Viewing the local antiquities


Word from a reader who shall remain nameless (OK, it was Olympia Manet):

The index in the sidebar at right dominates visually without being user-friendly, and so throws VLA off balance; in fact, the presence of the index makes the stories less likely to be read.

So, I need to improve the index, visually and editorially. Suggestions?



Good question John. I like the concept of your index, but the density is daunting. How about simply listing all the service providers names, and making each clickable to a collection of stories involving that provider? Same for selected services, sensations, etc. and put your favourite links at the bottom. It would end up as a thinner strip down the right-hand side reading

'asian pearl'
ball fondling
ball sucking
blow job

That would still get my attention, leave lots to the imagination, and thin out the index a bit. Maybe justify right, and put a vertical line between the blog and the index.

My two cents.

By Blogger dangerouspenguin, at September 15, 2004 10:30 PM  

I like it as is, personally. I've never had a problem using your index. The dense layout makes me search it more carefully, and every time I do, I find something new to read.

It's a bit like rummaging through a little box of treasures.

Sure it takes a bit more time, but it's different. VLA is different.

DTG xxoo

By Blogger DTG, at September 16, 2004 5:42 AM  

Dangerous Penguin --

Thanks. I'm reluctant to "thin out" the index, for two reasons: (1) I'm worried I'll lose clickthroughs if I install a level of indirection; and (2) I want to get across the idea that all the actions are in some sense simultaneous, held in memory at once. So the memory has to be in the same "space" as the story.

I'm wondering about doing something with color, to move the index back, instead of forward as it is.

Maybe moving the outside links to the bottom would help?

Any other thoughts?

By Blogger John Psmyth, at September 16, 2004 5:06 PM  

Hello John,

Personally I like the link section a lot. Its lack of straight forwardness is refreshing. Searching through the links is one part mystery and one part exploration. I guess it depends on how important you think it is for the reader to find exactly what they are looking for. Again, personally, I find the style interesting.

Thanks for your great writing ;-)

By Blogger George Alt, at September 17, 2004 12:16 AM  

oops forget... also let me add, that the link section's visual dominance speaks to the signicicant history of your blog.

By Blogger George Alt, at September 17, 2004 12:19 AM  

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