New Homepage! Yes, I know you hate it

New Homepage! Yes, I know you hate it

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If you are reading this, you have either come directly here via a feed link or you have clicked on a link via the new homepage for I know that change is hard and that this will change the way you read the site. Before you yell about the changes, I wanted to share my thinking about the need for this change.

First, thank you, all of you, for increasing my traffic the past few months. I’ve been blown away by the support and kindness.

Second, thanks for the words of encouragement.

Third, the old homepage design was ridiculous in terms of load size. I want pages to load quickly for you. I am sacrificing ease of reading for speedier load times. I know that getting to images and posts means a couple more clicks. However, making somebody download a couple of megabytes of images that wouldn’t even be seen unless they clicked an image in a post to see the larger image. Time for a change.

Fourth, if you are coming from a feed, your experience shouldn’t change too much.

Fifth, I think it looks better.

Sixth, I welcome your thoughts. I’m not done yet, I’m still working on a bunch more changes, but I think this is a good start into tightening things up.

Seventh, I know you don’t like this. It’s going to be okay.