Thursday, November 5, 2009
Welcome to our weekly BlogAnon meeting where we confess a particular blogging sin and turn to you for support, suggestions and that blogging bond so we know we're not all alone. Don't be shy. Read along and let us know if you identify with us this week.
So here's the deal. I hate some of your blogs. You make it difficult for me to enjoy my stay. You see, I have pet peeves that are a challenge to overcome. I fight through my annoyance in order to get to the content that I know will reward me for my efforts. I go through this trouble because I appreciate strong opinions, sweet stories, deep thoughts and humor. I just wish you wouldn't make it so difficult for me to visit.
We all have pet peeves in life - so why be surprised that they exist in the blogosphere too? If we all liked the same things the world would be a boring place. So therefore you either find a way to live with what bugs you or you avoid the stuff that does. And no blogger wants to be avoided.
I hate auto tunes. That is a killer for me. I, like my husband, enjoy music. It is a big part of our lives. But I don't want it shoved in my ears when I go to a blog. Display your playlist and let me decide when to turn it on and when to leave it off. If your widget won't allow for such a feature, please display it somewhere right at the top so I don't have to frantically scroll around looking for the OFF button on your blog. Others might not be so patient and will just go elsewhere.
I save your blog for my Reader because the sound doesn't kick on through there. But I think twice going to leave a comment sometimes because I don't want to brace myself for the tunes. If I happen to enjoy your selections, it isn't quite as bad, but in general it is like when you accidentally forget to turn the volume on your alarm clock down. And I know, I have a mute button on my laptop. I use it often. But why make me annoyed to begin with?
I dislike moving ads on blogs. The ones that dance and wiggle, blink and flash. They make things run more slowly and distract my eyes from the posts I came to read. And they make me question the purpose of the blog to begin with. I love my DVR that lets me fast forward through commercials. I change the radio station when an ad comes on. Flashy ads make me want to leave your blog.
And speaking of ads, I dislike cluttered sidebars in general. I get a bit overwhelmed with all that information. I put my blinders on to focus on your posts in the center of my screen. But I keep getting distracted by all those shiny awards, ads, blog rolls, widgets and of course, the musical playlist. I enjoy an informative side bar that tells a lot of information about you and what you love. Don't let it get lost in all the clutter.
OK. I feel better. I know that I'm not alone. Some people share my pet peeves. And others will defend their choices to end of the blogosphere. And that's why freedom is a great thing. I'm sure some of you have pet peeves about our little corner right here. Our posts are too frequent, or too long. We cross promote to my outside articles too often. We have too many photos or can't seem to focus on one simple niche. You can't please everyone. But sometimes, if only people would share their issues, we see things from a whole new perspective and make an adjustment because, now that you mention it, that thing we do is annoying to us too!
What's your biggest pet peeve on blogs? Has anyone ever suggested you make a change? Have you ever brought up your pet peeve to a blogger? And by all means, go ahead and give us some productive criticism if we're a prime culprit. Don't be afraid to share - your blogger thoughts are safe with us.