Welcome To The New JMG!

Welcome to the new JMG! I hope you’ll find this here website thingy cleaner-looking, faster, and more mobile-friendly. The migration isn’t fully complete yet and we’ll also be making a few more minor tweaks to the look over the next few days. Your Disqus histories are being imported at this writing and for now the old JMG will remain live so you can go back and finish whatever you were arguing about in this weekend’s posts.Β  Here on the new JMG you’ll (finally!) find social media links at the bottom of each individual post, so feel free to torture your Facebook friends with every little thing we talk about here. A probably less popular change, which you’ve surely noticed, is that the new format truncates each post, something which I resisted greatly but had to be done in order to reduce the load burden on the mobile devices which now represent over a third of JMG traffic. There’s a few other changes you’ll notice so feel free to take part in the great internet tradition of complaining and/or telling us how it could be better. Seriously, go ahead – we’re paying attention.

  • JoeMyGod

    One of the first fixes we’re going to make is a comments counter than can be seen without opening a post. Argh!

    • StraightGrandmother

      LOL! I was just going to ask for that.
      It loaded lightning fast compared to Blogger, that was REALLY NICE.

      As neat as it was having the full blog post exposed without -clicking to continue reading, I do like this format.
      I like it because it is not super snazzy & gaudy. It’s crisp and neat.

      Is it just my eyes or are block quotes, like you write an article and block quote something, is that a lighter shade of gray? This is totally low on the priority list but if there is any way you can tweek that gray color and make it a bit darker it would be easier to read. If you can’t no big deal.

      Where are your stories? The ones you wrote years ago, the stories about your life when you were younger?

      • clay

        Yes to the faster load.
        Yes to the cleanness.
        Yes to the higher contrast block quotes.

      • fuow

        I think the grey tones on my PC look great, on my smartphone they are all but washed out

      • BudClark

        If my favorite Straight Grandmother likes it, it’s OK by me.

        HUGS!

        Bud

    • joeyj1220

      Wish Disqus still had the ability to see downvotes. Public shaming can go a long way πŸ˜‰

      • Gigi

        Disqus ended the ability to downvote in 2014. No one is sure why.
        http://joemygod.blogspot.com/2014/02/disqus-disables-downvoting.html

        • StraightGrandmother

          Yes, that was so much fun on JMG when Disqus introduced down votes, that you could see who down voted you.

          I miss that, if I recall it only lasted about a week and Disqus yanked it back.

          • StraightGrandmother

            That was some good JMG times, the Down Voting. I STILL remember a snarky comment someone wrote about the down votes and it still makes me laugh.
            “When you down vote someone, Disqus send that person an e-mail and writes in All CAPS,
            ‘SO & SO DOWN VOTED YOU in this discussion'”

            Wouldn’t that just be hysterical if true. I can just imagine it.

        • John30013

          Possibly for the same reason that Facebook doens’t support “dislikes”. Disqus is trying to be a “social network” and they don’t want to let things get too “anti-social”…. πŸ™‚

          • B Snow

            They do know they’re on the internet, right? πŸ˜‰

      • JoeMyGod

        That one I had nothing to do with.

      • fuow

        I suspect that one was decided by the same sort of hysterical precious snowflakes as demand ‘jazz-hands’ instead of clapping.

      • BudClark

        Agreed.

      • Lumpy Gaga

        I’m in the middle of Jon Ronson’s book about mass Internet shaming. He’s clearly against it, but so far not making a very good case at all.

        • another_steve

          Well it’s a subtle and nuanced thing. Things are often like that. Subtle and nuanced.

          If a commenter on a gay blog were to “shame” Scott Lively or Pat Robertson for wishing death to LGBT people, that, I think, would be a bona fide use of “shaming.” If on the other hand a commenter on a gay blog were to shame another commenter for voicing an opinion that’s not in total sync with the Gay Blogosphere Hive Mind (say, in regard to a critique of religious LGBT persons), that would be a very childish and vindictive thing to do. And no Internet company (like Disqus, for instance) should endorse or encourage childish or vindictive actions on the part of commenters.

          All in my opinion.

          I’m sure some see it very differently.

      • CottonBlimp
      • another_steve

        So you like to “shame” people whose opinions you disagree with? You think that’s a good thing?

        As the young Caligula said to his uncle the Emperor Tiberius in the BBC’s marvelous production of Robert Graves’ “I, Claudius” (paraphrasing):

        “Well isn’t that a sad commentary on where we are, uncle.”

        • joeyj1220

  • TimCA

    Congratulations on the new site!!

  • geoffalnutt

    It’s clean and crisp…very professional-looking. Easy to navigate, too. I really like it.

  • JT
  • Mark

    Looks good! Load time on my end was much, much quicker – probably on the order of 1/4 the previous time.

    Anyway for your entries to have day / date for reference?

  • Salton

    It would be nice if each post had a date and time of posting.

    • JoeMyGod

      The date is in the URL – but yes, I’ll add that to the list, thanks.

      • Salton

        You’re welcome, Joe, and million of thanks for an unending enjoyment.

    • John30013

      +1 for the time of posting (the date is already there). I can’t stand (news-like) web sites that don’t clearly indicate when a post was made.

    • Soren456

      Yes.

  • JoeMyGod

    The RSS feeds will be updated and linkable on the main page sometime this morning….

  • Mark

    One thing I really liked with the old site was that items opened in a new tab instead of same window. Any body else??

    I’m not so old I can’t change…a little! πŸ™‚

    • JoeMyGod

      I’m pretty sure we can change that. Adding it to the list!

      • Mark

        No biggie if it can’t or has consequences elsewhere. Rt-click works as well. Thanky!

