Two days after reversing the placement of the sidebar from the right to the left in the wake of agreeing with conventional wisdom that people, regardless of native language, read from left to right, the sidebar returns to the right.
In a comment, the Elephant’s Eye writes:
My gut feeling is, we, English speakers, read from the left. First we want to read the latest post. And only then do we look around for, what now? If a website would be so complicated to navigate that I need to plough thru a map first … I’ll jump to the next one.
Complication was never the intent, but reading comprehension.
Looking at the left sidebar:
Looking at the right sidebar:
Non-blog websites may want left sidebars.
But this is a blog.
Blogs may want right sidebars.
Looking back over the past two days on this blog, it is very obvious that the left sidebar succeeds when it is flush to the article content. But when one scrolls below to the comment section, the white space on the left (due to the vertical end of the sidebar) acts as an impediment to reading the comments as easily as if they are on the left.
Observe your eyes moving to the white.
Observe your eyes reading more text.
The takeaway is clear.
There are no rules for sidebar placement.
When Lisa Drubec moved her blog sidebar from the right to the left she experienced an uptick in blog subscriptions. But she admits within the comment section, “Whether that is due to the move or calling attention to it from my post, I dont know yet.”
She may never know.