Friday, 11 November 2011

Time for change?

Hey gang,

I've just been having a look at some of the templates available on Blogger, and I'm considering a bit of a redesign. One of the main benefits of this will be that I'll be able to use bigger screenshots, which can only be good, surely? Although, I'm wary of that, because some emulators will be restricted in the size of the images I can take, and I want uniformity or the blog will look messy.

I'm also wary of overdoing it, as it's easy to go from clean and simple to cluttered and messy. A change might be nice, but not just for change's sake.

So, what do you think? Good idea, or not? I might be doing a bit of experimenting over the coming week or so, so if you see something you don't like, don't be afraid of shouting up in the comments. If you've got any suggestions, let me know, too. For instance, thoughts on a good width would be handy. Is 1024px wide the accepted standard these days, for instance?

Other than that, we're coming up to Christmas. I won't be doing an Advent Calendar this year... it was hard enough getting games for each date last year! I will be doing a top ten in the New Year though... and much sooner than last year's! I've also got a couple of other features lined up. I'll try and do more videos, and I'm going to look into ways to make them better too.

So, I might be quiet... working seven days a week at the moment hasn't helped on that front. But I'm still here, and I'm going to keep this going, so let's see how it goes!


  1. 7 days a week? That's really tough...

    Anyway, though I do like the current simplicity of the blog, something a bit more colourful might just work. Give it a try!

  2. Hi Paul

    Refreshing the look of any publication from time to time is I think generally a good thing. Its why many magazines do it every 2-3 years. If that time has come for A Gamer Forever Voyaging then I say go for it!

    I have no idea what tools they give you to play with here but the general rules I've been given for text are 9-12 words per line, which is what you hit right now. I suspect being a bit more adventurous in the titleing and including a bit more by way of graphics would make the layout more attractive but its important to apply restraint. Anyway you have access to people who know way more about web design than I do so I'll stop going on about it now. Oh and bigger screenshots - always good no matter how retro the system! ;)

    As you know I am concentrating on another project right now but if there's anything I can do to help let me know!

  3. What do you do for a living, out of interest?

  4. I work in an office. Been doing overtime so that my lads can have a good Christmas!

  5. So not gaming related then?

  6. No, sadly not. Wouldn't mind, though!