Give Me My Thousand WORDS!
Monday, November 16, 2015 23 Comments
Am I the only one who misses
(Whatever happened to captions?)
© Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, CTP, CMC, ACT, MCC, SCAC
Is the 21st Century Taking Us Backwards?
As I browse the web these days, I am appalled by the number of apologies for “long” comments that run to – horrors – an “overwhelming” two or three paragraphs!
Have we stopped teaching reading in our schools?
Or perhaps we have stopped requiring it.
Hatin’ on the rise of Pictorial Slideshows (ugh!)
I am doubly dismayed by the number of blogs that think a slideshow full of 80-gazillion “life-changing” click-upon-click SEO-building images passes for an article worthy of anybody’s time (with barely a word of comment from them and no place to gather comments from those who visit).
- Perhaps they believe they already know why those of us who are literate will NOT be back, so think they don’t want to waste their precious photo-posting time reading our requests for a word or several? (surely anyone who blogs knows how to read, doncha’ think?)
- Or perhaps some recently-graduated 20-year-old raised-on-comic-books, reading-averse art directors have convinced their “editorial” personnel that words are superfluous in this day and age, and that comments are an administrative nightmare that will only compete with their focus-debilating pop-ups and browser-slowing misbehaving adverts (don’t get me started!)
- Since many of these disappointing article-pretenders are on sites sponsored by the decorating and women’s magazines I used to buy to READ, I can only wonder if the editors have all died or been fired, replaced by word-hating art directors who have been given their titles (Southern Living, Better Homes & Gardens, etc. – please note “used to buy to READ.”)
Or is it writing that is missing from the skill set of so many bloggers anymore?
It wasn’t lost on me that Pinterest – an image format – feels they must remind the users of their platform to context pinned images (and/or Boards) with captions!
Even if they’ve never personally resonated with the joy of “using their words,” is it REALLY such a nuisance for Pinners to communicate why they’ve shared a particular image or collection of images?
Don’t forget that you can always check out the sidebar for a reminder
of how links work on this site, they’re subtle (scroll UP for it) ==>
Today we have Talkies
Isn’t it more interesting going to the movies now that the images actually speak? Turn the sound all the way down on your next rented movie and see how frustrating it is to have to get ALL the information from the visual alone.
Image-only blog formats – those without captions and/or image introductions – are like those early silent movies, only worse (because even those had captions). B-O-R-I-N-G!
And that’s without adding in the frustration of mousing up and down for pop-up window closing — or the hatefulness of the slide-show format: all that clicking for the next slide (carefully avoiding the ad arrows, you hope) and waiting for the screen to refresh.
NOT hatin’ on Photo-Bloggers
Ironically enough, they tend to caption!
Even though they exist primarily to share images, they almost always give us a hint or two about WHY they took the photos they are sharing today.
To me, that’s what makes their images interesting.
I much prefer it when the photographer takes me along on the journey by sharing the wonders of his or her mind (as well as the eye of his or her camera). I actually FOLLOW a few of those, and enjoy them immensely.
But deliver me from . . .
What I run away from, screaming, are those monetized “SEO-building” image bloggers and their minions, whose reasons for breathing seem to be topped by the desire for page views and pins.
- They’re the ones who probably would describe themselves as “content curators” – skipping blythely over the reality that the ONLY reason they exist is to troll the web for images that make for good pinning (looking like they have more “followers” than they actually do, so they can increase their ad revenue).
- They also include, for me, those rude and narcissistic bloggers whose blogs are front-ended by pop-ups galore, asking you to follow them on Pinterest, “LIKE” their FaceBook pages, sign up for their newsletters, see what they’re sharing – all before you have any idea of what they might have to say that could compel you to WANT to interact further with them (and I don’t!).
- They’re also the ones who tend to urge you to take a look at the images of all their “friends” participating in their site’s linky parties (when you will be subjected to more of the same – as the scripts of their many advertisements slow your browser to a crawl, if they don’t shut it down completely).
If a site can’t behave, neither compelling image nor fascinating word makes the slightest bit of difference — I’m outa’ there before I have to reboot my browser (but that’s another rant for another day!)
I remember when I couldn’t WAIT to learn to read and write!
And it was just as wonderful as I dreamed it would be: the opening of a brand new door that would never again be locked against me. An entire world of adventure suddenly became available through the words of others – one that I could share with words of my own. What a delightful rite of passage.
No longer confined to my coloring talents, I could “use my words” to share my worlds, my very own imaginings.
How absolutely grown up it allowed me to feel. How divine!
The little girl I used to be refuses to allow anyone to lock that door again – that one that opens into the wonderful world of WORDS. I suppose that’s why it annoys me so very much to be forced to visit those wordless lands – and why I feel I simply must rail against them.
What Blogging Format Frosts YOUR Grapes?
How many times have YOU cursed as you were forced to close yet another pop-up before you could venture forth to read the site you clicked to explore? Did you ever want to kick and scream once you’d closed all the pop-ups only to find that there was nothing on the site to READ?
Do you hate it when everything comes to a halt while you wait for the error message that forces you to click to get a page to stop trying to load some advertiser’s script that the blogger didn’t care enough about the viewer experience to test or get rid of? (I guess as long as they are making money blogging, why bother?)
Does anything else makes you crazy as you troll the web (or crazy in general)?
Like me, do you find it all tougher to tolerate on Mondays, or does it always make you grumpy?
I invite you to dump YOUR Monday grumps and gripes
in the comment section below each of my own – related or NOT.
As long as you don’t make individual people wrong, and do your best to avoid the dreaded “should” word, I will approve all comers (link-spammers shot on sight, however).
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