I am trying VERY hard to read what looks like a potentially useful blog entry about eliminating plastic products from a household. There are many good reasons for buying less plastic and using better materials.
I found the blog in question through a link from Pinterest. And I want to read it. I really do. But like 99 percent of the other blogs I’ve found through Pinterest links, this one has so many plug-ins and pop-ups and animated ads and obnoxious, memory- and bandwidth-eating nonsense that I can’t get the damned thing to load so I can read it.
With that in mind, I am making a promise to you here and now: If I ever decide to monetize this blog, I will NEVER put ads, offers, promotions, subscription requests or other useless crap on here that interferes with your ability to read the posts you came here to see.
To that end, I would like to extract a promise from you: If you ever find something on here that causes a page to load slowly, keeps you from being able to scroll down to read a whole post, locks up your browser, commandeers your phone, automatically opens the App Store, or does anything else besides sit there quietly, minding its own business, PLEASE tell me so I can remove it. (Any ads you see on here right now are put here by WordPress itself, and I don’t have any control of them or get any cut of the action. That’s how they keep the service free for users, which is fine, but if any of the stuff they’re posting causes you a problem, please screencap it and let me know what’s going on so I can raise hell about it — or, if need be, bite the bullet and switch to a self-hosted site so I can control the minutiae.)
I can’t think of anything that irritates me more than having to force-quit my browser because some stupid plug-in on somebody’s blog locked it up, and that seems to happen every time I click on a blog somebody linked from Pinterest. It’s infuriating, and I don’t ever want to subject my readers to that level of frustration.
2 thoughts on “My promise to you”
Sometimes when I’ve encountered similar layers of garbage that have to be waded through, I’ve been able to ascertain the root web address and just enter that in the browser and cut out a lot of the added crap. Occasionally you can just google the subject and find it that way, sans annoyances. Sometimes not, but it’s worth a try. I kinda suspect that Pinterest itself is responsible for a lot of the add-on pop-up stuff because they have to make a living too.
I think it’s a combination of factors. Pinterest is kind of an odd platform, and I’m not sure it plays well with every browser. I think it’s kind of a memory hog (not surprising, given that it’s photo-driven), and when you couple that with the fact a lot of professional bloggers use it to promote their hopelessly overdesigned blogs in an attempt to make money off traffic, you end up with a recipe for crashes, especially if your browser is opening the blog in a new window and running Pinterest in the background. (Also not helpful: My work computer is older than dirt, and if I’m on Pinterest, I’m probably killing time while I wait for somebody else to finish so I can go home.)