Blogging pet peeves

January 24, 2009• 53 Comments

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

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  1. Niki says:

    Thanks for your lovely comment :)
    And I know what you mean. I hate sites with HUGE ads all over the place. It’s like, “OK, you need money, WE GET IT!” Extra-tiny fonts and small line spacing are really annoying too. Especially when they have super-long blogs about nothing. Or it could be about something interesting, but I usually close the page before I start to read.
    Oh, I also hate when the site isn’t coded right, and the CSS link is broken. But it just usually happens in Firefox, but it’s fine in IE. Also, when the site is coded so terribly that the sidebar overlaps the content, which is again just in Firefox. Aha, I don’t know what browser you use, but that’s what happens to me all the time and its annoying.
    Alright, I think this comment is long enough. Sorry about that. :)

    Niki´s last blog post..Even MORE Art!

    1. Mimi says:

      It makes me wonder if those people actually enjoy blogging, or if they’re just doing it for money, which might explain about the lack of content.

      Bad coding is irritating, but I overlook it as long as it still looks fine on my Firefox. IE doesn’t even count anymore because it’s crap -_-

  2. Justin says:

    If I fall under any of these categories, it’s probably the small font one… but yeah, it’s the only size that looks good with my layout. Other than that, I think I’m in the clear. I usually don’t do pictures, but my blogs are usually funny enough to entice the reader… at least I hope… Thanks for these tips and advice! Very helpful. You are da shyt!

    1. Mimi says:

      As bad as my eyes are, I can read your font fine :) And your entries are short and entertaining! Actually, just your domain name would be enough to amuse me (I’m easily amused) :P

  3. anne says:

    im with you! i hate blogs with ugly layouts.. especially when they have a black background with green words that are size 6pt. wtf?? makes me wonder how they themselves can read it… must have really good eyes or something.

    i hate it when people talk about what they do today too.. makes me want to fall asleep! “today i got up and brushed my teeth, had toast for breakfast blahblahblah”

    anne´s last blog post..Mom, i’m sueing you for $200!

    1. Mimi says:

      Err, wtf? That totally beats my neon green and pink layout, hands down. Maybe they’re just really spiteful and want their readers to go blind or something :/

      I feel sorry for those people who have nothing better to write than to list down what they did after they woke up till breakfast. They could use some excitement in their lives :/

  4. Gel says:

    My eyes hurt whenever I try reading really long entries which is why I have this tendency of just closing the tab whenever I see one in a site :s It’s hard to return comments as well especially if that person commented on your entry. Haha.

    As much as possible, even if I would want to make extra money through ads, I still hesitate just coz I think ads would just make my site look fugly :p

    1. Mimi says:

      Ah yes, I feel obligated to return a comment, but you’re right, sometimes it’s hard. So I try to search around for a still recent entry that’s a little less tedious to read. :P

  5. Tin says:

    I totally agree with you!
    For the tiny text, I think I still have some patience left to bear with it.
    I’m fine with long posts, as long as the entry is interesting.
    I hate it when people blog or mention every food they ate for the whole day, just for the sake of updating.
    And the ads! It’s so annoying! It’s the major turn-off for me. We can still earn money from blogging without those ads/banners.
    To me, overdecorated layouts are ugly. XD

    Btw, I love your site and your entries! :D

    Tin´s last blog post..Hoho I’m crazy.

    1. Mimi says:

      There aren’t many people out there with patience like yours :]
      LMAO at mentioning every food they ate for the day. Seriously, how much more boring can you get than that? I would say that’s what twitter is for, but even listing out your sandwich ingredient is a bit too much for poor twitter.
      I agree with you on overdecorated layouts. More often than not, less is more :)

      I’m glad you enjoyed my site and posts!

  6. Kaylee says:

    I wonder if bloggers with ugly layouts KNOW that their layouts are ugly. It seems so obvious, but how could they willingly put something that hideous up?

    “The “I am da shit” attitude when your blog IS shit.”
    Lmao, so true.

    1. Mimi says:

      I have no idea. I guess it all just comes down to personal taste (or the lack of in their cases). And like you said, the worst part is that they don’t realize it and actually thinks its awesome D:

  7. Cat says:

    I agree with your list! The tiny text and line height is one of my biggest pet peeves. I will leave a site immediately if I have problems reading the text.

    I don’t mind if people write about their daily activities, but I tend to not follow blogs like that. I just… never know what to comment on those kind of entries.

    1. Mimi says:

      I suppose if those daily activities post could just focus on one interesting activity or the highlight of their day, it makes it much easier for the readers to read and comment. But yeah, seriously, what are you supposed to say in reply to someone’s laundry list?

  8. Melle says:

    I can bear with the ugly design but not with the super long post! or if it’s too long I juz write something on their tag board.. I’ve never tried putting up ads on my site.. I juz want to keep my site clean

    Melle´s last blog post..Song Du Korean restaurant

    1. Mimi says:

      It’s still possible to maintain a nice clean design with ads, just as long as you incorporate them the right way and don’t put up too many.

