Being more involved in the blogging community by reading more and via Twitter has meant that I’ve been able to observe blogger behaviours (both good and bad) and I thought I’d round up the blogger sins that bother me the most. Maybe they don’t strike you as bad habits, feel free to chip in via the comments and let me know your personal bugbears or whether you disagree with any of the below (or whether you’re an habitual offender).
For as long as I can remember, I’ve read blogs, but it’s only been in the past year or so that I upped my blog consumption (and obviously started my own blog).
1. “Sorry I haven’t posted in while…”
Firstly, I almost definitely hadn’t noticed (contrary to that which my social media use may suggest, I have a life which doesn’t involve waiting for a blogpost from you) and secondly, you owe me nothing and I expect nothing from you, so don’t apologise for not delivering something that you never promised me anyway.
2. Google+ comment system
This may not bother a lot of people but although I don’t use it, my Google+ is in my full name, surname and everything. If you have a Google+ comment system set up on your blog then that insightful, useful and witty comment I had in mind is not going to be posted.
Do you want to make it easy for people to comment on your blog? If so, turn this off, it’s unbelievably annoying and most of the time the words/numbers are illegible which only makes it worse. The only reason I go through with commenting is that by the time I realise you have Captcha enabled, I’ve already spent time writing a comment.
4. Captcha AND comment moderation
Ok, so I can sort of see that Captcha checks that posters are human, but I really don’t want to go through the whole palaver of deciphering the words/numbers to find out that you’re moderating comments before they go live as well. If you’re moderating them then just moderate out the spam and make it a hell of a lot easier for your readers by turning Captcha off!
5. “I’m working on a very exciting, top secret project, which I can’t tell you about yet”
Then stop hinting, it’s just attention seeking. It’s the blog equivalent of people on my Facebook who post statuses like ‘oh my god, so shocked and upset right now’ but don’t elaborate because they want people to comment and ask what’s wrong.
Until you can reveal all, I’m not interested. Then I can be the judge of whether or not it’s very exciting.
6. “I jumped at the chance…”
Generally employed in connection with a comped product or trip and accompanied by a sentence about how the blogger had always wanted to try the product or eat that sort of food or had seen that brand before, all to make it seem like they have picked a freebie that fits in with their ‘brand’, rather than taking any freebie offered to them.
7. “I only need X followers to reach XXX followers on Bloglovin, so please follow me”
And then what? Do you win a prize? Are you let into a massive blogging secret that won’t be revealed until you hit a certain number of followers? Do you reach enlightenment?
The worst example I saw of this was on Twitter when I saw someone reach 130 followers after posting similar tweets, then posted one saying I’m only 10 followers away from 140 on Bloglovin. Seriously? I sort of get the big round numbers as there’s something nice about round numbers, but reaching 140 followers is not a thing. Stop these annoying tweets, they don’t make me want to check out your blog even a little bit, let alone follow it.
8. Pet posts
A ‘pet’ peeve of mine. A lot of bloggers have pets. A lot of them are cute and fluffy and appear on Instagrammed pictures and in blogs. That’s normal behaviour. However, when that pet ‘takes over’ the blog for a post written from their perspective? Ridiculous. It reeks of hitting rock bottom in terms of content and really is too horrendous for words. I will stop reading.
Have you ever checked out this hashtag? At best, it’s bloggers making themselves available to receive free stuff, at worst it’s people begging for things they should just be going out and buying. This is not the way to approach brands if you’re really serious on working with them.
10. Infringing copyright
I see so many bloggers using beautiful photos to illustrate their posts which clearly aren’t their own. Don’t get me wrong, a lot of bloggers take their own gorgeous Pinterest-worthy photos which make me so envious of their skills, but some turn to the internet and take photos from Pinterest or Tumblr without considering whether they are infringing copyright. If you’re guilty of this, have a read of this post from the EduBlogger on Copyright and Using Images in Blog Posts.