I felt bad for not being able to support Joey in her debut at the helm of SoCS. Actually, I don’t know if it’s her debut. Maybe Joey has guest-hosted before. I mean, hosts often use the same guest-hosts. That’s how Jay Leno got the job on the Tonight Show. For all I know, that’s how Johnny Carson got it. Maybe that’s how things are done with large-scale enterprises like Stream of Consciousness Saturday, you have to audition for the job.
In any case, Joey gave us “Awkward” as a prompt, but I couldn’t respond. I was traveling. I knew that I was going to spend most of Friday in a plane, or in an airport, and I didn’t want to rely on the web of hit-or-miss technologies that would allow me to think, write and post from the road.
I wrote an “if we were having a beer” post, last weekend and scheduled it for Saturday. I only drink on Saturday, ‘cuz that’s the only day Cheryl can work behind the bar.
I don’t like to post twice on the same day.
I mention that, because that’s kinda-sorta related to the subject of this post. A subject which – I – find – awkward.
Then I got this great idea.
Since I had just recently returned from a short trip to the west coast, I realized that Linda and, to a lesser degree, Joey, are in a different time zone from me. So, if I write this on Saturday and schedule it to post after midnight… schedule because I was up after midnight last night, and once a week is enough…heck, New Year’s Eve is enough…well, you see where I’m going.
It’s still Saturday in LindaJoeyLand.
So, what’s this awkward thing I mentioned in the title?
Well, it’s a request to some of my fellow bloggers. Not all of you. Not most of you. A few of you and, now here’s the part that gets awkward. Please don’t take offense. I don’t mean for this to be in the form of a complaint. Think of this as a field report, something you weren’t aware of, you know, a public service message, if you will.
OK, here goes. Virtually sweating a little, just so you know.
Some of your blogs are hard to read.
Not badly written, or sad, or technical, or provocative, just hard to read. Literally, hard to read. It might be the colors. It might be the graphic background. It might be, and often is the theme you selected, particularly if you haven’t changed themes in a long time. Some of the problems include:
Non-responsive – I’m using the technical term (sorry) because that’s what you have to look for. Your theme should say that it’s “responsive.” That means (I know you’ve been wondering) that your blog will look good in a browser whether I open that browser on my laptop, my desktop, my iPad or my phone. Some of your blogs don’t look very good on my phone. Typically, if I try to make the text bigger, the background and sidebar images, ads, lists, and other widgets, don’t move.
Low Contrast – Mobile readers often read your blog under less-than-optimal lighting conditions. If I’m reading your blog while sitting outside with Maddie, the higher the contrast, the better. Also, (along with 8% of all men) I am colorblind. If there isn’t a lot of contrast between your font and the background, I’m struggling to read, even in good light.
Floating-stuff – This one is particularly awkward, because
many several some of you actually pay for these things. The ads, email-connect offers and newsletter subscription pop-ups make it difficult to read your blog. They are designed to wiggle their way under my mouse/finger. If I click, touch, or in some cases, hover over them, they open a new window. That’s if I’m on my laptop. On my phone, they take me to a new page. I have to be honest, when that happens, I close the browser and skip that post.
OK, I got that off my chest. Phew, it’s out there.
Now, here’s the good news. I won’t stop following you over these things (some people will). I probably won’t read your blog if I’m using my phone, though. And some days, the only time I have when I can read your blog is when I’m using my phone, so…