No major changes, just sweeping up a few loose ends
In the past month I’ve been sweeping away some dusty and moldy widgets to get a leaner, faster blog.
Here’s a list.
Scripts & Links
- Deleted the script for Yahoo’s MyBlogLog. It was hanging up loading the page. Yahoo has been drifting in terms of its management of this service so it is no big loss. Also, it imposed a performance burden by tracking clicks per day on links which wasn’t that useful.
- Deleted my FriendFeed' account because it was magnet for scam artists who said they wanted to be my 'friend.' Not.
- There are no Facebook badges on this blog and there won't be. Privacy issues for the service remain problematic.
- Deleted the Nuclear Twibe widget. It was going stale and did not generate any traffic for the blog. Plus, it was another “thing” that had to load to see the blog.
- Shortened the Twitter feed widget from the last 9 to the last 6 tweets so it takes less screen real estate. If you want to see the whole feed, please go to my Twitter page @djysrv
- Pruned the blog roll of blogs that don’t update their content. Three of them were dead blogs. I’m always interested in new blogs that update more frequently than once a month.
- Removed several widgets from the “Badges” area that went to dead links. Removed several links from the resource and news listings which had gone dead.
- Added a category high up called "Events" for local and national calendar items.
- Re-arranged the ads so that they don’t load in the first screen of information. You may see an animated GIF high up, but not ads from third-party servers. If there is a problem with an ad, what you will see is white space instead of a hung blog page. Please support the advertisers.
- I do not understand why advertisers tolerate poor performance from ad servers. If the ad doesn’t get displayed where it is intended, then the advertiser gets no eyeballs and is effectively throwing their money away.
- Resisted the temptation to place a Facebook button on the blog. Been there, done that. It’s just another resource hog. I don’t get much traffic from Facebook posts. With all the controversy surrounding privacy issues and Facebook, I’m wary of the service.
- I am keeping the Blogger comment system. Recently, Blogger added an effective spam catcher.
- All the third party systems that run on blogger have improved quite a bit in the past year. I wonder if Blogger or Google will buy one and integrate it into the service. It’d be another place to serve ads. There are no ads in the Blogger comments space now.
Blog traffic note
- For the 90 day period ending Sept 1, according to Google Analytics, the blog averaged 9,000 readers a month or an effective rate of 108,000 readers a year. Thank you for your interest!
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