Okay, I’m probably going to annoy a few people with this one, but . . . yeah I don’t care. See, I hate animated gifs. Really, really REALLY hate them. Now it’s not so bad if you’ve got one or maybe two and I can scroll my page down and just view your words and not see the constant flickering animation. But if there’s one every few lines, I’m gonna go a little spastic. I have several blogger pals who LOVE using these, and since I love their blogs I try to keep reading them, but it’s getting to a point where I’m just gonna have to draw the line and say
It’s not just that I find them annoying – though I do – it’s that they actually physically bother me. I get eye strain and headaches from the things. You know how they advise epileptics not to look at flashing lights because they can cause seizures? This doesn’t surprise me one bit, because I feel like I might have one every time I look at the things. And I can talk about seizures because I really did have one, though it was many years ago and I luckily have not had one since. As far as I know. But ugh, those freaking flashing gifs are awful, and they distract from whatever the person is writing. They distract A LOT. And I’m easily distracted enough as it is.
And what is the point? As you know if you’ve read my blog, I love using images in my posts. I’ve never found a need to animate one, though. I mean – why do you have to show someone actively facepalming (head falling to hand, head jumping back up, head falling to hand, head jumping back up, rinse, repeat, puke) when you could just show a picture of the facepalm? Huh? I don’t get it. I think you can be just as funny without the things. Actually I like you MORE without them.
Cause let’s think about this a minute. Who else uses animated gifs? Advertisers! And is there anyone out there that likes those advertisements that flash on Facebook or certain websites every five seconds? No. I mean, sure, the gif of the guy shaking his head and saying “No” is funnier than the one of the lady whose tummy inflates then deflates then inflates again, making me wonder if a diet pill really wants to advertise by showing the effects of yo-yo dieting, but still. It’s not that funny. Especially when you can just find a still picture of Grumpy Cat. I fully believe Grumpy Cat fits into most anything, just by giving us that “I hate you. Die now.” stare.
Anyway, peeps gonna do what peeps gonna do. If you still wanna use the animated gifs, and you like them, more power to ya. But I’m not gonna read posts that use multiple animated flashing gifs anymore. It’s not worth it. I have AdBlock on my computer at home, and it is possibly the most awesome ad-on you can get. I wish it worked on blogs too, because I would really like to read those posts.
If this makes no sense, I plead brain damage from the last set of animated gifs I watched. Which were probably on the above blog.
What do you guys think? Do you like the animated gifs? Do you ever put them in the comments section? Cause if you do, I will seriously HUNT YOU DOWN. Anyhoo, let me know in the comments below!
Note: After writing this post, I discovered that there IS a way to shut off the animation of the gifs in internet explorer and firefox if you are interested. Not sure how long it will work, but here is the link.