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Goodbye Instagram Hello Pixelfed?

So i’m testing out alternate social networks – in this case federated networks (Mastodon, Pixelfed) both which can connect to each other using activitypub (well, mastodon can pick up pixelfed content).

Both are fine, pixelfed is a direct clone of instagram UI, though I think its more due to time/resource limitations than anything.

Not a gamechanger IMO – setting up your own instance of small group use is cool, but when you are trying to connect to others, get work out there you want to be where everyone else is, these federated instances don’t do a good enough job of letting that happen.

For a place to dump art pixelfed might be quite useful, but then again, if connections arent important so would a blog right?

TESTING THE WATERS

https://pixelfed.social/blackgates

https://mastodon.art/blackgates

I’ve changed the link at the top as the instagram feed is now K-Oed

DELAYED GRAT

I have been working – 10 Pages of new art created ready to go – could start work on adding /crafting copy.

More characters on screen = longer time to prep go figure.

But in this case I’m not happy with the break point. Feels too much like more setup (even if important) Feel a need to get to the action so I will work up ~5 more pages. Before releasing.

New Mobile Preview Page

Have reworked the CMS and comic engine to incorporate a dedicated mobile layout. This means formatting and uploading a new set of pages but the result is a story that is easier to read on mobile.

Only Death Note is available Рand I need to finish the interface / chapter navigation / chapter content loading /  tweak content / update ALL the other pages before going live.

Preview here –¬†https://www.theblackgates.com/comic/mobiletest/

MOB FRMT

Want to look at how art pages display on mobile. I think the tapastic approach of vertical scroll will work the best based of a quick question/ poll Amelia of KINGS CLUB <– check it out held. Where it was the favoured approach over full pages.

I love widescreen desktop, sliding fullpage content and hi-res sharp text etc. Taking in a page in one hit. But plenty of people digest on mobile, which by default lends itself to vertical scroll on portait mode (how you read page content) Breaking down the panels might destroy page flow, but can allow each panel a chance to hero. And readers can still read at their own pace.

How to make it work without making a lot of extra work. One to stew over.