        • SFBruce

          There’s also that back button. Lots of ways to navigate the internets. Kinda like sex.

          • Mark

            I could use some pointers on the sex part. I am on a dead end….

      • I actually found that to be really annoying, so you might want to take a poll on that.

        EDIT: One can always choose to open a link in a new window (EDIT: or tab); I dislike it when a website chooses to do it for me.

        • clay

          I prefer a new tab, but not a new window. I can right click and tell it new tab if necessary.

          • JCF

            That’s what JMG 1.0 did, and it was nice. People who say “Right Click”: when I right click, I get a menu of options I have to scroll through, and pick—MUCH slower than and a single (left) click. Some of us oldsters don’t have as much manual dexterity as we used to, too!

          • pepΓ³n

            In Firefox, if you click a link with the middle button (or press on the little wheel) you will open a new tab automatically.

          • Mark

            Like IT!!! thanks!

          • Prixator

            That works in Chrome, too.

        • Prion

          You can tell your browser whether or not to open a new tab, new window or just switch the existing tab. The trouble is I have my browser set to open a new tab and this does not happen anymore in in the new JMG.
          JMG is overriding my browser preference.

          • John30013

            AFAIK, you cannot tell you browser to open every link you click on in a new window or tab. What you can do is tell your browser that when clicking on a link would open a new window, you want it in a new tab instead.

            You can always right-click (or click-and-hold on those single-mouse-button OSes out there) and choose “Open in a new tab” (or window).

          • fuow

            I never have understood the utility of single button systems. Two are so much faster and easier to use.

          • John30013

            Steve Jobs thought people were simpletons.

          • Eric in Oakland

            “You can always right-click (or click-and-hold on those single-mouse-button OSes out there) and choose “Open in a new tab” (or window).”

            That is fine if you are using a computer with a mouse. Unfortunately, many of us are using iPads or other mobile devices to read.

          • John30013

            I’m not sure how it works on iOS devices, but on my Android phone and tablet, I can long-press on a link, which displays a pop-up menu one of whose options is to open the link in a new window (ironically, just like the one-button mouse…).

          • Eric in Oakland

            Thanks! That seems to work. πŸ˜€

          • Rambie

            So did the old one, it forced a new tab.

        • John30013

          I happened to like the auto-open-in-a-new-window/tab feature, but I understand those who didn’t. I can certainly learn to right-click >> Open in a new tab. (Also, I got used to links doing that, and then in the comments the links didn’t work that way, so it was somewhat jarring and a pain to use the Back button to go back to the comments and then wait for Disqus to reload them….)

        • fuow

          Interesting. I loved it. We’re all so very different.

        • Yeah I found it to be annoying too.

      • StraightGrandmother

        That would be really nice if possible.

        • Alexo

          Just CTRL Click the link and it will open new tab with the clicked link.

          • Marc

            For me, it’s far less about new tabs on the desktop version as it is on the mobile. I’d rather have the website load each page I want once in a new tab, rather than the mobile site reloading each time I hit the back button. This annoyance has been substantially mitigated by the redesign, though!

      • Rambie

        I actually prefer links to open in the same tab.

      • It’s generally the preferred etiquette to open a link in the same window/tab. Users can command-click (or right-click and choose) on a link to open it to a new tab or window.

        • GC

          On Windows I’ve found that shift-click = new window; ctrl-click (or middle-click) = new tab. Works that way in Chrome and Firefox. I use Int*rn*t Expl*r*r only as a last resort.

          (PepΓ³n points out that on most mice these days, middle-click means press on the scroll wheel.)

    • SockMikey

      Great suggestion Mark!

    • Yeah, I really like that feature.

    • Personally like how the new site does not open everything in a new tab! Too many open tabs slows down the browsing experience. Only links to external sites should open in a new tab/window.

      • Willem van Oranje

        Yep: this

    • Alexo

      Just Ctrl Click what you want to open it should open a new tab.

    • Yeah I really like having it open in a new tab, especially when I’m reading through a bunch of posts at once, it makes it easier to close the one post and go back to the main site to continue going down the list.

    • Webslinger

      I am just happy AdBlock still works so I can view it at work without fear of reprisal

      • Octavio

        AdBlock seems to work even better with WordPress than Blogspot. Go figure. πŸ™‚

      • pablo

        If you use Adblock are you cutting into Joe’s revenue? I only use it when I visit sites of people I don’t like, or big corporate sites.

        • Webslinger

          well I can’t have pictures of lube, male enhancement products and shirtless men on my computer at work…sorry not going to risk my employment to put money in someone’s pocket

        • Joe, do answer his. Also, does clicking on ads pay you? We’d like to help.

    • VodkaAndPolitics

      No, OMG please, No. No No No No! That was so annoying, especially those of us who view JMG exclusively on Mobile.

      • rkwright

        I always had problems with the old site crashing on my iPad because of the ads on the front page. The auto second tab was the best feature as it did exactly that, and my browser wouldn’t crash as frequently in the story page as compared to front page. And I only have a pad now, but I’m just glad this new site hasn’t crashed on me yet!

        • D. Gray

          Ditto that.

      • Mark

        but, but, but….how else am I gonna fill up two 27″ monitors?? πŸ™‚

    • DaddyRay

      I like it opening as a new tab on my home computer but not on my phone. Now at home I can just right click and select open in a new tab. I can’t tell you how annoying it was to have to close 15 to 20 stories on my phone so I think I will like this new format – less cleanup

    • Cousin Bleh

      Ugh, please no. Force-opening new tabs is awful experience design.

    • Eebadee-eebadee-thatsallfolks

      Not sure what your browser is, but in Chrome you can right click and choose whether you want a link to open in the same window, a new tab or a new window.

