What are dynamic views?
Dynamic views are a new Blogger feature and they allow you to very easily change how your blog looks -- from the tradition view to a new view. They don't change the way you blog or do anything to all the work you've put in to getting your blog to look just-so. They just present your posts in a different layout that you and/or your readers can choose to view. Since that is probably as clear as mud, let's get visual (and clickable -- click on each view's image/title to go to that view and explore):
This is my blog (just Lu):
This is my blog on drugs:
Just kidding. My blog is always stone cold sober.
Now, back to the dynamic views...
Access the dynamic views for your blog (or any Blogger blog) by appending /view to the blog's URL:
and using the drop-down menu to select the different views:
This is my blog in sidebar view:
|left sidebar lists post titles with thumbnail and comment count|
This is my blog in flipcard view:
|chronological post thumbnails with post title and comment count on hover|
This is my blog in mosaic view:
|chronological post thumbnails with post title on hover|
This is my blog in snapshot view:
|all post images with snippet on hover|
This is my blog in timeslide view:
|three column view: photos/post titles/snippets, post titles/snippets, post titles|
In each view, clicking on the title or thumbnail for a post will open the full post, either in the same window or a different window depending on the view.
So... what's the point?
Honestly, that I can't quite figure out. Of all the things on my wishlist... dynamic views wasn't one of them. :) Apparently it was for other users, though, because Google has taken a ton of time to develop all of these different views. My best guess is that dynamic views are a step toward giving more versatility to Blogger blogs' homepages -- the view that you first see when you visit a Blogger blog -- in an effort to provide some Wordpress-esque features. Hurrah for versatility!
Should I use a dynamic view for my blog?
Actually, that choice isn't up to you -- the choice of using a dynamic view (and which dynamic view to use) lies solely with your readers. Your only author power is to disable dynamic views entirely (learn how here).
So far, at least, there is no option for making one particular dynamic view the home view for your blog. I imagine that this will become available at some point in the future, since dynamic views are brand-spanking new and still in a major feedback stage where Blogger's developers want to know what you think about the different views. Tell them by clicking the little arrow by the blog name in the top left corner of any dynamic view and then clicking Send Feedback.
Tell me, Lorene -- what do YOU think about dynamic views?
I think many things -- thanks for asking. ;)
- I think that dynamic views won't be a major Blogger staple as-is, except possibly in a few very specific circumstances, such as using the snapshot view for an all-photos blog.
- I think that dynamic views are a great sign that Blogger is trying to make up for some of the visual blah complaints that have many users switching to other blogging services.
- I think that dynamic views are a fun new feature and that we should all spend some time exploring the dynamic views and submitting feedback so that the views become everything we want them to be!
Lu (or Lorene if you prefer) is the mom of one squirmy boy and the wife of a singing and dancing elementary teacher. She is the proud author of this weekly Wednesdays on the Web (WotW) segment here on Housewife Eclectic and spends the other days of the week blogging about crafts and whatever else comes up at just Lu.