Dawn suggested that I try to incorporate more graphics in my blog, but the thing is, I am really not that big of a fan of those sorts of things. Granted, some of them can be quite nice and whatnots, but let's face it, I've stumbled upon more than one blog that was so unbearably choked with all sorts of pictures and animations that half the time, the page wouldn't load properly on my poor browser. Apparently, sometimes Firefox doesn't recognize certain picture formatting in some "About Me" sections, and the pictures, graphics and everything tend to encroach into the actual journals entries. For example, here's what Dawn's blog looks like on my browser:
As you can see, it's kind of cluttered as a result of AOL placing such tight tolerances on sizing in the "About Me" section which my browser doesn't recognize.
However, if I use the AOL client browser, the "About Me" section on Dawn's blog is expanded to accomodate the size, and everything is fine and dandy.
See? It's all nice and tidy. But, I like my Firefox browser over the AOL client. And, the way I've found to get over the cluttering on the page is to read Dawn's blog via the Newsgator feed reader which doesn't display the stuff in the "About Me" section. And, then when I want to comment, I open the individual entry and it's all good.
Don't worry, Dawn. I still love your journal, and it's always a damn fun read. And, besides, your blog isn't all that cluttered. However, I have come across some that are so packed with animations, graphics, and hot-linked (e.g. copy and pasting a picture from the web directly into an entry) photos, that the pages do not even load. And, when they do, looking at the page is a lot like walking the Vegas strip with a headfull of blotter acid. It's dizzying.
Of course, none of that really has anything to do with why I personally don't use graphics or animations. I think sometimes those things can be too much of a distraction. I'd rather just write and slap in the occasional photo (which reminds me. I really need to find my camera).
Moreover, they say a picture is worth a thousand words, and I figure if I avoid pictures in my entries, my typing skills will improve.