If you haven’t heard about Microsoft’s World Wide Telescope you should go check it out here. It looks very cool and will change the way kids interact with astronomy.
I am amazed it has been such a long time but I took a conscious decision to stop being picky about the design/layout of my posts back on August 3rd and removed my own requirement to have an image on every post.
The reason for the decision in the first place was simple – I removed posts I hadn’t got round to sorting an image out for because they were no longer timely or interesting – in effect I was censoring myself. Since then 99% of posts have just been text and the volume and frequency of posts has increased.
But has it devalued the look and feel of the blog? I think in some small way it is not as easy to read, certainly longer posts. For long posts, it is just too much text – I like visual aids when moving through text 🙂
As I look through my RSS feed, there are a lot of people who write long posts that I find myself skimming. Some with images, some without. I find that if an image catches my eye I may give it more attention than a post without images so for longer posts at least it should improve interaction with your readers.
So do I go back to adding photos? I think it’s a question of using quality images rather than using one every post and more important still, not letting the lack of an image stop you from posting in the first place.
“One quick thought I had: how often do you, average American Internet user, connect to Asian servers? Unless YouTube or Wikipedia has servers there, it does seem weird to me to suggest all this Trans-Pacific Internet activity when Iâ€™m mainly browsing CNN and Drudge and other U.S.-based sites.”
I think Nicholas misses the point.
If this were about the average user using the internet, then the communications companies would be building this pipeline on their own. Google’s problem is that it has so much information. I am betting a lot of that information gets moved around all of its servers globally, whether that is Google pushing data out from their US servers or vice versa. The amount of information they have is increasing exponentially and will continue to grow.. so now they need to work with the telecoms companies to sate their own need for bandwidth. Not just users.