I’m not just a blog writer. I’m also a blog reader. I read a lot of blogs. Some of them I read because I love the blogger. Some I read because I stumbled upon it and it sounded interesting. Some I check out because it’s a part of my job. Basically what I’m saying is that I’m reading other blogs all of the time. Reading so many blogs has really helped me fine tune what I like and what I don’t when it comes to blog design and content. Because of that I sometimes feel compelled to put out a public service announcement related to how to not annoy me as a reader of your blog. And this is one of those announcements…
Pinterest has changed the whole blogging game. It’s my number one source of traffic. (So needless to say I’m a huge fan of Pinterest.) Bloggers go out of their way to create pin-friendly graphics for their posts. (I do it, too.) Now I could go into my gripes about how some people create their graphics and the abuse of particular fonts and spacing issues. But I won’t. (At least for now.) What do I want to discuss? The Pin-It button.
I’ll mention the current elephant in the room first. My pin-it button is broken right now. I have no idea why. I’m working on it. (You can still pin via the Pin-It icon in the flare at the bottom of my post or via the Pin-It bookmarklet or browser extension.) OK, so now that we’ve taken care of that, let’s talk about those crazy Pin-It buttons.
You want to make it easy to pin from your blog. I get that. I want the same thing. But keep in mind how hard your Pin-It buttons can make it to read your site and see your pretty photos. (And I’m going to make my own examples to keep from calling out anyone in particular. If it’s you, I still love you. I just hate your Pin-It buttons…)
Annoyance Number One:
So some of the blurring Pin-It buttons aren’t so bad. They only blur when your cursor is directly over the button itself. It seems, however, the majority of the blurring Pin-It buttons will blur whenever your cursor is anywhere over the photo. And since many bloggers are using large photos that cover the width of their blog posting area (and if you’re not doing that you totally should…small photos are no bueno) that’s pretty darn annoying. Especially if you’re someone who does a lot of scrolling and scanning over a page like I do. And Heaven help you if you snap your windows into half screen a lot. It’s a headache. It annoys me. It distracts from your photos. There are Pin-It button options that don’t blur. Look into them. Please. Thank you. (Is “blurring Pin-It buttons” the right way to refer to this? I think the developers would call it a highlight. But it’s not. It’s a blur…)
Annoyance Number Two:
I’ve seen some custom graphics on Pin-It buttons that are totally adorable. I’m a fan. Really. But keep it small and inconspicuous. If your goal is to have people look at your photos then why would you make your photos disappear or get majorly hidden by some giant graphic. Let me see your photo, not your Pin-It graphic.
So love those giant Pin-It graphics or think the blurring buttons are a great thing? Let me know why…I’d love to hear another point of view!