    • Mike_Bernard

      That’s an easy change, at least in WordPress…is this WordPress, Joe?

    • In polster-speak, I “strongly agree”, especially with the links that Joe almost always puts in his posts, whether to his source material or to earlier, still relevant posts. Opening in a new tab saved an awful lot of to-ing and fro-ing — and when a post had a lot of comments, having to reload them all.

  • Robin

    Thanks, Joe. Looking good!

  • Faster, less crashy.

    EDIT: Oh! And thank you for keeping me on the blogroll!

  • Mark

    Uh oh…I’m starting to sound like a whiner…….

    On the home page, text for articles is in black. At the article page, the text is in a shade of gray which reduces the contrast making the reading a bit more challenging. From what i can tell, only this particular page is showing all black text.

    Update: Your comments are in black whilst the article text is italicized and gray…

    • JoeMyGod

      That jumped out at me too and it’s on the to-fix list.

  • Mark

    J’know….a J.M.G. coffee mug would look pretty nice in that new store thingy…..

    • People4Humanity

      Can we choose one with the porn-stache picture?

    • clay

      right next to the coffee-proof keyboard covers. πŸ˜‰

    • Mark

      Hold it! How selfish of me!

      Maybe some type of cocktail glass for the afternoon and evening cruisers?

  • SockMikey

    Hey Joe,

    Will previous posts from the other JMG site be populated to these subjects?

    Wanted to post a couple of things under subjects, but did not want to duplicate.

    Thanks!

    • JoeMyGod

      Your comments histories will be loaded to the old posts today. You can still go back to the original site linked above and continue your conversations.

  • Anastasia Beaverhousen

    Joe-joe, honey, I love it. It’s sleek, sexy and doesn’t crash my iPad. I love it.

    • BudClark

      Goes SO well with mah gritz and Velveeta (chuckle).

  • JCF

    Test posting a vid: Good morning, Joe! πŸ™‚

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yu6–WBPBHo

    • John30013

      One of my all-time favorite movies!

  • JCF

    Test posting a GIF: Joe, kudos on the new site!

    http://replygif.net/i/468.gif

    • joeyj1220

      love gifs πŸ™‚

  • OrliJoe in Fla

    So far I really, really like it – congrats!

  • DangerMouseBen

    Hey, Joe! Looks, good. As others have said, it loads faster and though I liked reading the post in one column, I can live with this layout. I’ll stay around, not that I was ever thinking of leaving.

  • stephentastic

    Great overall (and much faster!), but I would love to have infinite scrolling (or a ‘load more’ button at the bottom of the page), instead of the pager that’s there now.

    • BearEyes

      I like that this site loads faster now. Infinite scrolling would slow it down again.
      As for scrolling though, I would prefer smooth scrolling instead of jumping 3-4 lines at a time.

      • John30013

        Smooth scrolling is a feature of the browser, not the web site (although web sites can implement their own if they choose to do so).

    • John30013

      Ugh! Please, FSM, no! Infinite scrolling is almost always a bad idea. On a mobile device it will eat up the limited memory, and then if you have to go back to that page that you’ve scrolled down 5 or 10 pages, it has to reload all of that….

      • stephentastic

        Mobile devices can easily be excluded from infinite scrolling (as it often is). But don’t worry John, it was merely a suggestion, it probably won’t happen!

        • John30013

          Sorry if I came off too strong, Stephen. I know personal preferences differ when using web sites. I personally find infinite scrolling annoying. But I recognize other people like it.

          I imagine that, unless infinite scrolling is a standard option on Joe’s new blogging platform, he probably has no control over it.

  • delk
    • Lumpy Gaga

      I know how he feels.

  • b

    Great job! Beautiful. But one thing that seems to be missing is where if you click on a link, you open a new tab automatically, thus keeping better check on your history.

  • SockMikey

    One of the coolest changes I noticed (besides it being a lot faster), is that when I open subject and it shows another tab that is in “full screen” automatically in FireFox.

    For some reason the other blog site populated subjects that required zooming.

    πŸ‘

  • Marc

    Love it — the redesign is fantastic on mobile. Thanks, Joe!

  • JoyZeeBoy

    Is pretty! Well done, Joe!

  • Toasterlad

    I HATE CHANGE!

    jk…looks great!

  • AtticusP

    Congrats on the new site, Joe! Looks great!

  • chiMaxx

    I get the truncation, but why not use AJAX to show the full contents in place, rather than taking the user to a new page?

  • zhera

    It works in Firefox now, so I’m happy!

    Any chance of a tag list/cloud? Sometimes that makes it sooooo much easier to search.

    • zhera

      PS. What’s up with the text in this post? It’s like there are pixels missing? It makes my eyes unhappy.

      • SockMikey

        Zhera,

        Everything looks good to me.

        Can you capture a screen grab and attach it to show what you mean?

        That might help them figure out what’s happening.

        • zhera
          • zhera

            Click for bigger version.

          • Mark

            I blew it up as big as I could in the window (ctrl+). And there is pixelation of the font. I’m not a guru or genius on fonts….but I’m thinking the default font is not TT?

            As a reference, I pulled up CBS and CNN and compared.

            Then I did the Win7 > Search > Clear Type. That seems to have remedied the pixelation.

          • Mark

            Not sure why – but the pixelation is back after I closed the browser and came back in…. ???

          • clay

            So, is it the gray block quote you dislike or the apparent pixelization of of the curves (zoom in and look at the G in Graham’s)?

          • zhera

            The pixilation in Joe’s text.

          • zhera

            Although, the gray text could be darker.

          • SockMikey

            Hope some of this helps!