  9. Ai~ says:

    I absolutely agree with all of these things! I have to add “Repetitive pink layouts and having “pink” on their domain or site names” — an observation I’ve had for a long time with majority of the Filipino tween blogsphere. Ugh. So annoying after a while — they basically recycle each other’s layouts with the same cat image. And ugly designs are a no-no, of course! :P

    Speaking of layouts, yours is absolutely ADORABLE! <333 I love GALS! And the menu mouseover thing is just terrific. :D Plus, the featured link buttons at the sidebar is genius. Along with the post choice dropdown below. You amaze me even more, sweetie! :)

    1. Mimi says:

      Thank you for your lovely comments! :) Yay for another GALS! fan! And yes, I’ve noticed the whole pink thing going on in the Filipino tween blogsphere. It gets a little annoying after a while, but since pink is my favorite color, I guess they won’t be hearing complaints from me. They tend to use a lot of girly words like “baby” or “doll” or “princess” in their domain/site name as well.

      1. Ai~ says:

        I like pink myself, hun, but too much is too much! They absolutely have little creativity — they just follow the fad with no thought to their originality. UGH. Even with the domain names, you're so right, they ARE using the SAME words over, and over, and over… *snores*

  10. rikuka says:

    DAMN YOU SOUND SO MEAN!! But that’s only because I’m pretty sure that I do ALL of these in some way or another, otherwise I wouldn’t be so offended ;P
    I’m just kidding~ I’m not really offended :)
    I agree with you on all of these being pretty annoying. Especially small font!! It’s really not that hard to readjust my settings to make the font bigger, but it’s a pain in the ass. & if it’s a loooong post with small font I definitely wouldn’t even bother.. bcus if I actually did make the font bigger it would just make the post look even longer XP

    rikuka´s last blog post..Dance Dance

    1. Mimi says:

      What? If a blog fell under any of those categories, I wouldn’t even bother commenting on their site because I would’ve closed the tab already! Please don’t be offended! D: But yeah, long post + small font = omg, are you serious? The combination is just too much for me. -_-

  11. Justin says:

    haha thanks! that really means a lot to me!

  12. Tracy says:

    Oh come on, neon pink and neon green GO together! :P I agree with you on most points. Ugly layouts don’t really bother me so much if the blog is good. As long as I can read the blog of a site not coded for firefox it’s all fine.

    Most of the times I won’t read extremely long posts. It’s a turn of for me.

    Tracy´s last blog post..What to do on a Sunday

    1. Mimi says:

      And don’t forget neon blue! Those three colors look amazing together! :P I guess when I say ugly designs, I actually mean messy. Clashing colors, terrible alignment, poor choice of typography or layout, or the results of bad coding equals a nasty design that makes me wonder wth the designer was thinking.

  13. Brandy says:

    There’s nothing that I hate more, then the small 7px 8px size fonts with the invisible line heights.

    And, how about the auto play music? And those celebrity layouts? And web-o-rexia? Those are another few trends that I despise.

    I could go on.

    1. Mimi says:

      Eww, I hate celebrity blends and skinny cramped layouts. What I noticed is that people with those layouts usually have that bitchy i’m so awesome attitude. How annoying.

  14. Renate says:

    I couldn’t agree more, especially with the first bullet point.

    I also hate the ones where the text colour is so much alike the background colour that you have to squint to read it. That is a surefire way to make me leave the site quickly.

    Renate´s last blog post..Naked guy is naked

    1. Mimi says:

      Exactly. What is the point of having a blog when you can barely read the text? -_-

  15. Wrhona says:

    Ugh, yeah seriously…the tiny text is annoying, but I don’t mind long post as long as it can keep me interested ’till the end. I don’t care about the ugly designs, because I just go straight on reading their latest blog.

    1. Mimi says:

      I guess I just have a really short attention span :/

  16. T Edwards says:

    Man, I love it when a woman speaks her mind. Very amusing and original post BUT, your font is kind of small. :)


    T Edwards´s last blog post..Finishing My To Do List: Marketing This Blog

    1. Mimi says:

      I’m glad you found it amusing :) My font is actually 12px, but I’ve changed the line height so it doesn’t look so squished anymore. Yay?

  17. John says:


    *changes layout*

    John´s last blog post..Happy Two Weeks After New Year!

  18. Aleida says:

    Hahaha that IS the list allright! I also hate those autoplay mediaplayers. I usually listen to music when I’m surfing the web and I have it on full volume … I always get this heartattack when I hit a website with such an autoplayer thing on it *grrrrrr* I usually go right into panic mode and hit the x button. Too bad I miss the possibly interesting entry *le sigh*

    Also congrats on the refreshingly new layout :D

    Aleida´s last blog post..Wrap It Up

    1. Mimi says:

      Ahh, those mediaplayers! I don’t see many of those around anymore (except on Myspace, eww), so I guess people finally understand that no, their readers are not interested in having random songs being blasted into their ears without consent.

      Thanks for the congrats!

  19. Arwen says:

    My site falls under the category of blogging every day, because that was one of my new years resolutions (with the recent amendment of “except for sundays”), but I find fun things to do or surveys to fill out so that my blogs aren’t THAT mundane.

