The world wide web is turning into this candy store of excess, with wrappers littered everywhere. The "rainbow of color" in that package of bite-sized chews is called blog bling… All those see-through plastic vending machines are called browser cookies… And that candy-of-the-month subscription service goes by "community" toy names like Facebook, Wink, Twitter, and MyBlogLog.
At first I was as mesmerized by all the goodies as the rest of the neighborhood kids, but too many trips to the dentist is getting me to change my ways.
Got a couple of invitations in my email this week, and I sent back personal responses to each one that read something like this;
Thank you so much for thinking of me, however I am currently trimming many of my cookies via these online toys, and so I decided not to register for this. If someone searches for me right now, they can end up all over the place, and I rather that people looking for me get pointed directly to my blogs and my book. My web presence is a big part of my business, and so I’ve decided I need to clean it up, versus the experiment-and-test-everywhere playing I’ve been doing!
Mahalo for understanding, and for being such a supportive part of my Ho‘ohana Community!
If I can just accept and show up as a friend for you, be glad to. If I
have to register my email address or anything else to get a username
and password, I'm not gonna do it.
I admit I've had fun with all of this too, but it's starting to annoy me.
Last weekend, I took all the bling off this blog that seemed to be affecting my page loading time, and more purging is coming up this weekend. No more Technorati (gasp!) no more Google BlogSearch (really! you know how to do that on your own) and no more MyBlogLog (am I the only one that is annoyed by my face immediately showing up when I click in to a blog visit directly or leave a comment?) That account is definitely getting canceled this weekend.
I also figure these widgets have become cheating and laziness on my part; as a service to my readers, I can learn to analyze my own stats better without all those extras.
I had liked Snap for the previews given to readers on the Ho'ohana Community page, however if I can't figure out how to do it on just that page versus all of www.sayleadershipcoaching.com it'll be history by this Sunday too.
I'm not going totally cold turkey with my sweet tooth, however I am ending my peddling for them. For example, jury is out on LinkedIn (I suspect I might like it if I used it more) and Del.icio.us remains a solid favorite for me, but I'm not going to advertise them on my blogs anymore. If you have those programs and want to search for other friends to add to your network, I figure you know how to do it without needing the widget on my blogs, right?
This is not an anti-social message, but an anti-clutter one. What do you say we talk story, and return to building community with conversation instead of cookies, stolen profile photos, and widgets, hmmm?
As for random (versus specifically chosen, sister-company on-purpose) blog ads … yuck, yuck, yuck, yuck, yuck. Have NEVER clicked on one, and never will, and I can promise you they will never be on this site.
The new in-text advertising cropping up on some sites is horrendous … pop-ups reinvented in a brutally rude way. If you have added it to your site, please reconsider. You may as well post a banner on your site telling your readers they are nothing to you but a passively earned dollar sign.