When I wrote my post about blocking newsletter popups, I was feeling pretty smug because I was finally getting back at all those sites that throw popups at you before you even get to see the content. In the month since, I’ve noticed some things that I thought I’d talk about as a follow up to that original post.

Happy Mitch

First, I’m still a very happy guy. Those of you who visit here know that is my ultimate pet peeve when it comes to visiting blogs. Turns out it blocks a lot of other nasty bits from other types of sites beyond just blogs; I’m not mad in the least!

Second, let me mention some folks whose blogs I know for sure don’t bombard you with popup requests; it’s a short list:

Donna’s blog

Steve’s blog

Ed’s blog

Dana’s blog

That’s it so far. It’s harder now to tell who’s doing what since I can’t see anymore who’s got it or not. Still, based on what I remember, this is a pretty small list, which I probably won’t be updating any time soon; I’ll get back to that in a bit.

Third, it seems that without knowing it, all of us have some kind of javascript on our sites. Mine turns out to be my share buttons, and it seems to affect most of the blogs or websites I go to in that fashion. It also affects those commenting systems I didn’t like to begin with, such as Disqus and Livefyre. They don’t even come up; I get a message saying I need to activate javascript in order to comment, and since I wouldn’t comment on those anyway, I’m good once again. Also, I’m blocking both Forbes & Inc before they can block me because of my adblocker; winning! lol

Fourth, one of the messages I often stated was that I tended to believe that people who threw a popup at you before you could even read the content didn’t care whether you read it or not. That seems to be proven by many sites I go to because, unlike the majority, they won’t let you read any of the content, period! As a matter of fact, some of those sites never even load, there’s so much javascript in it. Oh, if only those folks knew how much all of that is negatively impacting their mobile speed! lol

Fifth, it also affects the ability to leave comments on blogs with CommentLuv, which I actually like a lot; that’s problematic. In those instances where I really want to leave a comment I’ll temporarily allow access to the site so I can have my say… even though 95% of the time it turns out the site throws a popup at me… sigh…

Sixth… come January I might be able to enable javascript on my browser again because Google has announced that it’s going to be punishing sites that use annoying pop-up ads… awww… They’re especially going after those sites that have popups that won’t allow you to view the content unless you hit the X, and those sites where there’s no X to hit before you can read the content. Suddenly, the excuse people have been giving about how many subscribers they get because of those popups will find their traffic drying up because of those very same popups; I couldn’t be more pleased!

When all is said and done, I can honestly say that it’s not the popups themselves that has irked me as much as when those suckers come up. If I’m not allowed to read all of your content, let alone even begin to see it, then I’d rather block it and move on. As it is, I’m probably sharing more content from creators these days whose articles I get to read without knowing whether or not they have popups, so a lot of you should be thanking me for that. For the rest of you… well, it is what it is, and now you’re going to be forced into it or risk losing your traffic… which I understand well.

That’s one for my side; now if Twitter will only do something like that for those Auto DM’s! 🙂

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