I'm having a little trouble lately with some of the blogs I love to read.
They've switched to Disqus, for the comments section.
The effect of Disqus, on my slow dial up connection, is to slow down the loading of the blog and also the comments section.
Once the blog has loaded, reading is still a bit difficult, as the pages no longer scroll smoothly, instead jerkily paging up or down, with an occasional blank screen while it decides what to do.
If I have plenty of time and a few other small things that need doing, I'll put up with it, so that I can read what one of my favourites has written.
While the page loads, I can make a cup of coffee, fold some laundry, sweep a floor or two.
No big deal.
If I'm in a hurry, I'll skip over to the next blog instead.
The comments section is the real problem.
It takes much longer to appear, (for me), than the blog post itself.
Then I'll click my cursor in the comments box, wishing to leave a comment.
It takes a while for the blinking little cursor to appear, indicating the comment box will now accept my comment.
Then I'll start typing.
Nothing appears, so I can't see mistakes I may be making...
My comment doesn't appear until a minute or so after typing is completed. The longer the comment, the longer it takes to appear. On one blog I was leaving quite a long comment about how I don't like Disqus, and when I finished typing it out I waited over twenty minutes for the words to appear. Then I gave up and shut down the computer and emailed the blog owner instead.
I have persevered on occasion, with leaving a comment, but really, it's a hassle.
Type the comment, wait for it to appear.
Correct any mistakes I may have made.
Then click on the "post as" box and wait.
Finally a window appears where I can enter my name, my email address, my website address.
Click "post." Wait. Wait some more.
Eventually my comment appears in the thread along with all the other comments left by others.
Now for the apology part.
To all of you out there who have Disqus; I'll read your posts when I can, because I love all of your writings and enjoy the photos you put up.
But I won't be leaving any comments.
Unless I have plenty of time on my hands.
The frustration waiting for things to load on my snail-slow system is just too much.
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