Sunday, January 25, 2009

How to lose traffic and alienate people


I'd add three items:
  • If you make music come out of my speakers unexpectedly I'll never visit your website again
  • White text on black is unreadable. I can copy the text and paste it into a text editor, but there's only one d*mn white-on-black page I care enough about to do that.
  • Wordpress's "snapshots" link annoyer. When you accidentally run the mouse over a link, everything stops while some utterly useless preview of the link's webpage appears in a popup. Each popup has a mechanism to disable the annoyance, but it doesn't work. I used to try to disable it every time I visited Jeff Culbreath's otherwise-fine blog, but I've given up - now I just try to navigate carefully to avoid his links since there's a penalty associated with each.


  1. Anonymous10:05 PM

    You should mention (regarding number 1) that you will be upset, unless it is a music site that you chose to visit.

  2. How do I get rid of those, Bill? They drive me crazy as well. Please help.

  3. Hi Jeff! I'll see if I can dig something up.

    Cheers -


  4. Jeff -

    - go to
    - deselect "Enable Snap Shots on this blog" and click "Update Extras >>"
    - then go to your blog and see whether the snapshot thing is gone

    This worked on my test blog at
    (apparently an idea whose time hasn't yet arrived :-).