This article is for Blog owners trying to keep up with technical choices for your site. The choices you make daily can make or break your page views and number of readers. This is my experience of a new trend I have come up against when reading blogs.
I am a typical American when it comes to my relaxation time. I kick back in my recliner in the middle of my living room with a cup of coffee on the table next me. There is a talk show on the TV in the background, family coming in and out, and my iPad in my hands. I love to read stories, blogs of all niches, play games, and stay on top of the news. Speed means a lot to me.
Honestly, I love my iPad. It is lightweight, easy to read, very portable, and does a great job with music, photos, internet surfing and playing games. It has become my first choice to use while on the internet. But there are some drawbacks. I can’t drag and drop. It doesn’t upload files, just photos. It doesn’t use the same platforms as laptops and computers. You can’t right click. It is the short comings that put it in the category of a mobile device. It is a big old phone without a data plan (my choice). And it tells the net it is a MOBILE device.
I have a blog and I understand wanting to create the best experience for your readers. As a blog owner you want to keep them around. You want to run ads and make some money. You even want to have linkups and giveaways. I get it. But like my mama said, “you can’t always have everything you want.”
That is what I am writing about. A lot of readers are using their phones, their tablets, and their portable devices to use the internet and interact with Social Media. It is very trendy and smart to incorporate mobile systems and views as options when building blogs and websites. Some options are built-in to the theme. Some owners can use plugins to show data more efficiently on the smaller screens. There are some options that give the reader a choice as to which view you want to use, classic or mobile. Some options just hijack the reader and force them to use a system they don’t necessarily need or want. And this is where my tablet falls into the mix.
The biggest offender is an advertising agency and software company that takes the website or blogs data and forces it to behave optimally for the sake of advertising on a mobile device. Some options let the readers choose between mobile or classic, even before it loads the first screen. These are heaven. But those options that don’t, take your reader and holds on to them until they cry Uncle. This software reconfigures the blogs whole theme. It takes away the owners sidebar. It doesn’t allow the reader to see all the carefully chosen images and options the owner painstakingly picked to interest their readers to go deeper into the blog and spend extra time. Sometimes as a reader don’t see a contact form, a search form, a comment option, or email subscription form until I am ready to disconnect. I don’t know how many options the blog owner has on this as my mobile view is part of my theme. Navigation is also hard to use and originally find and when the reader tries to get to the actual article they came to read, the process of ads and loading pages starts all over again!
The load time of the blogs pages is extremely slow with this software and I get easily distracted and frustrated. Then the ads start to take over and they either hide the data I am looking for, popup in my face, automatically scroll into the middle of an article, show up from under your post as I scroll down or perform the SLOW fade in and fade out of death. There is no way to bypass the ad until it has finished loading. The -X option takes 5-10 taps to delete the ad if it even allows you to delete it at all. The readers screen likes to bounce up and down like a jogger without a bra, and not change to something new when trying to scroll past. And heaven forbid the reader gets inpatient and overloads the response with commands! The screen goes blank and then this nice message that come up that an error occurred and the screen is reloading. Yes, back. To. The. Beginning. This is the fun part where the reader gets to start waiting for the page to load all over again. Forget trying to join a linkup or giveaway. Everytime you leave the screen it starts again. After three tries to complete tasks or check out links and I have had enough agravation. It just all starts over again.
My experience with a mobile phone is totally different. The ads and slow speed are still there but in more of a controllable fashion. Hybrid machines, like tablets that can display both classic or mobile view are the ones caught in the quicksand of no mans land.
So if as. blog owner you are going to look into mobile capabilities for your blog please use your mobile device and see what your readers deal with. Choose the best product to represent what you are looking to accomplish. And keep testing any options the software allows for setup. Don’t assume all readers eventually get to see all the beautiful ideas and images you have painstakingly setup for them.
This old gal is breaking up with some great blogs. I will be back every other weekend to see what is new (if I remember), when I have custody of the laptop. And remember, it’s not all you, it’s me too! My tablet does just fine on the Classic/Desktop version. Let me choose! I am finicky when it comes to my freedom of choice.
DISCLAIMER: This article is totally my own opinion based on products I have used. These opinions in no way are meant to demean or otherwise cause problems for any product on the market. Any similarity to software depicted is just a coincidence.