For weeks now, I've been contemplating posting this rant. I didn't want to make a big 'to do' about it. But recently, I've been taking too much time allowing some heavy blogs to load. Even with my cable connection when a blog takes more than 2 or 3 minutes to even partially load that is taking too much of my time I've allotted for myself online!!! With hopes of not hurting anyone's feelings, I'd like to share these thoughts and helpful hints for us bloggers to keep in mind LOADING TIME for those that don't have fast speed connections. Also, contemplating allowing comments on this rant....should I or shouldn't I? Personally, I feel it a valuable piece of information I'm sharing in hopes that some will take notice...
Random Thoughts on Bloggers and Blogs...
Random Thoughts on Bloggers and Blogs...
1] Use smaller images in pixel size with Lightbox Feature enabled! Faster Loading Time!!!! [after logging in to account on Blogger...go to Account SETTINGS - POST & COMMENTS] find this after page loads...
2] Have only ONE post per page. Blogs with several posts when visitors come to view/read your blog... with huge photos/amounts of photos it lengthens the loading time and with more than one post per page loading time is doubled/tripled/quadrupled!!!! If your visitor is still interested in more of your posts, they can easily find a link to "older pages". But, please, consider loading time. There are some blogs out there that have so much on one page, PLUS animated slideshows on their sidebars even with fast browser connections, it takes way too long and prompts us to leave all too soon. I've done something with my browser of choice and opted to NOT HAVE SHOCKWAVE ENABLED TO ELIMINATE slideshows on some blogs through my browser tools/add ons. It's a shame so many don't take any thought of the time it takes to load these when even it takes a long time with my fast cable connection!! I know you know your blog is heavy with animations/lots of large images...so, consider ONE post per page. [after logging in to account on Blogger...go to Account SETTINGS - POST & COMMENTS] find this after page loads...
3] Disable your captcha account or word verification. I've been discouraged by the use of captcha or word verification!! Frustration then entails me to LEAVE without sharing a comment. By DISABLING captcha/word verification, you'll be surprised at how many MORE visitors you get. [after logging in to account on Blogger...go to Account SETTINGS - POST & COMMENTS] find this after page loads...
4]If you're on Google Plus, remember...a lot aren't. So if you leave a comment and your url to your most recent post...it helps those of us who like to repay your visit and kind comment you left for them!! Remember your readers and followers....they may not be a member of Google Plus!!
5] With multiple blogs listed Blogger Profiles OR those that have a Blogger account only to leave comments....we, who appreciate your visit/comment would like to repay your compliments...but it's time consuming to do a search/click on the wrong blog link to find your main blog when more than one is listed [or you comment under your Blogger Admin and your blog posts are in Wordpress instead...how do we know that?...leave a link in your comment so we know which blog is your MAIN blog or most current post!!
When you click on a commentor's link who blogs with a Blogger account, it takes you to their profile page...this is what you see. There may or may not be more than one blog listed as seen here:
I'll show you how to hide ALL of your blogs except for your MAIN Blog [you as the administrator of the Blogger account will ALWAYS see your whole slew of blogs...but not your visitors!!!!]
Here is how to hide them all but your main blog
First log in to your account
and then in your browser address bar type in
Then...you'll see this page
Then...click on "Select Blogs to Display" You'll see this page
...uncheck [untick] ALL but your MAIN Blog and save settings.
As you can see, in my profile blogs to display step --- I have several blogs but if you click on my profile link only Hootin' Anni's Chronicles is displayed for the visitor to save on time and confusion!!!
IT'S YOUR BLOG...use common sense for others who aren't up to speed with fast connections!!!! Consider your blog's loading time!!! Think about your visitor first and foremost!! Reading posts and leaving comments is what blogging is about for most of us.