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Tea with AK71: Mini facelift of ASSI and return of AdSense.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

I have finally gotten around to tidying up my blog which some readers think is a bit busy looking (which is a nice way of saying it is messy, I guess). I really didn't find my blog messy. It is just like I don't find my bedroom or my study messy. I can find my things, right? Hahaha... Yes, I have been like this forever. I would claim that there is system in my mess.

Well, I have to admit that a blog is different. It is not just a private diary for me and me only. I am sharing ideas with people on a public platform and it is only plain courtesy to make it friendlier to navigate and to find things. Oh my, I have been lacking in plain courtesy before. My apologies.

I did the mini facelift last night, rather late last night. Yawn. The major changes happened on the right sidebars. I have taken away most of the slimmer right sidebar boxes and moved them up to become wider and, I guess, easier to read boxes. I have also further broken down the blog posts under the old "Recommended" and "My strategies" headings which were boxes I threw quite a few blog posts under and didn't give them much thought. I know, yah, "Recommended" and "My Strategies" sound so helpful, right? Nah.

I have kept some old headings and together with the new headings, the blog posts are now under the headings of "Passive Income Journey", "Wealth Creation", "Stock Market Strategies", "Fundamental Analysis", "Investing in REITs and Business Trusts", "Healthway Medical" and "Precious Metals". I did actually remove some blog posts and boxes which I thought are no longer helpful as well. I showed no mercy!

The left sidebar has the same components as before except that I shifted their positions. I shifted the box which encourages readers to share ASSI right to the top while aggregating all the ways in which readers could stay in touch with ASSI under a single heading. The two headings are "Sharing my blog" and "Staying in touch". I know, pretty original, isn't it? Haha.. I also included a nifty widget from Twitter. This is just another way in which readers could stay in touch with ASSI.

Also, after 24 hours of removing all the ad spaces for AdSense or Ads by Google in ASSI, I am hazarding a guess that all readers would have read my blog post from yesterday on how I was removing the ad spaces temporarily. It was a self imposed ban, so to speak. Now, I am serving Ads by Google again.

If you have any comments at all regarding what I have done with my blog, please feel free to let me know. Have a great week ahead. :)

Related post:
Removing AdSense from ASSI for now.


la papillion said...

Hi AK,

I feel that this new facelift looks unbalanced. There are 3 columns in your blog, but the 2nd and 3rd column are of almost equal length, while the first column is too tight. This gives an unbalanced kind of feel. If you look closely, the 1st column is too tight. The words are nearly touching the margin already, leaving less 'breathing space'. The 2nd column which houses the main blog articles should take centre stage, hence it should have a wider width compared to all other columns. This is to differentiate between the main column and the 'sidebars'. The 1st and 3rd column should look visually like 'sidebars' so that it brings out the central column.

Just my opinion, of course. You don't have to please me at all, haha :) I'm just helping to give my suggestions based on my perspective :)

AK71 said...

Hi LP,

My options are limited because of the 4 bar template I have chosen to use from day 1 and I don't want to change the template as it would be too much work.

To bring attention to the column where my blog posts are, I could use a different color background so that there is some differentiation. Let me try that and you can let me know if you think it is an improvement.

Thank you very much. :)

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