I received some feedback this afternoon from a long-time reader. She wanted to let me know that my new blog design wasn’t working for her and that she was going to have to unsubscribe. That, of course, made me sad.
While I have been working to make the site more accessible for those on mobile devices, the last thing I want is to break it for those who are still using older technology!
I just got a new laptop, and I have a reasonably-fast internet connection, so for me the site loads quickly and smoothly. It just never occurred to me that the new design (with its larger images) could be much of a problem for anyone.
This afternoon I took some steps to improve the loading time of the site, and I’m currently researching a few other possibilities, but it’s all rather a stab in the dark right now.
So, can you help me narrow it down?
I would so appreciate your feedback, especially those of you who have been here for a while. Specifically, you could tell me:
- Is the site loading more slowly for you than it did before the redesign?
- Do you have a sense of what is taking so long? Is it the large images? Something else?
- How do you currently read Polka Dot Cottage? (Your operating system and browser would be helpful, and also whether you are getting the blog in email, through a feed reader [Feedly, Bloglovin, etc.] or if you are coming here directly.)
- If you are getting the blog in your email or through a feed reader, has anything changed there, or does everything still look like it used to?
- Do you have any other problems with the blog design that I should know about?
You can leave this info in the comments, or if you prefer, you can contact me privately.
I can’t stress enough how helpful your feedback would be, so please don’t be shy!
If “upgrading” the blog means losing a group of long-time readers, then that is not much of an upgrade at all, and I will do all I can to fix it. Thanks for reading this far, and for your valuable feedback!
P.S. If anyone who is currently having trouble with the blog would like to volunteer to be my guinea pig (someone I could email periodically and say “how about now? is it better now?” once in a while) I would be super grateful.