So we all have pet peeves: driving pet peeves, shopping pet peeves, and for those of us that blog, I’m sure you have your own blogging pet peeves. I’m going to list mine, so in case you’re wondering why I never return your comments, um, chances are your blog fits one or more of the following descriptions:
- Tiny text and a non-existent line height.
This is the worst. Why do you have a blog that with entries people can’t read without squinting and squirming? It is NOT attractive, and it certainly does NOT make you a cool blogger, or whatever other positive effect you think it may achieve. The only thing these blogs have gotten from me was a loud UGH and a click on the x. Bye bye.
- The “I am da shit” attitude when your blog IS shit.
I’ve noticed that this tends to go hand in hand with the blog with tiny text and non-existent line height. Yeah, I know it’s your blog, and I’m sure you’re very proud of your work and all (though I can’t see why), but you need to get it in your head that your blog is NOT da shit, and nor are you. So you can start humbling yourself and cut the crap, or prepare to earn the wrath and infamous pants award from Jem, because unlike you, she is da shit. And I need to stop using that word.
- EXTREMELY long posts.
With no pictures, no lists, just words, can be a hell to read. I just read one yesterday (or tried to at least), and as great as the post was, I gave up after the second paragraph. I understand you’re passionate about what you’re writing, but your readers might not always feel the same way. Make things easier for them by adding images or lists or anything other then just paragraph after paragraph.
- Entries about what you did today, every day.
An occasional update on your life is great. Unless you’re doing a niche blog, I actually like reading about your personal (not too personal please) life every once in a while. But when all your posts are just a list of activities you did that day? God, don’t you get sick of writing it? I know I’m sick of reading the same blah entries about your mundane life. Honestly, no one cares if you had Captain Crunch instead of Lucky Charms on the morning of your math quiz.
- Too many widgets and ads.
Your blog can be a great source of making extra money. I have ads on my blog too (for search engine visitors only though), but seriously, don’t abuse it. Having ads plastered all over the place is not only annoying, but really ugly! What’s worse, you have all these stupid useless widgets cluttered along with those ugly ads. Seriously, none of your readers will really care who your recent visitors were or where they came from. If you’re interested in the information, install Google analytic or something, but spare me the heinous sight and the annoying lag.
- Ugly designs.
Call me shallow, but ugly layouts are a major turn-off for me. I can understand if you’re new to this and you’re not really sure how to make a layout, we’ve all been through the same phase. But seriously, neon pink and neon green do NOT go together on the same page. As a matter of fact, they shouldn’t be anywhere on your page because the colors are hideously blinding themselves. This doesn’t have anything to do with how many years of experience you have, this is just common sense. Or at least I would think so. If you’re iffy about making your layout from scratch, use a free layout instead. And then maybe my eyes can be spared from being blinded with your horrendous choice of colors.
Ok, so I just wrote a long ass post myself, but at least it was in a list :P Read the headers if you want to, I’ll spare you the pain of having to read through all 700-something words.:k