The web content merry-go-round

What do I do to stop my rage,
when everyone wants to be on the homepage?
There’s a solution I use; maybe you do as well?
It’s the wonderfully accommodating carousel.

It helps me satiate the vanity,
of multiple departments that want to see,
their precious content on page number 1,
and this is where I have some fun…

Rather than tell you to go to hell,
I’ll stick your junk onto my carousel.
With infinite slides there’s enough for all,
my carousel is at your beck and call.

But, first things first, my rule of thumb:
I GET TO CHOOSE what’s on slide 1.
After that, it’s up to you;
“Now, who wants to be on slide number 2?”

Soon we’re up to slide number 3,
and I know that in reality,
no student is going to hang around,
to see what content is there to be found.

And if there’s content that’s REALLY poor,
I’ll probably put that in slide 4.
The author’s satisfied that all looks well,
having made the homepage carousel.

“What’s that you say?
“A big marketing drive?
“No problem!
“I’ll put that on slide 5.”

Oh everybody thinks I’m great,
I’m always willing to accommodate.
“Is there any more content to throw into the mix?
There’s room going begging on slide number 6.”

And so it continues,
slides 7, 8, 9…
I think to myself;
“I’m doing fine…”

But there’s something that keeps bugging me,
what does this mean for my site’s accessibility?
And while the carousel puts on a lovely show;
what about my SEO?

Perhaps this wasn’t very clever.
Was I right to be such an obliging fella?
What would Jacob Nielson say
if he saw me carrying on in this way?

It’s time I take back all control,
and whilst this poem is rather droll,
there is a message in here as well:
Behave when using a carousel!



Vincent O‘Malley