Cool, was the first thought that popped into my head.
After touring through all five options I have to say that I think it's a great concept, but it was launched before it was fully developed.
How to access the Dynamic View Options
Additionally, for those of us using our blog as part of our business presence, for marketing or as a visual branding vehicle, the new options offer us no benefit that I could see. For now, I've disabled the Dynamic Views option on The Flirty Blog until (of if ever) the features perform the way I need them to.
The main issues I have with implementing any of the Dynamic View options are the following:
- All sidebar content including the link back to my website, the archives, categories and widgets like my RSS link, Add This share link and Feedburner subscribe by email option (and ads if you have them) are removed.
- My customized color palette (backgrounds, text and link colors), which is part of my visual branding, is not included.
- My custom header which is also part of my visual branding is no longer included.
- Loading times were too long. The wait wasn't worth the novelty.
- Rather than wrap around, the turquoise style headers to the left of the search box overlap the page title if your screen resolution is too large or if your browser window isn't wide enough.
- There's no obvious way for a viewer to click on a button and go back to viewing a blog in its standard view rather than one of the new dynamic views.
The Dynamic Views are not for business owners: In fact, I'm quite shocked that apparently no consideration was given, whatsoever, to creating a dynamic view that was an enhancement to business owners. We are losing far more than we are gaining, imho.
Who the Dynamic Views are for: Very casual hobby bloggers (meaning people who blog for pleasure) who don't have a separate website to link to and no visual branding to incorporate into the way they present their blog content.
Below I took screen shots of The Flirty Blog in each view to show you how they work.
Overall Impression: It looks great but would be difficult to navigate when searching for a particular topic.
Below is a close up of when you hover over an image. It enlarges slightly to show the post title but doesn't include the date the image was posted or the number of comments left. Comments are less significant to me but I would like to easily see the post dates.
And here is an example of the overlap problem I mentioned in the list above. Note how the turquoise box with the word "Mosaic" in it overlaps the blog title. It seems like either the blog title should drop and become two rows to wrap around the box or the font should become smaller to allow inclusion of the box with no overlap.
But I quickly realized that there is a major drawback to this layout as well. It literally displays each individual photo from every post in the snapshot timeline. If you only post one picture per post it's not a problem, but if you're like me and include several to dozens of images per post the redundancy would kill my desire to keep scrolling down to view the next set of images to find the next post.
Below you can view a before and after closeup of what happens when you hover over an image. The beginning of each post appears. I did like that but not enough to outweigh the drawback of not being able to view more posts simultaneously issue.
The first column includes an image (here the first image is distorted as it's pulled wider than the original image file) with the date, post title and intro to each post.
The second column includes post titles with snippets, but how are they chosen to be featured in the second column instead of the first? That wasn't at all clear to me and seemed rather random.
The third column includes all post titles but not in chronological order. Hover over a title and a drop down occurs that shows the post intro and number of comments
Blogger has already stated that these view options will continue to undergo further development. A future update will include the inclusion of ads for those of you who use them.
I'll keep you posted if I ever decide to enable Dynamic Views on The Flirty Blog. I'm just waiting for enough improvements to make this feature mutually beneficial for both readers and blogging small business owners.
How to Disable the Dynamic Views Option1. Go to your settings tab and select "Formatting."
2. Scroll down until you locate the "Enable Dynamic Views" option.