The Republic of T.

Black. Gay. Father. Vegetarian. Buddhist. Liberal.

Enough with the Aural Assault

I’ll only say this once, and then in the interest of being helpful. Some of my favorite blogs are guilty of the top five webpage mistakes: playing music automatically upon loading, and thus forcing me to wait until the page loads before I can stop the music, if I can find where and how to stop the music. That is, if I don’t just close the site and move on. I know your taste in music is excellent, and your decision to share it with us all is a gift beyond all measure. But, believe it or not, most of the time I’m not visiting your site in search of the latest tunes. And if I continuously have to endure said tunes before I can turn them off and set about finding what I am looking for, I’ll probably visit less often. If you must have music on your site, at least make sure it doesn’t start playing automatically. Who knows? I might still notice it and actually choose to play it, out of curiosity.


  1. I couldn’t agree with you more on this one. I tend to quit reading blogs that have music on them, simply because I don’t want everyone in the room turning their heads to look at my screen once the racket starts.

  2. Just wanted to say thanks for linking to my article on web design mistakes! I hoped you (and your readership) liked it – I’m planning a couple of related posts for the future which I’m sure you’ll enjoy.

  3. Well in all fairness, Terrance, your page loads your entire background in brown and it takes a relatively long time for most of it to turn to white so you can read the black text. (Yet another reason I read blog feeds via Bloglines, so I don’t have to deal with page designs.)

  4. I’ve gotten a couple of complaints about that, but I’m not sure what the cause is. it may be a combination of connection problems and some of the stuff that I have on the sidebar that takes a while to load. The site is cached to keep it from crashing the server, etc., though, so it should load relatively quickly. I’ll play around with the sidebar and see if I can figure out what the problem is, or offer another solution.