13 March 2009

I have to ask: how many of you, my readers, actually click on any of the thumbnails of images that I post?

I haven't been mentally keeping track of how long this has been going on, but in going through Leandra's Apache logs periodically I've been seeing entries like these (anonymized for reader's privacy):

a.b.c.d - - [13/Mar/2009:16:31:40 -0400] "GET /pictures/the_last_hope/tn_dcp_2077.jpg HTTP/1.1" 200 10813 "" "Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US) Firefox/3.0.7"

...whenever someone pulls up a photo album or loads my frontpage but no corresponding entries for anyone actually looking at the whole image, which would look something like this:

a.b.c.d - - [13/Mar/2009:16:31:42 -0400] "GET /pictures/the_last_hope/dcp_2077.jpg HTTP/1.1" 200 92652 "" "Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US) Firefox/3.0.7"

Are the image files themselves too large? Is no one actually looking at them? Do I not have enough bandwidth to comfortably load image intensive pages? Something else?

I'm asking because if there's something I need to fix or if there are improvements that I can make, I'd really like to know.