I have known for a long time that there is a difference between the load time of a site using inline styles and a site using a stylesheet: I didn’t realise how much difference!
I uploaded my own without finishing things off, really — I’d forgotten to move my style to a stylesheet and hadn’t noticed this at all but HAD noticed a massive pause before my layout loaded. I thought maybe I’d forgotten to optimise the photo, but no.. all fine and dandy there. Tiny pages, tiny page structure, relatively tiny top image and still a huge delay in loading. I was checking my source just for errors and such and noticed the style in the
of the document. Fixed it up, re-uploaded and.. wow. Instant load.