On the west coast we have just had a welcome break in the weather following a heat wave. During the heat wave my visitors and I were focused on beating the heat. The lifestyle we were living is bare minimal camping. We are long time friends who have been close for decades, and we have no apprehensions about stripping down or skinny dipping to cool off.
While my visitors have been out of day trips I have been trying to keep up with my blogging. I have also been surfing to locate new blogs of interest. I have been viewing blogs on mobiles, notebooks and laptops with very small screens. What I have experienced on many sites makes me want to shout “strip that blog!”.
I am a blog minimalist and I do not apologize for that. I strongly prefer clean well designed themes and clutter free sidebars. I expect navigation aids to be easy to locate and use to reach content located deeper in the blog. And, I’ve recently had my say about the ubiquitous followers widgets trend.
I am visually challenged and the colors you use on your blog do affect my emotions. Dark backgrounds and busy backgrounds are distracting, and a lack of contrast between font colors and backgrounds makes it difficult to focus. Font sizes are not an issue as there are keyboard shortcuts we can use to increase or decrease font (text) size.
Most importantly I come to blogs to read content. I do not come to click ads or to be annoyed by any item designed to distract my attention away locating and reading the content. Yet, it seems that distractions are becoming more numerous and more in your face as time progresses. And they all increase page loading time, despite the fact that fast page loading time is a ranking factor.
If Computers are Faster, Why Are Web Pages Slower? – The culprit is a bloated aesthetic. Weight and complexity of site design have outpaced the increases in network and computer speed. — Time for fast, minimalist web aesthetic?
Blogging: How to lose me as a reader contains 11 of my pet peeves that guarantee a blogger will lose me as a reader. This post includes 4 more pet peeves that have recently popped up, so that’s why the list numbering begins at 12.
12. Blog Subscription and Newsletter Subscription Pop-Ups
When I click into a site and the first thing I experience is an in my face pop-up to subscribe to your blog or your newsletter you have annoyed me. I haven’t even read a single blog post and you are asking me to subscribe. That’s arrogant.
13. Pop-Under Advertising
I don’t think I need to need to expand on this creepy annoyance.
14. Social Networking Toolbars
When I click into your blog and find its encased in a “media bar” frame with a toolbar depicting buttons to be used for sharing on social networks, you have annoyed me. I haven’t even read a single blog post and you are asking me to share. That’s arrogant.
15. HUGE Social RSS Buttons and Social Networking Buttons
If you have joined those who choose to have the largest in your face RSS, follow me on Twitter and/or other social networking buttons the impressions you are conveying to me are:
- you have too little blog content & are trying to mask that with over-sized icons
- you are desperate for followers
- or you have atrocious taste.
I think small is beautiful and bigger is not necessarily better. What do you readers think? Also, please feel free to contribute to my pet peeves list. If you got them – share them. ;)