Discussion: Blogging Pet Peeves

Everyone reading this now is probably a regular blog reader and not just of The Mad Reviewer.  Most people that read one blog read at least a couple of blogs on a semi-regular basis, especially when those people are bloggers themselves.  But like books, there are some blogging deal breakers and pet peeves.  Here are just a few of my pet peeves:

1.  A busy layout.  A nice, unique design is perfectly okay but when you’ve got yellow spirals on a pink and purple polka dot background my brain starts to hurt.

2.  Not responding to comments at all.  I know I’m not always the speediest when it comes to replying to your comments, but I really do try and eventually 99% of comments do get a well thought out reply.  But on blogs where the blogger never responds to comments?  It just seems like they’re not that interested in what their readers have to say.

3.  Bad grammar.  Everyone makes typos; that’s pretty much expected when you’re editing yourself.  Yet when I encounter a blogger that doesnt like using capitol letters and doesnt spellchek it really starts to get irrtating.  Ya know?  Its worse when they do things like make run on sentences like this and never seem to know the difference between a colon semi-colon period exclamation point and especially a comma.

4.  Bloggers that don’t have a consistent posting schedule.  I totally get that life can get in the way of blogging sometimes.  That’s okay.  Yet when bloggers post every other day and then suddenly don’t post for a week, that gets annoying.  I like bloggers with a consistent schedule with very few exceptions.

Really, this could be an entire article but I should stop now.  After all, it’s your turn: What are your blogging pet peeves?  Why?

10 comments

  1. The Masquerade Crew (@MasqCrew)

    My greatest pet peeve: bloggers that make it nearly impossible to network. I understand not listing an email address, but at least have a contact form. It also amazes me how many people don’t make it clear about how to connect with them on social media. Those links need to be easy to spot or at least easily found.

    • Carrie Slager

      I can definitely see how that would be annoying. I know I’m not the most social media savvy but I’m not a complete recluse blogger either. It definitely makes it hard to feel a connection to a favourite blogger if they don’t have any form of social media or even a contact form.

  2. lostbeyondthewall

    A big ‘yes’ to all of these. Especially the busy layout thing. I am biased because I love minimal layouts, as you might be able to tell from my own blog, but busy layout absolutely do my head in.

  3. Mel@thedailyprophecy

    Bad grammar: it’s also possible the blogger is from somewhere else. I an Dutch and I know I make mistakes. It’s sometimes hard and I try by using different programs, but I don’t think they filter everything. 🙂 I agree that not responding to comments is annoying. It feels like someone doesn’t appreciate it.

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    • Carrie Slager

      Yes, that’s true and I do forgive bloggers whose native language is not English for not knowing everything. Yet when a blogger’s native language is English there’s no excuse for poor grammar, non-existent capitalization and spelling mistakes a first grader wouldn’t make.

  4. Sarah Negovetich (@SarahNego)

    I get irritated by blogs that make it difficult to post comments. I don’t mind a log in or a captcha, but there are some that make you log in, read the secret code and then inform you that all comments are reviewed before being posted to the site. It makes me feel like I’m trying to crack into the CIA instead of interact with a blogger.

    • Carrie Slager

      Yes! This. I have tried to comment on a number of blogs only to be put off by the fact I have to log into some weird commenting system and do a captcha, then have my comment moderated. I won’t ever do a captcha on this blog because I always moderate comments from first time users. If the comment is good, they can comment without moderation and I don’t need a captcha to ensure they’re not a spammer. Good moderation is the key to a lot of things.

  5. Charleen

    #2 is probably the biggest factor on whether or not I’ll follow a blog. Even if I love the content, it’s really hard to invest in a blog when I feel like the blogger doesn’t care if I’m reading and commenting or not.

    And on the same note – comment moderation. I get that everyone has their own priorities, but if you aren’t going to let comments through in a timely manner, you probably shouldn’t have moderation turned on. Sometimes I’ll return to a blog a week after leaving a comment, and not only have they not responded, but my comment is still awaiting moderation.

    • Carrie Slager

      This is so true. I have very little time for people that don’t moderate their blogs properly. Not publishing comments within a couple days of submission, allowing spam, etc. is just a huge put-off. I admit that I’m not the best at responding to comments but it’s something I’m working on. I do value my readers and I feel that blogger-reader interaction is so important. Good commenting communities are hard to find but I’m glad I’ve got my own one, as small as it is.

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