Somewhere around 1 in 6 of my readers visit the mobile website on a regular basis so here’s some news for the rest.
Last night I made a few changes to the mobile version of this blog, which I use to support readers with smaller screens. I modified the freely available blog theme Carrington Mobile and inserted a Google search bar. I also embedded a few Google Adsense ads here and there.
This is not the first time I customized a blog theme theme. I’ve made extensive changes to my main blog theme and I have also made a couple minor changes to the mobile blog theme. The Recent Comments page was my idea, added because I thought it would be useful, and I also added the follow buttons at the bottom of the home screen.
Why a mobile theme and not an app (like Pulse, Google Reader, or a standalone app)? That’s simple. Apps are great for current readers. The mobile site is a better way to support people who come across the site while browsing on a mobile device, and what’s more it is also a cheaper way to support all mobile devices, not just the ones I could afford to build apps for.
For the longest time I was too cheap to invest in a paid blog theme, so instead I have been modifying free themes to add features I want and to make the themes look the way I want. It’s a fun way to dabble in web design and it keeps my programming skills from rusting up to badly.
If there are any other improvements or additions which you would like to see in the mobile theme, let me know.
If you would like to see the mobile theme, try visiting on a smartphone. android support is iffy, with late model web browsers defaulting to the regular website. You’ll need to click on this link to force a change to the mobile site. You can switch back to the regular website by scrolling to the bottom of the mobile home screen and clicking the obvious link.
P.S. I know, I know, ads are terrible. But one has to make money some how, and the ads I am using are relatively small and benign. And unless a bunch of people are willing to make large corporate purchases on Amazon via an affiliate link like this one, I can’t exactly afford to get rid of the ads.