Today’s blogging post is a little different. I’ve collected some blogging pet peeves along the way, and I’m sure some of you have more to add!
Here are the other 2 Blogging Best Practices posts:
Posting all. the. time.
I remember one week when a certain bloggers quite literally published something 2 or 3 times a day. I can’t wrap my mind around having the time to post that often, much less having something to say. Not necessary. Just don’t do it.
Posting, um, never.
I’m picky about who I actually follow (btw, I made the switch from Google Reader to Feedly and am loving it) and I’m not hesitant with my unsubscribes, so if you haven’t posted in ages, I probably won’t stick around. That being said, I understand life happens, vacations come, weeks of studying and tests take over your time – let’s face it, few of us are “bloggers” first, we have real life lives that get in the way – so I don’t pull the plug after a few weeks of quiet. But sometimes it’s hard to tell if a blogger has just given up or doesn’t take blogging seriously. You’ve got to put in the work before you get subscribers.
Never responding to comments.
I know I only get a handful of comments on each post, so it’s easy for me to respond. I also know the “big” bloggers just can’t respond to everything, but I do appreciate when I see them in the comments occasionally. It let’s us all know you read our responses. What bothers me most is the bloggers with a few comments who can’t ever manage some responses. I can think of a couple of blogs in particular that I really enjoy reading, and that I know are smaller like me, so I like to write a comment here and there…. but I have never ever gotten a reply. I give you the benefit of the doubt for a while, but after months, I’m probably not sticking around.
This discussion has been pretty feisty in the healthy living blog world, and here’s my two cents. I like giveaways – I’ve won 3 of them in the last few months and that’s always fun. I don’t mind reviews, sponsored or just because. I’ve done a few, and have a few more planned out. Hey, I’ll even brush off a full week of reviews and giveaways for a special event like your “blogiversary.” What I don’t like is seeing bloggers “sell out.” It’s a fine line, and I applaud those of you who can walk it well. But really, is it worth yet another free product to review if you’re turning off readers?
A gazillion ads on your site.
Honestly, do you really need 2 banner ads? How about that full column of ads top to bottom? I get it, we spent a lot of time developing a blog people want to read, and it helps when there’s supplemental income coming from it. Maybe it’s the designer in me that makes me more sensitive; I like clean, open and easy–to–follow websites. Plastering your page with ads is not those things. Again, fine line.
I could go one, but then I’d just be getting picky. 🙂 Hope you’re all having a fabulous spring weekend!
What would you add to this list? Is there anything you would remove from my list?
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