    1. Mimi says:

      I don’t think there’s anything wrong with blogging every day, as a matter of fact, I admire people with the perseverance :) But when every entry is like a laundry list, it just gets too much.

  20. Kayla says:

    Trying to read blogs with really tiny text is one of my pet peeves. It drives me nuts. Another one is when you can’t read the text against the background because the colours clash.

    1. Mimi says:

      Ah yes, that’s annoying too. The worst? Small font + no line height + bad choice of color = omgwtf.

  21. Dayna says:

    Usually they wouldn’t think that their layout is ugly. I would just click on the ‘x’ if the layout has those neon colours images, images too huge to even fit into my wide-screen monitor, or having flashing images all over.

    I have the adblock plus plugin on my Firefox browser so I actually don’t see any ads at all even if the websites have it. This one doesn’t affects me, but I think it would if I don’t have that fabulous add-on. :p

    Dayna´s last blog post..I’m really pissed!

    1. Mimi says:

      I also have adblock plus, but it doesn’t block out the non script ads, which are usually more annoying because they’re animated and flashing and screaming CLICK ME. Too bad adblock plus can’t block out widgets :(

      1. Dayna says:

        Oh, did you try the Element hider which is a complement for adblock plus?

        I use it to hide those non script ads and any other things I do not wish to see. :)

  22. B says:

    You took the words right out of my mouth. I have to agree the most with the last one. You’re blog could be the best thing on earth but if I can’t stand looking at it, I’m not going to read it.

    1. Mimi says:

      Sometimes it’s not even about whether or not you can stand looking at it. It’s that you don’t know what you’re looking at or what you should be looking at. Or you do, but damn, where did the all the text go? -_-

  23. Miss Marie says:

    Not that mine is the shit, but I definitely don’t last long on blogs with a poor design or layout either.

    1. Mimi says:

      There are exceptions though. I have been to a blog with a poor design, but the content was hilarious. However, because the design was so bad, I forgot to bookmark it. Oops :/

  24. Lisalicious says:

    I hate all of it except the widgets one…
    I kinda cannot live without it in my blog :(

    Lisalicious´s last blog post..Chinese name or English name?

  25. Lilia says:

    God I hate these pet peeves posts. It goes way back to message board when all anyone ever did was repeatedly post all their website pet peeves and complain about them over and over again, and it seems like way too many webmasters do that now. Not only is it in itself annoying and repetetive, but it's rude and arrogant as well. It's saying "I am perfect, I know everything there is about designing and making websites, and I'm better than everyone else." It's someone elses site and you have no say as to what it should look like and what the content should be. Those people who don't like it don't have to visit. Everyone experiments with their sites in the beginning, and they should be allowed to change in their own time. Not being forced because people harass them or write stuff about them elsewhere. That's one way flame wars start.

    No one can figure out that it's also on OTHER PEOPLES pet peeves list. What I write about is my business, and if someone doesn't like it they can leave? EXACTLY. I'm not saying you yourself rude or arrogant in general, I'm just saying I think doing that sort of thing is.

    1. Mimi says:

      Lol, aren't you contradicting yourself by leaving a comment?

      It’s someone elses site and you have no say as to what it should look like and what the content should be. Those people who don’t like it don’t have to visit

      Yet here you are, at my site, telling me you hate this post, instead of doing what you're telling ME to do: leave. You pointed out an important point, people should be allowed to do what they want on their sites, and honestly, if someone wants to go ahead and make a site that contains all my pet peeves, great, go for it. I'm not going to go around saying "OMG so and so's site is obscene!". No, I'm simply stating I dislike sites with these characteristics, which according to you, I damn right have the right to do own my own site.

      Furthermore, in no way did I say I'm perfect and that I know everything about web design and that I'm better than everyone else. I'm sorry that was the message you got, but I don't see how I'm being rude or arrogant when I'm not referring to any person or site in specific. It's like me saying I don't like smoking and second-hand smoke, but that doesn't mean I think I'm better than people who smoke. I'm sure you have pet peeves too, and by criticizing others for talking about their pet peeves, you've just joined the rest of us "pet peeve writers". Except that we actually own up and say "hey, I'm gonna write about my pet peeves and don't give a damn what others think" whereas you come on your high horse telling us you hate what we do when you're doing the exact same thing. Hypocrite much?

      If you think this is annoying and repetitive, why do you read it, and then comment? Isn't it a waste of your time and energy, which I'm sure could be spent doing lots of other things that you probably enjoy? So go follow your own advice, take a hike, and go watch the Disney channel.

  26. Anna says:

    I agree wuth all of these, although I do think if you use the colors properly that neon green and pink can go together as long as you don't over use them.

    1. Mimi says:

      Really? Neon green and pink? Hmm, as hard as I try, I'm still having a hard time imagining those 2 colors together.

  27. Anna says:


    There was once a site that had a color scheme with neon green and neon pink but they didn't over use it. And they had a tremendous amount of skill. So it all look really nice, in fact I was jealous.

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