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Pet peeve is defined as, according to Dictionary.com: a particular and often continual annoyance.
For more about pet peeves, read: Pet Peeves – Do You Have Any?
As a blogger, I follow other bloggers as well as attend link parties. It’s fun to connect with others and see what they’re blogging about.
There are some great blogs out there that I do not follow due to my frustration while trying to read the posts. I was constantly increasing the zoom to way over 100% just to be able to read a blog post on some sites, and that’s while using my desktop computer with an extra large, flat screen monitor. I never attempted such sites with my laptop or iPhone.
But no more! I refuse! Yes, I know that I’m no longer young and agile in body movements, as I’m now in my fifties, but my eyesight is about the same as when I was younger. So there you go – tiny, light-colored font is a BIG pet peeve of mine!
Please look at the image above. Is the text difficult to read? Can you see the tiny, light-colored font? Why do some bloggers use such hard to see fonts? Not only do some use such fonts but they use a fancy or cute font that is even harder to see than the examples I’ve used here. Sure, it looks pretty, but why have it look pretty when no one can see it? The examples were made with Arial font.
As I’ve noticed, it’s not an age thing with these bloggers. You’ll find hard to see text on sites from both young and older bloggers who use light-colored, tiny font. You’ll also see both young and older bloggers who use dark-colored font that is an easy size to see.
Please tell me if you use such hard to see font and please tell me why you use it. I’d love to know the reason.
Is this a pet peeve of yours too?
My pet peeve is websites that load tooooooo slooooow. Too many ads, etc. I just leave and don’t come back. Highly irritating.
I agree Carol, highly irritating! For some reason your comment was in my spam folder. Glad I checked it 🙂
Yeah, I have some pet peeves, but I don’t think you have days! 😉
Tiny, and faint- big aggravations!! I had to pop back over to mine real quick, for a visibility check! lol
Once when I tried lavender font, I got some complaints, so I avoid that now. I want everyone to enjoy reading me!
I hear you Melinda! Your site is easy on my eyes 🙂
As bad as drivers who don’t signal a turn are the drivers who just leave the turn signal on! And you’re so right about the tiny and/or light-colored or otherwise unreadable fonts. On websites *and* on things like business cards. I remember one woman’s business card with tiny little pale gray font on pink card stock, and the font had numbers that could hardly be deciphered.
So true Jean. I read a blog post somewhere that mentioned the tiny font among other things. It said something like – Why I no longer read your blog.
This is definitely a pet peeve! My biggest pet peeve is people who won’t follow the road signs and scoot over when it’s indicated that a lane is going to close. Instead they drive on up to the front, bypassing all the other cars who scooted over. THEN they expect all the other patient (and rule-following) cars to let them cut in line. Makes me furious! It’s probably not a nice thing to admit but after years of teaching kids not to cut in line, it makes me angry when adults do it.
Oh for sure Shelley, I agree with you.
I’m with you on the blinkers. Thanks for sharing with us at Funtastic Friday!
Hi Angie, thanks for stopping by 🙂
Love this post! TY! #awesomelifefriday
Hi Lisa, thanks for stopping by and glad you like the post 🙂
I upgraded to Office 2013 at work and after 2 days I had to revert it back to 2010. The reason is that the font is faint and gray. I have bad eyesight as it is. I work full time and sit at a computer all day and squinting and straining my eyes till I get a headache to do my work every day is quite burdensome to say the least. I don’t know why anyone would think gray font is easier on the eyes. It’s not. I catch myself straining and staring up close to my computer screen and still can hardly read it. In my opinion since Bill Gates retired from Microsoft all their products have gone downhill. If they want to change to gray font, fine but at least give everyone else a choice to use black font if they want to. When they change things and don’t give you any choice in the matter it is frustrating.
Thanks for your comment Linda. The people who are ok with such must have bionic eyes.