Blogging is something I enjoy doing. I know I’m no great writer. English wasn’t my strongest language at school. Putting together an essay in any other subject was always a little bit tricky for me. I blog because I enjoy it.
Sometimes there are just a few things in the blogosphere that just irritate me to no end. And I can’t stand it any longer. I need to get them off my chest before I implode.
1. Only comment if you have something to say
This is one of my biggest pet hates about blogging. You don’t have to comment if you don’t have something to say. And don’t comment just because I commented on your blog. I only commented because I had something I wanted to add! Seriously, I won’t stop going to your blog if you don’t comment on mine. And on the flipside, if I’ve not commented on your blog, it’s because I didn’t have something useful to add. So, don’t feel obliged to comment. Comment if you really want to say something.
2. Stay away from long blocks of text
Break your paragraphs up people. There’s nothing worse than going to read a blog and the paragraphs are sticking to each other like glue. No one wants to read a giant wall of text. It’ll put people off reading it too! Break it up.
3. Do not centre align your entry
Centre alignment of text should be reserved for headings and images, at the very most. Body text copy for blog entries should never be aligned in the centre. Why? Again, it boils down to being a horrible reading experience. Your eye wants to naturally go to the beginning of the next line. But when you’re aligning to the centre, you can never find the start of the next line as it’s almost always different! Stop it!
4. Black background blogs
I used to have a blog with a black background. USED TO. I learned that it’s just a terrible idea. Are there books out there printed on black paper with white text? No. Okay, maybe I’m being harsh. But it is terribly hard to read your blog posts if your background is black. It’s a strain on the eye. Or maybe just my eyes because I’m all old. I’m not a fan at all. Even worse is if you don’t use white text, have all sorts of colours going on and you don’t make all your content available on an RSS reader. I’m not going to go to your website to read your blog. Sorry!
5. CAPTCHA – go away
I want to comment on your blog. I want to write something and then hit comment and my comment will appear or I know it’ll appear after it’s been approved. I don’t want to have to fill in a bloody CAPTCHA. More often than not, if I see one, I’ll roll my eyes, attempt it if I really want to post my comment. But more often than not these days, I’ll just not comment. They are terrible and pointless these days.
6. All those GIFs!
Listen, I love animated GIFs as much as the next person. But when you have 10 million of them on one post and they’re all huge in terms of file size, your blog post is going to take an eon to load for a few people in the world. It’s a terrible user experience. Either optimise them, or use less. Or use a service like Gfycat – they’ll do all the work for you.
7. Entire posts on the homepage
Occasionally they’ll be a post of mine, a full post, that will appear on the homepage. But these are usually short affairs. Maybe one video. Or one photo. Small entries. Nothing big. But please for the love of god, don’t forget to stick a little ‘read more’ style button to your blog posts, if they’re long, from the homepage. For one thing, your blog homepage will load a heck of a lot quicker. I know what you’re going to say, “But they won’t click to read more, I want them to see everything!!!”. They will if they are truly interested in what you have to say, and surely you’re interested in the truly interested ones and not just any old Tom, Dick or Harry. Right?
Okay, I’m done. Got all of that off my chest and I definitely feel better.
Do you have any blogging pet hates?
PS. I know I’ve committed one of the blogging cardinal sins here by not posting at least one image with this post, but I’m on my new Macbook and still haven’t got Photoshop or Lightroom installed on it yet. Soon! Soon!