Okay, seriously…as a contributing editor and fellow blogging community member, I read/follow several hundreds of blogs…yes hundreds. When you commit to being a part of the blogging community it is not just about people reading your own blog, it is about connecting with others and reading what others have to say. And people have a lot to say.
I mostly enjoy my 300+ posts a day, but I have recently become "nails-on-chalkboard" annoyed with some recurring themes in the blogging world. So, sit down and brace yourself for my Top 5: Blog Peeves.
5. Auto-play music. Usually at the VERY bottom of your blog. When "Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy" comes on unexpectedly while I am trying to read your emotional post about post-partum depression, I literally can't find that little X box in the top corner of my browser fast enough. Your music choices can seriously make or break my desire to continue reading your blog.
4. Spelling/Grammar FAIL. I don't care how beautiful your design is, the perfectly formatted layout that grabs my attention, or even you 1000 followers. The minute I see you "Axing" someone a question, or completely disregarding grammar rules, my skin crawls. I shudder for you, then I shudder for me. Spell check was invented for a reason friends, it takes two seconds. And please tell me you at least re-read your post before hitting that Publish button? Don't insult my intelligence and don't undersell yours!
3. GREAT (borrowed/inspired) Ideas with ZERO credit. I cannot even tell you how ANGRY it makes me when I read two posts, from two completely different bloggers that are EXACTLY the same, yet NO credit is given. If you read a great blog post or idea, or even find a great recipe or tutorial, don't remake it on your own blog without giving credit to the person who inspired it. Give credit where credit is due! I saw two examples of this this week…one was a recipe and people used the EXACT same pictures…how does that happen? And the other sharing a recent find for a product online - the posts were seriously almost identical!
2. Desperation-TBB-Reset posts. I cringe the minute I find out there is a blog directory vote reset, omg, I should just stop reading posts for at least a week afterwards, as EVERY SINGLE ONE of the posts is a plea for votes. I thought I escaped high school popularity contests when I graduated, but apparently we can still stoop. I am not belittling the directory or its power to gain readership, but I'd prefer it if emails were sent out newsletter style or better yet, just ask your closest friends and family or slip it in at the bottom of an enjoyable post, not a single "vote for me" dedicated post.
1. This one might surprise you…not allowing the FULL POST option in RSS readers. I realize that you might think it better for stats to force people to come to your actual site to read your post, but let me remind you as an editor I read over 300 posts a day. I don't have time to visit every single blog that I read, but if I like your post I will definitely "star" it and visit it to either leave a comment or clip/pin/explore further. If you are leaving me only two lines and a headline, let me just say it is going to have to be quite the line in order to get me to actually take a break from my reader to visit your page.
So there you have it. Do you have any skin-crawling peeves about the blogging community? I'd love to hear from you! Also, I'm pleased to begin offering the following editorial service to readers:
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