Sun Mar 19, 2017 6:48 pm
OK, ya'll. Hold onto your hats💨...
Mike Allton, our CMO, pointed out to me that my SIDEBARS "wrap weird" when viewed on the phone. It's because I wrap SIDEBARS at 60 to set them off from the main text.
That gives a ragged look because the phone wraps each
sidebar line at, say,
40 characters (depending on the width of the screen).
Then the hard break does the hard break at 60, the break
that I set intentionally.
The whole thing ends up looking like what you see above.
I'm sort of addicted to SIDEBARs, so dropping them was not an option. And too many people view the forums on phones to keep doing it this way. So here's the new SIDEBAR deal...
1) They won't wrap anymore - will go full width, just like the main post. That means that they need a better way to offset them from the main content. So...
2) I asked Jon da Graphic Guy to whip me up a really cool SIDEBAR image to use. I tested it at this "Living Abroad" post. I like the flamboyantly fun feel to the two "test" SIDEBARS at...
So here we are!
SIDEBARS allow me to go off on tangents that are usually related to the main material in some way, but that would break the flow. The reader can read it (can also skip it) and understand that "the main flow" picks up after the sidebar is done.
Why not just include them in the thread? They explore an extra dimension, but they don't really fit otherwise. Hence they go in here, this being first "Official New SIDEBAR."
All the best,
P.S. Click bait is really annoying, isn't it? 😜
But hey, this is pretty historic. You'll never see "-----SIDEBAR-----" again. 😩
P.P.S. If you have some graphic talent and want the fame and fortune (well, the "fame" anyway) that goes with being "The Sidebar Guy," try and beat it. Heck, I'll even throw in 3 free months of SBI!.🤑
Just in case someone does take me up on this, we'll close entries ("entry"?) in a week, noon Eastern Time on the 26th. We'll decide a winner based on SBIer preference (details in a week).