Ooh, this is going to be a good one! Today we are talking about those things we see on a blog that makes us cringe and decreases the likelihood of us every coming back to it. This should be an awesome learning experience for old and new bloggers alike because we can’t know what we’re doing wrong until someone points it out, right?
So here are my five blogging pet peeves:
Music playing as soon as I get on the home page
I can take just about anything else on this list except this! A lot of times I’m not at home when I’m reading blogs and how embarrassing would it be to have music blaring out of nowhere when I visit a blog! That makes me want to close out the window completely! Music has its place (or had its place with MySpace) and you can turn a reader off just by the song that happens to be playing. Remember you have only a few seconds to catch a new visitor’s attention so use it wisely (and quietly!)
It’s easy to want to jam pack any and every idea you’ve ever had onto your blog layout but you have to remember that someone has to a) be able to read it and b) be easy to navigate. I don’t like to have a million navigation bars, home bars, and advertisements all over the place that it makes reading what you’re actually blogging about extremely difficult. Have a nice title bar with a cool picture and clean sidebars where Ads, buttons, “Follow me” thingies are all together in a logical way( my personal limit is two sidebars. Anything more than that just leaves room for more clutter),
Crazy color scheme
Now this one I was guilty of when I first started blogging. I wanted to have this real edgy looking background so in the space for blog posts I had a black background and white letters. (Yes! I know! Stop laughing!). My best friend looked at it and was like, “I cannot read this!” When I changed it, it looked a whole lot better! So now when I come across a blog that has so many colors going on, especially where your blog posts go, I’m turned off. I really want to read your stuff but I’m not going to strain the little bit of eye sight I have left to do it!
Making it hard to follow you
Google Reader is my lifeline to the blogging community and whenever I find a new blog that I want to keep following, I add them there. What makes it really convenient for me is to find the little Google Reader Feed Thing right at the top, above the fold like advertisers say. I hate when I have to search around for it or it’s simply not there at all! Yes, I’m lazy sometimes and it takes a few extra steps to copy your URL, go to my Google Reader, and then add your subscription. The same goes for your Twitter account, Blog Lovin, etc. Make it easy to find! Your future followers will thank you for it!
Beauty Info-News disguised as Beauty Reviews
When I see a beauty review I not only want to know what the product is but how the blogger felt about it. If you just give me a laundry list of all the things this product is supposed to do (that’s most likely recycled information from the press release) what’s the point? I can go to the company site and find that out myself. I want to know what the blogger’s personal experience with it is. Did the product deliver as it was supposed to? How does it look on you? What did it smell like? When I’m looking into trying a new product I want to know these things! That’s what a review is supposed to be!
Okay, my Friday rant is over! What are your blogging pet peeves?
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