            It seems that posts on this problem indicate that it can either be
            caused by Firefox settings and or Monitor/System settings issues.

            If you have another browser (like IE) does it also show that problem?

            What OS (Win7, Win10, etc) are you using?

            1. I’m using Win 7 (Ultimate) and in Firefox 39.0.3 have the following (see attached image) set in Options/Content/Advanced, I would try setting that first. Of course, you might want to write down your settings first if they are different.

            2. You might also try typing Cleartype into the Windows Search Box and choose “Adjust Cleartype Text” – It’s either checked or unchecked, and try changing that.

            3. You can also type c:windowsfonts in the Windows Search Box and you can access “Adjust Cleartype Text” and also try changing Windows Font Size (I use 125%)

            4. If worse comes to worse, I’d probable export my current Firefox settings/bookmarks/etc… and then reinstall current version.

            *****

            I found the following links that *might* be of some help, but require some goofing around with other settings.

            Some Strange Font Problems in Firefox
            https://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?id=52845

            Firefox 39 Fuzzy font
            https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/questions/1071657

            Firefox Options/Content/Advanced —->
            .

          • zhera

            Thanks! I’ll have a look at it.

  • Ninja0980

    Looks good so far!

  • JoeMyGod

    You can update your RSS feed via the icon at the bottom of the page or just use this link: http://www.joemygod.com/feed/

    We’re going to move the RSS icon to the top of the front page.

  • GarySFBCN

    Daddy has new threads! Congratulations!

    Like: The overall look and yes it seems more responsive.

    Like to see improved: Your photo is now tiny. Embiggen please. Maybe put on the right side navigation panel.

    I have adblock for various reasons, but I’ll shut it off on your site.

  • TomF.

    The worst thing about hiring a consultant firm is that, well, of course, they’re going to recommend all kinds of changes. Not a consulting firm in the business would say “Everything’s perfect…don’t change a thing!” Well, I like the new JMG just fine…don’t change a thing! Change is good!

  • gaymex

    Wow…clean, easy to read, uncluttered. As Mark mentioned , opening in a new tab instead of same window would be nice. Also a good thing for Joe is that the ads are easier to see–at least for these old eyes–so I think the advertisers will also be happy. I am a creature of habit, but this is nice. Good job Joe.

  • Mike in Texas

    I’m not sure the Facebook Share is working. I get the Facebook “Like” box in Chrome and IE 11. I used it, but nothing shows up on FB.

    Edited to add that the same thing happens in the Edge browser.

    This seems odd because someone’s screenshot earlier in the thread shows the standard FB share button, not the like button.

  • Drayfield

    I use my iPhone to read JMG all day. I hated when I wanted to see comments a new window was opened. Now I click “read more” and I see the full post AND comments and all I have to do is arrow back to see the other posts! I love it!

  • Sam_Handwich
  • I’ll join in the chorus asking for darker text for the block quotes. However, just checked it out on my Samsung Mega phone and the block quotes were much easier to read than on the porn machine.

  • Henry Auvil

    Yeesh! So fancy around here now. I’m afraid to put my drink down on something…

    • Gigi

      I have a JMG coaster!

  • Gigi

    “…so you can go back and finish whatever you were arguing about in this weekend’s posts.” You know us well!

    • Michael Rush

      yeah but they started it .

    • Lumpy Gaga

      I say the new site needs a “PReP in Israel” thread to really test its limits.

      • GC

        I haven’t read any of the other articles yet… has You-Know-Who made an appearance yet? (The person who often appears in political discussions demonizing Democrats as unevolved, forever hobbled by DOMA and DADT… maybe I’ve said too much already!)

  • geru

    Nice.

  • rkwright

    I’m looking forward to the site and seeing what it has to offer in terms of user friendliness when on the iPad. I have had crashes of the pages for years now when on the pad, so here’s hoping the new site won’t have a problem with the page and reloads it….and I like the rainbow stars disco motif in the picture above. Stealing it for my Facebook page…

  • ChrisInKansas

    I usually dislike change a lot, especially when something has been the same for quite a while, but the new site looks pretty good! The only thing I don’t care for is the “read more” button on every article. I’m sure the more clicks, the more advertising dollars you get, but I’d rather see the full articles right there on the home page. Either way, I’m not going to stop reading now! Thanks Joe!

  • Galvestonian

    Oooooooh, nice. I like the way you’ve redone the place…still looks like home only sleeker.

  • Galvestonian

    ,,,eh, the chandelier is a bit much.

  • David Milley

    Much faster loading, and a clean layout. Congratulations on the launch!

  • Ray Taylor

    My only concern is I can’t read the text on my weight phone. Much too small. If I expand the text is cut off. I’ll have to stay home I guess.

    • StraightGrandmother

      “weight phone?”
      Is that some crazy auto-correct term?

      • Ray Taylor

        Windows 8

  • Happy Dance

    This looks a lot cleaner, but I agree with Mark…I like the old way the stories opened in a new tab. I will just have to remember to use my back button lol.

  • LADY MABELINE

    It’s like driving a new car.

  • DaddyRay

    Nice – I like it Joe
    Great job

  • Bob M

    Looks good and it is faster on my older computer and system. I was almost to the point of dreading you site because I was having so many problems I do like the larger type. I hope the transition goes well.

  • John

    I’m primarily a mobile user, and the site performance is MUCH better on Safari now (thank you!). However, the first time I loaded the site an ad redirected the page to some ads tracker (not sure which, stopped the page loading and closed the tab before it finished). So I refreshed the page about a dozen times and didn’t see the ad redirect again, but one ad did automatically open an iTunes store redirect to Game of War: Fire Age. Not sure how much control you have over the ad content but it’s a minor inconvenience. But aside from that the new page is a BIG improvement!

