The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

9 November 2003

What a load

This site's index page, not including the graphics scattered hither and yon, averages about 115 kilobytes, a figure which a few years ago would have invited scorn and derision and whatnot from your Web Experts because it made for such long load times that people would just give up and go look at something else.

Blogdom is, of course, heavy on the verbiage, and broadband is now affordable by (some) mere mortals, but I've been doing this for a long time now and old habits are hard to break; I've thrown out two or three semi-nifty templates for excessive size. What I want to know, I suppose, is this: Does it really matter anymore? Are there blogs you won't read because they take too damn long to load? You don't have to name names, unless you really, really want to.

Posted at 11:18 AM to Blogorrhea

I have broadband now, so I'm not as sensitive to the difference as I used to be, but I don't think your site is overly large. There are still sites that I don't visit as often as I would otherwise because (even on broadband) they are very slow-loading. I think that the complexity of the layout, or having a lot of dynamic elements or graphics, are factors as well. One site I otherwise enjoy has a scrollbar on the top which causes the content of the entire site to shift up, then down, then up, then down... That is the sort of thing which drives me crazy.

Posted by: Beth at 11:32 AM on 9 November 2003

I can't think of anyone off the top of my head that I really enjoyed reading but couldn't bear to keep up with because they were aesthetically displeasing and/or too damn slow. Although I have made an effort to tone down the amount of graphics on my page for a cleaner look. Not that I'm lacking in the bandwidth to support them. And I am by far the greatest consumer of my own bandwidth anyway.

What was the question? Oh, slow loading. Yeah, I don't know.

Posted by: Erica at 3:02 PM on 9 November 2003

I've never come close to hitting my bandwidth limit, but just knowing it's out there makes me a little more cautious.

Those new teensy buttons (Erica, I know you have a bunch of those) save a heck of a lot of time and space compared to the "standard" buttons, at the expense of causing us old, blind folk to squint more than usual. TANSTAAFL and all that. :)

Posted by: CGHill at 4:02 PM on 9 November 2003

Why use a button at all when you can just use a simple ol' text link?

I'm on a university connection so I haven't really noticed any slow loading times. However, I do tend to shy away from those blogs where the font color blends into the background (I'm too lazy to highlight the text) or where the font is some crazy color like neon green and is written in all caps. Other than that, I don't really discriminate on blogs due to appearance.

Posted by: sya at 7:36 AM on 10 November 2003

It matters to those on dialup. I usually turn graphics off. There are some blogs that time out on me if I load graphics.

Posted by: Kat at 7:51 AM on 10 November 2003