Apr 01 2014

Is Flash Intro a Vestibule PLUS April #Contest

I recently stumbled across an article discussing the view
that a flash / splash page is a poor idea. The argument made some decent
points. Then I came to this:


Image reading By visiting your site they have already agreed to enter why do they have to do it again  It would be like opening the door to a store only to find another door that says ha ha just kidding  Open this door to enter for real this time


Hang on… that exists, doesn’t it?


image of door leading to another door


All grocery stores around me have one. It’s where they keep
the carts. I have yet to encounter a person who walked in, saw carts, and
assumed that there was no store beyond the next door.


“Hmm… it says food is sold here, but there’s nothing
other than these metal partial cages on wheels…”

According to the article, 25% of people leave if they encounter a “double
entrance,” such as a flash intro or a vestibule.


Why do we have them if a quarter of people can’t figure them


“The Greeks and Romans both used vestibules in their
temples and public buildings. The vestibule often had religious or ceremonial
significance, marking a point of
departure from the mundane world
, and it allowed builders to make
structures feel more formal.”



I put one on my site for that purpose- departure from the
mundane world. I wanted those who were interested enough to search for
information on my book series to have one minute to think. The various fonts
represent different voices, each proposing an answer as to what they think my
characters might be. The backdrop is outer space. My characters, for all that
they are, happen to be here. As my character Heath puts it, “That’s what
separates Earth from other worlds- it has us.”


For some reason, about 1% of
the people who visit my site can’t get the intro video to play without
refreshing. I’ve paid two teams of web experts to look into this. Both came up
with the always intelligent result of, “Huh, that’s weird.” Neither
was able to replicate the result of the video failing to play, despite using
several different browsers on various computers, phones, and tablets ranging in
age from so-new-it-is-only-in-Japan to a Packard Bell from 1995 with a dial-up
56K connection.


As a point of curiosity, I would like to know YOUR thoughts
on this matter. To make it more interesting, I’ve created a survey in a
. I’m looking for honest feedback. Your chances of winning are the same
if you like the video, don’t like the video, or are among the 1% who fail to
see it despite trying. 

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Update April 5, 2014= Thanks to the help here, I managed to get the intro video into a YouTube video!


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  1. I like your perspective. My blog used to have a headline: “Welcome to my mind – please wipe your feet before entering.”

    Transition is a beautiful.

    • Kelly O'M on April 2, 2014 at 1:44 PM

    I tend to use my iphone or tablet for a lot of searches. Flash does not work on either of those, so maybe that is part of this issue. I also believe that we, as a society, are in such a constant state of “hurry” that if something is not immediate we move on to something else. My niece does window design and from watching her, I have realized how much we can be “controlled” by what seems to be idle, unnecessary clutter.

    • J Lenni Dorner on April 2, 2014 at 6:36 PM

    OMG I love that headline. 

    • J Lenni Dorner on April 2, 2014 at 6:46 PM

    On the phones that I’ve tried it on, it goes to the mobile version of the site, which doesn’t have the video. 

    The hurry state is exactly why I created the video. Sometimes people need to take a breath and be still for a full minute in order to open the mind. I realize that such an idea is (oh so many negative words to pick from) unusual for many people, but it is how I was raised. I listen to the trees. Do you know how long you have to sit still to understand a tree? 
    Some people will move on. It is okay. I have a target audience. People who want all the answers up front and aren’t willing to be sucked in to revelation aren’t going to be my biggest fans. My book series doesn’t open by flat out saying what Xavier is- it just shows him being a little bit different. And then shows him being a bit more different. And by page five the reader either caught on to the fact that he’s not your average guy or has stopped reading. Some people will. I didn’t write it for everyone. 
    Thanks for stopping by, and thank you for your comment.
    • Marlene on April 3, 2014 at 12:32 AM

    I really hate intro screens and I’d much rather read words than see a video clip. That’s the way I learn and remember. My time is precious and if I’ve clicked on your link, I want the answer right now. Unless the subject is very important to me, I won’t even click on “see more” for those blogs that only show the first sentence or so of the post.
    Oh, and people suggest that you disable captcha for A to Z because some people won’t comment with it turned on. Another time burner if we’re trying to visit many blogs.

    • J Lenni Dorner on April 3, 2014 at 1:00 AM

    Thank you for your feedback.

    Interesting side note… the video is all words. Where does that put it? 

    I want to disable my captcha. I have a petition going with the hope that my webhost will make it option.

    help me fight captcha by clicking here Please help to give me this option. Click for details.

    • Jason on April 3, 2014 at 11:39 PM

    There are programs that will let you download flash to your computer and you can then upload it to youtube.

    • J Lenni Dorner on April 4, 2014 at 7:34 AM

    Really? Interesting… Know any searchable names? 

  2. Please keep in mind that my responses is from a deaf perspective. Many of your readers are most likely hearing.

    • J Lenni Dorner on April 4, 2014 at 5:24 PM


    • Jason on April 5, 2014 at 6:01 PM

    Search for “download flash video”. There are a number of programs out there.

    • leslie ross on April 5, 2014 at 8:49 PM

    Sometimes the intros are useful

    • J Lenni Dorner on April 6, 2014 at 1:25 AM

    Ah ha! Thank you ever so much. 

    • J Lenni Dorner on April 6, 2014 at 1:25 AM

    I agree.

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