  • DumbHairyApe

    Even before I landed here I knew what it would look like. Seems all sites are retooling with the same (boring) look and organization, but with 50% more advertising!
    On the old site I knew I as at JMG just from the way the site looked and felt. Now I can’t tell if I landed on JMG. Accidental Bear, Cult of Mac, or any one of a thousand different websites and blogs that have all adopted this same (boring) look and feel.
    I am unhappy with the change, and I normally like things being retooled.

  • Guest Guestie

    Halle-loo! Welcome to the mobile responsive age, Joe. So happy you decided to join us!

  • Lakeview Bob

    Had a busy weekend here in Chicago with Halsted Market Days so I might be behind. Will this allow a mobile app? I apologize if this has been discussed.

    • John30013

      I don’t know about a mobile app, but the new site works very well on mobile browsers (at least from my limited testing time this morning).

    • GC

      Why do we need apps right and left for things that a website can do perfectly well?

  • Circle Thomas

    The site is so much wider. I’m a big fan of girth.

    • fuow

      It’s not only wider, it’s longer, too.
      Longer, wider and uncut*.
      *Thanks, adblock.

      What’s not to love?

      • Guest

        But it’s totally cut. All of the posts are truncated so you have to click through…

    • BudClark

      Yep. Like that too!

    • Eric in Oakland

      “The site is so much wider. I’m a big fan of girth.”

      This is the most significant improvement to me. On the old site the writing loaded too small to read, and enlarging seemed to always cause a crash and reload. Now everything is large enough to read as loaded.

  • VodkaAndPolitics

    I don’t mind the truncated posts, I clicked almost every article to read the comments anyway. It would be nice if they were anchor links that allowed you to continue reading right where you left off, and not have to hunt for where the last page truncated.

  • Larry in Oklahoma

    I LOVE the new site. It IS different looking than the old one but this is faster. As for the new tab thing, I am a veteran of right click – open link in new tab. True, here, when you click on something it takes you to a whole new screen but this is not the only website that does it. Right click, folks. And, Joe, rock on.

  • Lakeview Bob

    I hate change. Really hate change. But I have to admit I really like this new format so far. Tons of advantages. Love that you can find older news more easily and very happy we can still use disqus. So far so good!

  • Congratulations, Joe! A sweet move indeed, looks fresh and proper. Yay!

  • The site looks great!

  • bambinoitaliano

    Testies….testies…..So bright in here. Must be the new paint.

  • fuow

    No complaints, here. This must have taken an enormous amount of thought and creative energy.
    I like it!
    Thanks!

  • Giant Monster Gamera

    Not banned by work….. yet!

  • Hue-Man

    Houston, we have a font problem.

    The Home page font is impossibly small. The quoted text in the articles is in italic – if you’re going to side-bar the quote, then italic is unnecessary AND hard to read.

    Firefox 39, Windows 10.

    I appreciate how much quicker the homepage loads. Did you have to add extra tubes to the interwebs?

    • Hue-Man

      Oops, forgot to mention that scrolling seems “jerky” not smooth.

  • Sean Taylor

    I’ve been here ten seconds. This is fantastic. Very nice job.

  • goofy_joe

    Change is always annoying at first, but in time, people will come to enjoy and appreciate the effort you’re making in order to improve our experience. Thank you for being the first place I go every morning with my coffee and sleepy eyes. πŸ™‚

  • Welcome to WordPress!!! Looking good.
    I do believe that you can set the pages to open in a new tab somehow over here, that would be great as when clicking back I end up back at top, not where I left off. It’s just a tad cumbersome to have to click to read the whole article only to have to find your spot where you left off when hitting back button. Or one of the formats like your old blogger site that allows one to see the whole article on your main page? I know WordPress has many formats from which to choose. I liked being able to read your articles in full from your main page.
    One other thing I do know is when I set up my wordpress blog it showed 10 post at a time, I quickly found the settings to change that so there are twenty per page instead of 10. I think that would be better on here as you easily have more than 10 post per day.

  • Oh you updated the desktop!
    Love the curtains with that rainbowy thing going on!
    So nice on the eyes.
    Where is is fridge?

  • Necessitas

    It’s SO much faster! The pages load almost instantly on my old Pentium-D, 2GHz system, and I could have 30 – 45 second load times on the old main-page; but it was always worth it. I just can’t get over how darn fast the entire site is now, and it looks fine. Truly impressive redesign that stays true to the original feel but is presented in a more logical, faster, and less memory-intensive way. I couldn’t ask for better.

  • teegeehawthorne

    GREAT job! I’ve been a website developer for 19 years and I was afraid you’d stray too far from what worked before. You struck the perfect balance and I guarantee you won’t lose a ton of visitors from this and that you’ve enhanced the experience for everybody. Well done.

  • JR

    Loving the new site, Joe. It loads much faster too.

  • Jeffg166

    The old site was reloading every time I tried to enlarge the type to read it on an iPad. Thank you for the larger type for my old eyes.

  • Bluto

    Love this here new website thingy! Well done, Joe.

  • VodkaAndPolitics

    The site hasn’t crashed my phone once! Mission Accomplished!

  • Roger

    Maniac graphic designer here with a small CSS obs: the article titles at the main page are showing without anti-alias in Firefox and Internet Explorer, (but appears all right in the Chrome). The non anti-alias font looks really odd in a title sized font, check it out the screencap below. Is it just me?
    Edit: check the screen cap full size.

  • Justin

    Really liking the zippy page-load time! Also liking the page layout and the ease of going back to older pieces. Good job, Joe!

