways, I considered his comment and decided once again to survey the two options on my own phone...and found both to be lacking.
While mobile mode is practical (what with displaying the initial few lines of the first five blog posts accompanied with photos if I've actually posted an image in the post), I found that there was no accessing the sidebar photos and no way to scroll down the page! Previously I could scroll...and having reached the bottom, discovered a button that would allow me to access desktop mode to see more posts and most important...the sidebar! Not good! Apparently, blogger has changed since the last time I checked and I have now come to understand that in mobile mode, my readers are missing out on most of what the blog has to offer!
So I went into my computer and changed the mobile mode to "desktop" and then checked the blog on my phone. While guys have complained about my using desktop mode in the past, I figured that maybe I should make the change and then experience the feedback...that is...until I discovered that every picture which contains a link to Adult Fax is in fact a blue dot - and not an image at all - while photos not linked to that site were fine! Oy!!! And I committed to those review links for three months! Gasp!
So I left well enough alone and kept the blog in mobile mode. What can I say? When you're stuck between a rock and a hard place, you have to make a choice. But I'm chagrined to say that neither is to my liking.
Anyway...my suggestion is to log on to this here site with a desk or laptop whenever possible! And I pledge to include more images in the posts as I'm now painfully aware that 42% of my viewers can see those images and only those images!
For me...I have a 4G smartphone but really...only log on to the web under the most extreme of circumstances. But I'm aware that at this point in time, I'm probably in the minority! Oh well. Where there's a will there's a way. And if guys want to access the sidebar they'll find a way.
Whatever...happy Columbus Day. Let us honor (or dishonor) the explorer who discovered the Dominican Republic (not America at all) - the very man whose sailors raped, pimped and plundered the native inhabitants they found in the New World while at once attempting to convert them to Christianity. Quite a legacy! But that's a subject not just for another day - but for another blog as well!