Enough with the slide shows on your blog already. I know why you do it.
I know you get more page views and more opportunities to show your advertisers you’re getting more pageviews, but for me – your average reader – slide shows suck.
Very few bloggers do them right and as a result I won’t spend much time on posts with slide show.
1. Blog slideshows are an assault on my senses
As I said, very few blogs do slideshows right. In most cases the photos are too slow to load and the page the slide show is hosted on is surrounded by ads. While waiting for all of this to load before I can even view your slideshow, a video will go off. So now I have about 80 ads flashing and a video somewhere on the page that I can’t find to pause.
P.S. The video started going while I was in a meeting and now I’m busted.
2. I can’t always save a slideshow for later
It’s very rare that I read a post as soon as I see it online. I usually save interesting blog posts and articles to my Instapaper app to read later, offline, on my iPad. I can’t do this with most lists because it’s now the trend to make them in to slideshow. My app doesn’t allow for this. If I’m too busy to read now, and I can’t save it for later, you lost me.
3. Slideshows are unnecessary
I don’t see the point – I mean yeah, they bring you more page views but for me the reader? No benefit at all. I don’t want to waste my time on something that is an assault on my senses, that I can’t save, that takes a longer time to get through, and at the every end, there really is no redeeming value beyond knowing which celebrities enjoy wearing red shoes or who is saying something funny on Twitter. There is just nothing but mindless viewing there.
4. You drag them out forever
What makes matters worse is that your slideshow is taking too long to get through. For example, if this list was to be a slide show, and I followed the format of most slideshows I see on blogs lately, I would have no less than five slides to illustrate point four of this post, simply so I could drag out the page views, ad views, and annoying video launches.
5. I just want to go down a list
I just want to read the damn list. I don’t want to keep clicking. I don’t want to wait for things to load. I want to scan the list with my short attention span and move on to the next point.
See what I did there? A short list. Points made. No slide. (No apologies for the ads, though. Mama needs shoes.)