Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Simple Blogging: day 11.

I'm actually going to cheat and talk about 2 topics in one post this time, because they both go together. I might do this one other time in the series, (maybe I'll even do it again tomorrow!)
Don't use slideshows for list posts.
I don't know anyone who doesn't hate those things! Not only that, but the reason people do that is parasitic, because it artificially inflates the number of page views and/or clicks they're getting. Every time you have to advance to the next slide, that's another click, which constitutes another page view. For them, it looks like they're getting lots and lots of page hits when in reality, they aren't. It's also an accessibility issue, if you put slides inside of a post with no description, it becomes a problem. Not only that, but if I have to keep clicking "next" I'm likely not going to read the post. That gets to my second topic, pagination. Pagination also inflates view count, because it causes someone to click "next" every few minutes. This is just flat out annoying! Often times, if I'm posting a link, and the article is one of those really long articles that has like 5-7 pages, I'll only read the first couple, and I'll probably only summarize the first one. I'm sure it makes the hit counter look nice, but slide shows and pagination annoy readers to no end!

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