Sunday, January 10, 2016

Winds of change?

This marks my 563rd blogger post, dating back to October of 2007.

I've been able to share a lot of stories, images, and information using this platform.  It has been a great tool.

Of late, and for the past year+, I find myself frustrated at the inability to *easily* customize the interface to make pictures larger and text more easy to read.  I have a few other minor complaints, but those two are really the meat of it.

When I write easily, I mean easy for a non-html-coding-type like myself to do.  I need drag and drop, plug and play type functionality.

So I've been looking at options.  Thus far, the most compelling one is Exposure.co.  I spent a few hours this evening learning the interface and was impressed, shocked even, at how easy it was to create (what to me is) a very visually compelling story.  


What I mostly want to know is if that ^ sort of storytelling is compelling to people?  Compelling enough that the storyteller should go through the rigamarole of jumping ship from blogger, and paying at least $100/year to have the photos and stories hosted at Exposure?

Do you have a better idea?  

Tell me, please, in the comments below.

Thanks.

24 comments:

  1. Yep, do that from now on. Nice pics.

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  2. The little photo sets were nice, but overall it's the photography and awesome environment that makes your site great. The large photos were way too big. One suggestion I'd make is to bring back the navigation panel you used to have for finding old blog posts - I always have a hell of a time trying to find those Alaskan coastal trips when I want to show someone what a motivated person can do with a fatbike.

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  3. Layout is nice Mike. Made my z5 compact (phone) chug though. Have you considered Medium or a photo blogging theme on WordPress (self hosted or other)?

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  4. I second Carlos' motion. Quite beautiful!

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  5. I'm partial to the stacked images of blogger, rather than the collaged images of exposure, personally. But, honestly, I could get that from your posts on MTBR.com. IMO, it's your money and time, do what you think is the best representation of your work!

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  6. I'm happy with either one Mike. Although I like exposure initially I find that folks I read on that site end up with stories that feel really the same format-wise. I'm not quite sure how to describe it other than it gets boring to me after awhile. Not the content, but the format.

    Some of my favourite blogs are on the crappiest platforms.

    FWIW if you don't want to pay $100/yr you get can some pretty nice template blogs at wordpress for free.

    Ultimately if you are taking your valuable free time to share your stories you should do it in whatever way makes you happiest.

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  7. That is stunning. I'd follow you there for sure. I hope the work migrating there is worth it to you but even if you don't move, your work here is beautiful and inspiring. Thanks for that.

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  8. Long time lurker on your blog. Love the photos and the stories. Your Exposure page is just gorgeous, if it is easy to use, it seems like 100 $/year is well worth it. That said if you have to spend more time in the shop, so you can put just as much time into a prettier site? I would skip it.

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  9. The Exposure.co site is more visually appealing. It also puts a strain on our slow Hughesnet web connection. However, I will read your blog and enjoy your photos no matter which format you choose. Thanks for sharing!

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  10. Mike,

    I have really enjoyed your photos and stories over the years. I think moving to other platforms (like Exposure) is a great idea. Blogger seems to have been dropped by Google to make the layout, interface, and user-friendly-ness better. I personally dropped Blogger many years ago for other sites to make posts.

    The Exposure site looks great. I'm not sure if you have looked at Squarespace. It may or may not have want you want.

    Looking forward to more stories and more photos.

    Thank you.

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  11. Because of your great stories, knowledge, and insights all told with astonishing photos and entertaining prose, yours is my favorite blog of all. I'll continue reading it regardless of the format. Do what works best for you.

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  12. Wow, felt like I was there. Great pics, really clear video. I like Exposure. But I'm not the guy that's got to pay for it. Thanks Mike

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  13. I'd say use the one that will keep you engaged to post and share.

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  14. Mike, I wasn't familiar with Exposure.co, but I did check out your sample post. It certainly looks great, visually.
    But one key thing about Exposure.co is that it appears to be designed for one particular type of blogging: photos and just a smattering of text. I am willing to bet that while it's a lot easier to deal with than your current platform, you might find its limits to be kind of difficult to deal with in many circumstances.

    I recommend that you think about what kind of site you want to run. At some point in time, if you want to have a site that blends both your blog and your business more smoothly, then Exposure.co isn't it. Also, if you want to have a community where people can respond to what they see and where they can converse with you and with each other, it's not clear that Exposure.co supports that (I just looked at the story; didn't look at the underlying mechanics of the platform).

    If you want flexibility, you might consider Wordpress, which hosts several million blogs. I have run several blogs with it over the years and find that it's really simple to administer if you want to just flip a switch and have a blog. So if you're a novice, you can get going almost immediately.

    But more importantly, there is an absolutely enormous market for add-ons of all types, including layouts/formats as well as specialized capabilities and interfaces to just about every sort of other Web application under the sun. Posting under Wordpress is relatively easy even when you're including lots of graphics. In particular, including Disqus, which seems to be a pretty good comment engine add-on (and is widely used) is the matter of a few clicks, after which point you don't have to worry about it again.

    I think Google has lost interest in Blogspot and is kind of coasting along so you're probably right to consider migrating off of it. If you take a look at Wordpress and find it too daunting, I'm sure there are members of your readership who are IT guys like me who would be willing to barter a day or two of their time in what they're good at for something you're good at. If I had enough experience in Wordpress to do a first-class job for you (I'm just an amateur), I'd be pretty eager to swap a day or two of my time for a one-day one-on-one riding clinic in your area in the future, for instance.

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  15. Never regretted switching from Blogger to Exposure, or paying for the privilege. The best platform for people with lots of great visuals and less words.

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  16. Mike, I would also recommend wordpress. There is bit of a learning curve, but it has many advantages of customization and flexibility. I think there are tools available to migrate from Blogger to Wordpress so that all your content can stay. I will continue to enjoy reading the posts regardless of the platform you choose.

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  17. No, I do not have a better idea.
    I went from blogger to wordpress, and have been happy.
    Although you are on a different level than most Mike!!
    I'd say whatever is easier for you. I'll follow your work wherever you go!
    Peace, Joe

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  18. LOVE IT, the new format is awesome!

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  19. Great choice!
    Exposure seems to fit your style of story telling.

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  20. Been reading/viewing/gasping for years. If you can further enhance your storytelling through a new medium, you owe it to yourself. Your shit is too good not to.

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  21. Looks great on the laptop which is where I'm more likely to read it. That said on the iPhone it's got some issues. Pictures can't be expanded while in line. They can be made full screen by clicking (tapping), but they still can't be expanded (zoomed). And horizontal brings up bars top and bottom, one top about creating on Exposure and the bottom about sharing, etc. I rarely use horizontal (landscape) but did it just to see how it worked.

    But I'm with everyone else, whatever works for you, the Exposure issues aren't big enough to stop me reading. Love the writing, pictures, and the Utah countryside.

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  22. Exposure all the way. No contest.

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  23. Mike,

    I'm just a lowly lurker on your site. On several occasions, your images have drug me through a difficult day at work. As a former resident of Utah, I miss the red rock country especially this time of year. Out of appreciation for the escapism your art provides, I thought I'd respond. The Exposure site is truly beautiful and compelling. It is easier to read. However, if it's a question of price, your current format works for me.

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  24. Mike ... the layout is nice. I like the way you can lace the written content around the images for emphasis. Your writing style and imagery lends nicely to this format. Keep up the good work. - Dave Beachley in Denver). Also, where's that book on the Alaska ride you were talking about writing years back? I can envision it on the big screen!

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