Sunday, April 19, 2009

A Question For Readers

I have heard from others that:

1. This blog takes too long to load, likely due to the proliferation of pictures I have embedded on the blog; and

2. From author and blogger Dafydd ab Hugh of Big Lizards, this in a recent e-mail:

It always takes me a very long time to load up WH; and when I do, I only get the first paragraph of each post on the main page! That means I have to load the blog again and again and again to read the entries.

If you could start putting all (or at least a more substantial portion) of each post on the main page, it would be a lot easier for me and likely many others as well. I would recommend the entire post, unless it's monumentally long -- even if a post is lengthy, scrolling past it to get to some earlier post is a lot quicker than loading a new page.

My questions are:

1. Is blog loading time sufficiently slow that I should remove the photos on the sides of the page as well as compress the display of links?

2. Does anyone else have the same problem Dafydd describes in opening up the blog pages. My original thought process in splitting the posts was to make it easier for someone opening the blog to quickly scan the topics. I found myself that, on blogs with multiple posts in a day, I would often only look at the top one or two rather than go on a major hunt for other posts by scrolling far down. Also, this is the first I have heard of a problem such as Dafyyd is having with my split post format. On my blog and similarly formed blogs that I took the format from, clicking on the "Read More" button simply and instantaneously expands the post - it doesn't open a new window. At least that is the case on the system I am using. Is the problem Dafydd describes a common problem for readers and would you prefer to see entire posts without having to click the "Read More" button?

I look forward. . . . . . to your input, in comments or by e-mail. Thanks much.


Ymarsakar said...

I'm not having load lag with your website.

Ex-Dissident said...

i guess it will depend on which equipment your readers use. I use an old laptop with linux and your site loads ok. LGF loading can occasionally be painful, but mostly the loading part is bearable. Malkin places a lot of pictures on her site, but that site always loads quickly. Finally Atlas Shrugs is the worst blog to load with my system. Sometimes the computer hangs so badly, that I have to reboot.

Paul_In_Houston said...
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Paul_In_Houston said...

I removed a previous comment of mine because it was a gripe about haloscan for comments.

The comments here pop up in in a new window the way that haloscan does, and I mistook it for that, having seen it so many places elsewhere.

Looking at this today, I notice that NOWHERE does the word "haloscan" appear; this blog apparently has nothing to do with them.

NOT my most shining moment. :-(