So you kinda sorta almost backed into saying something about the declining quality. Cute. :)
No, I know it hasn't been up to par. Nobody has higher standards for the comic than I do, and every day I wimpered a little bit. That is part of the reason I chose to make this move which I'd been considering for a long time; I just don't have enough hours in the day to make a daily comic of the quality I wanted. But if I can space it out, and let it get finished when it gets finished, then I can really make something out of this.
The idea of changing a fairly traditional comic strip style to the more open allowances of a full page book scheme isn't all that new, actually. In fact, one of the web's most popular comics (Although I can't say it's a personal favorite), MegaTokyo, has done such, albeit quite some time ago. There are others who have done simlar things, such as just expand the ammount of panels in any given comic as seen in A Modest Destiny.
For the Edge of the World, though, I thing the idea is a good one, and I wholely support it. As an artist and writer myself, I have a fair idea of the balance that is being stuck, trying to keep the graphical aspect to a personal par and yet still trying to keep the story intreiging and interesting. The problem is, a page by page format as seen in comic books and manga are typically meant to be read in a single consecutive sweep. You get an issue and you don't just read a page a day, you read the whole thing. So a new balance is called in to question; how much material is put out in what time frame? If you look at something like Underpower, the 'one-page-when-it's-done' strategy can make the story or action hard to follow, especially if there's a joke, punchline, or event that is building over pages to a single point. On the reverse though, is something like Sparkling Generation Valkyrie Yuuki, which releases issues at a time, meaning the story isn't difficult to follow but the updates can be dreadfully far apart.
So, it comes down to that, really. Time versus content. There really isn't a better option besides the always desired super-charged artskills and overflowing free time to allow an issue a day, but that's not likely. :P
I certainly wouldn't debate that the idea is a good move though, because it certainly is. Then we can only hope for published versions in the future, no? :)