It’s been a while now since my new website went live, and some of the more observant among you may have noticed that I changed the look of the homepage and the blog the other day. As a means of showing off my photography/highlighting my business, running my blog and trying my best to give some sort of fishing tackle resource that might help a few anglers out, well I have to say that I am really pleased with both the software I have been using (Squarespace) and the way the site looks. But I am perhaps a bit too close to this website to be fully subjective, and I wanted to ask you lot if there were any issues I was not aware of……..
I really liked the original style of homepage I had as per above. I like the simplicity of photos hopefully almost jumping off the screen at you, but as much as it was kinda working for me, I wanted to find a way of getting a bit more info over on the actual homepage - latest blog posts, collections of photos from recent trips away, updates to the Fishing Tackle pages, that sort of stuff - hence the slight change the other day, and I notice from my stats that people are coming onto the site and already looking at more pages per visit.
I own an iPhone but I don’t generally use it to access the internet, unless that is I am checking how my website looks on it - and if fascinates me that around 32% of people are looking at my website via a mobile device. Obviously I am trying to make sure my photos look as good as possible on a big computer monitor, but do you have any particular feelings about how stuff looks on your phone? Are there any glitches that I am unaware of? I notice that Google has recently said something about websites which are not fully responsive will soon suffer from a loss of rankings, and I can’t help but like how the work I do with my Squarespace package here then translates to seamlessly resizing for different devices - but is it seamless? Any of you getting any hassle with it?
It amazes me how much activity on my website is via people looking at the numerous fishing tackle reviews I have done. I write them because I enjoy it, and judging by the amount of emails and Facebook messages etc. that I receive, it seems that there are a growing number of anglers out there who are looking for advice/help/reviews/opinions etc. Perhaps I am a terrible businessman and should not be spending any time doing these reviews, but I enjoy it and I know they help an increasing number of anglers out. That’s good enough for me, and one thing I have noticed is how many times an old blog post about travel rods here gets looked at - does this mean that some of you are as interested in finding high performance multi-section fishing rods as I am? If you didn’t realise, on the Fishing Tackle page on this website, if I have done a blog review on a particular item then I link to it.
My thanks to those of you who take the time to leave comments on my blog. It means a huge amount to get feedback from people - please feel free to engage more with me via the comments, and I reply whenever I can. I have made it so that I need to “approve” the comments before they go live, but so far there hasn’t been a single comment that I haven’t clicked yes and approved it. I accept completely that many of you don’t agree with me, and I also accept that by putting my head above the parapet and doing what I do in fishing that a percentage of anglers despise me, but it doesn’t mean I have to stand for threats and general abuse. Thankfully though, fishing continues to impress upon me how full it is of some of the finest people you could ever hope to meet.
Anyway, as always, thanks for reading. Please tell me in the comments section below if you are having any hassle with my newish website. We might well not agree on the look of it, but wouldn’t life be boring if we all thought the same? Have a good weekend, still hoping that we might get some warm weather back, and now I need to start getting my stuff together for a trip over to the US next week to check out a bit of striped bass fishing with Matt from Fiiish.