  • BudClark

    I’m trying … so far, it doesn’t seem to be any faster, though.

    But I’ll read Joe My God if I have to get it via two tin cans and a long string .

    It’s the first thing I look at in the morning … I have to count on my fingers to see if Joe’s likely to be up, since I get up between 3 a.m. and 5 a.m. on the LEFT Coast … and the last thing I look at before I go to bed at night … and all during the day.

    Joe, you’re WONDERFUL!

    BIG hugs from the desert!

    Cheers,

    Bud Clark

  • Rebecca Gardner

    Love the new site but I have a question. Under the categories menu I do not see Duggar. hehehe

  • mikeinrkfd

    Looks great!

  • Martin Daly

    Love the new site! I often want to post or re-tweet the things I read here and now I can! Thanks for creating this blog — it is my go-to resource for news and opinion, particularly LGBT news. I can’t imagine how much time and effort go into maintaining this site, but it is much appreciated.

  • KQCA

    JoeMyGod, poll us and try to please us all and we will drive you mad by sundown today. You’ve got a worldwide following on your personal blog; do what you can and we’ll adjust. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/27edef0e10deb758bbf75a503aaaa7097787f7f5c84c4734f000ae3c6d5ce251.jpg

  • JoeMyGod

    BTW – You can close the bookmark reminder at the top and it shouldn’t reappear for you…..

  • medaka

    Looks super fabulous great Joe!

    One thing I noticed is that the Twitter tweet you posted from Trump is cut out l/r on the front page (see the capture below) but appears fine in the article. Not sure if it’s me or what.

    I’m using the latest Firefox and I also get pixel dropout in the post text. Working on fixing that here. Maybe the two issues are related?

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/b2a909630d93abdcbdf3100e0eb6b4a9a243266bf2886abb31b50d499ab7f2a8.png

    • medaka
      • GC

        Some software developers think that that sort of cropping-and-zooming is a desirable default. The Windows “Print Pictures” utility has a checkbox, always initially on, labeled “Fit picture to frame”. I find that label uninformative: “fit” how? It zooms (and crops) the picture so that the entire printable area is used.

        It would be ideal if there were a way to specify that certain pictures not get cropped for the front-page preview. But if it’s all-or-nothing, my vote is for no cropping. Let there be white bars on the sides, or above and below, while I get to see the entire context of the picture.

  • Jon Baize

    I love the new design. Simple and much more legible. Thank you for updating, and congrats on using your personal domain! πŸ™‚

  • Colonel Panic.

    I’m new appearance neutral but it’s such a joy to be able to read on my IThingy without the page reloading ninety million times. Jolly good show old chap.

  • GayOldLady

    The new site is great Joe! Thank you.

  • Octavio

    Much nicer now that you’ve ported over to Word Press. No more of Blogspot’s “home grown” looking template stuff. And AdBlock is working better than ever. Also, the few bits of dancing ad baloney I do encounter is all in English. No Carfour/Disco ads or dancing bottles of Quilmes beer. I hate Quilmes. πŸ™‚

    • SockMikey

      ❀ AdBlock

  • Alex in Idaho

    Lafayette, we are here! Looks great, two thumbs up (or other appendage of choice).

  • SpiderPIG
  • 3ringquercus

    I also mourn the truncated posts, and the images of Tweets are also resized so they can’t be read on first glance. Sigh. Freakin’ phones, man…they’re killing everything.

  • pablo

    Well it’s already crashed my Safari browser on the i6, but the old site did that all the time. Trying Dolphin to see if it makes a difference.

    • Steven Leahy

      I have the same problem on my iphone

  • Queequeg

    So far, so good. I added the new bookmark on my computer, now need to update my phone and iPad.

  • Ted

    Agh, about the truncated posts…that was my favorite thing about your blog, either mobile or on the laptop. It was something that made you stand out from the other blogs and was one reason I always went to you first. This really is a big downfall from before…

    • Ted

      I should have specified what I liked about the older blog was the ability to scroll down one page to read the posts and not have to click on each post to read it in full…

      • NYC

        Agree, the read more button to read 1 more sentence is really unhelpful.

  • J G

    We’ll done! And I for one appreciate the mobile device support!!! (Do you have an in with Andy Towle? Towleroad needs mobile device support 😜)

    • Dicky

      Towleroad used to have a mobile/desktop split. Their mobile site actually looked like the current site now, but with only headlines; there was no article text at all. This was back in 2012 or so? It’s one of the reasons I hated the fact that they unified the site into the more mobile-focused version they have now; they already had a mobile split that they seemed to forget.

  • James

    I don’t like the “Read More” feature at all. I don’t have time to read lengthy articles, let alone click thru on each and every story to understand what’s going on. In the other version of JMG, I could scroll down the blog and pretty much get the whole story edited down… and then links that Joe would provide if i wanted to read the whole story … but to have to click on the Read More feature each and every story?

    I would rather have an edited article, a quick read with all of the essential facts, like you did in your former blog,, with links to further reading as a supplement reading if one chooses like you did in your former blog.

    since only one other person mentioned this,, I have a feeling we are alone…

    • Ted

      I think I am the other one who mentioned this, but I do not think that Joe’s summaries are any longer it just seems to be a feature of the new site. What I am not sure of is that Joe mentioned this change had something to do with mobile users, but as he kept the page to a maximum number of posts I never had a mobile issue…so not sure what the problem was with the mobile version. My guess is that a lot less articles will be read in the new format, I for one will skip over when the title does not sound interesting whereas in the past I tended to read the whole blog because it was sort of like reading the newspaper in the morning over your breakfast you did not have to click anything just scroll occasionally…

      • James

        I just don’t like how each article cuts off in mid sentence and then you have to “Read More” to get the whole story,, and it’s quite long.

