Being a part of blogging communities means I visit random blogs daily. There are some things universally annoying about blogs and their authors.
I have been running in to them over and over recently. It is frustrating. Half of the problem affects content so much it is impossible to determine if the content is worth fighting through the hardships for.
Offense #1 Auto-play music
It. does. Not. Work. For. Blogs. Cease and desist. Including a player that visitors could individually enable would be fine. For the rest of us a link to a YouTube video or having one imbedded is the best alternative. Nothing makes me want to leave a blog or even a website faster than some auto play audio or video being forced on me.
Offense #2 Visual Issues
WoNkY FoNtZ, weird text, odd paragraph alignment, designs on the background of the text or poor color contrast choices.
Offense #3 A Lack of Spacing
The entire post does not need to be double spaced. Yet and still adding an extra line between every 3 lines of text can really give the eye a break.
Offense #4 Regurgitating News
When I want just the news go to a news source. When I visit a blog I want to hear what the author thinks about what maybe going on in the news. I get annoyed when I feel like all they are doing is rewriting a news story hoping to attract hot topic viewers.
Offense #5 A Short Story Masquerading as a Blog Post
When a post goes over 700 words I get bored. Wrap it up, extended it into a two parter or a series. Do. not. try. to. hold. on. to. people. endlessly.
Offense #6 A Snippet of Information Masquerading as a Blog Post
If it will fit in a tweet…why did I have to visit your blog? When a post is just a few lines it feels unfinished and readers feel cheated. 300 words is a good minimum.
Offense #7 Phrases like “New Blog Post”
With all the millions of bloggers in the world who cares? Your newest blog post has a title and a theme. Use them. Tell me why I want to care. Don’t waste time or space stating the obvious.
Offense #8 Vague Content
I click on posts where someone mentions they are dealing with a problem to see how they have dealt with or are managing through the problem. I navigate away feeling ripped off if the problem never really gets revealed.
Offense #9 Vapid Valuelessness
A public blog is not a journal… too often I see people whose blogs add no value, begging for more followers and attention. Put out good content, be entertaining or informative and the people will come.
Offense #10 Sharing without connecting
As I mentioned I have joined blogging communities. There are those who visit other blogs and comment on posts via the communities. There are others who leave comments on the blogs themselves. Then there are those who are too busy or clueless to be bothered...