Sep 27, 2011

Try Dynamic Views on Your Garden Blog

Dynamic View Blogger templates, Garden Blogs.


Dynamic Views templates are available on Blogger now. You could say that the new Dynamic Views released on Blogger today are the Tumblr-fication of Blogger, but I don't care! A couple of Dynamic Views are really interesting. In the screen grab above you see my blog is sporting the Magazine Dynamic View. Doesn't it make my garden blog look so handsome? I didn't keep it, I just previewed it because my garden blog's template is heavily modified, not to mentioned monetized, that I'm afraid of switching templates and ruining the blog and the passive income stream it generates. I've been waiting for 5 years for a magazine style template for Blogger and now that it's so close it is still out of reach. Darn.

Anyway, check out the rest of the Dynamic Views in the Template Designer. There's a couple that would look really good in a number of garden blogs I visit that post a lot of garden photos. If you switch your template to a Dynamic View template leave a comment below so I can see what they look like in the wild on garden blogs.

10 comments:

  1. I'm a bit hesitant to switch - where are the sidebar links etc? Or am I being dim?

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  2. No, you aren't dim. That's part of the reason I don't do it myself. Although you can add view/sidebar (or any of the other names) to the end of your blog to view it in Dynamic View without changing it.

    For example, mine could be http://mrbrownthumb.blogspot.com/view/magazine

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  3. I had a look at this a while back, but just like you and Mo and Steve I thought the move away from the sidebars was too much of a downside. I like the magazine format very much, but find it frustrating when I see it on other blogs when I want to drill down a bit further into their content. We need to think about both style and content with these layouts.

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  4. I've already sent Google quite a lot of feedback since commenting here this morning. Have you spotted that your feed scrapper wording is shown from your RSS feed if you click to read the whole post from the magazine front page?

    I've also suggested that a Read more link should be added to abbreviated posts, pointed out the 'tile' style formats don't always show the full post title and asked for the facility to add some gadgets at the bottom of the page to get over the lack of sidebar problem.

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  5. I played around with it for a bit too, but I missed all the sidebar info. Blogs focusing on art/photos would be a good fit for these options. Blogs focusing on the written word would suffer in the same environment. The views are eye catching, but I think they lack depth.

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  6. I can't change mine to use the dynamic view, I wonder if it's because I'm using a custom url. (www.getbusygardening.com rather than getbusygardening.blogspot.com) That's the only customizing I've done to my blog, and I get an error saying my blog doesn't support dynamic templates. Interesting. I agree with all of you, great points so far. I do like the look of the templates though.

    Amy

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  7. Very interesting. I was playing with the magazine view myself the other day. I was the same way, I would have switched, but I lose all the work I've put into the sidebar items. Good tip on looking at it that way by adding magazine to the end though. Thanks.

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  8. I've decided to offer the Magazine as an alternative view in the left sidebar of my blog. I don't think anyone's looked at it so far.

    I quite like the Timeslide option, particularly for someone new to the blog who wants to see very quickly what's on offer month by month. Much better than the archive function.

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  9. A few of the blogs I read have switched to the dynamic views format. I actually really hate it. Not unfollowing anybody over it, but I hate it. It might be friendly to new arrivals, but it seems a little hostile to repeat readers: if I've gone to the trouble to learn where things are on your site, why punish me by rearranging it all?

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  10. I have also checked it out about a month ago and really liked the magazine view. Did not miss much the side bar though but what made me switch back is that not much customization can be done. Actually I can live without the customization but not without adding ads where I wanted. I have been adding my ads with every post I make which is an added work but it is fine but the last straw for me is that in-line don't work in dynamic views.

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