        Before, you could just scroll down (no clicking necessary) and read each story complete.. and then of course with the option of links to further reading.

        since so few of us have mentioned this,,, I guess everyone likes to click away and has endless time to read long articles…. and I’m not sure how the “updates” will be handled,,, will those also be long articles instead of a nice neat sentence or two? rrrrrrrrrg~!

        • Dicky

          In other words, given the new formatting, Joe needs to learn where to put the jump breaks so that mid-sentence breaks don’t occur.

          • James

            no, it’s not about the sentence break,,, it’s about condensing the story into a concise article complete with all the main facts, like Joe did in his former blog.

            one used to just scroll down the blog and read everything,, not having to click onto a “Read More” page that takes time to reload,, scroll down to read the article and then back to the main page again, wait for that to load up, etc etd,,,

            Just put it all back on one smooth line of articles like before…

            and while we’re at it,,, don’t go to page 1,2,3,4,,,, do it day by day.. have a full days of posts….. clicking on page 2 takes you to another page, which again has to upload and refresh,, and then of course you have to go back to page one,, and that reloads….

            have page 2,3,4 continue down the same path as page 1.. as when there used to be an “older” link at the bottom of the blog….

            all in all,, i will get used to however the kinks are ironed out… I do love my morning cup of JMG πŸ˜€

          • Dicky

            If you go back to the old articles that have been migrated already, they also have badly “chosen” sentence breaks on the main pages. So it’s not that the stories were better condensed. On the old site, we saw all of his words on the main page. We were allowed more characters to consume before needing to continue.

            So, while Joe may have had a good ability for editing with his former blog format, this new blog format requires him to pare it down even more, if “Read More” is considered a bane. That, or make better jumps, which ironically Towleroad also lost in their transition to a mobile-centric site, going by the number of mid-sentence breaks over there.

    • geru

      Yup. I never really thought about it, but it is a bit annoying to see a story cut in the middle of a sentence.

      Especially since the articles here aren’t usually that long, and even when they are it’s still less of a burden to just scroll through it, than it is to click and open an article I actually want to read.

  • James

    i know I have an old i-Mac, using Chrome, but this is not any faster,, and discus still takes 29+ seconds to open and you have to sit there and wait for it, if you go to another page, it will just spin there until you return to the page and wait it out.

  • Edmund Allin

    Done and done.

    Just a quick question to other posters: do the headlines (and any large text) look a little spidery, or is it just my display?

    • NZArtist

      Yeah, it does here. It’s not a very good font.

  • Eebadee-eebadee-thatsallfolks

    Joe, you look maaaaahvelous!

    I like the look of the new site and the Disqus loaded at least as quickly as on the old site.

  • SFBruce

    Crispser and cleaner. I like it. Personally, I’m indifferent to how the comment page opens when clicked from the main page. On that issue, I’m a switch hitter.

  • BlueberriesForMe

    I already miss the old site :<( probably because I am so used to it.
    I'm sure with time I will adjust. Maybe I just need to have a couple of pops in the meantime. Onwards and upwards :=).

  • Larry Gist

    Loving the new digs!

  • bob

    Looks like you lost some on the blogroll. Sometimes I need BJ’s porn to clear my head from the news! lol

  • SLK in SF

    New site loads lightning-fast for me. Looks good too!

  • MileHighJoe

    Congratulations, I love what you’ve done to the place!

    On my wishlist is a prominent button the bottom of the page that says NEXT PAGE.

  • RR

    If the internet excels at one thing, it’s fixing what ISN’T broken. There wasn’t a need to change, Joe. Your site was GREAT as is. At the very least, PLEASE reconsider that heinous “read more” button.

  • James

    I find it really annoying that I have to click to read each entry. It’s different with newspapers, because then you’re dealing with long articles, but for this format it’s just irritating.

    • BobSF_94117

      Not sure if it’s an option, but some sites (like Andrew Sullivan’s) did the same but with a “see more” link that expanded the whole article without loading a new page.

      • James

        That would be better, but still not ideal. I don’t see why there can’t be a mobile site that’s organized slightly differently.

        • BobSF_94117

          The “thing” these days — and I don’t blame Joe — is cross-platform uniformity. Seems utterly stupid to me, but no one ever listens to me…

  • Dicky

    Outside of the need for better breaking at jumps (and the catering to mobile on all versions of the site), I’m saddest that we can no longer see tags without clicking through. Seeing the tags on posts was infinitely enjoyable, but that appears to be a privilege of being able to see the end of the article.

    • JoeMyGod

      I greatly lament the loss of visibility for my hilarious tags.

    • GC

      Joe’s tags are great! Especially the ones that pull no punches such as “batshittery”, “bovine spongiform encephalopathy”, “HA HA HA”, and “infighting is funny”.

  • Osowoofy

    I’m just happy it doesn’t crash anymore on my iPhone!!!! Woohoo!!!

  • Matt in PDX

    If we must have truncated posts on the main page, then could you please add “next post” and “previous post” buttons to the pages with the full posts, so that we can click from one to the next without having to go through the main page? On my computer, at least, having to go back and forth to the main page really slows down the loading. Thanks!

    • Matt in PDX

      Ah. Disregard! I see that the buttons are there now. They weren’t there when I first came to the site.

  • Sashineb

    The new site is very nice, Joe, and it’s much faster to load the content. Thank you, and keep up your terrific work. We really appreciate all that you do.

  • NZArtist

    Lovin’ it. Wonderful improvements all round.
    Thanks for all the work you put into this blog.

