Biomedical and Electrical Engineer with interests in information theory, evolution, genetics, abstract mathematics, microbiology, big history, IndieWeb, mnemonics, and the entertainment industry including: finance, distribution, representation
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Leo, I find it tough to keep up with even one or two sites, so I'm impressed that you're wrangling 3 (or maybe even more)...
I love the magazine style set up you've got here and with a humongous amount of well-written and well thought out content. My one note here is that stylistically, the theme is probably getting a bit long in the tooth. As you'd commented to me, something that's responsive would certainly be cool.
Some small things you might consider:
On the next/last links under articles, articles with longer titles aren't properly buffered which causes the text from one to overwrite the other.
Notify me of comments/new posts renders oddly with some quirky overlap that could be tweaked.
Personally I was never a fan of the "masonry" movement (I always felt it was too "busy", though here it does help to highlight a larger number of articles to help get the first time visitor into a topic they might enjoy.
On individual articles, I like the way you intersperse the visuals to change up the flow. However your line lengths are a bit too long to read as comfortably. If you added some more white space on the sides of your text blocks, things would be much more readable. (Try to shoot for 58-70 characters per line for ease of reading -- I'm guessing you're running almost as high as 125 in full-width which makes it harder to move one's eyes from one line to the next. Notice it's easier to read, especially for longer periods of time, with the left/right aligned photos because they shorten the line lengths.)
You really have a great voice in most of your posts that draw the reader into the experiences you're sharing. The captions on the photos really add to the experience too. You've obviously been doing this for a while and are good at what you're doing (which is also seen in some of the great feedback you've given to others here on meetup... thanks by the way.)
Your "Writer" menu link just goes to the homepage, which I understand to some extent as everything on the site is writer-centric, but I might have expected something a bit narrower and focused on screenwriting posts perhaps.
I would more likely have suspected to find a Twitter account, but was a bit surprised to see you pull out Pinterest in the left rail. Further I was shocked that there was some interesting stuff to be seen on Pinterest! I'm sure you can't do too much about the Pinterest widget, but the content shown there was so small and the vertical slider was a bit weird, you might see if you can either dig into it and fix it or perhaps find a better one.
Though speaking of Twitter accounts, I know you've got one, but one's really got to dig for it. Perhaps you could be leveraging the social media portion of things to help your work find more eyeballs?
I know that changing themes can be difficult with lots of potential pitfalls and work (especially with a large portfolio), but as a writer, you might consider some themes with more white space and really fantastic readable typography to make your words a bit more front and center (without minimizing your great use and placement of photography). Even if you don't completely change themes, you might consider just punching up the typography and adding some extra whitespace to make things more readable.
Given that you're a photographer, you might also consider finding something that allows for adding some larger photos to better feature your work there. (I wish I knew of something to recommend that does a great job of melding both pictures and words, they're hard to come by.) Often I was disappointed that some of the photos were relatively so small and wished I could have seen full res versions.