Please can you give me some input on this

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  1. TessSchlesinger profile image94
    TessSchlesingerposted 8 months ago

    https://hubpages.com/travel/Olvera-Spai … in-the-Sun

    Too many photos?
    Too little text?

    I could write up some history of the area.

    1. snakeslane profile image82
      snakeslaneposted 8 months agoin reply to this

      Hi Tess, You have some amazing photos in this piece. My only suggestion with regard to presentation is to consider using thumbnails to tighten it up a bit. An example where this is done very effectively is in this photo essay by Ann Carr:
        https://letterpile.com/personal-essays/ … ham-On-Sea

      1. TessSchlesinger profile image94
        TessSchlesingerposted 8 months agoin reply to this

        Thank you. Haven't thumbnails been outlawed by hubpages?

        1. Marisa Wright profile image97
          Marisa Wrightposted 8 months agoin reply to this

          I don't think so.  However I must admit, I never use them.  I'm not sure how good they would look on mobile, which is how most people view our Hubs.

          1. TessSchlesinger profile image94
            TessSchlesingerposted 8 months agoin reply to this

            Okay. thanks.

        2. snakeslane profile image82
          snakeslaneposted 8 months agoin reply to this

          Um, this article was just published two weeks ago, so apparently not. I don't view anything on mobile so hadn't considered that. Marisa probably knows best.  smile

          1. Marisa Wright profile image97
            Marisa Wrightposted 8 months agoin reply to this

            We're being told by HubPages that it's vital to check the "Mobile" preview when we write Hubs, because the great majority of our readers see how our Hubs that way.  That's why they got rid of the right-floated capsules (grrrr....).   

            Tess might be confusing thumbnails with the half-width capsules.

            The only reason I've never used the thumbnails is that I've never had a Hub which was too photo-heavy, so I've never had to confront that problem.  Thinking about it, if I do have what I'd consider "too many" photos for a Hub, I'd write another Hub to use them.

            Personally, I rarely bother to click on thumbnails anyway, so I suppose I've assumed other readers might not either - so I guess I feel that if I consign a photo to a thumbnail, it's "wasted"  and not being put to a good enough use.  But that's just my opinion.

            1. DrMark1961 profile image99
              DrMark1961posted 8 months agoin reply to this

              That is an interesting comment, because when several of my hubs were edited by hub pro that took my images and made them into thumbnails. I added a lot of images to my hubs on dog breed selection since if someone is considering a new breed they need to see plenty of images.
              So do you think it worthwhile to go back and edit those hubs to return the images to the way they were?

              1. Marisa Wright profile image97
                Marisa Wrightposted 8 months agoin reply to this

                Like I said, I've never liked thumbnails much, so I haven't experimented with them.  Maybe someone else will chime in who has more experience of them.  However, I'd say the thumbnails would be OK in the situation you describe, because the reader has a strong reason to click on the thumbnails and look at them carefully.

              2. Sherry Hewins profile image95
                Sherry Hewinsposted 8 months agoin reply to this

                I like to use thumbnails if I'm showing a step by step process. I think people will click to look at those.

                1. Marisa Wright profile image97
                  Marisa Wrightposted 8 months agoin reply to this

                  I thought I'd play around with them and tried to add a few to an existing Hub, but I can't even see how to do it?

                  1. snakeslane profile image82
                    snakeslaneposted 8 months agoin reply to this

                    In the photo capsule, on the left, at the top there's a box for display style. Click down to find thumbnail.
                    I just tried it and a thumbnail of my photo popped up on the page.

                    Edit: And they look not too bad in the mobile preview. Cool.

            2. snakeslane profile image82
              snakeslaneposted 8 months agoin reply to this

              Thanks Marisa, I understand checking the mobile view when writing a Hub. But I'm not able to check the mobile view when looking at an article written by someone else. Or is there a way to do that?

    2. kenneth avery profile image81
      kenneth averyposted 8 months agoin reply to this

      @snakeslane:
      I may be a bit out there to offer you any input, but I feel very comfortable at using Two photos if the text is supported. But then again, I like to eat Parmesan cheese on sour cream and onion chips.

      1. snakeslane profile image82
        snakeslaneposted 8 months agoin reply to this

        Hey Kenneth, Not sure if you are replying to my post or Tess, but glad you're out there. And pass the chips!

        1. kenneth avery profile image81
          kenneth averyposted 8 months agoin reply to this

          @snakeslane -- Thank you so much. By the way, I have never commented on your pen name, snakeslane, I LOVE IT! And you can have all of the delish chips that I have.

  2. Marisa Wright profile image97
    Marisa Wrightposted 8 months ago

    I think it looks good, but personally I'd start with the "Views from Olvera" section as your first paragraph instead of the current one.   Follow it with the image of you on the moonlit night. Those two things establish your credentials to write about the place, and gives the reader confidence in your opinions.

    I would immediately follow that with the "Backpackers' delight" paragraph.  Then your paragraph about retirees (with a suitable heading), followed by the image of the guitarist - the caption about the English community will give retirees confidence.

    From that point on, you can start posting images and information, arranged however you like.  Don't forget to include your original first paragraph somewhere. In my opinion, the section about the pueblo blanca policy should be right at the end, with the images of the houses - for me that was the least interesting part of the piece.

    1. TessSchlesinger profile image94
      TessSchlesingerposted 8 months agoin reply to this

      Thanks l. Excellent advice. Will fo.

  3. Will Apse profile image90
    Will Apseposted 8 months ago

    I look for quick info.

    I want to know:
    Where a place is (with a map).
    What kind of people visit/live there
    What there is to do -- swimming, walking, climbing, horse-riding, bandit-dodging, whatever
    Places to visit -- markets, museums, parks etc
    Nightlife
    Hotels (with prices)
    Climate
    Nearby towns
    I also like the history (in brief)
    Best to give old folks an idea of what they can do, what kids can do etc, etc

    And I like it in easy-to-scan, well labelled sections. But you know, that is just the way I am.

    For real traffic it might be better to go for something like 'castles in southern Spain', or 'white hill towns Spain'...

    Google Searches related to 'white hill towns spain':

    white villages spain map
    white towns spain map
    pueblos blancos spain map
    pueblos blancos map
    white towns of andalusia
    arcos de la frontera spain
    pueblos blancos route
    route of the white towns

    There is not much competition for those terms, incidentally.

    1. TessSchlesinger profile image94
      TessSchlesingerposted 8 months agoin reply to this

      Brilliant advice. Thanks Between you and Marisa, I have a lot do do. Truly appreciated. smile

  4. Marisa Wright profile image97
    Marisa Wrightposted 8 months ago

    No, I don't think there is - except on your own phone, of course.

    1. snakeslane profile image82
      snakeslaneposted 8 months agoin reply to this

      So, I know this is a lot to ask, but if you get a moment, anytime it's convenient, could you, would you check the link to Ann Carr article and tell me what you see on mobile view with regard to thumbnail situation, I'm curious. No pressure...

      1. Marisa Wright profile image97
        Marisa Wrightposted 8 months agoin reply to this

        I have an old, fairly small phone so I'm probably not the best judge. 

        On my phone, the thumbnails are pretty useless.  I can click on them to see them full-size - however the thumbnails are so small, I can't tell whether they're worth making the effort, so I probably wouldn't bother, I'd just go on reading.  On an iphone or tablet, they might be OK.

        1. snakeslane profile image82
          snakeslaneposted 8 months agoin reply to this

          Thanks for doing that.

 
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