Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Might you also like?

I just added a new blog widget that puts the "you might also like" links at the end of each post. I've seen this feature on other blogs and it seems kind of cool, so I added it.

However, it seems to be adding significantly to page load time, and that piffles me. Also, the recommended links seem rather nonsensical. (Do I tag badly?) So you might not also like them at all.

Might I request your feedback once again? Do folks like this feature or think it should take a hike?

(Now I'm curious what will end up suggested after this post.)

11 comments:

  1. I don't like em. They remind me of something from marketing.
    But you have some great images, so they can look pretty neat, like your blog, which is neat cause of the way it is. I'm undecided.
    And happy anniversary!

    Best, UKjonathan

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  2. Troy/Jonathan (love the Simpsons reference): I am hating them at the moment; they really add load time and don't even always load properly on my crappy network. I am leaning to removing them...

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  3. I like them. I just found your blog recently and they help me jump to posts I might have missed. I didn't notice my page loading time that significantly different. Even if the choices are nonsensical, it's still fun to jump around.

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  4. They don't show up in my google reader, so you can avoid load time that way (if you are a regular reader), but seems like a good feature for new readers, as Monkey Mind points out. Why not keep them for a month, then have a vote. You also have your gallery, which tends to serve the same purpose, right? Happy Solstice and blessings for the New Year!!

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  5. I'm not sure. Earlier today the ones on this post linked your "A word on holiday cards" post, which I thought was great timing. But now it just seems to be a random pick of your previous posts, and I'm not sure how that adds to your site, especially if what it adds is load time. I know I have been irritated with these things on certain sites just because they seem so irrelevant. I tend to ignore them.

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  6. I don't care much for them, to be honest. As Troy/Jonathan said, they remind me too much of marketing.

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  7. Thanks for the continued feedback.

    As for myself, they kind of get under my skin as marketing (just because sometimes they make NO sense). I appreciate how they help new folks poke around, but they also add so much to my own load time, and sometimes they don't even load at all...

    In short, I'm already so annoyed with them that I'm not sure they'll even see 2011.

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  8. To be honest, your blog has always taken a long time to load for me...not sure why! (but you're worth it, I swear.)

    I have actually always liked this gadget because many times I'll find more things I absolutely have to read right away. It won't matter so much for people who have read your blog since the beginning and don't miss anything, but it's tremendously helpful for someone who might be finding you for the first time or who is a more casual reader.

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  9. I enjoy this gadget. I think it's neat to take random looks around the website without having to search archives. I'm not sure where the 'marketing' feel would come from as the last I knew you weren't selling anything on this blog.

    Either way, I always enjoy your blog!

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  10. The nonsensical aspect is probably from the computer's inability to work out context worth a single bean. It's something like this which has kept me from signing onto Netflix-- "We don't have 'The Burrowers' (a rather good indy western/horror). Why not try 'The Borrowers' (a childrens' film, which the other is most profoundly not)?"

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  11. I just like the fact that you used the word piffle. I'm claiming your word for my vocabulary!

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