I had to delete a feed from my RSS reader this morning. I won’t say whose feed it was but the large amount of high resolution video they had embedded in the feed was significantly degrading the performance of my two favorite readers, NetNewsWire and Vienna. So bad, in fact, I got the SBBOD (Spinning Beach Ball o’ Death) for long periods.
This brings me back to a lesson I learned while on the radio in college, you don’t want to give your listeners the opportunity to turn the dial because they will. People are impatient and have a short attention span.
I really enjoyed the articles this person posted and read their blog on a regular basis but we have to remember our readers. Don’t give them the opportunity to turn the channel. Keep video, audio, and photos you post on your blog a reasonable size. One HD video isn’t bad but compound that number 10 or 20 times and it’s overwhelming for even the best systems.