There are a lot of online services and programs out there that will show you what your websites look like to other people, particularly when your site looks different to you because you are logged in as an administrator.
Using Google Chrome in Incognito mode is a fast and easy way to see what your website looks like to John Q. Public. Sure, you could configure another profile in a web browser, or use the Privacy modes in Firefox or Internet Explorer 8, but none of those are as fast or as easy as just firing up Chrome and opening an Incognito window. Best of all, you can keep doing what you were doing in your other programs instead of having to switch to another profile or have all of your other open windows and tabs disappear when you enter Private Browsing mode.
The reason this is important is because the user experience on your websites is often just as important as the content you have worked hard to write. Content is king, but experience can make people hate the king.
I bring this all up because in my regular default browser, Firefox, I have ad blocking software and the NoScript plug-in. When I think about it, I disable them for my own sites so I can see what is happening, but sometimes that just falls through the cracks. So, I had no idea that here on A Freelancer’s Writings that there is something called Snap Shots running, nor that it has trouble rendering those snapshots for some of my websites, like BestHubris.com.
The blog I write at Best Hubris isn’t about computers, per se, but lately, it has seen a lot of posts from me regarding computer programs and the annoying things they do.
For example, my post about the window that pops up and says Initializing My Places Bar when you are trying to save something in Microsoft Office and ends up making you wait FOREVER just to save a simple Word document, came about after I got frustrated by the slow My Places Bar window and went looking for a way to get rid of it. Imagine my frustration when I found out that it was Microsoft that put it there and that they didn’t really tell you that they were doing it, or give you a way to easily get rid of it.
As it turns out, the post has been good for traffic at Best Hubris since there are a lot of people searching for how to get rid of the my place bar message, and not that many people out there talking about it.
As a writer, it is always nice to know that people are reading your stuff. It’s even better to know that your stuff is helping some people out.