Software companies created popup blockers for a reason. People DO NOT LIKE POPUPS. I don’t mean the delightful popup books we enjoyed as kids or Jack in the Boxes (not the restaurant) or cans with springy snakes that pop up and startle the person taken unaware…
I mean popups.
For instance, I get Florida Trend emails that offer the highlights of the news each morning and afternoon. Sometimes the snippet of information is tantalizing enough for me to click for more — and too often I get a popup across the screen that tells me “if you subscribe for such-and-such amount per year, then you can read more. Otherwise, tough luck, sucker!” (Of course, the literal version is slightly more professional and kind.) I still hate popups.
Recently, I’ve been exploring a variety of blogs. The instant I land on a blog I once considered a promising read, a box pops up, offering me the blogger’s firstborn child in exchange for my email address. If I click on another part of the website, another box pops up, offering me the blogger’s second born.
OK. I exaggerate. A bit.
But I hate those popups. (Although I admit that at times the firstborn child offer seems so much better than an email address I already know… I may or may not have sacrificed my address in order to get that delectable, oh-so-necessary delight.) However, I simply cannot inflict such a request upon people who visit my blog. I mean, I am honored that they took the time to visit, to read, to like, perhaps to comment, or, even better, to follow me. I would love for them to return and visit often — or offer their email address so I could automatically send them my next posts. But I do not want to block the view of my lovely blog post in order to elicit their email address. More so, I do not wish to annoy them and repel them from my blog before they can enjoy it.
Unfortunately, I committed to complete a 7-day blog challenge in which I am to follow each day’s assignment (almost) wholeheartedly. The downside is that the day’s challenges don’t appear until just before my lunchtime, and I have zero to no time to complete the challenge. And I don’t always like the challenges — because one of the challenges was to create such a popup on my blog (made infinitely harder to use because I blog on WordPress.com), and the very next day’s challenge was to write a blog that takes a stand and offends…
So I thought I’d kill the proverbial two birds with one stone. Are you offended? Did you like my popup and freebie?
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