Blog Update

I want to bring everyone’s attention to the new banners, please. It’s something I’m trying out and I would appreciate feedback.

What you’re looking at (in the banner) is a word cloud (I made 4, actually). You can create a word cloud by drawing up a list of words and then using either wordle or wordcram to create an image.  My clouds are based on a list of words drawn from the topic of ebooks.

I like the idea, but I’m not entirely sold on how I’m using it. What do you think?

P.S. If you’re seeing a dog but (and not a word cloud) it’s because that is the one banner I haven’t replaced yet.

Nate Hoffelder

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills weekly. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.


  1. J.M.26 September, 2010

    I don`t get it.
    Is that supposed to be an image of something?
    I just see a bunch of words but it might just be me.
    I`d say bring back the dog.

    1. Nate the great26 September, 2010

      Yes. it’s supposed to be a bunch of words.

      1. J.M.26 September, 2010

        Ok now I see it LOL
        Keep it I like it.

  2. Dave27 September, 2010

    Squish down the height.Add more text so e is more fill. The lay down ‘The Digital Reader’ is white text onto with a shadow. I ,’ll try a mock up perhaps.but use the banner to rep lave your header.

  3. DAVE RILEY27 September, 2010
  4. Richard Adin27 September, 2010

    Nate, I give it thumbs down — actually all fingers down. I find it distracting and unattractive.

  5. Zigwalski27 September, 2010

    Dave Riley’s image is a little better but I still don’t like it. Nice idea to try something different and let people help you decide if to keep it or not.

  6. Gary27 September, 2010

    How about something more colorful:

    1. Nate the great27 September, 2010

      I’d prefer to have “The Digital Reader” in white, but that one could work.

  7. igorsk28 September, 2010

    If you decide to keep it, at least DO NOT use JPEG. Compressed text looks like crap. Use GIF or PNG. Actually, you should do it for almost any image that’s not a photo.


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