Happy Saturday! I hope you are all having a good start in the weekend!
Today, as usual I would like to discuss a few things that I was wondering about for quite some time now! Regular Readers of the Bookworms might have seen some recent and minor changes here at the Bookworms which mainly concern layouts and such things.
For more than 1.5 years now we had a Feature Slider plugin, to show off our recent post with nice, cute and catching images. I implemented this here because I love all things pretty and I love nice graphics. Back then, nearly no one had such a slider and I felt quite adventurous and trend setting.
Now, many many blogs have such a slider and it became a quite popular feature on many blogs! Recently, I realized that our site became slower and on top of that I had to manage my time a little more carefully, so I decided to get rid of the Featured Slider.
I mean, I love these images but then each image takes me lots of time to create them, make them pretty – but then it’s only up for around 1 week, before the Featured slider moves on…
And apart from the time factor to actually creadte and design them – I was always wondering:
Do you (my dear Readers) actually care about a Featured Slider on a Blog, do you really click on them???
….or is it something I just personally love ?
So when I started wondering about this, I had a much closer look at my own “clicking” and Blog ” reading” behavior, and I realized that while I do like seeing them, I care much more about the topic itself! I not often really click on a featured slider on other blogs, I just read the post titles and then decide if I read the post or not.
Also, I had a much closer look at blogs that attract me the most and often these are blogs which are not clustered and rather simpler in their layout. When there is a blog where there is a lot going on, I feel lees inclined to stay. I do not want to go into another Blog Design discussion, as we just had this a few weeks ago, and much rather want to talk to you about this extra gimmicks on a blog.
So, I got rid of the Feature Slider and now, I’m curious if that was the right decision…
I did love the images I created, but they also took a lot of time to design and I am just not sure if these are worth it!?
Here are few of my favorites… :
My question now to you is, how much do you care about these extra gimmicks like a Feature Slider. Does this make a blog more or less attractive to you? Do you actually click on a feature slider image??
And then, what are your favorite gimmicks and extra featured on a blog? (and this question is directed to both Readers and Bloggers! )
3D covers, special sidebar widgets? Tell me – I’d LOVE to know!!