Like many bloggers I started out reading other blogs. They are an excellent source for information, personal stories and experiences, humor and most importantly motivation.
Reading personal finance blogs inspired me to start my first one, Bucksome Boomer, and become debt-free. I read health and fitness blogs for that same inspiration on my wellness journey.
But there are some common things I find in blogs that drive me bonkers! Here are my top four blog pet peeves.
1. Video ads that automatically play. I open a lot of bookmarked sites at once and all of sudden I hear an ad for some product. The hard part is figuring out which of the pages is the offender and then stopping it … immediately.
This is so embarrassing at the office where everyone can hear and knows I’m not doing work at that moment! Readers should have the choice of playing that ad and if I don’t you’re off my reading list.
2.Comment Validation and Subscription. Many of us hate CAPTCHA but too many sites still use it. I can’t even read the nonsensical words half the time let alone retype them in the little box. There’s an option if you’re challenged by the visual for audio but the computerized voice is even worse!
The other commenting system I don’t care for is WordPress. When leaving a comment and selecting to be notified of follow-up comments you get an email and have to confirm the subscription. It’s very annoying and discourages ongoing conversation.
If you use either of these commenting options and wonder if it’s impacting the volume of comments the answer is YES. I think twice before responding on blogs with either of these.
3. Dark Backgrounds. Thankfully not too many blogs have this issue. Have you gone to some sites and find it difficult to read the light text on a dark background? Those sites no matter how great the content are off my reader. They’re great for images, but if you actually write and want it read then ditch that black background.
4. Pop-up boxes. Lots of blogs have pop-up boxes encouraging readers to subscribe to their mailing list or download a freebie. This is fine if it’s limited to the first x number of times I visit a site (and it better be less than 10) but please don’t put a big delay on the pop-up. I get very annoyed when I’m reading an article and in the middle of a sentence the box interrupts the flow.
The ranting is over and I do feel better. 🙂 Yes, I’ll drop some blogs that employ these features but if it’s high quality I’ll stick with it through thick and pet peeve. What annoys you when you visit blogs?