  • Gery WeißschΓ€del

    Well, I’m likin’ it so far as yes, it is cleaner looking. πŸ™‚ However, I too was a fan of links opening a new tab. That said, I’m also adept at right clicking… and left clicking, and wheel scrolling. I are so talented I are.

  • JD

    The truncation is not a big deal. If it means it will load better on my iPhone (i.e. not crash Safari), it’s totally worth it.

  • Rene Salinas

    I like the new format Joe.

  • HUGE IMPROVEMENT.

  • jugomono

    Congrat’s!! Finally! Being a web designer your old site drove me crazy but the content always kept me coming back & that’s most important. Nice to see it is now mobile-friendly…with some tweaks…& hopefully it won’t crash my iPad any more. Good luck & lots of love to Joe.My.God.

  • TallBearNC

    I love the new site and think it’s fantastic. It is much faster especially on my iPad – even though I’m using the fastest iPad out there – an iPad air 2.

    I do agree with Mark below that it was nice that the old site open things in a new window, or new tab, but there’s an easy workaround for that. If you have an iOS or android device just simply press down on the link and hold for a few seconds in a box should pop up asking you if you want to simply open it or open it up into a new tab. If you are using Windows, simply right click the link and choose open a new tab or open a new window

    While it is an extra step, I would gladly give up this feature for all the new positive things this website has to offer – especially being able to go back in time. Sometimes I cannot read the site for days, and on the old site, once information became too old, the reader could never have access to it. So I give this new site a 9 out of 10. Fixing the site by making things open into a new tab would give it a 9.5 in my opinion and to get a 10 out of 10 rating, I’d like to see the site charge a small membership to disable advertisements

  • JMG > PBS

    Still weighing whether this upgrade vaults JMG over PBSNewsHour as a news source. JMG definitely on the ascent, PBS lamentably on the descent.

  • 2amor

    Oh My God, Joe My God!!! Fantastic!! Wonderful!! I am in Mexico and have gone all over the site, it loads FAST and does not crash every time you refresh or move around………… So impressed!! Love the format!! Not that anything was wrong with the old site… wink, wink.. great work!

  • Jude Newton

    I love this. So much easier to read the text. Yes I am getting old. Also loads faster on my phone so I can read JMG during the day.

  • JCF

    Is there any way we we will be able to choose how many stories show up on the first page (and/or, could you put MORE stories on the front page)? [Generally speaking, I really like to see about 48 hours worth of stories on the front page: it’s the way I know I’m getting caught up, if I’m away.]

  • A trivial thing, perhaps, Joe; but is it possible to keep all the posts bearing the same date on the same page? At least all of today’s posts on the front page?

    I know I’m an odd man out here, but the time-zone difference between New York and Sydney inevitably means that most of your new posts appear in the small hours of the morning here; I saw this one just as I was going to bed very late last night, and when I got up this morning it had disappeared onto page 2.

    I like the archive button at the top of the page with its list of post numbers by month very much. That will prove very useful.

    • Helpful

      Suggestion: Use an aggregator app like NetVibes? That lists all the posts for a given blog or news source by day.

  • BearEyes

    Anyone else noticing an ad that “re-positions” the focus of your browser to that ad? It’s happened before and the script was disabled, but appears to be back.

    • GC

      Adblock Plus works wonders for me.

  • garygdw

    Love it. Loads 100X faster. Easy to navigate on a PC and, doesn’t crash my mobile!

  • Steven Leahy

    I guess we just have to get used to it. It does seem to load a lot faster. Looks a lot more attractive and like a real “webpage” now.

    One small annoyance, how the pictures fade out when you hover your mouse over them …ugh.

  • johncAtl

    Love the faster loading. And not a single crash on my iPad.

    My only wish would be to change the font used for quotes. Other users have said the lighter gray color is hard to read. But I find the serif font very hard to read.

  • Piet

    Dear Joe — Thank you and thank you to your blog transformation crew for all the hard work in putting together the new site. It looks nice, I’m getting used to how it works that’s different from before, and I’m sure it will be a big improvement when everything is finished. Thanks and praise all around.

  • Eye Strain

    URGENT: New site doesn’t allow zoom function. Not getting any younger here

    • octobercountry

      Do you mean you can’t adjust your browser settings for zooming, or are you talking about something to do with a mobile device? Just for the record—I’m using Chrome on a desktop display, and have no problem with zooming—but then, that may be something totally different to the issue you’re asking about.

  • pnoeric

    Joe, congrats on the new modern site– what an improvement. My only suggestion would be to hire a designer to make your WordPress theme attractive… right now it’s SUPER generic and boring. You can add some pizzaz, flair, and design without slowing the site down at all… and what a huge difference it would make. This new site is about as off-the-shelf as you can get, which is a real crime for one of the oldest and most-respected gay news blogs.

  • Hue-Man

    I HATE the CHECK ALSO pop-up box. Especially this morning when M. Bachmann’s crazy eyes appeared on every new page! I believe that’s against the Geneva Conventions. JMG readers are “mature” enough to remember what’s on the home page!

    I got no feedback on the extra tiny font on the home page and the italics for the quoted text.

    Please consider moving this post up to the front and anchor it for a month or a few weeks. Then summarize the comments/complaints and the resolutions in a new post.

    Thanks.

    UPDATE: The font changes look great. Thanks again.

  • Aikane Kai

    Overall I don’t like the new site, but I’ll get used to it.

    A few things:
    Please either lock the menu in place at the top of the screen, or let it scroll off. Things that pop in and out are seriously annoying.

    That annoying little pop-up to ‘like’ your facebook page? Blocked.

    Allow us to read the whole story on one page.

    Allow us to watch video without having to open the story. I can’t even tell which is a video and which isn’t.