Don’t use release date count downs
You don’t need 5 scrolling marquees
Scrolling marquees look like this:
I’ll let it slide if you have one of these (usually for your blogroll). But if you have 2, 3, or 5, you’re killing me! Not only are these distracting (moving images.. argh.. they draw my attention, and not in a good way), but they will slow down the page. They use a lot of browser resources to make happen, so if you have a bunch, it can make the page slow and laggy.
But what I really hate is how distracting they are. If I’m trying to read your blog posts, I don’t want moving elements in the sidebar pulling my attention. Remember, sidebars are on the side. The focus should be on the content of your blog posts—not on what’s happening in the sidebar. So don’t pull your readers’ attention away from what’s important!
We don’t need to know all of your reading preferences in your sidebar
Some people put their entire bookish biographies in their sidebars. I’m talking favourite series, favourite authors, favourite books, what you’re reading now, what you last read, etc. All of those are images. All of those images take time to load.
So let’s say you have 20 favourite series, 15 favourite authors, 20 favourite books, you’re reading 1 book right now, you read 17 books this month. That’s 73 images being loaded on every single page. THAT’S A TON!! All of those images are going to take time to load and slow down your blog a lot!
Save that kind of stuff for your “About” page if you absolutely must include it. But you don’t need to put all that in the sidebar. Limit it to just what you’re reading now and maybe your recently read/reviewed books.
Remove all plugins you’re not using
Don’t put your image slider on every single page
Don’t put full posts on your homepage
This is a massive pet peeve of mine, especially with bloggers who use a ton of images. It gets particularly bad if you love GIFs. Imagine that you use an average of 3 GIFs in every post. If you load one post, you’re loading 3 GIFs. That’s not really a problem. But on your homepage, you have 10 full posts being displayed… that might be 30 GIFs!! Suddenly we have a loading problem. The browser has to load 30 images (many of which are animated). That’s going to make the page really long and possibly a bit slow.
In general I much prefer blogs that show excerpts on the homepage because it makes it that much easier to find content I’m interested in. But personal preference aside, putting full posts on the homepage will make your homepage take a lot longer to load. And the more images you include in your posts, the more it becomes a problem!