I had a chat with a friend the other day about how to improve my blog. It was great! It really helps to get someone elses opinion and see your blog thru their eyes. I have also been reading some do's and don'ts on what to bring to your blog. Alot of the items resonated with me and my style of blogging. So I thought I'd add a few of my pet peeves of annoying items on otherwise great blogs.
1) Music playing when I visit your blog
This is huge for me. I often have my own music playing while I'm on the computer and to have some other music compete with my music is a whole lot of noise that drives me batty! If I perchance don't have music going, then it comes down to song selection. I visit alot of different types of blogs and I don't always (well, rarely really) like their selection. Not everyone is into Lady Gaga, people! I have also heard that if you are looking at blogs during worktime this can get you into trouble, not that I have that problem, being my own boss and all.
2) Black background
I don't know why, but I really hate black backgrounds. And especially if the contrasting font is low contrast. Blame it on my age, but it bothers my eyes. And I especially hate black backgrounds with lots of blinkies, flashing graphics.
3) Having to click to read the rest of the blog post
Several blogs I read either right from the top or several posts down, give you a intro to the post and then to read the whole post you have to click. I really dislike having to do that. Mainly because then to get back to where I was can be a hassle. I'm not sure why these bloggers like that option, but I don't. I like to skim while I read and if its not worthwhile, I'll skip to the next post. Harder to do when I'm having to click in and out.
4) No Photos
I like pictures! And I like alot of pictures. Big picture, up close, outdoors, inside, doesn't matter to me. So when I read a blog that is primarily words every day, day in and day out, it becomes blase to me. I have been guilty of it myself, neglecting posting pics on my blog, so maybe I'm turning readers away without realizing it! So lets do it, more pics!!!
I really, really hate hearing foul language: in real life, at the movies, in books and on blogs. It grates against my spirit. And when it is used over and over, it makes me question the persons ability to be creative with language. Something I very much love doing. Swearing is so juvenile, something people use for shock effect or when they don't know what else to say.
So how bout you? What are your pet peeves about blogs?
And here is your superfluous pic of the day:
(can you tell I really, really want a puppy?)